During these beautiful summer days, many people with Crohn’s disease and Ulcerative Colitis experience more heat complaints. For example, they state that they are lifeless, have a headache, prefer to stay indoors all day where it is still somewhat cool and that they are experiencing more intestinal complaints.
It is obvious to say that you can put on a hat, that you do well in the heat of the day between 12.00 and 15.00 to stay in the shade or inside and that it is important to drink enough .
But it is precisely that ‘sufficient drinking’ that partially hinders you so that you can experience more symptoms during the hot summer days. In people with Crohn’s disease, Ulcerative Colitis and other related intestinal complaints, the body usually has a lack of important body-specific minerals.
Minerals influence the water balance in your body.
Your body will always ensure that there is a safe balance between the moisture status in your body in relation to the minerals present. In many people with chronic intestinal diseases such as Crohn’s disease and Ulcerative Colitis, it appears that the body is demineralized as a possible consequence of a reduced absorption capacity in the intestines.
With a lack of minerals, your body is unable to absorb and retain sufficient moisture. You drink it, but it quickly leaves your body through your kidneys and urine. When your body has dried out to such an extent that it is a danger, your body must take action itself. The body does this through inflammation. In an inflammatory process, moisture is formed, among other things. In this way your body can provide itself with moisture when you are (unknowingly) drying out.
If your inflammation symptoms increase during these hot days, be aware that your body can start the inflammation itself in response to dehydration of your body.
How do you solve this?
If your body has too few minerals, drinks such as water, juices and tea are poorly available for your body. By adding ¼ teaspoon of Celtic sea salt or Himalayan salt to 1 liter of water, you ensure that the water contains sufficient minerals. This makes it more available for your body and at the same time you ensure that your body is mineralized so that it can hydrate itself better.
The advantage of a better hydrated body or simply being able to retain more moisture is that the inflammation caused by dehydration comes to rest again. Another advantage is that your body is better able to control the temperature.
As an example: a small swimming pool is so hot during the summer and quickly cooled in the winter. The IJsselmeer needs a long time before it is heated up and so it takes a long time to cool down. At a smaller level this also happens in your body. More fluid in your body ensures that you can control the temperature better. During hot summer days you will be less likely to be hot, during cold days less cold.
Salt isn’t bad for you?
Lately there has been a lot of news about salt use. Now you may be wondering, can it not hurt to add extra salt to my water? The salt that is processed in our food is refined. Because of this process it mainly contains only sodium. The amount of refined salt and therefore sodium cause problems.
Celtic sea salt and Himalayan salt are not refined. Because of this, they still contain all natural minerals and it forms a supplement for your body and health.
Nauseous by the water
Some people become nauseous after drinking water to which this salt has been added. This is a sign of your immune system that the increasing availability of water is a danger to your body. This has to do with the ratio between water and minerals in your body and can be solved by dosing the salt higher or taking a teaspoon of it. This way you get a different balance between the minerals and the water.
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