I recently had a patient who went through a very traumatic experience. Â They have not given permission to discuss this, so I will keep names and gender secret.
They were in a hot yoga class for 90 minutes (I have done these in the past, very intense). Â So in this 90 minute session, they sweat, a lot. Â And drank water, a lot. Â Now for most people, at most times, this is not going to be a bad idea. Â But there can be a number of mild factors that come into play that could make this a bad idea. Â Why? Â Because sweating causes you to lose electrolytes too.
Back to the hot yoga thing. Â We are talking about a room that the temperature is set to 105 degrees. Â Humidity is usually around 40%, which feels like 123 degrees. Â So we are talking really hot, and sweaty, and draining the body of its minerals (electrolytes). Â So they felt bad. Â Later that night they felt so bad they went to the hospital, where a series of slow analysis, and slow action on the hospital staff led them to a place of being very ill.
My patient went into shock after passing out and vomiting. Â When the doctors finally realized the need for electrolyte replacement, their condition was significantly worse, to a point of concern. Sodium and potassium were added to an IV drip and they were back on track, but not without a few moments of serious concern.
So why share this short but important story? Â Because electrolyte replenishment is so very important. Â I like Suero Viv for it, I like coconut milk for it, basically I like any clean food that can replace electrolytes. Â Drinking water without electrolytes, can actually worsen the situation once you get to a place of electrolyte deficiency, as the water actually flushes the electrolytes even more. Â Again, this doesn’t happen in all circumstances, but it can in some, and it can worsen a condition fast.
While the weather starts to uptick to hot, please consider keeping some basic, healthy, electrolyte replenishment available nearby. Â When you are sweating excessively, you really want to be ready to act. You don’t want to pass out when you are all alone in the back yard. Â Trust me.
Be well, be blessed, have a great weekend! Dr. E