Dealing with Edema - Dr. Carolyn Dean MD ND

Dealing with Edema

November 7, 2015

On Facebook, someone asked why I recommend sea salt in drinking water when most doctors tell you to avoid salt especially when you have leg edema. She said that she’s had edema for a year but her sodium levels were low. Instead of telling her to use more salt her doctor instructed her to use very little salt and to lower her water intake to 4 cups per day (32 ounces). She said that didn’t make sense.

According to my water intake guidelines, this means she was only taking enough water to meet the needs of a 64 pound person. I have many issues with the medical approach to edema. Doctors will limit water intake, prescribe diuretics and withhold salt – all of which can prevent recovery and even create more edema.

To treat edema, you need more water spiked sea salt, magnesium and multiple minerals. I recommend drinking half your body weight (in pounds) in ounces of water. If you weigh 150 pounds, you drink 75 ounces of water a day. In each quart of water (32 oz) you put ¼ to ½ tsp of sea salt, Himalayan salt or Celtic salt. If that seems too strong, simply begin with a pinch of salt in a glass of water.

It’s a sad misconception that table salt (sodium chloride) and sea salt are the same. Nothing could be further from the truth. Sea salt is replete with 72 different minerals and table salt is just plain sodium chloride. You could call sodium chloride a drug for the damage it does to the body.

Proper hydration, sea salt and well-absorbed minerals such as found in my ReMag and ReMyte are the key to efficient and effective cellular function. When you have the proper levels of minerals in the cell – the cell automatically pulls in water to create the perfect electrolyte balance.

If you don’t take enough minerals, water can’t find its way into your cells and begins to collect in the extremities. You can develop “sausage fingers” and swollen ankles. If you have edema and symptoms of heart disease, like chest pain and an irregular pulse, your doctor may diagnose you with heart failure. And I think that’s why they are so aggressive about treating edema with diuretics.

I really don’t like the term – heart failure. You can read my thoughts on this in my blog: Hearts Don’t Fail: Doctor’s Fail.

So, what happened to my Facebook friend. She ordered ReMag and saw improvement within a week in her edema, in strength, and mobility. And the pain caused by the edema was greatly diminished. She said she used to have trouble walking on roads that had much of an incline and now she is walking of ‘goat-trails’ with speed and without any shortness of breath. To her it’s a miracle that she could only attribute to ReMag.. Her final question was – “Does this make any sense to you?”

I get this reaction a lot. She couldn’t believe her own experience that in such a short time, with such a common mineral she was headed to full recovery of symptoms she’d suffered for one year. It’s fun to get emails with people telling me they are able to wear their party shoes again because their feet no longer swell.

Another common reaction is they no longer get up at night to use the bathroom. When there are minerals in the cells, the water follows and doesn’t just dump immediately into their bladder! For many people this is a huge breakthrough because night-time urination not only interrupts sleep but it can lead to insomnia.

I credit ReMag to her miraculous recovery because it is so well-absorbed. But I encouraged her to add ReMyte, which contains iodine, because sea salt does not have the RDA of iodine.

Carolyn Dean MD ND

The Doctor of the Future™

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