Salt. Public enemy No.1 along with fat. And just like fat I have come to the conclusion it’s actually essential for the body, but just like fat there’s salt I will not touch and then there’s salt I ensure I have daily. So is salt healthy? Depends… and here’s my thoughts…
There’s an ongoing argument as to whether salt is healthy or not with raised blood pressure, hypertension and the increased risk of premature death being just a few of the pleasant side effects.
But a quick dig around on Google and you’ll soon see not everyone agrees, including science writer Gary Taubes –
|With nearly everyone focused on the supposed benefits of salt restriction, little research was done to look at the potential dangers. But four years ago, Italian researchers began publishing the results from a series of clinical trials, all of which reported that, among patients with heart failure, reducing salt consumption increased the risk of death. – Gary Taubes, NY Times|
What do I think?
I don’t use regular table salt. From my understanding it’s 97.5% sodium chloride and 2.5% chemicals such as moisture absorbents, and iodine. Dried at over 1,200 degrees fahrenheit, with the excessive heat altering the natural chemical structure of the salt.
This has nothing in common with natural salt and makes no sense to me, so why would you want to use it?
According to Dr Mercola, every gram of table salt (sodium chloride) that your body cannot excrete uses twenty three times the amount of cell water to neutralize. Eating common table salt causes excess fluid in your body tissue, which can contribute to:
- Unsightly cellulite
- Rheumatism, arthritis and gout
- Kidney and gall bladder stones
When you consider that the average person consumes 4,000 to 6,000 mg of sodium chloride each day, and heavy users can ingest as much as 10,000 mg in a day, it is clear that this is a serious and pervasive issue.
I use Himalayan rock salt which has 84 trace minerals. A far cry from your regular table salt. These are just some of the benefits listed from Dr Mercolas site which I happen to agree with –
- Regulating the water content throughout your body.
- Promoting a healthy pH balance in your cells, particularly your brain cells.
- Promoting blood sugar health and helping to reduce the signs of ageing.
- Assisting in the generation of hydroelectric energy in cells in your body.
- Absorption of food particles through your intestinal tract.
- Supporting respiratory health.
- Promoting sinus health.
- Prevention of muscle cramps.
- Promoting bone strength.
- Regulating your sleep – it naturally promotes sleep.
- Supporting your libido.
- Promoting vascular health.
- In conjunction with water it is actually essential for the regulation of your blood pressure.
How much do I consume?
I always add a pinch of Himalayan rock salt to my salads or whilst cooking. I also add half a teaspoon to 600ml of water when I’m at CrossFit/training etc
When purchasing you need to make sure it has that pink colour.
I’ve come to believe that if you cut out must junk and processed foods from your daily diet, you would have eliminated most salt from your diet. This is one of the reasons I’m proactive with my daily salt intake. This is also an area worth looking into if you eat a low carbohydrate diet.
Do you use Himalayan rock salt? Do you use salt? During exercise? Would love to hear your thoughts, Guy