FEATURE: The Importance of Fluids and Electrolyte Balance

While we know that diarrhea can be dangerous- it kills around 3100 people a year in the US and 2.2 million annually worldwide- we associate dangers with the Third World, the elderly and the very young, especially those who are frail. But a bout with food poisoning last week brought home in a very personal way how sudden fluid loss can down any of us.

After getting some bad food over Memorial Day I awoke with a churning feeling in my stomach. I got up in the middle of the night and took some medicine which I promptly threw up. That opened the floodgates, and for several hours I lost fluids from both ends. I didn’t want to surpress it- if I had bad food I wanted to get it out of my body, I figured I’d drink later when my stomach had settled down. I finally made it to sleep until a phone call pulled me out of bed. As I stood up I realized that the world was spinning. I knew I needed fluids and electrolytes and staggered down to the kitchen where only milk and soymilk looked out from the refrigerator. (We had nothing so unhealthy as gingerale.) There was no time to make up the electrolyte solution in the medicine cabinet or to reconstitute a powdered sports drink. I was spinning. I grabbed a spoonful of an herbal jam (chaywanprash*) as I crashed to the floor and passed out. When I came to some time later abraded and lying in a pool of something I broke on the way down, I realized that only the sugar and minerals had revived me. I grabbed a bottle of seltzer from the floor and sipped as I took some more jam until full consciousness set in.

A mere 2% drop in body water can trigger fuzzy short term memory, poor judgement, trouble with logical thinking and difficulty focusing. As I lost fluids, my judgement dropped and I let the discomfort of throwing up keep me from drinking. Slowly sipping water or an electrolyte replacement might have prevented this. When too much is lost through diarrhea and vomiting, blood sugar can dramatically drop and there may be insufficient glucose for the brain.

What are electrolytes?
The salts and sugars that circulate in your blood and allow cell transport and nourish the brain. When you sweat, you can taste the sodium and potassium salts on your skin. The sugars are burned as energy. Whether these electrolytes are too high or too low, they can cause life-threatening problems.

Why are electrolytes needed?
The body uses electrolytes to help regulate nerve and muscle function, to help maintain acid-base balance necessary for normal cell functions and to maintain normal fluid levels in cells, tissues, and organs and to move fluids around from cell to cell, tissue to tissue, and organ to organ as needed. They are found in the intracellular fluid (more sodium), extracellular fluid (more potassium) and in the blood. The good (probiotic) bacteria in your intestines help synthesize electrolytes in the colon.

Symptoms of electrolyte imbalance and dehydration include: dizziness, fuzzy thinking, nausea, concentrated and scant urine and possibly dry mouth or mucous tissues. Confusion and disorientation mean that a person who is having severe vomiting or diarrhea should not be left alone to care for himself. When a person suffers from dehydration, it is difficult to judge how well he is doing and whether or not he needs help because of this confusion, Electrolyte imbalance can be caused by infection that causes vomiting or diarrhea, food poisoning, bulimia or laxative abuse, side effects from chemotherapy, excessive sweating during exercise or hot weather and insufficient intake. Rapid depletion of fluids and electrolytes is the most dangerous condition,

Diabetics have special problems. If fluids are depleted while blood sugar is being used up during exercise or after taking insulin, blood sugar may plummet. If the fluids are depleted from other causes, blood sugar can become concentrated. Both can cause diabetic coma. (If you can’t check their blood sugar, give glucose. Too much sugar causes damage over a long period of time, but too little sugar can kill rapidly. Then call 911.)

Water can replace fluids so that the electrolytes remaining in the body can be used. But it eventually dilutes the salts in the blood and a condition called hyponatremia can cause swelling in the brain. That is what killed the Boston Marathon runner in 2002. Note that the symptoms look like those of heat prostration and the runner took extra water to cure her heat prostration.

Too many fluids are at least as dangerous as too few, according to an editorial in the July 19 issue of the British Medical Journal. Most people still think you’re supposed to drink as much as you can, exceeding thirst . But that advice is dead wrong, says Timothy Noakes, MD, author of the editorial and chair of exercise and sports science at the University of Cape Town and the Sports Science Institute of South Africa. A woman runner who drinks enough water to add 2.5 kilograms (about 5 quarts) of water weight can kill herself. Usually sweat and urine will cause the loss of 2 liters an hour, but during exercise the body conserves sweat and people urinate less. Water loss may fall to under 1/3 liter during exercise.

The guidelines are 20 ounces of fluid before exercise, and over the course of every hour of exercise drink between 28 to 40 ounces of fluid. That is not a great amount. Salt loss varies considerably between individuals. In general if your sweat stings your eyes and you typically get a salt crust on your skin from sweating during exercise you should not count on electrolyte solutions like Gatorade being sufficient for you. You need salt from food and should add extra before exercises like a long race and make certain not to overdo fluids.

Take home lessons:
1. Keep a ready source of electrolytes around. This can be as prosaic as young coconut water or carrots and green beans juice. You may also keep salts to be made up, but sometimes you need electrolytes NOW. Keep a bottle near the bed or the bathroom.

2. Homemade solution, say for a patient with diarrhea, can be made and refrigerated from:
2 quarts water
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
7 Tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt substitute (potassium)
1/4 teaspoon ginger

3. During hot weather, drink a sports solution** or drink fluids and get food sources of sugar and salts Even watermelon can be used as a summer electrolyte solution- there were summer riots in Bejing when watermelon could not get into the city as recently as 25 years ago.

4. If a family member has severe diarrhea and vomiting do not leave them alone. If you are alone and cannot get help, get an electrolyte solution and put it by your bed or toilet. Sip it, even if you are also vomiting. a natural Gingerale or nonalcoholic ginger beer may be more useful initially than other electrolyte solutions because ginger settles the stomach. But use other solutions with the salts and potassium when your stomach settles down.

5. If diabetic, watch your fluid intake AND your blood sugar carefully. If a diabetic is in a coma and blood sugar levels cannot be taken give something sweet and call 911. (If blood sugar can be checked, do so while you are waiting because the EMTs generally are not allowed to test themselves but can use your information.)

5. Drink just to thirst while exercising. For short sessions, water is fine if you are not a salt excreeter (see below) and have good mineral sources in your food. For long sessions an electrolyte solution is useful. Weigh yourself before and after exercise session. If you lose weight, drink more. If you have gained weight, drink less.

6. If you have sweat that crusts and stings your eyes, drink electrolyte solutions when you exercise and take extra salt and potassium rich foods like bananas before long hot races.

*Chaywanprash is an Ayurvedic tonic jam which is extremely high in Vitamin C. It has salty, sweet and sour tastes. Chaywanprash’s basic ingredient amla has 30 times more vitamin C than orange and helps in strengthening the immune system and expediting the healing process. Regular intake of chyawanprash strengthens digestion, absorption and assimilation of food and balances stomach acids.

**Ingredients for Homemade Sports Drinks (1 liter):

  • Pure organic fruit juice concentrate (200-240 ml or 8 oz)
  • Water or Green Tea (to 1 liter)
  • Salt (1/4 – 1/3 teaspoon)

    June 8th 2005 – The Importance of Fluids and Electrolyte Balance
    by Karen S. Vaughan
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    Acupuncture and Herbs by Karen Vaughan, L.Ac.
    253 Garfield Place 1R
    Brooklyn, NY 11215 US
    (718) 622-6755

    Credits: Hyponatremia in Distance Athletes-Pulling the IV on the ‘Dehydration Myth’ by Timothy D. Noakes, MB ChB, MD. THE PHYSICIAN AND SPORTSMEDICINE – VOL 28 – NO. 9 – SEPTEMBER 2000 noakes.htm http://www.physsportsmed.com/issues/2000/09_00/


    Karen Vaughan is a New York State licensed acupuncturist and an herbalist trained in both western and Chinese herbal medicine. She has the advanced designation of Registered Herbalist from the American Herbalists Guild and is the only RH in New York City. Her MS degree is in Oriental Medicine from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, New York. This degree offers four years of training in acupuncture and herbal medicine, grounded in both the Chinese classics and in western medicine. She has had post graduate training in Chinese gynecology, dermatology, tui na (Chinese physical therapy) and addiction treatment.

    Her special areas of treatment are Autoimmune Diseases, Diabetes and Dermatology, but she does general Chinese Medicine as well.

    She does Herbal Consultations, Acupuncture, Acu-aromatherapy and Raindrops Technique essential oil treatments.

    She works on both a physical and spiritual basis, well grounded in science but not limited to the concrete.

    Call (718) 622-6755 for an appointment in Manhattan and Park Slope, Brooklyn or email her with inquiries at KSVaughan2@aol.com

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    Q: Is sea salt and warm water a good natural laxative? If so how often do you recommend the use of sea salt for elimination? I was reading The Master Cleanser by Stanley Burroughs and it gives this recommendation, along with drinking lemon water mixed with organic syrup and cayenne pepper. Is it safe to give myself an enema 2xs per day using a hot water bottle filled with fresh squeezed organic lemon and distilled water? Asking this because Bzod had me to listen to 88.3 today here in Cincinnati and the guy (Mike) was telling how he does this regularly and has great results.

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    You can do it as often as you FEEL the need to drink or take it. 

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    And yes, you can perform enemas 2X a day! Enemas are very helpful for health!

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    Q: What product can I use to keep my blood sugar level down? I don't want to take the medicine that I know my doctor will prescribe. This just started happening to me.

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    Start taking SUGAR BUSTER, PANCREAS AUXILIARY FORMULA , and ELECTRIC GREENS CELL FOOD daily.

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    A:

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    Q: I've been a vegan for 2 years now. I've done the FBD 3 times in these two years, but my urine is still yellow. The only time it is clear is immediately after I drink water (reverse osmosis water). If I miss a day of drinking water, my urine goes back to being dark yellow. Does this mean that my body is still very toxic? Also, is it normal to release urine 5 to 15 minutes after drinking liquids? I would think that water would need to stay in the body for awhile for proper hydration and cleansing.

    A:

    From what you wrote I would suggest you start drinking alkaline water (purchase an alkaline water machine, you can find various brands in our e-book "Alternative Diet and Lifestyle Manual"). If you are urinating within 10-15 minutes of drinking water you are not absorbing the water, and thus you require micro-clustered water which an alkaline (and ionizing) water machine does. I also highly recommend consumption of our Kidneys-Bladder formula (3 capsules per day).

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    Q: Good morning. I tried the WEIGHT RELEASE CLEANSE AND REGIMEN and followed the diet. I must say that I am amazed at how good I feel. Energetic and focused but alas, I only lost 3 pounds in the 3 weeks. I am 5'5 and currently at 181 pounds. My body is extremely resistant to weight loss. I have done several different types of detox including the IZO juice cleanse in the last year and had not lost weight. I don't even seem to respond to a very low calorie diet. I do have elevated liver Enzyme levels and a recent blood test showed low B6 vitamin and not proper protein digestion. I exercise 3 times a week and I eat rather health and mostly organic. Please HELP. Thanks

    A:

    This means that your body focused on another area that was of more importance than weight release. your mind wanted weight reduction but your body intelligence focused on something else. Go with the flow of the body intelligence and trust it. You apparently have an energetic block that prevents you from physically releasing weight (since you've tried other programs). Consider scheduling a consultation so we can get at the energetic/emotional root of your problem. Simply stop worrying about "losing" weight. Focus on what you desire (to see yourself in the size you desire). Don't focus on what you don't want (i.e. to lose weight).

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    Q: My question is regarding fibroids. I have been told I have had fibroids about the size of someone 3 months pregnant. I have been told there are two in clusters. They gave me the diameters, but I don't have that information at this time. My OB/GYN has told me he believes it is causing me to be slightly anemic. I have been trying some remedies on my own like more exercise and a change in diet. My primary physician does not recommend surgery she has me taking iron ferrous sulfate supplements twice per day to help with my iron count. It seems to be helping. The only problem I have with taking the iron supplements is that it sometimes causes constipation and I am normally pretty regular. I usually eliminate 2 times per day sometimes 3. My OB/GYN on the other hand keeps pushing for me to having surgery.& amp; nbsp; They had me take BC pills, however I took myself off of them because they made me sick. I took them only for 6 months. I'm 45 and have never taken BC pills ever and I don't want to start now. I've never been pregnant. I flow heavy on my 2nd and 3rd day heavy and after that it is manageable. My cycle has improved however I want to reduce the flow on those days if possible and of course dissolve the fibroid if at all possible. Doctors tell me they won't go away unless removed. I used to be on my cycle for 7 days and 4 of those days were heavy. Now I'm normally on for 4 days and only the 2nd and 3rd day are heavy. I know that as I reach menopause they may shrink in size, however I'm still aways off from that. I eat no red meat however I do eat fish and poultry. I eat a pretty good balance of vegetables and fruits, mostly raw and steamed. I drink lactaid milk. I don't eat much dairy except cheese and eggs occasionally. I do have a weakness, I love potato chips. I know this is not good. I can feel the fibroid get bigger when I eat them. When I stop for a period of time it decreases in size. At least I feel like it does. I'm not a sugar craver, however during the week before my cycle I'll crave sweets. I usually resist. I feel it's my diet that has caused the fibroids as well as every female in my family has had a hysterectomy due to fibroids. I think it is also hereditary as well. Whatever the case I'd like to know what regimen can you put me on that will help me? The goal is to reduce or dissolve the size of the fibroid so it is not affecting my iron level. I'm also starting to see my abdomen get bigger when I've always had a flat stomach. Perhaps this is me just getting older, however I think it's the fibroids. Constant low levels over time can't be good. I hope I have provided you enough information to give me your recommendation. If not please feel free to e-mail me for any additional information you need. I'm looking for a natural cure. Outside of this condition I'm in very good health. No problem with weight, high blood pressure or high cholesterol. I'm pretty athletic and active as well. Please advise. I look forward to your recommendation.

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    I remember just recently e-mailing you on this inquiry. Your diet MUST CHANGE! Consider full fledged RAW FOODS and VEGAN diet during your healing transition. Lactaid milk is HORRIBLE for you. Did you read our â€FIBROID TUMORS†article?????? You need to keep on performing FULL BODY DETOX followed by Fibroid Buster kit and regimen, back to back! Continuously! Detoxing must become a lifestyle for you! For iron, consider Dherbs.Com IRON PHOSPHATE FORMULA and MOON CYCLE FORMULA. Also, consider a telephone consultation because time is greatly limited in writing back in response to inquiries. There is much healing for you, Beloved!

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    Q: My sugar cravings are out of this world. I am not diabetic but have terrible sugar bouts. I have recently bought the sugar control. The bottle says 3 pills a day. Can I take 3 pills several times a day since my sugar cravings are so bad?

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    You may take your Sugar Control Formula, up to 3 times a day, with each meal!