Electrolyte Imbalance and IBS

Irritable Bowel Disease-associated mucosal inflammation and the consequent impaired secretion and absorption of electrolytes often result in electrolytic and acid-base imbalance in IBD patients. This may develop an electrolyte imbalance from bouts of inflammation and diarrhea.

Symptoms of Electrolyte Imbalance

An electrolyte deficiency can cause various symptoms,  includingTrusted Source fever, confusion, and abnormal breath sounds.

The symptoms vary according to the type of electrolyte imbalance. It may include the following –

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Fatigue
  • Weakness
  • Seizures

Rebalancing and treatment

  • An oral rehydration solution (ORS) can replenish lost fluid, sugar, and salt
    • -1 liter, or 33.8 ounces (oz), of water, 6 teaspoons, or 20 grams (g), of sugar, 1 heaped teaspoon of baking soda (2.5 g), 1 teaspoon of table salt (3.5 g)
  • A store-bought rehydration beverage like Pedialyte, hydralyte, electrolade, dioralyte, etc.
  • Coconut water is a natural electrolyte which is rich in soluble fibre.
  • Drink and snack with a naturally sweetened beverage in combination with a salty, easily digested snack.

To help prevent or minimize electrolyte loss, a person should ensure that they remain hydrated and eat small but nutritious meals. They can also drink a rehydration beverage to replenish their levels of fluid, salt, and sugar.


Sources : https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/electrolytes-ulcerative-colitis#rehydrating-drinks

https://www.everydayhealth.com/crohns-disease/diet/best-and-worst-drinks-for-crohns-disease/

Author: Pallabi Sinha

I am a Nutritionist with 6 years of expertise in the field. I have a knack of convincing people to switch to a healthier lifestyle.

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