By Zuerrnnovahh-Starr Livingstone
August 19, 2006
Dr. B's (Batmanghelid)
This summer I have spent a lot of time outdoors. Like most of the world this has been a hot summer with temperatures in the mid 30 degrees Centigrade (80s and 90s Fahrenheit) in central British Columbia. I have had a number of days where the heat has taken a lot out of my body. Although I have kept hydrated the loss of electrolytes caused an achy feeling in the kidneys and muscles. In order to avoid a sleepless night I have stirred a quarter to half teaspoon of table salt into a glass of water and within half an hour the aches would subside. Sea salt works better as it is a closer match to the salt inside the body.
The number of times where pain has drained away upon taking sea salt has brought to my attention the fact that some chronic pains might be simply a lack of salt. As sodium, potassium, calcium and magnesium ions are some of the basic synaptic messengers between and within nerve cells could not a lack of messenger ions result in pain?
A few times upon taking sea salt I have felt tension release from muscles. Could sea salt be a muscle relaxer?
Having read C. Louis Kervran's book "Biological Transmutations" I know that sodium is transmuted into potassium and potassium chloride is the primary salt in perspiration. The transmutation cools the body and may contribute as much or more than perspiration to the cooling of the body especially deep within the organs. On very hot days much of the sodium may be transmuted into potassium and the higher levels of potassium in the nerves, lymph and blood may be the source of the ache in the kidneys and muscles? Too much potassium might be the cause of heat stroke and heart beat irregularities? With the transmutation of all available sodium into potassium the core body temperature rises rapidly. In emergency rooms heat stroke victims are given IVs of saline solutions and often this does wonders in dropping the body temperature.
Many older people have died due to the high heat this summer. Are they on a lower salt diet? Many seniors have been warned by doctors that in order to reduce their blood pressure they would have to eliminate sodium from their diet. Many people have removed all the salt shakers from their homes as they often crave salt. Could that be a recipe for heat stroke? Even though the sufferers of heat stroke have sufficient water to drink there is a point where perspiration does not cool the body on muggy hot days and sodium transmutation is the way the body cools itself.
Texans and Arizonians consume a lot of salt.
Rebalancing the electrolytes in the body after a hot day is the way to relax and take the ache out. Start with lots of water and then stir a quarter of a teaspoon of sea salt in one of the glasses of water. See how it works for you.
In the Canadian Armed Forces the salt tablets are 100 percent potassium chloride. A corporal told me ten years ago that those tablets were useless. Most salt tablets are half potassium chloride. Half useless? Sea salt is a better balance.
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