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How to Survive Days of High Heat, Humidity & Pollution

Updated 7/30/2016.

 

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One evening earlier this week my body suddenly felt like its power grid was shutting down and I was going to faint. Fortunately I was sitting at my computer desk at the time.
New York City, along with much of the country, has been suffering through a prolonged heat wave with temperatures in the upper 90’s, high humidity, and ‘bad air’ alerts nearly every day.  Even a short while spent outdoors produces heavy sweating as the body tries to keep itself at a reasonable working temperature.
I’d been trying to stay hydrated but this scary  experience made me realize I was probably dehydrated at the cellular level and needed to pay more attention to my electrolyte balance during this kind of weather.
So this is what I did – and will continue to do until the weather becomes more conducive to life:
  • Replenished my electrolytes with a packet of Emergen-C  Immune Plus (Blueberry-Acai flavor) – because it’s what I had around – mixed into a cup of filtered water
  • Ate some pink sea salt to restore needed trace minerals to my body
  • Manually cleared the lymph glands in my neck and across the top of my chest to drain accumulated toxins from my lymphatic system and sinuses
  • Worked on my pyloric and ileocecal valves to get my digestion moving
  • Used a hollow, spiky 6″ Bodymind ball vertically along the center of my back to open up the energy channels running from my spine to the rest of my body

 

 

 

ELECTROLYTE BALANCE RESTORATION

 

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WHAT ARE ELECTROLYTES

Electrolytes are minerals found in our bodily fluids. They carry an electric charge and are essential to keeping the heart, nerves and muscles functioning properly. Therefore, it is important to maintain a precise and constant balance of electrolytes to stay healthy. The kidneys play an important role in ensuring that electrolyte levels remain steady despite any changes the body may undergo. Having an electrolyte imbalance – an excess or a deficiency – in the body can be dangerous and in some cases fatal. (Gulati, 2011)
On average, the body produces about 100 watts of electricity a day. Our electrolytes take on a positive or negative charge when they dissolve in body fluid, enabling them to conduct electricity and move electrical charges or signals throughout your body. These charges are vital to many processes that keep us alive and functioning well, including the operation of the brain, nerves, and muscles, and the creation of new tissue. (Morris, 2015)

 

FUNCTIONS OF ELECTROLYTES

There are many electrolytes needed to run the body. Here’s a list of some of the most important ones and their primary functions (Morris, 2015):

Sodium

  • Helps control fluids in the body, impacting blood pressure
  • Necessary for muscle and nerve function
  • Helps balance all the electrolytes

 

Chloride

  • Helps balance electrolytes
  • Balances acidity and alkalinity, which helps maintain a healthy pH
  • Essential to proper digestion

 

Potassium

  • Regulates the heart and blood pressure
  • Helps balance electrolytes
  • Aids in transmitting nerve impulses
  • Contributes to bone health
  • Necessary for muscle contraction

 

Magnesium

  • important to the production of DNA and RNA
  • Contributes to nerve and muscle function
  • Helps maintain heart rhythm
  • Helps regulate blood glucose levels
  • Enhances the immune system

 

Calcium

  • A key component of bones and teeth
  • Important to the movement of nerve impulses and muscle movement
  • Contributes to blood clotting

 

Phosphate

  • Strengthens bones and teeth
  • Helps cells produce the energy needed for tissue growth and repair

 

Bicarbonate

  • Helps the body maintain a healthy pH
  • Regulates heart function

 

Our electrolytes perform many other functions, including regulating body temperature, respiratory rate, digestion, energy production, fluid transport across cells, ion transport, renal function (including bladder control), glucose metabolism, neurological function, signal transduction, thought, and memory; maintaining fluid levels; preventing cardiac arrhythmia. All our senses also rely on electrolytes in the body for gathering information and then transporting those messages to the brain and the muscles; and many, many more. (Kane, 2016)
It would be easier to count the number of stars in the sky than the number of functions electrolytes perform in our bodies. (Kline, 2015)

 

 

 

WHEN ELECTROLYTES BECOME UNBALANCED (Morris, 2015)

 

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The levels of the fluids found inside and outside the cells of our bodies should remain fairly consistent. On average, about 40% of our fluids are inside the cells and 20% are outside the cells. Electrolytes help the body adjust these values to maintain a healthy percentage balance.
While it’s normal for our electrolyte levels to fluctuate, they can become seriously imbalanced – resulting in the creation of  too many or not enough minerals or electrolytes. Among the things that can cause such an imbalance are:
  • Fluid loss from heavy exercise or physical activity
  • Over hydration – drinking too much water
  • Vomiting and diarrhea
  • Medications such as diuretics, antibiotics, and chemotherapy drugs
  • Alcoholism and cirrhosis of the liver
  • Heart failure
  • Kidney disease
  • Diabetes
  • Eating disorders, such as anorexia and bulimia
  • Severe burns
  • Some forms of cancer

 

 

 

EMERGEN-C

 

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I took a packet of Emergen-C Immune Plus because it was what happened to be at hand. If you prefer to avoid the sugars, colors, and flavors in Emergen-C products, you could use LyteShow or LyteCaps, and/or drink raw coconut water and switch from refined table salt to a pink sea salt.
Ingredients in Emergen-C Immune Plus (Blueberry-Acai) packets:

 

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If you can’t make out the fuzzy image above (the best I was able to find), see this page on VitaCost’s site – which also lists the less than desirable ingredients in Emergen-C, such as the fructose and maltodextrin.

 

 

 

LYTESHOW & LYTECAPS

These two electrolyte products will replenish your electrolytes without any of the calories, sugars, sweeteners, carbohydrates, artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives in Emergen-C products:

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Liquid: LyteShow – Electrolyte Concentrate for Rapid Rehydration – 40 Servings (With Magnesium, Potassium, Zinc)
Each 4 ounce bottle contains 40 servings of LyteShow concentrate. Depending on usage, each bottle lasts approximately 2-6 weeks. Ingredients include balanced ions of magnesium, sodium, chloride, and potassium. Also contains zinc, an essential trace element, and citric acid. (Amazon.com)

 

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Capsules: LyteCaps – Perfect Balance of Electrolytes for Serious Rehydration – 30 Servings, 60 Vegetarian Capsules (With Magnesium, …
  • Each 60 vegetarian capsule bottle contains 30 servings of LyteCaps. Ingredients include balanced ions of magnesium, sodium, chloride, and potassium. Also contains Vitamin D3 and L-Tyrosine.
  • LyteCaps contains a carefully formulated balance of electrolytes in a dry, capsule form. Minerals include magnesium, potassium, sodium, calcium, as well as patented TRAACS® manganese and zinc.
  • Contains no calories, sugars, sweeteners, carbohydrates, artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives. Manufactured in an FDA-regulated and NSF GMP-certified facility.
  • Take LyteCaps with water to replace electrolytes and fluids lost from sweating, exercising, or even drinking alcohol. More comprehensive than your typical sports drinks, LyteCaps provides a health-focused alternative that can help prevent muscle cramps and help you recover quickly. (Amazon.com)

 

 

 

RAW COCONUT WATER

Then there’s my very favorite way to restore electrolytes: Hold Harmless Organic Raw Coconut Water. I like to mix it about 50/50 with filtered water.

 

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HIMALAYAN PINK SEA SALT

Himalayan Pink Sea Salt contains 84 trace minerals, including the electrolytes our bodies need. I carry a small GoTubb of it in my purse when I’m traveling or eating out in my own city – and also sometimes just sprinkle some into my palm and lick it off.

 

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Here’s a brief comparison of refined white table salt with Himalayan Pink Salt so you can see how switching from table salt to Himalayan Pink will benefit your health.

 

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For more information on the benefits of sea salts and health risks of refined table salt, see The Healing Properties of Unrefined Salts. (Hardin, 2014B) and Sea Salts vs White Table Salt (Hardin, 2016).

 

 

SPORTS DRINKS, ENERGY DRINKS & SODAS

 

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It’s best to avoid a “sports drink” like GatorAde if possible – unless it’s the only thing available to you to avoid dehydration and electrolyte depletion. These drinks tend to be loaded with sugar (or, even worse for you, artificial sweeteners) and food dyes. You’ve no doubt observed their garish colors.

 

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And I hope you know by now that sodas like Coke, Pepsi, and other soft drinks – both the regular and diet versions – are not good choices either, that they damage your health in the following ways:
  • Most of them contain caffeine
  • The diet or ‘lite’ versions contain artificial sweeteners such as aspartame, a  ‘sugar coated poison’.
  • They damage teeth
  • They weaken bones
  • They damage kidneys
  • They promote weight gain
  • They adversely affect fertility
  • They promote gastroesophageal reflux
  • They interfere with brain functioning
  • And … they’re actually DEHYDRATING to boot
For more information on why these pseudo-thirst quenchers are harmful, take a look at 10 Reasons Why Drinking Coke (and other Soda Drinks) May Be Harmful For Your Body
(Naik, 2016).

 

 

 

 

MANUAL CLEARING OF LYMPH GLANDS IN NECK & CHEST

 

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Lymph is a clear, watery fluid that contains our white blood cells, protein molecules, various salts, glucose, bacteria.
Our lymphatic system is the body’s inner drainage network, protecting us from illness and disease-causing chronic inflammation. Its principal role is to protect the body against damage from infections caused by pathogenic bacteria and cancel cells while helping keep fluid levels in balance.
The lymph system consists of a complex network of vessels and nodes spanning almost the entire body, carrying fluids from tissues into the blood, and vice versa. This system is a critical part of our immune system and important for wound healing.
Along with those lymph vessels and nodes, the tonsils, adenoids, spleen and thymus are also part of the lymphatic system.
Lymph nodes are located near major arteries since the lymphatic system needs to connect to our blood flow to keep the blood clean. Some of the most prominent locations of our lymph nodes are the throat, armpits, chest, abdomen, and groin.
Toxins, pathogenic bacteria, and other illness-causing microbes  enter our bodies every day and make their way into the lymphatic fluid. Eventually, this fluid and its contents can get trapped inside the lymph nodes, where infection-fighting white blood cells called lymphocytes attempt to destroy them. Bacteria and toxins are filtered out and more white blood cells are produced, used up, and replenished.
Another important function of the lymphatic system is keeping bodily fluids in balance. (Axe, 2016)

 

 

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Unlike the circulatory system which has the heart to pump blood around the body, the lymphatic system has no type of pump. Movement of the lymph from the outer reaches of the body toward the heart occurs when we breathe and move our muscles. This arrangement worked well before we took to sitting as much as most of us do today – at desks, in cars, in front of the TV, as spectators at sporting events. In our sedentary life style, the lymph in the body is likely to become stagnant and fail to move toxins through the lymph nodes and out of the body.
See Fighting Off A Virus (Hardin, 2014A) for instructions on how to clear your own lymph glands manually. After even a few minutes squeezing out the lymph nodes on your neck or along the top of your chest, you’ll likely feel more a lot more alert, healthier, and happier.

 

 

 

PYLORIC & ILEOCECAL VALVES

 

PYLORIC VALVE – LOCATED BETWEEN THE BOTTOM OF THE STOMACH & TOP OF THE SMALL INTESTINE

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LOCATION OF ILEOCECAL VALVE – LOCATED BETWEEN THE END OF THE SMALL INTESTINE & TOP OF THE LARGE INTESTINE

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Malfunctioning pyloric and/or ileocecal valves play a part in many physical illnesses and conditions. Either or both of these valves can become sluggish and remain open when they should be closing or stay closed when they should be opening.
An ileocecal valve stuck in the open position can cause diarrhea, leading to dehydration and lack of energy. A valve sticking in the closed position can cause tightness in the bowel movements or constipation. Both conditions create a toxic condition and cause imbalances anywhere in the body where there is blood.
See MALFUNCTIONING PYLORIC & ILEOCECAL VALVES – AND HOW TO FIX THEM for various techniques to work on your pyloric and ileocecal valves.

 

 

BODYMIND BALLWORK

 

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This technique is taught by Ellen Saltonstall at her yoga studio in New York City. “The distinct feature of Bodymind Ballwork is the use of rubber balls of varying sizes and textures (as small as a walnut and as big as a melon), which support, massage and stretch localized areas of the body.  There are techniques for every part of you, from head to toes. The result is a wonderful feeling of lightness and ease in the body, and quiet alertness in the mind.” (Saltonstall, 2016)
The ball I use down the center of my back is the green spiky one shown at the lower right of the photo above. It’s hollow and about 4″ in diameter.
See Ellen’s website for more information.  She’s currently at work on a book on BodyMind BallWork principles and techniques.

 

 

Many thanks to Ellen Saltonstall for bringing LyteShow to my attention.

 

 

 

CLEAR SIGNS IT’S TOO HOT OUTSIDE

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REFERENCES

Axe, J. (2016). The Lymphatic System: How to Make It Strong & Effective. See: https://draxe.com/lymphatic-system/

Gulati, S. (2011). The Role Of Electrolytes In The Body. See: http://www.symptomfind.com/nutrition-supplements/role-of-electrolytes-in-the-body/

Hardin, J.R. (2014A). Fighting Off A Virus. See: http://allergiesandyourgut.com/2014/10/12/fight-viruses/

Hardin, J.R. (2014B). The Healing Properties of Unrefined Salts. See: http://allergiesandyourgut.com/?s=healing+properties+unrefined+salts

Hardin, J.R. (2015). MALFUNCTIONING PYLORIC & ILEOCECAL VALVES – AND HOW TO FIX THEM. See: http://allergiesandyourgut.com/2015/08/15/malfunctioning-pyloric-ileocecal-valves-and-how-to-fix-them/

Hardin, J.R. (2016). Sea Salts vs White Table Salt. See: http://allergiesandyourgut.com/2016/05/22/sea-salt-vs-white-table-salt/

Kane, E. (2016). The E-Lyte Story: Why You Need Electrolytes! BodyBio. See:  http://www.bodybio.com/content.aspx?page=elyte-electrolyte-101

Kline, D. (2015). What Are Electrolytes And Why Do You Need Them? Cherish the Body. See: http://cherishthebody.com/what-are-electrolytes-and-why-do-you-need-them/

Morris, S.Y. (2015). How to Prevent an Electrolyte Imbalance. See: http://www.healthline.com/health/food-nutrition/how-to-prevent-an-electrolyte-imbalance#Overview1

Naik, D. (2016). 10 Reasons Why Drinking Coke (and other Soda Drinks) May Be Harmful For Your Body. See: http://listsurge.com/10-reasons-why-drinking-coke-and-other-soda-drinks-may-be-harmful-for-your-body/

Saltonstall, E. (2016). Bodymind Ballwork. See: http://www.ellensaltonstall.com/ballwork-kinetic-awareness/

 

 

 

 

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DISCLAIMER:  Nothing on this site or blog is intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

Relieving Neck and Shoulder Tension

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If you’re like most people these days, you sit a lot, lean over a computer, use a cell phone, carry a purse or other bag on your shoulder, and drive a car – and chances are you have chronic tightness and discomfort in your neck and shoulders.
Here are some ways to relieve neck and shoulder pain.

 

 

RELEASING THE SCALENES

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The scalene muscles are a group of three pairs of muscles running along the sides of the neck. They originate in the cervical vertebrae C2 to C7 and insert onto the first and second ribs, connecting the head to the rib cage. They allow us to hold up our heads and move our necks.
An adult human brain weighs about three pounds. The adult human skull plus its eyes, teeth, facial muscles and skin weighs about seven to eight pounds. So all in all, an adult human head weighs around 10 to 11 pounds (4.5 to 5 kilograms).
Imagine balancing two five pound bags of sugar at the top of your neck and having to support that weight and control its minute movements side to side and up and down.
Many of us also tend to hold emotional tension in our neck muscles.

 

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With all the work our necks do and the less than good upper body posture most of us maintain, it’s easy to see how our scalenes get chronically stressed.
These two useful videos, by Dr Jasper, who calls himself the Wizard of Health, show how to work the trigger points to release the scalenes and how to do effective scelene neck stretches:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PROPER UPPER BODY POSTURE & RELEASING THE TRAPEZIUS MUSCLES

 

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(Source: www.neckpainsupport.com)

 

Our trapezius muscles extend lengthwise from the occipital bone at the base of the skull to the lower thoracic vertebrae and across the shoulders. They allow us to move our shoulder blades and arms. We also  tend to keep a lot of emotional tension in these muscles.
Using a 10 foot yoga strap is a nifty way to keep your shoulders and neck in proper alignment and de-stress your trapezius muscles. This video, by Roberta Dell’Anno, E-RYT 500, Certified Scoliosis Trainer, and owner of EssentialYoga Studio in Andover, MA, shows two ways to use a strap for improving posture and releasing shoulder tension.

 

 

 

 

Ellen Saltonstall’s Bodymind Ballwork offers several techniques for using balls of various sizes and hardnesses to release muscles in the body. Here’s an example of Ellen using some of the balls on the shoulders:
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(Source: Ellen Saltonstall)

 

Bodymind Ballwork is a bodywork system that can benefit people of any age or physical condition. The distinct feature of Bodymind Ballwork is the use of rubber balls of varying sizes and textures (as small as a walnut and as big as a melon), which support, massage and stretch localized areas of the body.  There are techniques for every part of you, from head to toes. The result is a wonderful feeling of lightness and ease in the body, and quiet alertness in the mind. To quote one student: ‘It’s like having a massage therapist in your pocket’.

“I have chosen the name Bodymind Ballwork for what I teach to underscore the truth that any and all experiences register in the body and the mind simultaneously. Our mental state will shift from working on the body, and our physical state will shift from mental focus. We are already “integrated” but we don’t always feel that way. This technique is an elegantly simple and profound pathway toward the experience of integrated self.

“Bodymind Ballwork evolved from my forty-year practice of Kinetic Awareness, a bodywork method developed in the 1960’s by Elaine Summers who was a dancer, choreographer, film-maker and teacher.  The origins of this approach to bodymind education go back to pre-war Germany, to the work of Elsa Gindler, an innovative physical education teacher.”

– Ellen Saltonstall

 

An assortment of Bodymind Ballwork balls

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(Source: Ellen Saltonstall)

 

Her new book about Bodymind Ballwork will be coming out soon. I highly recommend it in advance for whatever ails you. In the meantime, here’s Ellen’s website.

 

 

There’s also the Acu-Masseur made by the Body Back Company. It looks like it might be a kinky S & M device but is actually a clever way to apply shiatsu pressure to specific, hard to reach parts of the body to release tension. It’s particularly effective on tight trapezius muscles.

 

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I also find self-applied reflexology on various acupressure points along the fleshy and cartilaginous parts of the outer ear very helpful. This is Acupressure Therapist Dr Michael Reed Gach’s video on how to use the Shen Men acupressure point in the outer ear to boost wellness, relieve inflammation and pain, and counter addictions.

 

 

 

 

Chronic neck and shoulder pain are not necessary parts of aging. I hope you find some relief in these techniques.

 

 

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(Source: unleashyouroptimalhealth.wordpress.com)

 

 

I owe great thanks to Ellen Saltonstall, my therapeutic yoga and Bodymind Ballwork teacher in New York City, for helping me relieve the tension I held in my neck and shoulders and also to Warren Fraser, MD, for spurring me to write this post.

 

 

REFERENCES

Amazon.com. (2016). Acu-Masseur. See: http://www.amazon.com/Body-Back-Company-Acu-Masseur/dp/B001I4NOJG/ref=sr_1_1_a_it?ie=UTF8&qid=1461527038&sr=8-1&keywords=acu-massager

Dell’Anno, D. (2012). Video: Using a Yoga Strap to Improve Posture & Release Tension in the Neck & Shoulders. See: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3C7VwI177QI

Gach, M.R. (2013). Video: Health Boosting Acupressure Ear Point. See: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dTRpU4w2VCs

Jasper. (2015). Wizard of Health.com. Video: How to treat scalene muscle trigger points – trigger points – how to self treat trigger point pains. See: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HpJw0h72BlM

Jasper. (2015). Wizard of Health.com. Video: Best scalene muscle stretch – scalene trigger points – neck stretch – scalene neck stretch See: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E5AJlLAmWxU

Saltonstall, E. (2016). Ellen Saltonstall. See: http://www.ellensaltonstall.com/

 

 

© Copyright 2016. Joan Rothchild Hardin. All Rights Reserved.

 

DISCLAIMER:  Nothing on this site or blog is intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.