Given that I am taking magnesium l-Threonate and Glycinate every day, is it still beneficial to take electrolytes or with the magnesium intake plus water with salt is enough?


While you are already consuming magnesium L-Threonate and Glycinate, taking additional electrolytes could be beneficial in certain contexts, especially if your diet or other lifestyle factors create imbalances or deficiencies.

emphasizes the importance of balancing sodium with other electrolytes like potassium and magnesium. Given the interaction between sodium and potassium in kidney function and overall body fluid regulation, it's usually recommended to maintain a proper balance between these electrolytes. In some commercial electrolyte supplements, a specific balance is observed, like a sodium to potassium ratio of 5:1, which could potentially enhance mental clarity and physical performance, especially under conditions of physical exertion or stress 1.

Additionally, while taking magnesium supplements can be beneficial for sleep and possibly cognitive function, other electrolytes play critical roles in the body that magnesium alone doesn't cover. For instance, sodium and potassium are crucial for nerve function and muscle contraction, which are not directly supplemented by magnesium 1.

Therefore, depending on your overall diet and health condition, it might still be beneficial to take an electrolyte supplement or consume foods high in various electrolytes to ensure a balanced intake, particularly if you engage in activities that cause substantial electrolyte loss like intense or prolonged physical exercise. Always discuss with your healthcare provider to tailor these supplements to your specific needs.

Electrolyte Balance

Andrew discusses the importance of electrolyte balance and the different forms of magnesium that can be used to support cognitive function and sleep. He also talks about the close relationship between sodium and potassium and the varying recommendations for their ratios.

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How can I balance my electrolytes properly?


To balance your electrolytes properly, you can follow these guidelines mentioned by :

  1. Understand the Importance of Ratios: The balance of sodium to potassium, and the inclusion of magnesium, is crucial for the functioning of cells, particularly nerve cells (neurons). A drink like LMNT, which contains these electrolytes in proper ratios, is recommended as it avoids unnecessary sugars, yet provides the needed balance of sodium, potassium, and magnesium 1.

  2. Consider Your Dietary Patterns: People following low-carb diets or those who eat very clean might require more sodium than typically recommended. Adjusting your intake based on your diet, physical activity level, and overall health is important. For those with prehypertension or hypertension, increasing sodium intake without medical advice is not advised 1.

  3. Hydration and Electrolyte Replenishment: Especially during and after workouts, or even on hot days, replenishing electrolytes is important for both mental and physical performance. Using a balanced electrolyte supplement like LMNT can be effective 2.

  4. Listen to Your Body: Paying attention to how you feel can also guide your electrolyte intake. Symptoms like fatigue, headaches, or muscle cramps can often be linked to electrolyte imbalances.

The key is to maintain a balance and not overdo any single electrolyte, especially without considering the others that work in conjunction with it. Always consult with a healthcare provider to tailor these recommendations to your personal health needs.

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