Electrolytes – What They Are and Why You Need Them

One of the most common objections to fasting is a fear of becoming lightheaded. It’s an understandable objection. Many of us have experienced feeling weak or lightheaded when we go long periods of time without eating. And the truth is that you very well may experience this and other undesirable side effects when you start fasting. The good news is that it’s easy to fix.

The topic of today’s YouTube video is electrolytes. Some of the topics we cover are:

  • What are electrolytes?
  • What are the symptoms of low electrolytes?
  • Which electrolyte are you probably low on if you get lightheaded?
  • How do you get your levels back up?
  • Are there ways to avoid the lightheadedness?
  • What electrolytes do Krista and Lori use?

The answer to the last question is different for Krista than it is for Lori. Krista uses fasting salts she purchases on Amazon, but Lori doesn’t care for them and has other ways of fixing that lightheaded feeling if it happens to her. There’s lots more details about all this on YouTube so take a look!

In today’s video we also talk about:

  • Clean fasting, dirty fasting, and filthy dirty fasting (Filthy dirty fasting is Krista’s new favorite phrase!)
  • How Lori fasts vs how Krista fasts
  • Things to remember if you filthy dirty fast
  • Weight fluctuations while fasting
  • General updates on the website and things we’re learning as well as a hint at what we’ll be discussing Monday

We added timestamps to the video so you can go directly to where we talk about sodium, fasting salts, sports drinks, or whichever topics you want to check out.

As promised in the video, a reference sheet for electrolytes is attached below. It provides details on how much of each you need, how you’ll feel if you’re low on any of them, and suggestions on some sources for getting the correct amounts of each. If you’re old school like Krista, you can print it and put it where you can refer to it when you need it. Or if you’ve moved into the modern age like Lori, download it or bookmark this page and look at online whenever you want. Links to the video and products mentioned in it are also included below.

Happy fasting!

Documents and Other Links

Electrolytes: What They Are and Why You Need Them – YouTube video

Electrolyte Guidelines

Nutri-Align Fasting Salts – These have the levels of each electrolyte that you need on a daily basis.

Lori pays $9.78 for 12 packs of Oh Snap pickles at her local Sam’s Club. If you don’t belong to a Sam’s Club, you can find them at lots of grocery stores, even at Target.

These are the pickle shots Lori drinks, but there are lots of options out there. You just might have to do a little hunting in a store – they can be in supplements, with the pickles, or with sports drinks. We found them at feedthemachine.com though. And Amazon has lots of options. You can even buy pickle juice by the gallon on Amazon!


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