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ADVERTORIAL: dr. john’s corner Don’t let heat ruin your summer. With upcoming heat waves, most are aware of the need to remain hydrated, but often forget the need to maintain electrolytes. Increased perspiration increases loss of essential minerals. The term electrolyte reveals the electrical status of our body which depends on both positively and negatively charged minerals. Just as a battery has both positive and negative terminals to function properly, we need both types of minerals to elicit normal nerve impulses. Depletion of these impacts our most basic functions. The contractions of your heart depend heavily on potassium. This is easily lost when overheated and sweating heavily. Besides potassium, calcium and hydrogen are involved in maintaining the rhythm of the heart. Chloride and iodide have a negative electrical charge, initiating normal metabolism. It’s important we have a balance of both positive and negative ions to maintain our pH. When you lose too much fluid sweating, it’s common to give salt tablets to provide both chloride and sodium to maintain fluid in the cells, preventing serious dehydration. Although these are required by the body for normal function, often trace minerals are overlooked. Natural sodium is best obtained from fresh vegetables. My favorite for dealing with heat, and maintaining proper sodium balance is celery. Potassium is critical for running the sodium pump, directing excess sodium out of the cells, to be cleared by the kidneys. One source of potassium is carrots. Most think of bananas for the potassium, as well as oranges. I’ve been using both carrots and celery in my morning smoothie. When faced with increased hot weather and greater perspiration, I double up on both of these, as I want to be prepared for environmental losses. Dr. John A. Briggs Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine specializing in complete family health care 20 nE LILLIch - cLATskAnIE, OR 97016 (503)728-4732

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