Our favorite memories from the 2018 Dysautonomia International Conference

Our favorite memories from the 2018 Dysautonomia International Conference

On June 22-24, hundreds of dysautonomia patients and their families congregated in Nashville, Tennessee, to participate in the sixth annual Dysautonomia International (DI) Conference. For the third year in a row, SaltStick attended the conference as well, to take part in a weekend full of educational seminars, engaging speakers, social events and dysautonomia advocacy training. With more than 400 guests, the DI Conference is the largest of its kind, bringing together patients, caregivers, researchers, physicians, industry representatives, non-profit leaders and government policy makers. From meeting Superbowl MVP Nick Foles and his wife, to tasting the many varieties of salt, every attendee walked away having learned something new about dysautonomia, its causes, treatments and related conditions. We, for our part, continue to be inspired by the courage and determination embodied by dysautonomia patients and their families. We enjoyed each conversation with everyone who stopped by our booth, and we can’t wait...
SaltStick - Jun 29, 2018
How Does the Sodium-Glucose Pump Work? (And Other Questions)

How Does the Sodium-Glucose Pump Work? (And Other Questions)

In this blog post, we answer salt-related questions often asked by dysautonomia patients. Read to learn about the kidneys, the sodium-glucose pump and potassium intake. Many dysautonomia patients and their caretakers can remember the day of their diagnosis. Beyond the emotional impact of learning about the presence of a chronic disease, the term “dysautonomia” usually breeds curiosity because it is not well-known within the medical community. Understanding some of the science behind dysautonomia and the treatments commonly recommended can help. One of the most important treatments recommended by doctors to most (but not all) dysautonomia patients is to increase salt intake. Salt intake is can be more efficient when the salt is combined with a bit of sugar in the form of glucose, because of the sodium-glucose pump. How does the sodium-glucose pump work? Put simply, the sodium-glucose pump describes the way cells use salt ions to absorb glucose. The...
SaltStick - Mar 13, 2018
The three hormones that regulate your electrolyte levels

The three hormones that regulate your electrolyte levels

Hormones are key to understanding the hydration process, and what to do when that process breaks down. Every endurance athlete knows the blissful feeling of satisfaction that arrives after a long or hard workout. Equally, many of us have experienced the jittery, panicked state that results from consuming too much coffee on an empty stomach. When we have a big reward in our immediate future, we feel excitement; when we look at a difficult task, we feel dread. These feelings, which are a universal part of human physiology, are regulated by chemical compounds known as hormones. The simplest description of hormones is that of the “chemical messenger.” Various glands, including the thyroid, pancreas and pituitary gland, produce hormones, which travel through the bloodstream and prompt changes in other parts of the body. For example, the hormone insulin regulates the amount of sugar in the blood, while dopamine and serotonin work...
SaltStick - Feb 15, 2018
Buccal Mucosa: Why your mouth is key to fast-acting electrolytes

Buccal Mucosa: Why your mouth is key to fast-acting electrolytes

SaltStick Fastchews owe their fast-acting power to the way the body absorbs electrolytes through the mouth. But what does that mean exactly? When you visit the product description page for SaltStick Fastchews, you will see several benefits, including quick absorption, good taste, and the absence of ingredients such as GMOs or artificial sweeteners. You will also see this bullet point: “Chewable tablets provide fast absorption through buccal mucosa (tissue in mouth).” If this bullet point gives you pause, you are not alone. In this blog post, we have provided more clarity into the science of buccal mucosa absorption so that you can better understand how our products work to keep you hydrated. Essentially, buccal mucosa absorption is the absorption of nutrients through the inner lining of the cheeks and tongue, and it represents the foundation of our Fastchew product design. Below, we expound on what this means to you as...
SaltStick - Nov 13, 2017
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