And Now, Water Retention and Low Blood Platelets, Oh My Goodness!
I have been struggling with water retention and gained 10 pounds in 2 days. I thought it was the result of salty restaurant food. When I called my doctor today, he concurred. Well, being my father’s son, I couldn’t let it go without a little research and you will not believe what I found out - OMG!
I have been cooking with sea salt because it is supposed to be better than Iodized table salt. I was close, but upon some research, Celtic Sea Salt is the best:
- It’s chemical-free and bleach-free
- It contains no pouring agents that deplete its nutrients
- It’s hand-harvested and solar dried so you never get any chemicals or bleach in your salt
- It’s all-natural and loaded with mineral-rich trace elements that are essential to good health
- Those trace minerals satisfy your body’s cravings and reduce over-eating
- It’s lower in sodium than table salt yet higher in salt flavor so you can use less and stay healthy
My doctor prescribed Lasix (a diarrhetic) and that helped a lot, but tonight I had a thought about what else could I do to help me with this issue, and while I was at it, I researched how I can raise my blood platelets because right now it is so low, I get nose bleeds almost daily and a little scratch can look like a major wound.
First the water retention and swelling:
I was told to drink a lot of water, so I do. But now I found out that without adequate and balanced minerals such as potassium, sodium and chloride, water retention is imminent. Well, the Lasix that I am taking (mind you the only drug other than the occasional Tylenol) depletes your body of potassium, raising the levels of the other two minerals. My other issue is digestion. After a meal, some people’s nervous system is “sympathetic” which hinders proper digestion. There is a simple exercise that will switch the nervous system from ”sympathetic” to ”parasympathetic” (which would help me a lot. After each meal, take 4 slow, deep, deliberate breaths and exhale slowly. Wait 5 minutes and do it again (3 to 4 times is optimal) - well that’s pretty easy, so I am going to do that.
As for the potassium, rather than take more supplements, it is easy to simply eat foods that contain a lot of potassium such as:
Banana, Brussel Sprouts, Cantaloupe, Honeydew, Lima Beans (which is also a great source for vegetable protein), Potato (Baked), Prune Juice (boy will I be regular :-) Spinach (which is also great for raising my blood platelets), and Winter Squash.
Other foods that are great for raising my blood platelets:
Broccoli, Citrus Fruits, Green Beans, Kale, Peppers (red, green, yellow, orange), and Poultry (skinless which is my main source of protein now anyway). Now here is the shocker, I have been eating foods that lower my blood platelets and had no idea that they also impair health bone marrow - Yikes!!!!
Alcohol (which I have pretty much eliminated, red wine is OK), Grapes and Berries (OMG - I eat them every day - red seedless, green seedless, raspberries, blackberries, strawberries, blueberries - for my antioxidants, I will have to focus on pomegranate), Tomatoes, Garlic and Onion (now that hurts :-() Quinine (tonic water), and Raw Sugar (brown sugar is OK).
Wanted to share this …
Because others may have the same issues. I will keep you posed on my progress.