That Unquenchable Thirst … and Other Signs of Sodium Deficiency

salty waterThe most definitive symptom of abnormally low sodium levels, a condition called hyponatremia, is an unquenchable thirst. There’s no feeling like it. No matter how much water one drinks, the thirst cannot be sated; within five minutes of imbibing water, regardless of amount, the thirst will have returned.

Other Symptoms of Sodium Deficiency

  • Headache
  • Muscle weakness and/or cramps
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Irritability
  • Mood swings
  • Hallucinations

If not treated in a timely manner sodium deficiency can lead to coma and death.

The Importance of Sodium

Our bodies cannot function without sodium, our most important electrolyte. Electrolytes are minerals that carry an electric charge, like microscopic batteries, and these “batteries” affect the amount of fluid in the body, blood pH, muscle function (including the heart), neural impulses and more. Sodium, and other electrolytes, are responsible for life functions at the cellular level and beyond. Without sufficient amounts of sodium in the blood and intracellular fluids, the body will fail and we will die. Sodium is literally a matter of life and death; so, how much we consume (or don’t) is the difference between healthiness and illness, a sense of well-being and cognitive decline.

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The Number 1 Killer in the United States and How You Can Beat It

heart in handsBy Anthony Muzonzini

Do you know what the number one killer in much of the developed world and especially the United States is? The answer is heart disease. With all the junk food that is available nowadays heart disease has turned in to the biggest killer today. So how can we beat this serial killer and add a few more years to our lives you ask? The answer is simple. We just need to eat healthier and the risk or contracting any sort of heart problem is greatly reduced. In fact you can add about 15 years to your life by just changing a few things in your diet.

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Children’s Heart Health

babyWithHeartDefectHeart screenings for children and adolescents should be mandatory and a routine part of yearly physicals, unfortunately, the American medical community generally considers such exams unnecessary. This erroneous belief and the fact that most pediatricians do not recommend regular heart screenings to parents, makes events like CHD (Congenital Heart Defect) Awareness Week (February 7-14) a necessity.

Early heart screenings can and do save lives. One example is the case of, then sixth grader, Madelinne d’Aversa who was born with a hole in her heart. If her grandmother had not volunteered her to have a heart exam as part of the Houston Early Age Risk Testing and Screening (aka HEARTS) she may not be alive today. Madelinne showed no outward signs of a heart condition, so, without that scan, her heart defect may have gone undetected until an autopsy revealed it as the cause of her passing, some day in the future. Instead, Madelinne had surgery and was back to “normal”, dancing and playing volleyball at school, only four months later.

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Heart Month & Health Goals

Healthy-HeartFebruary is American Heart Month, the month in which we’re reminded of the importance of checking our blood pressure and nagging our loved ones to do the same. But it’s not just blood pressure that affects one’s heart health, though it is the number one predictor of heart attack and stroke.

To quote the American Heart Association,

“Know your health numbers.”

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Stopping Panic Attacks Naturally

Anxiety-Attack-Symptoms-in-MenBy Jacinta Hawthorn

If you want to understand how to stop panic attacks naturally then it sounds like you are planning to go the self help option instead of making use of prescription drugs to manage your anxiety and panic. Anxiety attacks can be halted and there are incredible all natural means of accomplishing this. Panic and anxiety attacks start off in the brain and they are created in the area of the brain referred to as amygdala. This really is rather like a switch that turns anxiety and off.

Controlling the amygdala is the vital thing to mastering precisely how to cease panic and anxiety attacks naturally. Panic and anxiety believe it or not accomplish a useful purpose as their function is to alert you of approaching threat so that you can do something to assure your own survival. This process is named the fight or flight response. Panic and anxiety symptoms happen once this process becomes too easily induced due to over excitement of this response.

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Does Menopause Increase Risk of Diabetes?

menopauseBy Dr. Victor Marchione

It is an idea that has been hinted at for some time, and its answer is important for all middle-aged women. Does menopause influence one’s risk for type 2 diabetes? With the latest health news, it’s time to don a smile, because researchers found the answer to be “no.”

Postmenopausal women had no higher risk for diabetes whether they experienced natural menopause or had their ovaries removed,according to the national clinical trial of 1,237 women at high risk for diabetes, ages 40 to 65.

In other words, menopause had no additional effect on risk for diabetes. Menopause remains one of many small steps in aging and it doesn’t mean women’s health will be worse after going through this transition. The results are published in the August issue of “Menopause.”

The findings also shed light on the impact of diet and exercise and hormone replacement therapy on the health of postmenopausal women. Previous studies had shown that menopause could speed the progression to diabetes because of the higher levels of testosterone. All the women in the study had “glucose intolerance,” meaning their bodies struggled to process blood sugar into energy.

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Holistic Treatment Center : Combat The Psychological Effects Of Child Abuse

Child-abuseBy Anna J. Stuart

Intentional or unintentional, child abuse has a great impact on the physical as well as physiological health of a child. This distressing event can happen anywhere like at homes, schools, organizations ethnic or cultural groups. Physical harms involve lifelong health problems along with cognitive difficulties. When you talk about emotional effects, it results in low self-esteem, depression, anxiety, eating disorders, difficulties in managing relationships and even personality disorder. Here the role of depression treatment center comes into picture. Don’t ignore the signs of child abuse. It’s no less than a crime. A relevant treatment center can rescue the sufferer from the pangs of depression and anxiety.

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