PEMF is a complementary component of any wellness regimen devoted to helping the body maintain its natural electrical balance. But it cannot be the total solution. Hydration and nutrition are among the most important ways to maintain your balance electrically. It turns out that one of the keys to both hydration and nutrition and electrolytes.
Electrolytes are negatively or positively charged ions such as sodium, potassium, calcium, phosphorus and magnesium that combine with fluids within the body. These substances are all minerals. In their dry form, they are not very productive until they come into contact with bodily fluids.
While most people think the essential role of an electrolyte is to carry an electrical charge from point A to point B, it is actually to maintain fluid balance. Electrolytes fluctuate water in and out of the cell, causing the electrical charge of the cell to take place at either a faster or slower rate. The constant battle between positively charged ions and negatively charged ions, and transfer of energy between the two, is what creates electricity and effectively powers the body.
Because of this process, the amount of these minerals we are taking in directly affects how much fluid our cells are taking in. With more potassium, magnesium, calcium, and sodium in the body, one will experience an influx of water coming into the cell. Conversely, a decrease in these electrolytes will then produce an efflux of water out of the cell.
Often a decrease in certain electrolytes and the subsequent efflux of water out of the cell can throw the cell out of balance. When this happens, muscle contractions or cramps may occur as the cell is no longer able to send the correct signal to the brain to release the muscles. The heart has these same electrical signals, making it important to consider that an influx or efflux of fluid within the cell may very well throw off the voltage for the entire body.
In this way, electrolytes balance the voltage system within the body. If the heart is working harder, there must be a stronger signal to the lungs and muscles so that the different systems can communicate properly. The heart, essentially, will tell the rest of the body how hard it is working to increase or decrease electricity. Then, the electrical system will respond much like an internal combustion engine with spark plugs keeping the fuel burning.
Let’s break down the minerals that become electrolytes in the body.
- Calcium, the most abundant mineral in the body, contributes to contractile tissue, strength, bone formation, clotting, and things that require a quick bout of tension.
- Sodium is the most abundant cation, which is a positively charged ion outside the cell. This electrolyte is responsible for nerve signaling and works as a conduit, taking the energy from where it begins to where it ends.
- Potassium is the most abundantly charged ion within the cell. It helps regulate fluid balance, muscle contractions and nerve signals. A high-potassium diet may also help reduce blood pressure and water retention. In addition, sodium and potassium communicate with each other; they are both positively charged and inside the cell. When they repel each other, water leaves the cell and, when they attract each other, water comes into the cell.
- Phosphorus makes up about 1% of your body weight. One of phosphate’s main responsibilities is digestion, working with the digestive system to break down proteins, fats and carbs. It also aids in protein synthesis which provides the body with energy to rebuild and renew.
- Magnesium is the 4th most abundant mineral in the body and perhaps the most important. Unfortunately, about 75% of adults consume less than the RDA of magnesium. Magnesium aids in muscle and brain relaxation. Like calcium tells a muscle when to tighten, magnesium tells it when to relax. It is also involved in blood sugar and blood pressure regulation.
Below are lists of recommendations of foods that are rich in each of the minerals your body needs to maintain an optimal electric charge.
High Potassium Vegetables:
- Brussels sprouts
- Legumes – lima/navy/pinto/kidney beans
High Potassium Fruits:
- Dried fruits
- Honeydew melon
- Prune juice
- Grapefruit juice
- Orange juice
Meats, fish, poultry, peanuts, peanut butter, and eggs are moderate to high sources of potassium.
Vegetables rich in Magnesium:
- Potato with skin
Fruits rich in Magnesium:
- dried apricots
Fish rich in Magnesium:
Seeds, Nuts, and Legumes rich in Magnesium
- Baked beans
- Soy products
- Pumpkin seeds
- Tahini (sesame paste)
Vegetables rich in Calcium:
- Collard greens
- Broccoli rabe
- Bok Choy
Dairy rich in Calcium:
- Yogurt, Greek
- American Cheese
- Feta Cheese
- Cottage Cheese
- Frozen yogurt
- Ice Cream
Meats and Protein rich in Phosphorus:
- Organ meat such as liver, liver sausage, liverwurst
- Summer sausage
Milk and Dairy Products rich in Phosphorus:
- Ice cream
- Custard, pudding
Beans, Grains, Seeds and Nuts rich in Phosphorus:
- Navy, kidney, pinto, lima, soybeans, lentils and black-eyed peas and hummus
- Bran, bran products, and wheat germ *Whole grain products will have a little more phosphorus than white or refined grain products. However, whole grains provide many additional health benefits.
- Peanut butter, sunflower, pumpkin and sesame seeds
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