To salt or not to salt, that is the real question!
Salt has been demonized for some time, with physicians, dieticians, and many more waving their banners high: “beware the Ides of…” salt.
And, in sticking with the meaning behind that slight nod to the Ides of March there, which signifies an impending betrayal, it is for a similar reason that many preach warnings in regards to salt.
Your body needs salt, but too much salt is thought to cause a betrayal to its intended purposes and well, I’m sure you’ve heard of the doom that follows: high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, etc.
But, could it be that so much effort has been made towards such warnings that we’ve forgotten the good, and essential, purposes of salt in regards to our bodies…to our health?
Perhaps we need to spend a few moments here reexamining this important mineral.
Is salt bad? Is it good?
Should we eat it or refrain?
What is salt’s intended purpose in regards to our health (as opposed to the hindrance of health)?
Let’s get things straight right from the start here, salt is essential.
This mineral has been demonized in regards to heart health on such a grand scale that it seems we’ve begun to undermine the necessity of it entirely.
But, there’s not really any other way to cut it: your body needs salt to function!
Your body must have sodium to balance fluid. It is needed for your nerves and muscles to function in a healthy manner. And, it helps your body to appropriately absorb needed nutrients.
If you were to cut salt out of your diet completely, you wouldn’t survive.
And, when it comes to salt, as I’m sure you’re aware, there are many kinds.
- There’s common table salt, which is generally mined and has other minerals added to it such as iodine, iron, and folic acid.
- Sea salt is a type of salt that is produced by evaporating water from the ocean or saltwater lakes. This type of salt (most any variety of sea salt, really) is not as processed as table salt, so it contains trace minerals that serve to add flavor, color, and potential health benefits due to these other minerals present.
- Celtic sea salt is another type of salt, though perhaps a bit controversial. It is typically unrefined and hand harvested. And, while it does contain other minerals, even trace amounts of iodine, some believe it to also contain trace amounts of lead.
- Pink Himalayan salt is yet another option. It is mined near the Himalayan mountains, and as suggested by its name, it has a pink hue.
Pink Himalayan salt is considered a healthier alternative to table salt as it contains less sodium while also being made up of numerous needed minerals such as iron, calcium, potassium, zinc, and manganese.
And, salt is present in far more foods than many of us realize. It’s not just sprinkled on top of food, you know?
Sodium is present in most processed foods (in high amounts), and it is used in making pastas, breads, dairy products, and even sweets! Yes, desserts contain salt as well.
And, it can be true that too much salt, rather too much sodium, can potentially be detrimental to your health, depending on your circumstances.
Too much sodium is thought to increase the risk of some stomach cancers and high blood pressure which contributes to heart disease, and it is likely due to these risks that the American Heart Association recommends that people cut their sodium intake to less than 1,500 mg daily.
But, other studies show a detriment in tipping the sodium scale in the opposite direction.
A 2014 study in the New England Journal Of Medicine found that those individuals who consumed less than 3,000 mg of sodium daily actually increased their risk of not only heart disease but premature death as well.
In other words, perhaps too much salt isn’t great for our health, but too little salt seems to raise an equal amount of concern!
Salt, in and of itself, stands to bring much benefit to the body in the right circumstances.
Below we’ll detail some of those circumstances, highlighting some great reasons to include salt as part of a healthy diet!
Reasons Why You Should Eat More Salt
We’ll start here with a more indepth look at the ways that not consuming enough salt can be detrimental to your health.
We labored the fact that salt is essential for your body to function properly in the above section, but exactly what are you putting your body at risk of if/when you’re deficient in this mineral.
When you don’t get enough salt, you are at risk of:
- Cognitive decline
- Heart attack
- Low blood pressure
- Low blood sodium
- High cholesterol and triglycerides
- Muscle cramps
- Sensitivity to heat (incapable of withstanding heat most notably when exerting yourself)
- Water retention in both kidneys and sweat glands
2- Sex And Fertility
Too much sodium is often listed as a culprit in the case of a killed libido.
However, here we are again with the pesky issue of balance.
It turns out that too little salt can actually crush your desire for sex!
Sodium deficiencies can lead to an imbalance of nutrients in the body, and this can affect us hormonally as well, here potentially decreasing sperm count and affecting fertility.
An experiment done in the late 1990’s found men who lowered their sodium intake complained of erectile dysfunction.
A study done in mice found a correlation between increased sperm count and a high sodium diet.
And, low sodium diets have been known to cause women not to ovulate.
One then has to wonder about the following being a valid analysis (or even hypothesis) – reproductive hormones and processes are hindered from a lack of sodium, so the body sees the lack of reproduction capability as a signal to decrease the desire for sex (procreation).
3- Stress Management
Some studies found that rats, when in the midst of stressful situations, prefer salty water to unsalted water.
These findings support the notion that salt helps to rid the body of cortisol, a hormone that increases within the body in instances of stress.
When there are high levels of cortisol in the body you can experience greater instances of stress, fatigue, weight grain, high blood pressure, irritability and even depression and anxiety.
Increasing salt intake can potentially help to decrease cortisol levels, aiding your body in needful and appropriate responses to stress.
In fact, this link has caused some to wonder if this is why the desire for salty foods increases when stressed.
Unfortunately, when stressed most people don’t simply add a teaspoon or so of a healthy salt to increase their daily sodium levels, but rather binge on processed junk foods containing excessive amounts of sodium.
So, the next time you’re feeling overburdened by stress, try adding just a bit more healthy salt to your dinner or even seek to snack on a measured portion of heart healthy nuts as opposed to opting for frozen pizzas, chips, or an extra large order of salty fast food french fries.
4- Dehydration, Muscle Cramps, And Athletic Performance
Whether you’re an athlete or not, your body needs a sufficient amount of electrolytes, and salt (particularly sea salt) is a great source of electrolytes.
But for athletes, it’s important to remember that as you workout, you sweat. And, as you sweat, you lose salt.
If you fail to replenish that salt, causing an imbalance in electrolytes within the body, you could suffer greatly, increasing your risk of seizures, coma, or heart attack.
If you drink a lot of water without consuming enough salt, you can experience what is known as hyponatremia, causing dizziness, weakness, confusion, even death.
The electrolytes in sea salt can also stave off muscle cramps. And, the potassium and sodium work together to balance the amount of water in your body, keeping you from getting dehydrated.
5- Improved Sleep
While sodium-rich processed foods and table salt can hinder sleep quality, the electrolyte content of sea salt has been shown to improve sleep.
This is due to the fact that electrolytes (those found in sea salt) are thought to balance hormones which play a huge role in sleep quality.
Just remember to get your salt from healthy sources as table salt and processed foods can cause sodium imbalances within the body (thus hindering sleep quality as mentioned above).
6- Clean Diet
How could there be anything detrimental to eating a clean, healthy diet?
Technically, there’s only good to be gained by eating healthy, nutritious foods.
But, when eating clean, you could be consuming far too little sodium.
I mean, obviously there’s not much sodium to consume when eating fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains and lean meats.
So, be sure to use sea salt (such as Pink Himalayan sea salt) to add sodium and other essential minerals to your food or drinks to avoid consuming too little salt.
The 40 year-old “Salt Lie” Before you sprinkle ANYMORE salt, you have to read this… USE WITH CAUTION
You’ve heard how salt is “bad for you”.
In fact, the USDA says it’s worse than fats, sugar… And even alcohol!
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What’s all this about?
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