Cramps & Dizziness

The side effects of an imbalance of electrolytes

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WHAT are Muscle Cramps?

Cramping is one of the most common complaints of athletes. It can occur at any time but more often at the tail end of their workout. Cramps are a one way street in the complete cycle of muscle action. All body motion is controlled by the opening and closing of ion channels that sit in the membranes of all cells. Sodium (Na) contracts the cell and potassium (K) relaxes it. Similar action occurs to transmit a thought with Na and K triggering neurons (depolarizing) to both transmit and fire. In effect the electrolytes do it all. You can’t blink your eye or even see or hear without them.

A muscle cramp is a strong, painful contraction or tightening of a muscle that comes on suddenly and lasts seconds or minutes.

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Leg Cramps (Night Cramps)

Leg cramps can be very painful and are fairly common. A leg cramp is a spasm that comes from a muscle in the leg. It usually occurs in one of the calf muscles below and behind the knee. Sometimes, the small muscles of the feet can be affected, as wells as the hands.

Typically, a cramp lasts a few minutes. In some cases, it lasts only seconds, but it can last for up to ten minutes. The muscle may remain tender after a severe leg cramp for as long as 24 hours. Leg cramps usually occur when you are resting – most commonly at night when in bed (night cramps). They may awaken you from your sleep and can become a distressing condition if your sleep is regularly disturbed… Read more

Our customers – from mature adults to serious athletes – have found that E-lyte ends night cramps, leg cramps, and other forms of cramping. Sugar-free E-lyte is specially formulated with a high concentration of potassium and magnesium.

Sleep through the night with E-lyte electrolyte replacement drink!

NO MORE DIZZINESS!

The results from adding in electrolytes can be remarkable, especially when your electrolytes are depleted. Balancing your electrolytes is key. When you don’t have enough fluids and electrolytes, it interferes with your everyday quality of life. But it takes knowledge before appreciation takes hold as happened with this concerned husband:
[su_quote cite=”Gail E. Millard (Austin, Texas)”]My wife, Joan, age 74, has had two hospitalizations in the recent nine months from fainting and falling and has been almost constantly dizzy in varying degrees for several years. During both hospitalizations, she was diagnosed with dehydration, low sodium and low potassium which they treated with IV’s. This seemed almost impossible since she drinks water constantly and eats a very balanced diabetic diet including bananas. Curiously no doctor has suggested daily replacement therapy or a sports drink. But we decided to try it on our own. Since she is also diabetic, the usual sports drinks were out of the question. We did a modest web search for “sugarless Gatorade” but were unsuccessful with that and other variations of the theme. Finally, we did find E-lyte at a local conventional pharmacy which also specializes in homeopathic treatments. The first employee we asked for a non-sugar electrolyte drink was unsure so he referred us to the pharmacist. He had to search the shelves but did locate the E-lyte . This seems to be an unusual request and a surprisingly difficult product to locate. Upon arriving home, Joan immediately mixed up a gallon and began drinking two cups a day. The dizziness totally disappeared within the day along with the almost constant faint and nauseous feelings. What a remarkable recovery![/su_quote]

Sugar Free Electrolytes

E-lyteSport is a highly concentrated electrolyte drink, higher than any on the market. E-lyte is used to replenish or rebalance those that are severely electrolyte depleted. Giving a sick patient a sugary drink is never an option. To resuscitate someone after trauma calls for an IV of electrolytes, not an IV of glucose.

Pickle Juice

What was the biggest news in sports nutrition recently? Pickle juice! Certain professional football trainers for NFL teams had their players chugging pickle juice in an effort to rapidly hydrate them. An interesting concept to say the least, but is pickle juice really the best way to hydrate the body when it has been depleted of valuable electrolytes?