If you take salt and put it into the water and dissolve, it disassociates the sodium and chloride disconnect and they become two separate minerals. And that fluid is very electrically conductive. So, basically, electrolytes have to do with minerals that help control elec. In the body and they control many bodily functions.
Electrolytes you have and need
All of those minerals.
Now, potassium out of all the electrolytes is the one that we need in very large quantities. I was curious, why is that? Why do we need potassium in such large amount’s – 4,700 to 6,400 mgs a day. That’s 7 to 10 cups plus of salad or vegetable a day. That’s a HUGE amount of necessary potassium and such a high requirement that is very hard to meet.
There’s something in the body called the sodium-potassium pump. It’s built into a little protein, attached to an enzyme on the surface of your cells.
You have 800,000 to 30 millions of these in your body. They’re little generators that allow things to enter into the cells and they take a lot of energy to work.
In fact, one-third of all the food you eat goes to running those pumps. You also have another pump in the stomach called the hydrogen-potassium ATP-and it’s a pump to help you create stomach acid to help you digest foods.
These pumps are in various places in the body including the muscles and the nervous system. In fact, the ones in your nervous system takes up 60% of your bodies caloric intake of energy.
So, these pumps are critically important in exchanging nutrition, glucose, amino acids, and other minerals to allow them to transport in and out of the cell.
So, potassium is ESSENTIAL for building the pumps that control these functions:
- Potassium charges the cells – that voltage powers your cell and allows things to go in and out of cells- in fact that energy that you have that powers your metabolism is controlled partially by this little pump
- Potassium gives you energy
- Potassium helps the muscles to contract or relax by controlling the transport of calcium
So, if you’re low on something in this pump is missing, you’ll get muscle cramps from that lack of calcium, but we can only fix that by giving you potassium, not calcium.
So if you don’t eat enough vegetables, you can experience a set of symptoms like this:
- MAJOR cravings—your body needs potassium so badly it will cry out for it in cravings for hard to resist foods like carbs, fried foods, sweets, anything for quick energy. What the body really wants though is the nutrients it needs to RUN
- Fatigue can come from a potassium deficiency because your cells are going to be down in terms of their electricity and you cannot pump anymore.
- Low energy
The problem is if you try to take a potassium pill, it only provides maybe 40 to 90 mgs of potassium and you need 4,700 mgs., so you’d have to have a whole bottle of them. Plus, if you take that much potassium without other minerals, so you want to get your potassium from food and food concentrates.