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HS 331: Chapter 7 Lecture - Electrolytes and Fluid

by: Sydney Brummett

HS 331: Chapter 7 Lecture - Electrolytes and Fluid HS 331

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These notes cover the information regarding fluid balance, as well as electrolytes. There is also the in depth discussion of alcohol.
Principles of Diet and Nutrition
Dr. Lisa Wray
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Date Created: 09/26/16
Chapter 7 Lecture: Nutrients Involved in Fluid and Electrolyte Balance • Fluids o Substances composed of freely moving molecules o Have the ability to conform the shape of the container that holds them o There are different types of fluids in our bodies § Two-thirds of the body’s fluid is intracellular fluid • In the cell § The remaining one-third is extracellular fluid • Outside the cell o Extracellular fluids include: § Tissue fluid, found between the cells within tissues and organs of the body § Plasma: the fluid portion of blood that carries the blood cells o The body fluid composition of tissue varies by: § Tissue type – lean tissues have higher fluid content than fat tissues § Gender – makes have more lean tissue and therefore more body fluid § Age – lean tissue is lost with age, and body fluid is lost with it. • Electrolytes o In intracellular fluid, potassium and HPO 42-are the predominant electrolytes o In extracellular fluid, Na and Cl predominate o There is a slight electrical charge difference on either side of the cell membrane • Functions of Fluids o Fluids dissolve and transport substances § Water is an excellent solvent because it can dissolve many different substances § The dissolved materials, or solutes, include ions, carbs, amino acids, vitamins, and minerals o Fluids account for blood volume § Blood volume is the amount of fluid in the blood § Increased blood volume can cause blood pressure to rise (hypertension) § Decreased blood volume can cause low blood pressure o Fluids help maintain body temperature § Because water has a high heat capacity, the temperature of our body fluids remain quite stable § Sweating releases heat as the evaporation of water from the skin cools the skin and blood o Fluid protect and lubricate our tissues § Cerebrospinal fluid protects the brain and spinal column § Amniotic fluid protects the fetus § Synovial fluid is a lubricant around joints § Digestive secretions allow for easy passage of material § Pleural fluid covering the lungs allows friction-free expansion and retraction • Functions of electrolytes o Electrolytes help regulate fluid balance § Water follows the movement of electrolytes, moving by osmosis to areas where the concentration of electrolytes is high § This allows for the controlled movement of fluids into and out of cells o Electrolytes enable our nerves to respond to stimuli § Movement of sodium and potassium across the membranes of nerve cells changes the electrical charge across the membrane § This change in electrical charge carries the nerve impulse along the nerve cell o Electrolytes signal our muscles to contract § The movement of calcium into a muscle cell stimulates the muscle to contract § The calcium is pumped back out of the cell after the muscle contraction • Maintaining fluid balance o Fluid balance is maintained by different mechanisms prompting us to drink and retain fluid o The thirst mechanism occurs from a cluster of nerve cells that stimulate our desire to drink o However, the thirst mechanism is not always sufficient; the amount of fluids people drink may not be enough to achieve fluid balance o Water lost from the body must be replaced o Water is lost through urine, sweat, evaporation, exhalation, and feces o Water is gained through beverages, food and metabolic reactions § Metabolic water contributes about 10-14% of the water the body needs o Loss of water § Sensible water loss occurs though urine and sweat • Most water is lost through urine • The kidneys control how much water is reabsorbed; excess water is processed by the kidneys and excreted as urine § Insensible water loss occurs through evaporation from the skin or exhalation from the lugs, as well as through feces § Diuretic increase fluid loss via the urine • Water o Function of water § Essential for life § Required for fluid and electrolyte balance and many metabolic reactions o Recommended intake § Varies with environment and activity level o Surface water comes from lakes, rivers, and reservoirs o Groundwater comes from underground rock formations called aquifers o “Hard water” is relatively high in calcium o The US environmental Protection Agency (EPA) sets and monitors standards for public water systems and is responsible for regulation of bottled water o What if you drink too much water? § Becoming overhydrated is rare § Con result in a dilution of sodium (hyponatremia) o What is you don’t drink enough water? § Dehydration § Infants and the elderly are especially vulnerable • Commercial beverages o Low-fat and skim milk provide protein, calcium, phosphorus, vitamin D, and usually, vitamin A o Moderate consumption of beverages with caffeine is safe and potentially healthful o Most soft drinks, juice drinks, flavored waters, ad bottled tea and coffee drinks are loaded with added sugars o “Designer waters” with added nutrients and/or herbs can add more than 300 Calories to the day’s intake and rarely contribute to better health o Many energy drinks, typically consumed quickly, contain a high amount of caffeine, which can cause a dramatic rise in blood pressure and heart rate § They also contain a significant amount of added sugar • Sodium o Functions of sodium § Fluid and electrolyte balance § Associated with blood pressure and pH balance in the body § Required for nerve impulse transmission § Assists in the transport of certain nutrients (e.g., glucose) into body cells o Recommended intake § 1.5 g/day is required § No more than 2.3 g/day is recommended o Sources of sodium § Processed foods and restaurant foods are generally high in sodium o What if you consume too much sodium? § Hypernatremia: abnormally high blood sodium concentration § Can occur in patients with congestive heart failure or kidney disease § Results in high blood volume, edema, and high blood pressure o What if you don’t consume enough sodium? § Hyponatremia: an abnormally low blood sodium level § Can result from prolonged vomiting, diarrhea, or sweating § Has been seen in marathon athletes who consume too much water and fail to replace sodium • Potassium o Functions of potassium § Fluid and electrolyte balance § Very important in muscle contractions and transmission of nerve impulses § High potassium intake helps to maintain a lower blood pressure o Recommended intake § 4.7 g/day o Sources of potassium § Processed foods are usually low in potassium § Fresh fruit and vegetables and whole grains are good sources of potassium o What if you consume too much potassium? § Hyperkalemia: a high blood potassium level § Can occur in patients with kidney disease § Can alter normal heart rhythm, resulting in a heart attack o What if you don’t’ consume enough potassium? § Hypokalemia: a low blood potassium level § Can be seen in patients with kidney disease or diabetic acidosis § Can occur when taking certain diuretic medications • Chloride o Functions of chloride § Assists with maintaining fluid balance § Assists the immune system § Component of HCl in the stomach o Recommended intake § Minimum recommendations is 2.3 g/day o What if you consume too much chloride? § May lead to hypertension in salt-sensitive patients o What if you don’t consume enough chloride? § This is rare but can occur in people with eating disorders • Phosphorus o Functions of phosphorus § The major intracellular negatively charged electrolyte § Required for fluid balance § Critical role in bone formation (85% of body’s phosphorus is found in bone) § Regulates biochemical pathways by activating or deactivating enzymes § Found in ATP, DNA, RNA o Recommended intake § RDA is 700 mg/day o Sources of phosphorus § Widespread in many foods § Found in high amounts in foods that contain protein (e.g., meat, milk, eggs) o What if you consume too much phosphorus? § High blood levels of phosphorus can occur with kidney disease or when taking too many vitamin D supplements § Causes muscle spasms, convulsions o What if you don’t consume enough phosphorus? § Deficiencies of phosphorus are rare • Fluid and electrolyte balance disorders o Serious health problems that can occur when fluid excretion exceeds intake include: § Dehydration § Heat illness • Dehydration o Dehydration occurs when water loss exceeds water intake § Commonly due to heavy exercise or high environmental temperatures § Infants and the elderly are more at risk o Other common causes of dehydration include § Diarrhea § Vomiting § Fever § Burns, including sunburn § Poorly controlled diabetes § Abuse of diuretics or laxatives o Dehydration is classified in terms of percentage of weight loss that is exclusively due to the loss of fluids • Heat illness o Three common types of heat illnesses closely linked to dehydration are: § Heat cramps § Heat exhaustion § Heatstroke • Heat cramps o Painful muscle cramps, usually in the abdomen, arms or legs o Develop during vigorous activity sessions in the heat o Spasms can last second or minutes o Important to stop activity immediately, cool down, and rest; cramps may signal a more serious problem • Heat exhaustion o Typically occurs from vigorous activity in heat o May develop after several days in high heat when fluids are inadequate o Symptoms include cramps, weakness, vomiting, dizziness, and elevated blood pressure and pulse o Must be treated promptly and aggressively to prevent heatstroke from developing • Heatstroke o Heatstroke occurs if the body’s temperature regulation mechanisms fail § Occurs in hot, humid environments § Symptoms include rapid pulse, hot and dry din, high body temperature, and weakness § Has been fatal for athletes during exercise in extreme heat § If it occurs, provide immediate cooling and rest, and contact emergency medical help quickly • In Depth: Alcohol o Alcohols are chemical compounds characterized by a hydroxyl group o In common usage, beverages containing ethanol made from fermented fruits, veggies, or grains o What is moderate alcohol intake? § A drink is defined as the amount of a beverage that provides ½ fluid ounce of pure alcohol § Proof is a measurement of alcohol content § Moderate alcohol intake is defined as the consumption of up to one drink per day for women, and up to two drinks per day for men o Benefits of moderate consumption include: § Stress and anxiety reduction § Appetite improvement § Lower rates of heart disease § Possible lower risks for diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, and liver disease o Concerns about moderate alcohol intake include: § Women appear to be at a higher risk for breast cancer § Increased risk for hypertension § Higher rates of bleeding in the brain § Relatively high Calorie content § Potential risk for adverse drug interactions o Types of alcohol abuse: § Alcohol abuse is excessive intake of alcohol § Binge drinking is consumption of five or more drinks per occasion § Alcoholism is a disease characterized by chronic dependence on alcohol o Effects of alcohol abuse: § A hangover is a consequence of drinking too much alcohol; symptoms include headache, fatigue, dizziness, muscle aches, and nausea § Even at low intakes, alcohol impairs reasoning and judgment § Alcohol poisoning is a potentially fatal metabolic state involving cardiac and respiratory failure § Alcohol abuse can lead to traumatic injury from falls, drowning, assaults, and traffic accidents § When the rate of alcohol intake exceeds the ability of the liver to break alcohol down, liver cells are damaged or destroyed • Fatty liver is an early but reversible sign of liver damage • Alcohol hepatitis results in loss of appetite, nausea and vomiting, abdominal pain and jaundice • Cirrhosis of the liver involves permanent scarring after years of alcohol abuse § Chronically high intake increases risk for: • Impaired bone health • Pancreatic injury and diabetes • Cancer • Abdominal obesity • Malnutrition o Fetal and infant health problems include: § Fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS), a set of serious, irreversible birth defects, including physical, emotional, behavioral, and developmental problems § Fetal alcohol effects (FAE), subtler consequences that may be exhibited later, including hyperactivity, attention deficit disorder, and impaired learning abilities o You should be concerned about your alcohol intake if you engage in binge drinking or drink at inappropriate times o Speak with a trusted friend, coach, teacher, counselor or healthcare provider


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