Ten Ways to Replenish Electrolytes

by | Jul 28, 2021 | Nutrition

After being severely mercury and arsenic poisoned in the mid-90’s, the mineral transport abilities of my cells became highly impaired. For years, I’ve suffered daily, sometimes hourly, with electrolyte imbalances and the resulting very severe foot cramps — the kind that deform your feet and make your toes curl in unimaginable ways, and sometimes land you in the Emergency Room. I’ve tried a bunch of different approaches to balancing my electrolytes, some more successful than others. I wanted to share what I’ve used in case it might help you.


Trace Minerals’ GMO-free Power Pak

For years, this electrolyte powder (I used the lemon-lime flavor) was my go-to whenever foot cramps would wake me up in the middle of the night, as it was the only thing that seemed to help, immediately, in the moment. I was concerned about consuming so much of some of the filler ingredients (like cane juice and citric acid) so I was always on the search for something healthier.

Magnesium Bicarbonate

I used to make mag bicarb at home by buying the individual minerals in powder form and adding CO2 in a home soda maker. This helped me a lot but was time intensive to have to mix the bicarbonate quite often, as I was using a lot of it.

E-Lyte Balanced Electrolyte Concentrate by BodyBio

This electrolyte concentrate mimics the levels of sodium, potassium and magnesium in the body to achieve optimal hydration. You just mix a capful in 8 ounces of water and drink 1-2x day.

Homemade Coco-Lime Drink

During the summer, this is a favorite homemade fresh drink I make: coconut water, sea salt, lime juice, and raw local honey to replenish and hydrate.

Pickle Juice

The juice from fermented cucumbers is said to be great for replenishing electrolytes because it contains a lot of sodium and some potassium and magnesium. Luckily, I love pickles and pickle juice, and pretty much all fermented veggie juices (try Gut Shot by Farmhouse Culture!).



Shilait is sourced primarily from the rocks of the Himalayas. It develops over centuries from the slow decomposition of plants and is quite mineral rich as a result. Panacea Shilajit tablets made by MitoLife are the easiest form to take, in my humble opinion. Shilajit resin has a very strong earthy flavor that can be a deterrent to using it regularly — at least in my case it was!

Electrolyte Balance® by LivePristine™

Electrolyte Balance is predominantly magnesium bicarbonate and silica, with traces of calcium, sodium, and potassium bicarbonate. This was much more convenient than making my own mag bicarb. The body does not store excess magnesium bicarbonate and, therefore, it must be replenished daily. Electrolyte Balance replenishes magnesium reserves while delivering the added benefit of silicic acid — said to promote collagen production, improve joint, bone, hair and nails, protect skin from the negative effects of aging, preserve dental health, and stimulate digestion.

Quinton Electrolytes

Original Quinton Isotonic® is pure marine plasma which has been shown to support cellular nutrition and contains a complete spectrum of nutritional elements: minerals, vitamins and micronutrients. Quinton Isotonic supports natural rehydration. The Isotonic solution is diluted with natural Alpine Spring Water to achieve the same consistency as your blood plasma, making this an ideal product to restore your biological terrain. Quinton Isotonic also contributes to normal digestion and production of hydrochloric acid in the stomach.

When the Marine Plasma concentration is higher than blood concentration, it is called hypertonic. Quinton Hypertonic® is stronger than the original isotonic formula. If you are a high performance athlete or participate in strenuous exercise like CrossFit, Hypertonic could be an asset to your supplement regimen if you feel like your constitution can handle the increased mineral concentration. If you have a sensitive constitution, you may want to stick with the isotonic solution.

Natural Vitality CALM Plus Calcium

Currently, CALM Plus Calcium is my daily electrolyte balancer. I’ve been to the ER or up all night too many times with severe cramping of my feet/legs and other body parts. I think I finally figured out that I need calcium to have true balance for my electrolytes. I take 1 1/2 tsp twice a day, as directed.

Black Oxygen Organics (BOO)

I just started using BOO, the hot new fulvic acid powder that many are raving about for its potent detox abilities. Fulvic acid comes from humic substances produced by microorganisms as they break down and decompose in soil. It is rich in electrolytes and trace minerals, which bolsters the detoxification ability of the body. In some of the BOO groups I am in online, people are reporting parasites leaving their body after ingesting BOO or taking a BOO detox bath, it’s that powerful!

Please note: If you’d like to purchase any products from the Planet Thrive Fullscript site, please contact me and tell me what you want to order. I will create a client account for you and send you the recommendations, which you need to purchase anything through that website.

  • Julie Genser

    Julie's life was derailed over twenty years ago when she had a very large organic mercury exposure after she naively used a mouth thermometer to measure the temperature of just-boiled milk while making her very first pizza at home. The mercury instantly expanded into a gas form and exploded out the back of the thermometer right into her face. Unaware that mercury was the third most neurotoxic element on Earth, Julie had no idea she had just received a very high dose of a poisonous substance.

    A series of subsequent toxic exposures over the next few years -- to smoke from two fires (including 9/11), toxic mold, lyme disease, and chemical injuries -- caused catastrophic damage to her health. While figuring out how to survive day-to-day, and often minute-to-minute, she created Planet Thrive to help others avoid some of the misdiagnoses and struggles she had experienced.

    She has clawed her way over many health mountains to get to where she is today. She is excited to bring the latest iteration of Planet Thrive to the chronic illness community.

    In 2019, Julie published her very first cookbook e-book called Low Lectin Lunches (+ Dinners, Too!) after discovering how a low lectin, gluten free diet was helping manage her chronic fascia/muscle pain.


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