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From: James (68.68.99.217)
Subject:         Salt And Bowel Funtion
Date: July 6, 2013 at 12:16 pm PST

Hi Dr. Graham.

I've been eating 80/10/10 for about two years now. I'm 37, and have 15% body fat.

I eat two big meals of fruit for breakfast and lunch, and a huge salad meal for dinner. Usually at least a pound of greens a day, plus some celery, tomatoes, cucumbers, etc. I eat a bit of overt fat a few times a week.

I exercise five to six days a week.

I went for 80/10/10 originally because I had IBS, and for maybe the first few weeks to a months I saw huge improvements in bowel function

Then, I started seeing declines. My bowel movements became scanty, I felt constipated, and I had lots of gas.

To be clear, it was still better than when I was eating animal foods, and cooked vegan/grains after that, but it just wasn't ideal.

I tried water fasting for 15 days, with no significant change.

Then, randomly one day, I added about a quarter teaspoon of table salt to my salad. This is the first time I'd done this in years.

Within an hour I had a large, full bowel movement that felt great. I also slept really deeply that night, and felt like my circulation was improved (warmth in my feet and toes).

The downside is that I have that slightly "sick", sore throat type feeling, which would seem to indicate that I'd ingested something bad. On the few occasions I've eaten steamed greens since starting, I've always gotten this feeling.

But I've found that as long as I keep adding a small amount of salt to my diet, I have at least one full good bowel movement a day.

As soon as I stop, within a week or so I run into slowed bowel function and gas, colder hands a feet, and less deep sleep time.

I know sodium plays a role in muscle function. Perhaps this could be affecting my bowels? I've always assumed I was getting plenty through my vegetable intake.

Also, supplemented table salt is the primary source of dietary iodine in the American diet. Iodine is required for a healthy thyroid function, and hypothyroidism is one of the major causes of constipation.

Perhaps I'm really iodine deficient?

I was wondering what you thought about all this, and if you'd suggest I try some experiments with Iodine supplements.

Any input you may have is very welcome.

Thanks.

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