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Electrolyte Balance – Part Two

Achieving electrolyte balance is a key step in getting to a place of optimal health. It isn’t an easy thing to do, what with the stress of everyday life (robs your body of potassium), working out hard (lose sodium) and trying to deal with out toxic environment. But, with a little bit of time and effort, you can get it right.

The key issue is getting the right balance of potassium and sodium everyday in your diet to attain electrolyte balance in the long term. As I mentioned in my previous blog on electrolyte balance, you need to get about a 2:1 ratio of potassium over sodium. As you recall, this is not what the average person living in the Western world is getting. According to research, we are nowhere near that ratio, as is evidenced by this important paper. In it they state that it is estimated that only 3% of Americans get the daily need of 4,700 mgs of potassium. That is insane!!! As they put it “Adequate dietary potassium is important for heart and bone health and reduces the risk of stroke and coronary heart disease.”

We already have been made aware that many people get more than enough sodium, typically 3,300-3,400 mgs a day but that is only 1 gram more than is recommended. Potassium deficit’s are a much greater problem in my opinion. The best way is by increasing your dietary intake like I mentioned in the previous blog.

Now it sounds to some that I’m being a bit too repetitive on increasing potassium but the data out there shows that it is a crises in the making. Athletes are a group that needs to be aware of this, especially those who cramp a lot. Recently, I did a podcast interview with the guts at Clean Health in Sydney, Australia on the subject of electrolyte balance and athletes (you can find it on iTunes or other podcatchers). In it, I recount a conversation I had with a trainer where they mentioned another “biochemist” claiming that athletes do not need additional potassium as when tested after working out, their levels were high.

What the skeptic failed to realize is that most potassium is intracellular (inside the cell) and when looking at a blood test, you are measuring the extracellular (outside the cell) amounts. Athletes, especially high performing ones, are breaking up cells when they work out which would naturally increase their extracellular levels for a short time but that does not mean they don’t need it. Quite often they cramp precisely because they don’t have enough potassium. Electrolyte balance is key in preventing cramping and improving performance.

So next time you’re out looking for a electrolyte that is truly balanced, make sure it has a 2-1 ratio of potassium over sodium like the ones at KTS Products.

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Dr. Dietrich Klinghardt

In this interview from October 15, 2008, Mark Schauss talks to Dr. Dietrich Klinghardt.

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Dr. John Peldyak DMD – Xylitol and Fructose

In this interview from December, 2002, Robert Crayhon talks to Dr. John Peldyak about Xylitol and fructose.  Thanks to Complementary Prescriptions for the use of this recording.

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Dr. Jeremy Appleton ND & Dr. Brian O’Connell NMD – Clinical Applications of MSM

In this interview from August, 2002, Robert Crayhon talks to Dr. Jeremy Appleton and Dr. Brian O’Connell about clinical applications of MSM.  Thanks to Complementary Prescriptions for the use of this recording.

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Dr. Andrew Cutler, PhD – Mercury Detox

In this interview from September, 2008, Dr. Mark Schauss talks to Dr. Andrew Cutler about mercury detoxification.

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Mercury toxicity is a growing problem in today’s toxic environment. Sources vary from amalgams in your mouth, in the fish you eat and from the smoke coming from coal fired power plants. But if you think that this is a modern problem, you would be wrong. Mercury has been found in Greenland ice flows that date back to the time of the Roman Empire. It was a by-product of their weapons production through the smelting of many of the metals they used in their war machine.

I’ve known Dr. Cutler for a number of years and highly respect his science, especially when it comes to mercury and the proper way to detoxify it. So many in the traditional medical field either deny the problem with mercury or just flat out refuse to acknowledge it. Conversely, many in the alternative and complimentary field try to detoxify this ubiquitous heavy metal with no regard to safety. In this interview between Dr. Cutler and I we talk about the safe and effective ways to remove mercury from the system.

Not only is this interview available in audio, thanks to Michael Ross, it is also available here in a PDF transcript.

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Will Taylor – Selenium Anti-Viral

In this interview from May, 2004, Robert Crayhon talks to Will Taylor about selenium anti-viral.  Thanks to Complementary Prescriptions for the use of this recording.

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Dr. Steven Baskin – The Clinical Applications of Taurine

In this interview from May, 2002, Robert Crayhon talks to Dr. Steven Baskin about the clinical applications of Taurine.  Thanks to Complementary Prescriptions for the use of this recording.

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Dr. Robert Rountree MD – Treating Fibromyalgia

In this interview from April, 2002, Robert Crayhon talks to Dr. Robert Rountree about treating fibromyalgia.  Thanks to Complementary Prescriptions for the use of this recording.

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Dr. Catherine Willner, MD – Parkinson’s Disease

In this interview from May, 2004, Robert Crayhon talks to Dr. Catherine Willner about Parkinson’s Disease.  Thanks to Complementary Prescriptions for the use of this recording.

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Dr. Mark Schauss, DB – The Need for Metabolic Testing

In this interview from May, 2004, Robert Crayhon talks to Dr. Mark Schauss about the need for metabolic testing.  Thanks to Complementary Prescriptions for the use of this recording.

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When Robert Crayhon contacted me about doing this interview I was, to say the least, excited. He was a person I so looked up to that it was an honor to go into the studio to talk about a subject I am very passionate about, the need to do metabolic testing to achieve optimal health.

I hope you enjoy the interview as much as I did doing it.

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