Adrenal dysfunction and adrenal fatigue may be aleviated by finding the amount of salt intake one should have.
For the person with depleted adrenals
sunbathing on the beach can have
devastating results. The salt loser
that attempts to function on low salt
does not understand why he feels
faint, or is suddenly unable to
function in the heat, or he feels his
mind is cloudy and his energy gone.
He may become very weak, tired, and
depressed. Salt is needed for the
electrical function of the heartbeat,
to make hydrochloric acid in the
stomach, and for the fluid around the
cells. Sodium is the principal fluid
outside of the cell (extra-cellular
fluid) and as a result affects the
proper function of all cells. The
nerve cells of the brain, and
consequently all of our emotions, are
affected by the salt levels. Adding
enough sodium chloride (salt) to the
diet may be all that is needed for
Even other types of conditions, like
kidney disease, need "some" salt and
should have a moderate amount.
According to Richard H. Ahrens, Ph.D.
of the USDA and an Associate Professor
of Nutrition at the University of
Maryland, salt use does not cause
hypertension as is frequently claimed.
There should be no salt restrictions
during pregnancy and no diuretic use.
If there is edema in pregnancy, extra
salt brings about diuresis. It can be
a serious mistake for an individual to
avoid salt for no apparent reason.
For any loss of body fluids -
excessive perspiration or urination,
vomiting or diarrhea - the lost salt
must be replaced. A person with
undiagnosed adrenal dysfunction (who
is therefore a salt loser) on a salt
restricted diet may be slowly
deteriorating as the result.
There appears to be no food that
naturally contains more sodium than
potassium and therefore salt must be
added to the diet. This is why Gandhi
led the revolution in India. Salt is
essential to life. In Addison's
Disease, where there is a complete
non-function (atrophy) of the adrenal
cortex, patient's can suffer from
prostration, die from excess
perspiration or a diet high in
potassium or low in sodium.
To find the amount of salt you need,
gradually increase your salt intake
until you find the amount you feel
best on - usually 2 to 10 grams or
roughly 1/2 teaspoonful to 1
tablespoonful. After determining the
amount, try to cut back and see if
that is just as effective. The
addition of a small amount of sugar
actually helps you absorb salt. In
fact this is the basis for many
popular electrolyte replacement
products like Gatorade. Some
individuals may also need potassium.