A condition on salt deficeincy causing the body's
cells to not function properly. Do
not use table salt to remidy this condition!
Table salt is toxic. See our
Wipipedia: "Hyponatremia (British: hyponatraemia)
is an electrolyte disturbance (disturbance of
the salts in the blood) in which the sodium
(Natrium in Latin) concentration in the plasma
is lower than normal(hypo in Greek; in this
case, below 135 mmol/L).
Severe or rapidly progressing hyponatremia
can result in swelling of the brain (cerebral
edema), and the symptoms of hyponatremia are
mainly neurological. Hyponatremia is most often
a complication of other medical illnesses in
which either fluids rich in sodium are lost
(for example because of diarrhea or vomiting),
or excess water accumulates in the body at a
higher rate than it can be excreted (for example
in polydipsia or syndrome of inappropriate antidiuretic
hormone, SIADH). There may also be spurious
hyponatremia (pseudohyponatremia or factitious
hyponatremia) if other substances expand the
serum and dilute the sodium (for example, high
blood levels of fats in hypertriglyceridemia
or high blood sugar in hyperglycemia)."
By Mayo Clinic staff: Hyponatremia is an abnormally
low concentration of sodium in your blood.
When your blood sodium is too low, your cells
malfunction — causing swelling. In chronic
hyponatremia, sodium levels drop gradually over
several days or weeks — and symptoms are
typically moderate. In acute hyponatremia, sodium
levels drop rapidly — resulting in potentially
dangerous effects, such as rapid brain swelling,
which can result in coma and death.
Hyponatremia occurs when the sodium in your
blood is diluted by excess water. Hyponatremia
may result from medical conditions that impair
excretion of water from your body, or by a significant
increase in water consumption, such as by athletes
competing in marathons and other high-endurance
By Mayo Clinic staff: Hyponatremia
symptoms may include:
* Nausea and vomiting
* Appetite loss
* Restlessness and irritability
* Muscle weakness, spasms or cramps
* Decreased consciousness or coma" (3)
circulates in the body fluids outside the cells.
It is very important for maintaining blood pressure.
Sodium is also needed for nerves and muscles
to work properly.
When sodium levels drop in the fluids outside
the cells, water will seep into the cells to
balance the salt levels. The cells will swell
as a result of the excess water. Although most
cells can handle this swelling, brain cells
cannot, because the skull confines them. Brain
swelling causes most of the symptoms of hyponatremia."
Certain conditions may cause a lack of sodium
in the blood. Specific causes of hyponatremia
Water intoxication (water replacement without
replacement of blood electrolytes).
Kidney, heart or liver problems.
Drugs - such as diuretics, Heparin, certain
chemotherapy drugs (Aminoglutethimide, Cyclophosphamide
Conditions related to steroid, hormone or defects
in your metabolism such as: Syndrome of Inappropriate
Anti-Diuretic Hormone (SIADH) - This occurs
when a hormone, ADH, is not being properly regulated.
You may be urinating frequently, and your kidneys
are excreting too much sodium. This may occur
as a result of many conditions, including certain
types of lung cancer...Avoid caffeine and alcohol,
as these can cause you to have electrolyte disturbances."