SEA SALT, NECTAR OF THE SOLE

With the recent heat wave people are concerned about water and hydration. Signs of dehydration include confusion, problems with walking or falling, dizziness or headaches, dry or sticky mouth and tongue, sunken eyes, inability to sweat or produce tears, rapid heart rate, low blood pressure that drops when changing from lying to standing, constipation or dark and decreased urine output. The effects of dehydration can be scary and life-threatening. (My mother suffered a stroke after becoming dehydrated while on fluid restriction for a medical test).   On the other hand, prevention is particularly easy and inexpensive. Drinking enough water is of course the first step; however it is not the only solution. Water intake should be instinctual yet we seem to be the only species so unaware of our bodies that we can create serious circumstances by either under or over drinking water. As with everything we need a balance of water for optimal function both outside and inside the cell. Drinking too much plain water dilutes the extracellular (outside the cell) fluid which creates a stress response and the release of adrenaline. The best way to hydrate the inside of the cell is to eat foods high in water content — raw vegetables and fruits (watermelon, cucumbers, celery, apples…). Isn’t it interesting that nature provides us with loads of vegetables and fruits during the heat of summer when we most need to hydrate? In addition, vegetables and fruits are mineral rich. What do minerals have to do with it?   Most gardeners know that plants need a balance of minerals in the soil to grow and thrive. It’s no different...