How can you better understand a low Sodium Potassium ratio?
First it is helpful to understand the importance of a normal sodium (Na) to potassium (K) ratio and these minerals in general.
Dr. Eck a pioneer in the study of tissue mineral levels, ratios and metabolic patterns, referred to the Na/K ratio as the vitality ratio, showing its importance. Both these minerals are associated with adrenal activity, but potassium is influenced by the thyroid gland as well.
Sodium is important in that it regulates our blood volume and blood pressure, and keeping the fluids in our body in balance. Potassium is important for the functions of cells, organs and tissues and is important for our heart, digestive and muscular functions.
This ratio can be the most important ratio looked at on a hair analysis. The ratio of Na/K is associated not only with our heart function, but also with the kidneys, and liver function. A low Na/k is often linked with chronic infection in the body. One may suffer from multiple infections, in the sinuses, ears, joints to name a few places. And it is directly associated with the function of our adrenal gland. If one is suffering from a low Na/K may be experiencing adrenal exhaustion, with symptoms of allergies, fatigue, and depression. It could lead to one entering into adrenal burnout.
A low Na/K affects hormones, stress, and emotional reactions. Generally a low Na/K indicates progesterone dominate hormones, chronic stress; frustration, resentment and hostility. When we look at the lifestyle of an individual we may find some issues contributing to a low Na/K such; 1. Not getting enough rest and 2. It could be due to toxic metals which impair the cellular energy production. Whatever the cause following a recommended supplement program has helped many to normalize their Na/K ratio.
One may naturally ask; should I increase my salt intake since my sodium is low? The quick answer is no. One can suffer from a low Na/K and consume excessive salt, just as one can consume no salt and suffer a high Na/K. It is recommended to avoid table salt and use unrefined sea salt or a pure salt. I have a recommendation on my web site for a pure salt that I love.
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