NOTE: This test is ONLY AVAILABLE TO AUSTRALIAN RESIDENTS.
Are you dehydrated, water not enough?
The electrolytes test is a simple blood test you can do right near your home or office. Testing for electrolyte imbalances is really important due to it’s ability to prevent health problems related to dehydration, the test includes:
- An authorized blood specimen order form that you take to your local accredited pathology for collection of your blood (Find a pathology near you here).
- A blood specimen test kit for the pathology to use to collect your blood sample
- Complete instructions for taking the test for you and the pathology
- Note, pathology will charge approximately $33.00 to take your sample
Test results are sent to one of our professional health practitioners within 3 – 5 business days for evaluation. Our practitioners contact you with the results and recommendations on any findings via email, mail or phone.
Why test electrolytes?
Many people believe that consuming enough water is all that is needed to remain hydrated and while part of this is true these are lots of people who remain dehydrated regardless of the amount of water they consume. Electrolyte imbalances are quite common and may be caused by several conditions. If electrolyte imbalances are not assessed or treated this may lead to a dysfunction of vital body systems, such as the muscles and brain.
Dehydration is a serious problem, it is in many ways one of the most fundamental health concerns we have so testing for electrolytes can reveal if you have an electrolyte imbalances that come from any of the following problems:
- You can’t drink enough water
- You don’t feel satisfied by drinking water
- Essential electrolytes are missing from your water supply
- You use a water filter that can remove essential electrolytes
- You feel dehydrated, you have dry skin, dry eyes & or dry mouth
Signs and symptoms of electrolyte imbalances
• Eating disorder
• Muscle pain
• Bowel irregularities
• Heart problems
• Kidney issues
What electrolytes we test for
Many people have imbalances of the following nutrients, chemicals and proteins that cause serious health problems, therefore we test for the following imbalances in:
• Sodium (Na)
• Potassium (K)
• Chlorine (CI)
• Bicarbonate (HCO3)
Electrolytes are important minerals that are found in the body. Optimal electrolyte levels are important as they keep the bodies fluids in balance and help your body to function healthy. More specifically, Electrolytes move fluid in and out of your cells, carry nutrients into the cells and waste products back out as well as help the acids and bases in your blood stay in balance.
Have any questions about this test? Ask one of our qualified health practitioners here.