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The Importance of Potassium and Magnesium

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The Importance of Potassium and Magnesium

Potassium and magnesium are extremely important minerals / electrolytes that can be lost in the course of the day in perspiration, urine and other bodily fluids. Certain food substances, such as those containing caffeine, act as mild diuretics and can also increase the amount of these important minerals your body wastes. Diuretic Medications: Potassium and Magnesium Loss People on diuretic medications (water pills) such as Lasix (furosemide) or HCTZ (hydroclorothiazide) or chlorthalidone who have normal renal (kidney) function can lose these minerals at a much higher rate than the average person. Patients on these medicines are often prescribed both potassium...

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Dehydration: Water, Electrolytes and Healthy Rehydration

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Dehydration: Water, Electrolytes and Healthy Rehydration

How many times have you heard that so-and-so was “hospitalized for dehydration,” and then after expressing concern, you hear the nonchalant response of, “Oh, s/he's fine, s/he was just dehydrated!” And then you end up thinking, “Well, why didn't so-and-so just drink some water?” or “How does that happen?” or “Could that ever happen to me at some point?” The reality is that dehydration can cause serious complications, and can lead to coma, and even death.1 Be aware, that in elderly people, dehydration occurs often because the perception of “being thirsty” is decreased as one ages;2 it can also happen...

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