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10 Mar 2003

sea water
visiting the beach regularly , i swallow alot of sea water.having noticed many black people actually consuming the water or taking them in containers , i thought that this is probably a traditional diet or medical use of some sort,i would really appreciate more information regarding the nutritional benifit of consuming sea water.
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DietDoc

01 Jan 0001

Dear MS
Sea water contains various minerals such as sodium potassium etc. There is a tradition among black people to drink sea water as a purgative. However, I would not recommend regular consumption of sea water for the following reasons: a) sea water can be contaminated by human excrement and drinking it can cause diarrhoea, vomiting, etc b) the salts in sea water can vary a great deal and if you eat a balanced diet you should not require addition minerals c) if you are really deficient in minerals, then take a good mineral supplement instead.
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