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By Steven Jay
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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.


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