Hydration and Electrolyte Minerals (Sodium) are Vital to Good Health

salt-flats-1377534-mIf your mineral levels are depleted, your jing, or reserve energy, will also be depleted.  Minerals are the most important physical building blocks of health.  For building the tissue of your body, they are even more important than proteins, carbohydrates and fats.  While it’s possible to last months without calories, you will die within hours if your electrolyte minerals get too low. I’m going to post a four part series on the electrolyte minerals. (Sodium, Magnesium, Potassium and Calcium)


People are commonly deficient in salt ie sodium, especially those who are stressed, because stress burns off sodium.  Think for a moment about those who have suffered trauma of some kind and are taken to hospital – the first thing they are given is a drip containing sodium (ie salt) and water, the two most vital life-giving things.

This might seem confusing when there is a lot of advice out there about cutting down on salt.  People try to cut down on the amount of salt they have as part of a healthy diet, which is a good thing if the type of salt they’re cutting down on is table salt and salt from processed foods.  We need plenty of sodium, but table salt (ie heat-treated processed salt) is toxic.  We need sodium in its natural form so that it can be used by the body.

If you are not thirsty and have trouble drinking enough water (enough being at least 2 litres a day) then make sure you have enough sodium.  What your body needs is sodium in its natural form such as you get from naturally salty foods like samphire, celery and seaweed.  The problem is that it’s difficult for most people to get enough sodium from foods alone because of the amount of stress in our lives.  We need to add salt in the form of raw salt ie unheated, untreated salt such as Celtic Sea Salt (you know it’s unheated because it’s damp) or Himalayan Pink Salt.

Some of the most sodium-deficient people are those with Chronic Fatigue, many of whom have low blood pressure and struggle to drink enough water.  Upping the intake of raw salt often significantly improves energy in these cases.

You will know that you are getting enough salt when you naturally want to drink the right amount of water.  For an average weight person of about 70kg doing a moderate amount of activity, that will be around 1 teaspoon of good quality raw untreated salt.  You need more if you are very active, stressed or in a hot place where you are sweating.

If your blood pressure is high or starts to get higher, if you start to get water retention or oedema (swelling) or if you start to get excessively thirsty, then reduce the amount of salt.

Elwin Robinson

Elwin Robinson is the Founder of Lion Heart Herbs, Europe's #1 Educator on the Taoist approach to Health, and #1 Supplier of High Quality and Affordable Taoist Tonic Herbs to the World.

Elwin is also the Founder of Complete Detox Academy, Taoist Health Academy, the Health Coaching Institute and High Energy Academy, as well as the author of 'the Easy Exhaustion Cure' and 'the 4 Step Safe and Effective Detox Action Plan'.

Elwin is highly Enthusiastic about empowering people to feel Energized, Joyful and Alive, Naturally and Sustainably, and has worked over 5 years with over 1000 clients towards this goal. Elwin is particularly passionate about working with clients who are highly committed to reaching high levels of Health, Energy and Wellbeing, by natural and sustainable means.

Elwin has always been interested in Health since childhood. With a mother who had cancer 4 times, and a father with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Elwin is determined to get to the Root Causes of what really creates Disease, and what it really takes to have Outstanding Health and Wellbeing. After suffering from Health Challenges all his life, Elwin became determined, in 2007, to 'Get his Energy back or Die Trying', and, with this level of Resolve, made rapid progress, after a few false starts, which led him naturally, organically, after many requests, to dedicate himself full time to helping others get the kind of Results that he had achieved.
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