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Doctor insights on: Himalayan Salt Health Risks

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Dr. Rex Mahnensmith
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Sodium (Definition)

It's an element that is important in the cell functions ...Read more


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What are the health benefits of epsom salt bath?

What are the health benefits of epsom salt bath?

Magnesium & sulphur: Epson salt is made from a chemical compound known as magnesium sulfate. Therefore if you bathe in epsom salts, the magnesium and the sulfur come in contact with your skin and can increase your tissue levels of magnesium and sulfur. Many people are deficient in both magnesium and sulfur, these people may benefit from soaking in epsom salts. Sulfur is detoxifying & magnesium is a vital mineral. ...Read more

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What are the health benefits of ionic crystal salt lamps?

What are the health benefits of ionic crystal salt lamps?

Crystal salt lamps: I don't have personal knowledge about this. http://healing.about.com/od/saltrocks/a/salt-lamps.htm ...Read more

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Any health benefits of drinking "smart water"?

Any health benefits of drinking "smart water"?

No. Lots of sugar.: Smart water *sounds* like it's healthy but it's not. One bottle has 7 teaspoons of sugar, even more than 12 oz bottle of coca cola [though i'm not saying that you should drink coke instead]. Plain water is healthiest. Crave flavor? Add a slice of lemon, lime, orange or cucumber. Make your own iced tea [flavored green tea or herbal tea]. Only thing smart about it: makes your pocketbook smart. Ow. ...Read more

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What health benefits are associated with drinking vinegar in water?

What health benefits are associated with drinking vinegar in water?

Probably none: Another old wives/folk tale that it can help cure everything, prevent cancer, promote a longer or healthier life. About only thing proven is that an ounce of apple cider t night can very slightly reduce blood sugar levels by a few %, possible useful for some biabetics. Only documented scientific study to show it helps anything. Active ingredient is Acetic Acid which helps nothing else. ...Read more

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Does swimming in salt water pose any blood pressure risk?

Does swimming in salt water pose any blood pressure risk?

No, if BP controlled: Swimming is great exercise! Salt water is no problem unless you swallow a whole lot of it! Also, if your blood pressure is not under control, only do the amount of exercise your doc recommends, until it is controlled, no matter what exercise it is. ...Read more

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Are there any health benefits to drinking lemon water? Other than the obvious water benefits?

Are there any health benefits to drinking lemon water? Other than the obvious water benefits?

Lemon extract: Is rich in citrate. Citrate is essential as a kidney stone prevention compound. In fact citrate is unique that way. So, published data do demonstrate that stone formers who intake 4-6 tablespoons of lemon extract per day (ReaLemon) stop forming stones. ...Read more

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Sir,in india people use Asafoetida in curries mostly. Any health benefits or harms by using Asafoetida??

Sir,in india people use Asafoetida in curries mostly. Any health benefits or harms by using Asafoetida??

Limited evidence: It's used for many respiratory and gastrointestinal issues though it presently isn't clear how effective it may be if at all. One thing to be aware of is that it does contain low amounts of coumarins which serve to thin your blood. So if you bleed easily you may consider avoiding this particularly in large amounts. ...Read more

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Are there any health benefits to drinking alkaline water?

No evidence it helps: Alkaline water has a higher ph level than does plain tap water, proponents say that it can neutralize acid in your bloodstream, boost your metabolism and help your body absorb nutrients more effectively. Some even say that alkaline water can help prevent disease and slow the aging process. However, researchers haven't verified these claims. ...Read more

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Is Himalayan salt safe for fibromyalgia has 84 elements in it including iodine from health food store?

Is Himalayan salt safe for fibromyalgia has 84 elements in it including iodine from health food store?

Yes: Himalayan salt is knows a "white gold" and contains many anecdotal health benefits from it's 84 elements that are formed under tectonic pressure. This salt has been purported to help with aging, rheumatoid arthralgia, fibromyalgia and other autoimmune diseases. This salt reportedly helps with blood vessel, respiratory, blood pressure and many other preventive health issues. All anectdotal but safe ...Read more

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Health benefits of twinings fruit teas?

May be real: Some of these contain stuff like lavendar and cammomile that will help soothe a person. Don't expect magic. A good herbalist who's evidence-based can tell you more. ...Read more

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Are there any health benefits associated with baking soda?

Baking soda: http://www.md-health.com/Drinking-Baking-Soda.html Be aware that there are also RISKs for some uses of baking soda. ...Read more

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What are health benefits of pickled garlic?

What are health benefits of pickled garlic?

I do not claim to be: Any type of expert on food supplement; however, from what i was informed, any benefits of garlic are obtained by eating fresh garlic from the clove. It is possible that any "good" chemicals in the garlic may be lost with the pickling process. ...Read more

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What are the health benefits of red sea salt?

What are the health benefits of red sea salt?

Red sea salt: Many alternative health practitioners believe that Celtic sea salt, Himalayan sea salt and Hawaiian sea salt all contain natural trace minerals that help balance electrolytes. Red salt from Kauai is infused with alaea, a type of Hawaiian clay. The clay tints the salt red because it contains iron oxide, which serves as an added nutrient.. Sea salt naturally contains magnesium and potassium, ...Read more

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Why is lemon juice & sea salt good for your skin?

Why is lemon juice & sea salt good for your skin?

Soothing: These are both mildly antinflammatory and help to make the skin surface mildly acidic which establishes a normal ph. There is some mild skin lightening from lemon juice. Be careful because some lemon and lime on the skin may cause phototoxicity and hyperpigmentation and you may get the opposite effect! ...Read more

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Can you please lay out the health risks & cons of fluoride consumption?

Can you please lay out the  health risks & cons of fluoride consumption?

Low Dosage - none: The small amounts of Fluoride that most of us receive from optimally fluoridated drinking water, Fluoride tooth paste, mouthwash, etc. Has no scientifically proven risks. Exposure to excessive amounts of fluoride, especially over a long period of time, can cause dental and/or skeletal fluorosis. You do not have to worry about excess Fluoride exposure in new orleans. ...Read more

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Sea salt for cleaning out piercings vs. iodized salt, which is better?

Sea salt for cleaning out piercings vs. iodized salt, which is better?

Don't get conned: Remember your high school chemistry. Oh, you didn't? Well, table salt is sodium chloride. Salt crystals are exactly equal numbers of sodium & chloride ions. Every single sodium & chlorine atom on Earth has been here for >4 billion yr, since the planet formed. It's a fundamental principle: Every atom of every element is chemically identical. From seawater or made in a lab, salt is salt. ...Read more

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Please tell me what are health risks that are associated with a diet that is high in salt?

Please tell me what are health risks that are associated with a diet that is high in salt?

Increase in BP: Excess of salt will raise your blood pressure. Since high BP is common(half of the adults in the us have hbp) it is essential that you check your bp. If it >120/80 then itis best you avoid high salted foods and avoid adding any salt beyond what is already in the food. Many chips and french fries are loaded with salt.So avoid all such foods. ...Read more

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How does salt affect your health?

How does salt affect your health?

Effects of salt: We all need some sodium as part of a healthy diet. Up to 80% of what you need is already there in the food you eat. Excess salt though has been associated with high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease. Here is a more comprehensive article to help you: http://www.Kidneydoctorbradenton.Org/2013/04/diet-for-patients-with-kidney-disease.Html. ...Read more

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What health risk are there when using sodium valproate?

What health risk are there when using sodium valproate?

Valproate : Serious side effects rarely include risk of liver problems (more likely in young children). It can lower platelet counts, though in adults this is not generally clinically significant. Risk of birth defects in women of child bearing age is an issue. For some satiety is diminished and weight gain can occur. Others can include diarrhea, dizziness, drowsiness, hair loss, blurred vision and tremor. ...Read more

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Do Himalayan salt lamps do anything for your health? Like clean the air or detox? I don't know

Do Himalayan salt lamps do anything for your health? Like clean the air or detox? I don't know

No: They lighten your wallet, consume electricity, and may have an electric cord that you could accidentally trip over and break a leg... which would not be good for your health. On the other hand, they might be a decent night-light, which could help prevent tripping and falling in the middle of the night when getting up to go pee. ...Read more

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Is Himalayan salt safe for fibromyalgia has 84 elements in it including iodine from health food store?

Yes: Himalayan salt is knows a "white gold" and contains many anecdotal health benefits from it's 84 elements that are formed under tectonic pressure. This salt has been purported to help with aging, rheumatoid arthralgia, fibromyalgia and other autoimmune diseases. This salt reportedly helps with blood vessel, respiratory, blood pressure and many other preventive health issues. All anectdotal but safe ...Read more

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What health benefits are associated with giving up salt?

Lower BP: Higher levels of salt are implicated in the elevation of blood pressure to levels that can be harmful. The body needs salt, so you cannot get rid of it entirely, but avoidance of commercial foods with extra salt put in for taste only is probably a good idea. Read the labels. ...Read more

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What are the health benefits of ionic crystal salt lamps?

Crystal salt lamps: I don't have personal knowledge about this. http://healing.about.com/od/saltrocks/a/salt-lamps.htm ...Read more

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My girlfriend eats lots of table salt on all food. What are the dangers to health?

Hypertension: Adding lots of salt will make high blood pressure worse if it's present. The health risks to folks who are not hypertensive (if any) is not clear. If the two of you are in a relationship, it's not worth making an issue of her personal preference. ...Read more

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Which other things such as a salt lamp can I use to help encourage good health and spirit?

Which other things such as a salt lamp can I use to help encourage good health and spirit?

Focus on wellness: Practicing medication and relaxation, as well as having regular exercise, good nutrition and drinking a lot of water, avoiding caffeine and processed sugars all lead to better sense of well being and health. Getting adequate sleep is also very important, as well as maintaining a good social support network. ...Read more

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Is fried pork skins bad for your health? It says it has 500mg of sodium in one serving size.

Is fried pork skins bad for your health? It says it has 500mg of sodium in one serving size.

Fried anything: Really, fried anything would be bad for your health. Frying and deep frying are not helpful ways to prepare food in general. As far as pork skins are concerned, the predominance of fat in animal meat can be found under the skin, so you're adding fat to a very fatty portion of meat. Not a great idea. ...Read more

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What health problems will you face if your sodium level is high?

What health problems will you face if your sodium level is high?

Hypertension: Depending on the sodium levels. Without going to the explanations for hypernatremia. Sodium will make your body retain water secondary to osmolality. The more water you retain, the more pressure inside your vessels. More Pressure = Hypertension. ...Read more

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If sugar and salt were regulaated foods, would global health improve?

If sugar and salt were regulaated foods, would global health improve?

WE NEED TO REGULATE: Ourselves as individuals first. That's the problem! lack of personal responsibility and too much dependance in government! wow, was that too conservative ish? Sorry?! ...Read more

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Can you help? Could sea salt actually be better for your health even though it does not have iodine?

Can you help? Could sea salt actually be better for your health even though it does not have iodine?

Myth: Sea salt is also sodium chloride; it purportedly tastes better; however from a chemical standpoint, its sodium content is exactly like table salt (except no added iodine). The rda for sodium is the same whether you take sea salt or other table salts. And it has the same health consequences when taken in excess like high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease. Here is an article: http://www.Kidn. ...Read more

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What would be d side effects or up coming health issues if a person starts taking 1 tablespoon of salt in a small cup of water daily 1 tablespoon ??

Depends ...: If you have normal kidneys after you have absorbed that much salt your kidneys will just filter it out of your blood and you will pee it out. On the other hand if your kidneys are abnormal you will not be able to get rid of the excess salt load and you will start retaining water to dilute the concentration of salt and your B/P will rise and all sorts of havoc will ensue. Don't do it! ...Read more

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Some lay people tout eating fruits first before the main meal. Does putting sweet or salt-based in dif order or in whatever order matter to the health?

Some lay people tout eating fruits first before the main meal. Does putting sweet or salt-based in dif order or in whatever order matter to the health?

Gas: The reason why you're supposed to eat fruit before a meal is because of its transit time. I moves through the gut much faster than the rest of the food. Consequently, if you eat it after the other food, it sit in the gut and ferment - causing gas and bloating. Otherwise, the order of salt/sweet does not matter. ...Read more

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What are the health benefits of epsom salt bath?

Magnesium & sulphur: Epson salt is made from a chemical compound known as magnesium sulfate. Therefore if you bathe in epsom salts, the magnesium and the sulfur come in contact with your skin and can increase your tissue levels of magnesium and sulfur. Many people are deficient in both magnesium and sulfur, these people may benefit from soaking in epsom salts. Sulfur is detoxifying & magnesium is a vital mineral. ...Read more

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