August 15, 2016
Salt – “The Rest of the Story”
Just to remind you again, I am not telling you to go against what your doctor has told you about your salt intake, so please do not use this information as medical advice. This is just for your information.
I also want to state here, if you have a thyroid issue, please consult your doctor and/or have your thyroid checked to see if you are deficient in iodine. There are simple tests you can take to show if you do need an iodine supplement.
Salt is essential for life and as the body can not produce it itself, we have to ingest it. Without consumption of salt our bodies become chemically imbalanced. Sodium stops the muscles from cramping, and it invigorates the nerves and without salt our muscles and nervous system do not function properly.
All our body fluids are salty. Blood, sweat, tears, saliva. Experts agree a healthy adult needs a daily intake of approximately five or six grams of salt to maintain good health or about 2 teaspoons. But not the bleached, chemically treated stuff that comes out of a box! Salt assists the digestive system, helping to absorb nutrients by breaking down our food. It also helps the saliva glands by stimulating an enzyme which allows the taste buds to get a sense of the food we are eating.
The premise that salt leads to hypertension has never been scientifically supported. On the contrary, studies show that a reduced sodium diet leads to health issues. Some studies have shown salt aids in blood sugar control. A low salt diet may increase insulin resistance. But also beware if you are prone to high blood pressure as table salt may cause the blood to rise rapidly as the body attempts to move this toxic substance out of the body. Also excess table salt may cause the body to retain fluids.
No doubt we are getting too much salt! But the wrong kind of salt, bleached, empty, dead salt. Like with our water, bleached salt has no minerals. Processed food contains so many salt additives. On a label the word “salt” is not the only sodium added to processed foods. Words like monosodium glutamate (MSG); baking soda; sodium alginate; sodium benzoate; sodium hydroxide; sodium propionate; sodium sulfite. All these are salt.
So the solution? DO NOT EAT PROCESSED FOOD!!! Learn to eat organic, whole foods. The salt we should be using is a natural salt. I recommend, and what I have been finding out with my research, and what I am using, is Pink Himalayan salt.
Himalayan crystal salt is far superior to traditional iodized salt. Himalayan salt is mined from ancient sea beds and is pure, untouched by many of the toxins and pollutants that pervade other forms of ocean salt.
Himalayan salt contains the minerals that are necessary for your health, and what our bodies so desperately need, including macrominerals and trace minerals. The macrominerals are needed in relative abundance and include calcium, chloride, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium and sodium.
There are also Celtic sea salts. But you still have to be aware of fake sea salts. They may be labeled “sea salt”, but have had all the minerals removed and bleached just like table salt. Just avoid “white” salt. I have been tested and the Himalayan salt tests best on me.
Next week I will talk about what I do to stay healthy.
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