This is my journey from the very first symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis; 17 years of progressive disability, through the search for a cure to the angioplasty procedure for Chronic Cerebro-Spinal Venous Insufficiency that pulled me out of a wheelchair and into a second chance for life.There is no cure...but we have for the first time a chance for an enhanced quality of life.
Monday, May 28, 2012
More on Heat Intolerance...
More on Heat Intolerance…
The transmission by nerve fibers of electrical impulses is heat-sensitive. It is even more so if nerve fibers' myelin insulation is lost.
Dehydration can be life threatening, especially for those over 40 or under 2 years old.
One way you can track when your body needs water is to observe the color of your urine. A light yellow color is the standard. Any color darker or deeper than this means the body is really out of water and you don't even know it. However this is not an accurate gauge for sudden hot weather scenarios. It just tracks whether you generally drink enough water.
Another way to measure dehydration is the frequency of urination. Keep track of how often you urinate during moderate temperature. If you normally urinate 4 times a day, the frequency should remain the same in hot temperatures. Frequency of urination should remain constant. If not, you are not drinking enough water. Divide your 24 hour day by 4 and you know that you should go approximately every three hours + or minus an hour. If you don't urinate within this range, drink water. This can save your life especially if you are not thirsty and unaware that you are dehydrated or thirsty
Because I am also a diabetic, heat exhaustion can be more serious. Most diabetics will normally drink twice as much water than other people at moderate temperature, so that the blood glucose level does not become toxic.
Apple cider vinegar can substantially help with heat intolerance. Just one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in a glass of water at meals can help with heat intolerance. Apple cider vinegar contains acedic acid which stimulates the production of stomach acid. The more stomach acid the better as it breaks down your food into smaller molecules. The smaller the molecules the more efficiently your intestines and liver can absorb the nutrients it needs. When the body is stressed the stomach stops producing acid so at meal time there's not enough acid to digest the food. This creates all kinds of problems; indigestion, gastric reflux, IBS, bad breath, diverticulus, fatty liver, lactose intolerance, allergies, fatique, and heat intolerance. Some people like me become very ill when over-heated. Nausea is common, so you may have to force yourself to drink it. A palatable drink is a mixture of 1 quart apple juice, 1 pint purple grape juice 1/4 to 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar.
A 2005 study at Arizona State University revealed that apple cider vinegar slowed the increase of blood sugar when consumed before high-carbohydrate meals, important in preventing type 2 diabetes. According to a 2007 study at Malmo University Hospital in Sweden, eight of 10 type 1 diabetics with clinically diagnosed diabetic gastroparesis (vomiting and abdominal distension), experienced significantly reduced gastric or stomach emptying rates of a rice pudding meal taken with apple cider vinegar.
Vitamin C, magnesium D-3 and iodine deficiency also contribute to heat intolerance. 20% of all iodine in the human body is stored in the skin, specifically in the sweat glands. Lack of iodine in the sweat glands manifests as dry skin with a decreased ability to sweat. Iodine can also be concentrated in the stomach tissue, and the lack of iodine in the stomach manifests as achlorhydria (lack of digestive acid production). Iodine is used by the stomach cells, also known as parietal cells, to concentrate chloride which is necessary to produce hydrochloric acid (digestive acid). With the prolonged presence of achlorhydria, there is a much higher incidence of stomach cancer. Iodine is concentrated in the lacrymal glands of the eye, and a lack of iodine can cause dry eyes. Iodine can also be concentrated in the parotid and submandibular glands of the mouth, and iodine deficiency here can result in dry mouth. Iodine can be concentrated in the ovaries. Studies have shown there is a relationship between iodine deficiency and ovarian cysts. The greater the iodine deficiency, the more ovarian cysts a woman produces. In its extreme form, this condition is known as polycystic ovarian disease. Soda pop is the worst thing to drink when the body really needs water. The reason is clear: Soda pop is loaded with bromides. Bromides push iodine out of the system. Bromide builds up in the Central Nervous System (CNS). It is used as an emulsifier in citrus flavored soft drinks. The bromide functions as a CNS depressant and triggers a number of symptoms like paranoia. Bromide is also found in flour and bread.
Adrenal fatigue is associated with heat intolerance. It raises blood glucose levels and lowers blood pressure, although lab results may appear normal.
People with chronic heat intolerance tend to have a lower than normal temperature most of the time. Low body temperature over an extended period of time can eventually lead to following health complications:
PMS, irregular periods
Easy weight gain
Edema (fluid retention)
Anxiety and panic attacks
Poor memory, poor concentration
Low sex drive
Dull, dry skin and hair
Increased cold intolerance, heat intolerance
Significantly low motivation, low ambition
Difficulty sleeping (insomnia)
Development of acne
Carpal tunnel syndrome
Irritable bowel syndrome
Muscle and joint pain
Slow healing of wounds
Sweating abnormalities, itchiness
Ringing of the ears (tinnitus)
Vision problems like blurred vision
Chronic low body temperature indicates poor health. Restorative medical techniques help improve the temperature level. Untreated low body temperature can prove to be life-threatening.
Heat intolerance causes a person to experience many of their MS symptoms. It is not the same as an exacerbation and will not cause a relapse.
We already know how many of our issues with MS are related to our digestive system. Heat intolerance may well be another low stomach acid symptom as well as a neurological issue.