Sodium To Magnesium (Na/Mg) Ratio
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The sodium to magnesium ratio is referred to as the adrenal gland because sodium levels are directly associated with adrenal gland function. Aldosterone is a mineral corticoid adrenal hormone that regulates the retention of sodium. The higher the sodium level the higher the aldosterone level as a general rule.
The sodium to magnesium ratio is a measurement of energy output because the adrenal glands are a major regulator along with the thyroid gland of the rate of metabolism.
The ideal sodium to magnesium ratio is 4.17 to 1.
The sodium to potassium (Na/Mg) is a tissue reading and will often not match blood tests for adrenal hormones. Usually the blood test will be normal but the tissue mineral reveal abnormal adrenal function. Symptoms usually correlate well with hair analysis.
Sodium levels can be elevated by cadmium, mercury, copper, iron, manganese and nickel. An excess of these minerals effects the sodium tissue level temporarily so adrenal function may actually be slow. In HTMA testing and analysis, we always look at every HTMA chart for the presence of these metals when evaluating the adrenal ratio. Rarely, magnesium or even sodium may be lost through the hair, causing a false reading.
Symptoms Of Under active Adrenal Glands Include:
- Fatigue, unexplained
- Stamina diminished
- Poor digestion, with diminished ability to tolerate fats and meat protein
- Weight fluctuations
Symptoms Of Overactive Adrenal Glands Include:
- Increased stamina and drive
- Tendency to inflammation or inflammatory reactions
- Type A personality
Trends Associated with the Sodium To Magnesium (Na/Mg) Ratio:
- 16 or more extreme fast adrenal ratio – energy less than 25%
- 8 to 16 moderate fast adrenal ratio – energy at 50%
- 4.17 to 8 mile fast Adrenal ratio – energy at 75%
- 4.17 ideal – energy at 100%
- 2 to 4.17 mild slow adrenal ratio – energy at 75%
- 1 – 2 moderate slow adrenal ratio – energy at 50%
- Less than 1% = extreme slow metabolism adrenal ratio – energy at 25%