Hope you are all keeping well....
There are numerous posts on electrolytes and I have read I think most of them. There are two questions I need help for which I havent found an answer. So if anyone has knowledge/experience with this I d appreciate your advise:
1) Homemade electrolytes: replacing sodium chloride with sodium bicarbonate?
I ve d tried the St Marks solution and it feels heavy on my stomach. I believe it must be sodium chloride (ie. salt). Do you know if I can replace the sodium chloride amount with sodium bicarbonate (Which is already an ingredient in the recipe in a smaller amount than sodium chloride). i.e. are they equivalent in providing the required sodium and is it safe to take more sodium bicarbonate?
This is the St Mars solution: Ingredients for 1 litre batch:
Glucose powder 20g; 6 teaspoons
Table salt (sodium chloride) 3.5g; 1 level 5mL teaspoon
Sodium bicarbonate or sodium citrate 2.5g; Heaped 2.5mL teaspoon
2) Have you ever been given advise on how much electrolyte replacement you might need per day given the stool output (frequency and stool type) of your j-pouch? Further to the basic advise of "drink when you are thirsty"
My blood tests for sodium and potassium are normal, while urine sodium and potassium are high, so I am wondering if I am taking too much electrolytes that is later excreted from urine? In which case I can reduce them without worrying for dehydration.
I also have high renin and aldosteron which theoretically are related to electrolyte balance. My endo says that there is no reason of worry for these. And as blood sodium and potassium are good, then I am fine.
I should say that I have a j-pouch for 12 years. Stool output is usually 5-6 times a day. And I also have secondary adrenal insufficiency.