Do you retain water whenever you increase salt in your diet? Then read on. Lots of people have problems with water retention, otherwise known as edema. There are many conditions that relate to this mechanism including excessive sweating, diminished function of the kidneys and bladder, nightmares, glaucoma, and gastritis.
The water retention is being caused buy an increase in osmotic pressure. When we have to much fluid in the eyes, and we can’t get out it is called glaucoma.
In a 2010 study of ICU patients, urea, also known as carbamide, was used to treat euvolemic hyponatremia and was found safe, inexpensive, and effective (1). Guyton’s textbook of medical physiology (7th ed) states that carbamide is a dieutric and improves the transfer of fluids through cellular walls.
Carbamide is used in the urea breath test to detect the presence of the bacterium H. pylori in the stomach and small intestine of humans, and is associated with peptic ulcers. The test detects the enzyme urease, produced by H. pylori, by a reaction that produces ammonia from urea. This increases the pH (reduces the acidity) of the stomach environment around the bacteria allowing it to multiple.
The FDA outlaws selling carbamide saying that it is inert even though it was studied in 2010 and used successfully in treating patients in the ICU! So what Standard Process did to get around this is take carbamide and mix it with Vitamin C and Vitamin A, and sell the product as a primary a Vitamin A/C mix. However the product is 90% carbamide. This makes it more complex and a bit more expensive but at least it is available. This is a great product for anyone who starts retaining water when they increase their salt intake.
If you buy this product make sure to keep the container sealed very tightly because it absorbs moisture.
A/C CARBAMIDE CAPSULES: 2-4 a day with a full glass of water, available in 90 capsules (#0625) or 270 capsules (#0635)
1. Decaux G, Andres C, Gankam Kengne F, Soupart A (14 October 2010). "Treatment of euvolemic hyponatremia in the intensive care unit by urea" (PDF). Critical Care. 14 (5): R184. doi:10.1186/cc9292. PMC 3219290. PMID 20946646.
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