Electrolyte imbalances can happen and be symptomatic even though the laboratory values are normal. This is Dr. Lam, founder of DrLam.com. Why do we say that? And the reason is because, in advanced stages of adrenal fatigue, you will find that there will be sufferers that comes in with normal electrolyte levels, but they can be sodium depleted. They feel better when they are taking more sodium, for example. They don't do well, for example, with taking potassium such as eating a banana, and some of them cannot tolerate food that is high in potassium as well. So we know, sub-clinically that there's an electrolyte imbalance that is going on. However, the laboratory tests invariably will be normal.
So, what is really going on? We suspect that in the case of Adrenal Fatigue, especially with sodium, the aldosterone which is the hormone that regulates sodium in the body can be compromised because aldosterone is made in the adrenal glands and when the adrenals are in a fatigued state the aldosterone level can be reduced. When aldosterone is reduced then the sodium retention is reduced and the body tends to lose sodium and water, and, as a result, the person tends to be dehydrated and wants to drink a lot of water. When the sodium goes down, the opposing mineral called potassium will go up, and, therefore, the body will sometimes have tachycardia, as well as cardiac arrhythmias as well.
However, the interesting thing as I said earlier is that the laboratory continues to appear to be normal. So, just because the laboratory level is normal, does not mean that one does not have electrolyte imbalances sub-clinically. Now, recognizing this is very important because this will solve a lot of the complaints that people have with Adrenal Fatigue when they get to advanced stages. Now, it does not mean that you do not do a full work up, and normally the family doctor or the hospital would do it because commonly people would present themselves in the emergency room dehydrated and then have electrolytes in IV bags and are told to go home and then after their extensive work up, but they will repeatedly to go to the emergency room because they continue to have electrolyte imbalances. A little bit of salt can overwhelm them, a little bit of potassium can also overwhelm them. It seems that their body is in such a fragile state that they cannot tolerate a small movement in sodium and potassium imbalance especially. Now normally, people that are healthy can tolerate an adjusted sodium and potassium level within a range within the blood.
In the case of Adrenal Fatigue, the range is still within normal, but inside the movement itself, even though small, can cause a lot of symptoms and that is what is commonly seen in Adrenal Fatigue. We don't have a real good reason for this now, but we do know that it is related, somehow, to the neurotransmitters as well as the sympathetic nervous system in addition to the electrolyte imbalances itself that can trigger a lot of collateral damage along the way. So, do not be surprised if a person comes in complaining of a sensitivity to electrolytes, either too much or too little, but their laboratory is normal.
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