Sodium and Potassium
In this Section:
- Water Funtion in the Body
- Causes of Dehydration
- Symptoms of Dehydration
- Prevention of Dehydration
- Fluid Retention
- Sodium and Potassium
- Sodium is the major electrolyte that maintains normal fluid outside the cells.
- Too much sodium can contribute to edema and high blood pressure.
- Too little sodium can cause low blood pressure and dizziness.
- Potassium is the major electrolyte inside of cells.
- Low potassium can cause muscle weakness and irritability, constipation, depression, and heart problems and is very dangerous.