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Symptoms of Major Mineral Deficiency & Toxicity - Chapter Summary
Work through this chapter at your own pace to review the symptoms of major mineral deficiency and toxicity. Our instructors help you fully understand the toxicity and deficiency symptoms of sodium, potassium, chloride, calcium, sulfur and more. Reinforce your understanding of the material by taking the accompanying self-assessment quizzes. You can access the chapter at any time, and our instructors are available to answer any questions you may have. By the end of the chapter, you should be equipped to:
- Understand electrolyte deficiencies for sodium, potassium and chloride
- Assess sodium, chloride and potassium levels in the blood
- Evaluate the toxicity symptoms of calcium, sulfur, phosphorus and magnesium
1. Sodium, Potassium & Chloride: Electrolyte Deficiency & Toxicity Symptoms
Sodium, potassium and chloride are electrolytes needed by your body for proper fluid balance, nervous system function and heart function. Learn how they are regulated and what happens if there are too few or too many in your body in this lesson.
2. Major Electrolyte Levels in the Blood: Sodium
This lesson discusses the electrolyte sodium. We will go over what it is, why it's important, and what may cause the relative levels of sodium to increase or decrease in the body.
3. Major Electrolyte Levels in the Blood: Chloride
This lesson will discuss the importance of the chloride ion in diagnostic testing. You'll learn in which major conditions it can be elevated or decreased in the serum.
4. Major Electrolyte Levels in the Blood: Potassium
This lesson will discuss hyperkalemia and hypokalemia as well as what may cause either one. We will also cover the dangers associated with increased levels of potassium in our body.
5. Calcium Deficiency & Toxicity Symptoms
Calcium helps strengthen your bones and is also needed for muscle contractions and proper nervous system function. Learn how blood calcium levels are regulated and what happens when there is too little or too much of this mineral in your body in this lesson.
6. Sulfur Deficiency & Toxicity Symptoms
Sulfur is a major mineral of the body that is part of certain amino acids and helps with many bodily processes. Learn what happens if you do not get enough of the mineral through your diet and what happens, if anything, when too much is ingested in this lesson.
7. Phosphorus Deficiency & Toxicity Symptoms
Phosphorus is a mineral needed by your body for strong bones and teeth and other body processes. Learn about the functions and sources of this major mineral, as well as what happens to your body if there is too little or too much, in this lesson.
8. Magnesium Deficiency & Toxicity Symptoms
Magnesium is a major mineral needed by your body for a number of processes. Learn how symptoms such as muscle twitches, depression, fatigue and numbness are related to magnesium deficiency, as well as the effects of magnesium toxicity, in this lesson.
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