Episode 20:  Salt + Electrolytes [Why you NEED Them, How to Get Them]

A deep dive into sodium (aka salt), potassium, and magnesium. Why they help when fasting, how to get them, and how much to consume.

Topics Addressed:

  • Preview / background (0:03)
  • Salt / sodium backstory (2:37)
  • Harmful effects of limiting salt (4:21)
  • Why do you need salt when fasting? (5:56)
  • How to get salt / sodium while fasting (7:57)
  • How much sodium to use (9:10)
  • Potassium backstory (12:01)
  • How to get potassium (13:33)
  • How much potassium (14:20)
  • Magnesium backstory (15:35)
  • Dietary sources of magnesium (17:05)
  • How to use magnesium when fasting (18:08)
  • What about other electrolytes? (20:53)
  • Summary / recap (21:45)
  • What to do next (25:04)

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Ben Tanner, PA-C

Ben has been practicing as a physician assistant (PA, or PA-C, similar to a doctor) in emergency medicine, urgent care, and family practice since 2014. Since 2016, he has developed an avid interest in various forms of fasting, using it to improve his own health while helping friends, family, and patients do the same.