I’ve often been asked in my years of practicing nephrology, why does it matter if my sodium is low? The short answer is even mild Hyponatremia is linked to several notable negative signs and symptoms. Hyponatremia is associated with an increased death rate, longer hospital stay, falls, Re-admissions to the hospital, osteoporosis (bone disease), and worsening mental state. More severe forms can lead to seizures, coma and even death. Good news is if caught early and treated properly Hyponatremia can be cured, and sodium levels can be maintained in a normal range. UreaAide is one of the safest most effective ways of helping you maintain normal sodium level. A typical dose of 1 scoop twice a day often does the trick, and it tastes good too!
The FDA definition of a medical food is: “a food which is formulated to be consumed or administered enterally under the supervision of a physician and which is intended for the specific dietary management of a disease or condition for which distinctive nutritional requirements, based on recognized scientific principles, are established by medical evaluation."
Medical foods were defined back in 1988 with the FDA orphan drug act amendments. Medical foods are subject to the same safety regulation and labeling requirements of the food, drug and cosmetic act.
Examples of medical foods would be amino acids for the treatment of specific diseases like PKU or enteral tube feeds for those with malabsorption.
Another example of a medical food is UreaAide, a food taken orally, under the supervision of your doctor, meant to treat Hyponatremia ( low serum sodium) and is guideline based. We at KidneyAide are meticulous when it comes to the above FDA regulations and requirements. UreaAide is manufactured and stored in an FDA registered cGMP manufacturing facility and we use only high grade USP Urea. It is critical that you are getting the highest quality medical foods for safety and effectiveness. So as we say UreaAide is safe, effective and guideline based so you can rest assured your sodium is in proper balance naturally.
SIADH (syndrome of inappropriate anti diuretic hormone) is essentially a water problem. For reasons your doctor likely figured out, your body is holding onto liquids too tightly via a hormone messenger to your kidneys (ADH). Usually the reason for this is some sort of stressor, like pain or nausea.
It may also be related to lung diseases, like COPD or brain disturbances, like a mass or a bleed. Sometimes certain cancers can cause SIADH, as well as certain medications, like Thiazide diuretics. With this water retention your sodium becomes diluted and the sodium level drops.
When it is minor, for example in the low 130's, you probably won't feel much different. However, as the sodium dilutes further into the 120's or 110's or even less, you will likely feel symptoms:
These lower numbers are also dangerous as they may predispose to seizures or brain swelling. There are a handful of guideline based therapies for SIADH. These include, fluid restriction, diuretics with salt pills, as well as the pharmaceutical agents Vaptans and of course, Urea.
Urea has a salty brine taste by itself but we were able to come up with a formula in UreaAide that tastes great using natural mint. UreaAide works as an osmotic diuretic which helps your body get rid of the excess water by pulling the water out via the kidney. You should urinate more and begin to bring the sodium level up slowly and safely. Because it is a naturally based product the side effects are typically mild, such as nausea, distaste or loose stool.
UreaAide comes as 2 options:
1. 15 gram premium dose packets, mint flavored
2. 1lb unflavored with dosing scoop, all natural
The usual starting dose is 1 packet, or 1 scoop twice a day. The unflavored UreaAide is less costly but we highly recommend mixing with your favorite powdered beverage, like Gatorade. You can watch video demonstrations here.
In summary, SIADH is a common reason for low sodium or Hyponatremia. It is caused by multiple triggers and can lead to many different symptoms. There are a few treatment options and you should talk to your doctor about which may be best in your particular situation. If your doctor suggests Urea, we hope you choose UreaAide!