Electrolytes Test at Home
Taking control of your health starts with making a few small steps in the right direction. In doing so, it won’t be long until you start to notice the different physical, mental and emotional benefits of looking after yourself. After all, depending on who you ask, your body is either a temple or a wonderland.
Electrolytes serve several important functions in the body, and an electrolyte imbalance may be at the root of why you haven’t been feeling all that festive lately. Elosia’s home urine test strips are designed to give you peace of mind about your body’s electrolyte levels and provide insight into how to improve them if need be.
Knowing your levels will empower you to take the right steps to sort out any imbalances. This can go a long way towards helping you feel better in the long run.
What Are Electrolytes and Why Are They Important?
Electrolytes are minerals that are found in your body tissues and blood, such as potassium, sodium, chloride and bicarbonate, most of which are obtained from the food you eat. The way these electrolytes interact with each other can have an effect on some of the most fundamental of bodily functions, such as moving nutrients and waste between different cells.
On top of that, electrolytes play a critical role in helping the body maintain the correct balance of water, as well as keeping pH levels consistent. They also contribute to functions related to the heart, nerves, skeleton and more.
Why Should You Test for Electrolytes?
Testing for electrolytes helps you make sure you don’t have an imbalance, which can affect the way your body operates on a day-to-day basis. As a result, it’s a sensible idea to test your electrolyte levels regularly.
Some prescribed medications, especially those related to high blood pressure, may affect the balance of minerals in your body. A subscription-based home test like ours is especially handy, since you’ll get the gift of comparison. Not only will you be taking an Elosia test, but you’ll be getting new data each week, so you can see how you’re progressing as time goes on.
How Do You Test for Electrolytes?
There are two main ways to test the electrolyte levels in your body:
Testing Urine for Electrolytes
Urine tests are an effective way to get more information about a potential electrolyte imbalance in your body, and thankfully, they can be used to give you a rough idea of the situation. When you use Elosia’s wee strips (which can be ordered and delivered right to your door), you can do the test from the comfort of your home, and have access to the results right away.
Better yet, our wee strips also test ketone, hydration, nutrition and vitamin C levels. This will help to paint a picture of your overall health, as well as letting you know if there are other deficiencies that may be affecting the way you feel every day.
Testing Blood for Electrolytes
If you’re struggling to shake off an electrolyte imbalance, it may be possible that you have an electrolyte disorder. If you suspect this, it’s a good idea to see a doctor to have a blood test done to make sure.
Just like with our wee strips, blood tests provide a full electrolyte panel, and your doctor will likely take the opportunity to get a closer look at kidney function too. Depending on the results, you may be asked back for further tests, including the pinch test for dehydration, a reflex test, and possibly even an ECG to check for an irregular heartbeat.
Supporting Your Health Journey
Knowing more about your electrolyte levels can be a game-changer and can help you understand some of the secrets of your body. Testing your electrolyte levels can also empower you to do what you need to feel your best every day.
Better yet, you don’t have to do it alone. Elosia’s test results are not a “here you go, see you later” type situation. Once you’ve completed your electrolyte test at home, you can access expert nutrition plans, personalised to your own needs, to help you make some changes to your diet.
Elosia gives you everything you need to feel better. We’re excited to be a part of your journey, and here’s to your continued good health moving forward.
Disclaimer: Elosia is a wellness tool, not a diagnostic tool, and should not be used as a substitute for any professional medical advice.