*Alto*sterone

Yes I know I misspelled Aldosterone but I got to thinking about whether or not mine is low and like the thought bubble above cartoon character’s heads I saw clearly Alto-sterone. Okay, I know only I think that is funny and the rest of you think it is just odd but this is my blog and I can laugh if I want to (to be sung to It’s My Party and I’ll Cry if I Want To).

What is Aldosterone? Janey Bowthorpe describes Aldosterone as the principal of a group of mineralocorticoids. It helps regulate levels of sodium and potassium in your body–i.e. it helps you retain needed salt, which in turn helps control your blood pressure, the distribution of fluids in the body, and the balance of electrolytes in your blood. If it gets too low you can have dizziness, high pulse and/or palpitations, salt cravings, low blood volume and low blood pressure. Excessive thirst is common due to your cravings for salt. Generally low Aldosterone is associated with adrenal health or really lack of adrenal health and can affect treatment with hydrocortisone because it renders it less effective.

What can you do if you suspect aldosterone insufficiency? First you should probably salt fast for 24 hours and then have a blood test specific for aldosterone. If you just suspect low aldosterone but not a overwhelming problem you could add sea salt to your diet 1/2 tsp twice a day and see if you feel better. If you test and your tests come back as insuffucient then it may be necessary to take a pharmaceutical product called Florinef. Florinef  has greater mineralcorticoid activity just like aldosterone does, so it imitates what your body should be doing on its own but cannot because it is fatigued. Often people with adrenal fatigue have to take Florinef with Cortef as both imitate the natural hormones their weakened adrenals would normally produce.

So far my personal experience is that of a minor inconvenience. I seem to crave salt and only when I take plenty of salt do my ankles remain their normal size, my blood pressure stays in its normal range, and my pulse keeps beating along at 75-80 beats per minute. When I get lazy and forget my salt (Celtic Gray Salt 2-3 teaspoons a day in hot water and I also use Celtic Sea Salt on my food) my pulse races, my ankles swell and my blood pressure plummets. I even carry Celtic Sea Salt in my purse in case I need it to lower my pulse.

*Warning* Before I close I want to explain my stressing Celtic Sea Salt as it will never do to use Morton salt in the same way I use Celtic Sea Salt. Morton’s is highly processed and much higher in sodium chloride and other chemicals and will very

Unprocessed whole sea salt

likely make you more ill not less ill if taken in these quantities.  Unprocessed sea salt contains minerals such as ionized sodium, magnesium, calcium, potassium, and selenium, plus many trace elements such as copper, iron, zinc, manganese, and chromium. The human body uses the minerals & trace elements in sea salt to create electrolytes, maintaining the “internal ocean” which is vital to the proper functioning of every system in the body. If you suspect you need to support your adrenals with salt use only unprocessed salt.

All in good health,

Kris

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