A Holistic Approach To Hyponatremia and How To Prevent Edema

Question

Can you unravel what the medical profession calls Hyponatremia–which is characterized by chronic low sodium in the blood and excessive anti-diuretic hormone?

The person also needs to restrict water to prevent edema.

Conventional doctors simply want to add saline, so I am looking for a more holistic perspective on this condition.


Response

The medical profession always makes things more difficult to grasp than need be because they need to cover a few things up as they try to explain their biochemical model so that their pharmaceutical model will seem like it actually makes sense.

When you confuse the masses with your complicated linguistics, they are more likely to accept the pill and not ask questions.

To answer your question, let's start by going back to basics and remember that the body responds to stress in the same way, whether it is mental, physical, or chemical stress.

It does this by triggering the fight or fight adaptation–which is a sympathetic nervous system response.

It is a protective mechanism to get you out of harms way in times of crisis whether real or perceived.

So the body will need to create a burst of energy to respond to the stress as the sympathetic branches of your nervous system send a signal to your adrenal glands to secrete aldosterone, cortisol, and epinephrine/adrenaline so that you can either fight or run in response to whatever the stress may be. 

Now, the adrenal glands, which are monitored by the all-seeing brain, will categorize the threat of stress and prioritize the level of the stress on the pendulum to whether it is extremely high or low.

This determines whether we need to produce more or less adrenaline.

The sympathetic stimulation will cause a release of aldosteronewhich increases the retention of copper and sodium to provide this energy.

Simultaneously, zinc and magnesium, the calming minerals, along with potassium are excreted by the kidneys.

This results in a loss of these vital nutrients in response to sodium and copper going higher in order to stimulate the body to raise adaptive energy for whatever the emergency may be.

However, the long-term stressors keep this cycle in perpetual motion, but with a hefty price to pay for our longevity and health.

This process over time will burn out the adrenals resulting in chronic low levels of potassium, which is mostly a cortisol response. 

Low levels of sodium, which this person is experiencing with Hyponatremia, is mostly an aldosterone response, meaning that the adrenals are burnt out and can no longer secrete the minerals to even mount an immune response to any stress.

The total estrogens, excess or not, will add to this picture by increasing copper levels because they overstimulate the aldosterone receptors in the kidney-adrenal complex.

This leads to sodium, copper, and fluid retention.

It will also mean the excess elimination of magnesium, zinc, and potassium through the urine.

So both estrogens and aldosterone can increase swelling, increasing blood volume leading to an increase in blood pressure or hypertension, resulting in cardiac and vascular damage that we call our strokes and heart attacks.

The only way to prevent this from happening to you is by having your mineral levels tested and taking the right approach to getting your body back in balance.