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Do electrolyte supplements actually DEPLETE electrolyte reserves?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created March 10, 2013 at 6:09 AM

I read that taking electrolyte supplements can actually cause a net loss in electrolte levels, because the sudden surge and volume exceeding normal intake will trigger the bodies ridding mechanisms and expunge what it sees as "excess". The supplements I have are tablets of potassium, phosphorus, calcium and magnesium

Is this true?

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on March 14, 2013
at 04:20 AM

Yep, there are other electrolytes. And ALL marathon runners are still not keeling over dead because of taking in too many elecrolytes and then subsequently having a drop in electrolytes as their body purges...

3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

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on March 12, 2013
at 05:14 PM

It has been well documented that drinking your electrolytes reduces the ability of the body to absorb. Also sodium is not the only electrolyte. I do not think that says the issue is overdo'ing electrolytes/

5e36f73c3f95eb4ea13a009f4936449f

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on March 11, 2013
at 03:35 AM

Last section of the article: "Lucero's death showed that even runners who drink sodium-laden sports drinks remain at risk of the condition, which Siegel cites as evidence that the syndrome is more complicated than simply taking in too much fluid."

3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

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on March 10, 2013
at 05:36 PM

http://www.remembercynthia.com/Hyponatremia_BostonGlobe.htm -- Drinking too much water, but not consuming enough electrolytes.

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on March 10, 2013
at 06:35 AM

Calcium 500 mg 50% phosphorus 250 mgs 25% magnesium 500 mg 125% potassium 99 mg 3% the phosphorus says it as "calcium hydroxypatite", which seems odd

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on March 10, 2013
at 06:30 AM

What amounts of each do they have?

6be38ef1a82872badb886aa414abd1a3

on March 10, 2013
at 06:23 AM

Thanks. The supplements I have are tablets of potassium, phosphorus, calcium and magnesium. I just want to make sure my levels are in check before doing a fast ( I know fasting is shunned here but I always feel really good on my 5 day fasts, thought I'd try it a little bit longer.)

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on March 10, 2013
at 06:19 AM

Sounds like broscience, to be honest. The kidneys would always have optimal levels "in mind" that they would balance according to. Anything above that would be excreted at any time. There's nothing really dramatically different between an electrolyte supplement and a glass of mineral or coconut water. There are hormonal changes based on habitual intake though, but that would be a minor alteration.

6be38ef1a82872badb886aa414abd1a3

on March 10, 2013
at 06:35 AM

Calcium 500 mg 50% phosphorus 250 mgs 25% magnesium 500 mg 125% potassium 99 mg 3% the phosphorus says it as "calcium hydroxypatite", which seems odd

6be38ef1a82872badb886aa414abd1a3

on March 10, 2013
at 06:23 AM

Thanks. The supplements I have are tablets of potassium, phosphorus, calcium and magnesium. I just want to make sure my levels are in check before doing a fast ( I know fasting is shunned here but I always feel really good on my 5 day fasts, thought I'd try it a little bit longer.)

Medium avatar

(39831)

on March 10, 2013
at 06:30 AM

What amounts of each do they have?

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5e36f73c3f95eb4ea13a009f4936449f

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on March 10, 2013
at 01:47 PM

If this were true, you'd see ALL the marathon runners keeling over dead a few hours after their marathon. You know, the ones where they gulp down the gatorade left and right throughout the run?

However, people DO die DURING the marathon due to drinking too many elecrolytes and over hydrating. Indicating it's possible to overdo it on the elecrtrolytes and swamp the ability to get rid of them.

5e36f73c3f95eb4ea13a009f4936449f

(8280)

on March 11, 2013
at 03:35 AM

Last section of the article: "Lucero's death showed that even runners who drink sodium-laden sports drinks remain at risk of the condition, which Siegel cites as evidence that the syndrome is more complicated than simply taking in too much fluid."

3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

(26217)

on March 10, 2013
at 05:36 PM

http://www.remembercynthia.com/Hyponatremia_BostonGlobe.htm -- Drinking too much water, but not consuming enough electrolytes.

5e36f73c3f95eb4ea13a009f4936449f

(8280)

on March 14, 2013
at 04:20 AM

Yep, there are other electrolytes. And ALL marathon runners are still not keeling over dead because of taking in too many elecrolytes and then subsequently having a drop in electrolytes as their body purges...

3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

(26217)

on March 12, 2013
at 05:14 PM

It has been well documented that drinking your electrolytes reduces the ability of the body to absorb. Also sodium is not the only electrolyte. I do not think that says the issue is overdo'ing electrolytes/

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3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

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on March 10, 2013
at 01:26 PM

I have heard this in the past. It is basically the multi argument taken to other supplements.

The premise is this: You consume 100% of the RDA (a minimum) first thing in the morning, and then no more the rest of the day. The Kidneys, doing their job, only allow the body to absorb a portion of the nutrient. Then, but the end of the day you are at a net loss.

I tend to call foul on this for two reasons:

  1. The body is not that dumb. It will take what it can when it can and will figure the rest out.
  2. The entire argument is false because we consume additional nutrients throughout the day. Unless you are doing some type of crazy water fast or restricted diet then the argument is moot.

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