It’s only June!
I can see its gonna be a scorcher. That means you will have to maintain your hydration level and YES, your salt intake. People, do not be so opposed to salt, it is not your evil enemy. In fact it can be your down right best buddy when it comes to staying hydrated and free of the emergency room this summer.
This especially includes kids, not just us older folks. Every summer you hear of a young person who has been taken to the hospital or succumbed by the heat. They may be in tip-top shape, but they still can run out of their electrolytes and dehydrate. This can happen to all of us, and quickly without a lot of warning. Remember when we sweat, we must replenish our fluids and sodium. Although sometimes we don’t feel a thirst, our body is dry and the current that tells our heart to beat is not getting the correct signals. Water, salt and sugars help this current flow.
Signs of dehydration
- Dry mouth
- The eyes stop tearing
- Heart palpitations
- Lightheadedness (especially when standing)
- Decreased urine output
The body tries to maintain cardiac output (the amount of blood that is pumped by the heart to the body); if the amount of fluid in the intravascular space is decreased, the body tries to compensate for this decrease by increasing the heart rate and making blood vessels constrict to try to maintain blood pressure and blood flow to the vital organs of the body. This coping mechanism begins to fail as the level of dehydration increases.
With severe dehydration, confusion and weakness will occur as the brain and other body organs receive less blood. Next Coma, organ failure, and death eventually will occur if the dehydration remains untreated.
What Salt is the best salt? Not table salt. Try a quality Sea Salt, or Celtic “Dirty” Salt they call it. It looks dirty because it still has its minerals in tact. We are used to salt with it’s white snowflake appeal. The minerals are stripped for market purpose. People are getting wise to the market tricks and investigating where the nutrition is. So what if it looks a little funky, it has nutritional value for the body. Mix it in some juice, a perfect combo.
Coconut Water is not new on the scene but they are marketing it for runner
s and it works well for hydration. Pure coconut water contains many electrolytes, like sodium, the critical one lost during sweating. But many commercial varieties have less sodium than is found in juice straight from a coconut or in traditional sports drinks. An 8.5 ounce serving of Vita Coco 100% Pure Coconut Water, for example, contains 30 milligrams of sodium and 15 grams of carbohydrates. An eight-ounce serving of Gatorade Pro 02 Perform is equal in carbs (14 grams) but has more sodium (200 milligrams).
TIP: Water cannot be absorbed into the cells without sugar or sodium to escort it through the cell wall.
Make sure you are getting your salt. Take a pinch out of your Celtic salt bag and put it in your mouth with some water before you go for that baseball game, soccer, street hockey. Make sure you carry around a little extra salt in a zip-lock baggie for those of you who play heavy sports. Mom’s can keep it in your purse for babies and toddlers slip some in their bottle they will never know the diff, always be prepared.Just do it! Avoid your emergency room this summer and have fun, SWEAT, it’s good for cleansing but replenish your fluids and sodium. Keep safe and have FUN in this HEAT!
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