I've been having horrible problems with my bowel routine for about the last 18 months to two years. Tried just about everything to get some motility (including peristeen) and constantly have issues, AD every morning, cramps, pain, etc. However, for the last nine days or so things have begun to turn around. My bowels have become more regular, meaning I have a successful routine every day. Motility is even starting to return; something I thought was gone for good. Things just start to move down there all by themselves once the Enemeez clicks in (about two minutes). Total routine time, on average, about 30-40 minutes, and complete evacuation (I know, TMI). Anyway, I've been racking my brains trying to figure out what's made the change and the only major change in my diet has been to add a little Celtic Sea Salt to my drinking water every day. I started doing it about a couple of weeks ago after reading a blog article from one of my favorite gluten free chefs. She recommended it for adrenal fatigue, noting that the Celtic Sea Salt can help to replenish any minerals depleted in the body due to stress. Since I've been dealing with a lot of stress lately, it seemed like a good idea. We use Celtic Sea Salt anyway, but I use very little in seasoning and baking, and so probably don't eat enough salt to start with. I've simply been adding a pinch to my bottle of drinking water each time I fill it from the filter. I can't taste the salt at all, and probably add no more than a teaspoon a day. So, after the recent successes with my bowel routine (and by the way, no need for any prune juice, beet juice, etc, which are normally needed at least every few days) I looked up the benefits of Celtic Sea Salt, and sure enough, adding it to a glass of water each day helps with digestion. It also helps regulate blood pressure and with hydration. I'll let you do your own googling. Note: adding table salt, or even including table salt in your diet, is not recommended. Celtic Sea Salt and Himalayan Salt are processed naturally and include a variety of essential minerals such as potassium and magnesium. Table salt is usually only sodium chloride. If you have bowel motility issues, this is certainly worth a try.
I'll try to get some. I am already using pink Himalayan Salt, because it's good for you, but the Celtic Sea Salt may be good for you in other ways. With my kidneys weak, a teaspoon a day sounds like too much for me. ...and table salt, yuk. I have some but once you start using "good" salts, the table industrialized salt that is pawned off on the public tastes like chemicals.
Very interesting kilg0retr0ut, The article basically contradicts many of the things I've read about the benefits of more naturally processed salt, although it is specific to Himalayan and not Celtic Sea Salt. One of the things the article mentions is the lack of iodine in the more natural salts, which is true. And minimal iodine is the recommendation for people with Hashimoto's - the type of hypothyroid disease I have (I'm a non-walking wreck! ). The article lists several of the risks involved with too much sodium intake, which of course we should be aware of (vintage, for example, mentions her kidney issues), and there are many articles listing the same dangers, so thanks for sharing this one. One of the things I neglected to mention in my initial post, is the fact that I don't eat any processed food (except for Walkers Licorice Toffees...) so I'm the one controlling my sodium intake, not the food manufacturers. It just might be that I'm not getting enough salt minerals in the first place. Anyway, here's another interesting article that would support that idea, and also cites some interesting studies on the different types of salts available.
Magnesium citrate has started working for me. I'll get bloated but I've realized the bloat is the water in the intestines. I take the magnesium at a time I know I can be drinking a lot of liquid and I'll know that the bloating lasts a few hours, after the bowels empty things feel good and the stomach feels good again