How Hypernatremia is Treated?

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Treatment of hypernatremia depends on the root cause of the sodium imbalance. Since hypernatremia may come either from a loss of water or an excessive intake of salt and other sodium-containing additives, common treatment options focus on correcting serum sodium concentration and restoring total body water (TBW).

The water loss could be corrected through dextrose and saline infusion solutions. However, this procedure should be administered by an experienced physician and with extreme caution. Lowering the sodium concentration through water replacement directly affects the cells (causing them to swell) which could lead to seizures and permanent brain damage when not administered properly.  

In a world where everything is processed and pre-made, monitoring our sodium intake can be challenging. So it is important to check the product label when purchasing ready-to-eat meals and prepackaged food products in the supermarket.

But do not overdo it. Getting too little sodium can wreak havoc on your body. Eat sodium-rich foods and take supplements, if needed. Bentonite clay is rich in sodium, calcium, magnesium, and other trace minerals that, when ingested, can act as a supplement that replaces the missing nutrients needed by the body. Also, it is also known as an effective detoxification tool that remove toxins from the body.

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