The electrolytes-urine test measures urine electrolytes. Electrolytes are minerals in your blood and other bodily fluids that carry an electric charge. They affect the amount of water, acidity (PH level), muscle functions, and various other important components in your body. You lose electrolytes by sweating and are replaced by drinking fluids.
Electrolytes are a key component in helping your body function properly. AdvaCare Clinics, located in Bloomington, MN , offers the electrolyte-urine test for all patients. The electrolytes-urine test can give you the ability to better tune your body and really see what your are missing in your diet or daily life.
Electrolytes are very versatile, they can be acids, bases, and salts. Common forms of electrolytes are calcium, chloride, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium, and sodium. These minerals all play a certain, and important, role in your system. It is highly recommended to consume foods with numerous minerals and other nutrients to keep your body functioning properly.
The reasoning behind testing electrolytes in urine is because of the important role they play. It is necessary to have a certain amount of numerous electrolytes because they help maintain the body’s natural balance of fluids running in and out of the system. They keep a check on the fluid levels and make sure everything is working properly. Some examples of what electrolytes maintain are movements such as muscle contraction and basic functions like a steady heart rhythm. Electrolytes also play a part in brain function.
Symptoms of electrolyte disorders
Mild cases of electrolyte disorder typically causes no symptoms. The disorder can continue to go on unannounced until something comes up during a blood test. If the disorder starts to become more severe, symptoms will start to show. Remember, electrolyte dysfunction means that the person could possibly have one or many imbalances with their minerals and nutrients, so the symptoms in the severe cases can differ. Some of the common symptoms of an electrolyte disorder are:
- Dark urine (which is usually caused by dehydration)
- Irregular heartbeat
- nausea and/or vomiting
- Bowel irregularities (including diarrhea and constipation)
- Abdominal cramping
- Muscle weakness
- Muscle pain
- Changes in mood or confusion (irritability, confusion, depression)
When the electrolytes in your body are not working properly, there can be some serious risks. For example, someone might experience weakened muscles, or possibly an irregular heartbeat. other conditions that increase with electrolyte disorders include:
- Alcoholism, and cirrhosis of the liver
- Heart failure
- Eating disorders
- Kidney disease
- Trauma (severe burns or broken bones)
- Thyroid and parathyroid disorders
Call AdvaCare Clinics (952) 835-6653 today if you have any questions about the electrolytes-urine test, or to set up a screening today. We offer many screenings that have the ability to determine what treatments would be the most beneficial for you that only take 5 to 10 minutes to assess. All screenings are quick, easy and pain free.