Electrolytes and Minerals for chronic Lyme disease
Electrolytes are ions comprised of 4 minerals that include Sodium (Na), Potassium (K), Magnesium (Mg), and Calcium (Ca). An ion is the disassociated part of a molecule like salt (sodium chloride).
Electrolytes turn on all thought and motion in your body, almost like a wall switch. They trigger events like muscle action by controlling ion channels, which are gates that open and close to move life support material to and from cells in the body. Body fluids are primarily water and electrolytes.
The list of functions that electrolytes control is endless but includes; temperature control, fluid level, cardiac arrhythmia, respiratory rate, digestion, fluid transport across cells, ion transport, renal function, neurological function, signal transduction, thought, memory, all the senses, both gathering information and then transporting that message to the brain and to the muscles, energy production, glucose metabolism etc. etc.
Minerals are essential for life, not just for us, but for all plants, animals, and even insects. Each of the minerals sodium, potassium, magnesium, and calcium, as well as the trace minerals iron, zinc, copper, chromium, manganese, molybdenum, selenium, and iodine must be consumed in the diet for optimum health.
According to Donald Rudin M.D., Ph.D., metabolic performance declines 50% with the loss of just one of the trace minerals. The loss of only one of the minerals totally denies any cellular function as we know it.
Iron supplies the body with oxygen, energy, and helps keep the immune system healthy. Iron's major role is to carry oxygen to tissues and muscles, including heart muscle. Cells need iron to convert food to energy that powers the body. Therefore, if iron levels are low, less energy is generated. Decreased iron levels can cause weakness, fatigue, breathlessness, decreased immune processes, and anemia. Anemia (low blood iron levels) is a common problem with Chronic Lyme disease for many reasons, including red blood cells being lysed (split) by bacteria.
As with many supplements for treating Lyme Disease, iron has its controvery. It is believed that the bacteria thrive and reproduce using iron. But new research shows that the bugger can live just fine without iron. CAN YOU? Personally I cannot. Iron gives me energy, decreased brain fog, less headaches, and overall strength. Be sure to have your iron levels measured before you supplement with iron.
As with all supplement, do your research and use your best judgement.