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Monday, July 28, 2008

Mineral Supplementation: Why less is more

When it comes to mineral supplementation, as with most nutrients, less is more effective.

The reason is principally Osmosis

"Diffusion of fluid through a semipermeable membrane from a solution with a low solute concentration to a solution with a higher solute concentration until there is an equal concentration of fluid on both sides of the membrane."

In the body, this is regulated by concentrations of salts and proteins and other organic materials. The body is divided into a series of fluid compartments. For simplicity and expediency, we will divide the body into three: the plasma (blood), the extracellular fluid (outside the cells) and the intracellular fluid (within the cells). Water flows between each of these compartments by a combination of diffusion and osmosis and the effects of pressure variables.

If you were to take in a big hit of sodium chloride (table salt, NaCl) by having a salty meal, there will be a spike in NaCl in the blood, lesser in the extracellular compartment and less in the intracellur one. The body will respond to dilute the spike in NaCl with an overall shift of water from the intracellular and the extracellular compartments to the blood.

This will cause a dehydration of the cells, reducing metabolic activity due to the reduced cell fluid volume and a possible increase in blood pressure due to the increase in blood volume.

The way to prevent this unhealthy process is to go on a relatively salt-free diet and to avoid acute spikes in NaCl. This means reading the labels of all the processed food you have and to discard or limit all that have added "sodium". Do not add salt to your meals. use herbs and spices. What you will notice within a few days of going salt-free is your sense of taste and smell will improve, lessening the need for spicing up food for taste.

Now that you are relatively salt free, you can set about improving the hydration of your cells. This is done by carefully dribbling tissue salts into your body, using the Active Elements Tissue Salts. Very small, frequent doses are the way to go. Small, frequent doses prevent spikes in blood salt levels while giving enough salt for your cells to reach out and grab them and incorporate them into their intracellular fluid. With extra tissue salts inside, more water is naturally added.

This process of cell hydration by small, frequent doses of tissue salts requires patience and consistency over several weeks, if not months. The end result is a healthy vibrant body with energy to burn!

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