A Low Salt Diet – The Greatest Health Risk Today
Many people eat a low salt diet for the health benefits. Many years ago, my health practitioner suggested I exclude salt too. So like a good sheeple, I gave it up and used herbs, salt substitutes, and other spices instead. I got used to eating little to no salt and never really missed it. Its amazing how easily a human being can adapt if they have to!
Then one day, I decided to add a sprinkle of salt to my steak and boy, it really helped enhance the flavor! I started adding more and more salt to my dishes, then found out what I’m about to tell you.
You see, salt got a bad rap when it started getting blamed for high blood pressure. I liken it to the ‘egg scare’ that happened years ago. Many folks cut back on egg consumption because doctors suggested that eggs could raise cholesterol levels. Problem is, that turned out not to be true too.
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The Salt and High Blood Pressure Connection
Through a series of SMALL studies that were done on salt, it got a bad reputation. Here’s what happened.
The National Institute of Health introduced the National High Blood Pressure Education Program in 1972. It was designed to help prevent hypertension, yet no meaningful experiments had really been done. The best evidence on the connection between hypertension and salt came from two SMALL bits of research.
The first study came from observing the Yanomami tribe in South America, where there were no cases of hypertension. They also consume a very low salt diet (around 200mg/day) and this was noted. However, the Yanomami people never eat refined foods or pre-packaged foods like most other people do around the globe. They live in a very remote area and are privy to an all-organic REAL/RAW food diet. The Yanomami people also live a very different lifestyle from the rest of us. Toxins are basically non-existent because they live off the land.
The next study was done on a strain of salt-sensitive rats that had developed high blood pressure on a high salt diet. However, their high salt intake was around 60 times greater than what a typical American consumes. If you were to consume that much salt, you may possibly become hypersensitive also!
For many years, the research that’s been done to link salt to high blood pressure has been relatively inconclusive. Yet, somewhere between 1967 and 1991, the link between the two was promoted from hypothesis to fact and the low salt diet was born. This was NOT because of any substantial evidence however. It only happened because the National Institute of Hypertension (NIH) needed a scapegoat.
Then in 2001, another study was done linking the two. It was called the 2001 DASH (Dietary Approach to Stop Hypertension) Sodium-Study. After 30 days of consuming a low salt diet, participants had lower blood pressure levels. However, the study also found that eating a low calorie diet
, rich in fresh produce, dairy products, and lean meats, would lower blood pressure even more. (Needless to say, a 30 days is NOT much of a study!) What the DASH study did NOT SAY is whether eating a low salt diet would reduce blood pressure, prevent heart disease, or lengthen life span! Which is what we all want to know!
Since then, the USDA, the CDC, the Institute of Medicine, and the NIH, have all relied on the results of the DASH study to recommend a low salt diet.
Difference Between Salt and Sodium
Salt (NaCl) is composed of sodium and chloride, which are essential to your existence.
Sodium is a part of all salt but less than half of salt is sodium.
Na (sodium): 22.99 grams/mole
Cl (Chloride): 35.45 grams/mole
All salt was originally from an ocean at some time.
Why is Sodium Important to Health?
Sodium and potassium ions are ESSENTIAL to transmit nerve impulses which helps contract ALL muscles of the body. All cells in the body are constantly bathed with a dilute saltwater solution called interstitial fluid, which is why saline solution is given to anyone suffering from dehydration. Salt water rinses can soothe a sore throat
, remove bromides from the body, heal mouth ulcers and gum problems, clear congestion
, and so on.
Sodium is both an electrolyte and a mineral. It helps keep the water (the amount of fluid inside and outside of your cells) and electrolyte balance (sodium-potassium chain) of the body.
Most of the sodium in the body (about 85 percent) is found in blood and lymph. Sodium levels are partly controlled by an adrenal hormone called aldosterone. Levels of aldosterone help control kidney function and help decide how much sodium is released in the urine. Small amounts of sodium are also lost through pores in the skin when you sweat.
Most foods have sodium naturally in them but it’s also added in large amounts to a wide range of foods. Sodium is found in baking soda as sodium bicarbonate. Many medicines and other products also have sodium in them, including laxatives, aspirin, and toothpaste.
Using the right kind of salt kills pathogens in your body.
Salt is critical to the Central Nervous System.
Is a major component of blood plasma. It carries nutrients into and out of the cells.
Helps the lining of the blood vessels regulate blood pressure. (Sugar is probably what causes high blood pressure.)
Regulates nerve impulses.
Suppresses stress hormones
Improves insulin sensitivity
Helps relieve constipation
Reduces blood pressure naturally
Helps the brain send communication signals to coordinate muscular movements
Alkalizes body pH
Helps curb cravings for sugar
A Low Salt Diet
Physicians and health care agencies have been advocating a low salt diet for years. They have told us that a low salt diet will help extend your life.
Natural minerals found in biological salt are a valuable commodity so manufacturers remove them from table salts in favor of big profits. This toxic and highly refined salt is what the FDA wants you to consume.
It is however, deceptive and infuriating for the FDA to advocate a low salt diet when sodium chloride is really the thug. The FDA should instead advocate a low sodium diet and not make salt out to be the bad guy!
From the article Critical Salt Information from Unconventional Wisdom by Emma Ross, she states that: "A low salt diet may not be so healthy after all. Defying a generation of health advice, a controversial new study concludes that the less salt people eat, the higher their risk of untimely death".
"The lower the sodium, the worse off you are".
A Low Salt Diet Can Cause
Immune system dysfunction
High cholesterol (LDL) levels
High blood pressure
Cold limbs, hands, and feet
Types of Salts
Table salt is part of the food chain by now. In making iodized salt, the natural iodine is extracted from the salt, then a synthetic form of iodine is added back. Iodized salt is insufficient for optimum thyroid health. Table salt can also contain small amounts of aluminum and anti-clumping agents. It is easy to over-salt foods because of it’s small grains.
Sea salt is a non-biological form of salt and has been hyped to be 'the best' but its known to have impurities such as mercury and aluminum. It is somewhat expensive when compared to other salts but adds a pleasurable crunchy-texture to foods.
Kosher salt is not the same as kosher meat, in that sense. What makes a salt kosher is its ability to pull liquids to the surface from the foods you put it on. Kosher salt is flaky, is easy to handle, and has half the sodium as table salt. It is mainly used on meat and is not recommended for general use.
Canning and pickling salt is a biological form of salt but is more readily used for canning and pickling purposes only. The salt is a fine-grained and most often sold in 4 pound boxes. It does not contain iodine or the anti-caking agent calcium silicate that's found in table salt.
The Best Salt to Use
Canning and pickling salt is the only PURE salt on the market. In fact, this is information directly from Morton’s Salt site:
“Morton® Canning and Pickling Salt is a pure granulated salt which does not contain potassium iodide, dextrose or an anti-caking agent. In other words, it does not contain any additives. This salt product can be used in cooking, baking, canning, pickling and for the table. Please note that since there is no anti-caking agent added to Morton® Canning and Pickling Salt, it may form lumps in humid weather or if exposed to moisture”.
Just take another look at the box above! It plainly says: "Plain Salt. Nothing Added." (Bonus: It also tastes great!)
And in case you weren’t paying attention, I stated above that sea salt is a NON biological form of salt. What does that mean? Non-biological means that its NOT derived from living organisms. In fact, sea salt, although tasty and sometimes a pretty pink color, is over 100 million years old! All of it!
What makes something a living organism? Its ability to gain or give an electron. And in case you didn’t know, YOU are an electrical being! All bodily processes depend on the whether electrons have been received or donated. Without electron transfer, we’d all be dead. Here's the biological explanation:
In biochemical reactions, electrons that are removed from one molecule are always passed to another molecule. When one molecule is oxidized, another is reduced. The tendency of oxidation-reduction reactions, (called redox reactions), to proceed spontaneously depends on the free-energy change (ΔG) for the electron transfer, which in turn depends on the relative affinities of the two molecules for electrons.
In other words, electron transfer provides most of the energy for all living things.
Sea salt lost its electrons around 99 million years ago. It is a non-biological form of sodium and potassium; or any other trace elements that come along for the ride. Non-biological nutrients can cause all sorts of problems in your body.
Another way to look at it is this. If I tried to sell you vitamins that were hundreds of years old, you’ll tell me to take a hike!
If someone asked you to use old gasoline in your car to make it run better, you’d tell them they were crazy!
Then why do you think that a salt that’s millions of years old would be good for you?
Don’t get me wrong. I used to be on the sea salt band-wagon! I thought the pink salt was so pretty and darn, and it tastes really good! The problem is that it’s old, which means that all the nutrients in it are also VERY old. It’s also pink because it contains traces of mercury so it was doing more harm than good in my body!
You see, once a substance loses it’s electrons, it loses it’s ability to be useful by the body. If your body can’t use it, it will either take it up and store it or eliminate it. Most of the time though, it will store it and replace any of the good stuff that’s in place with the bad stuff; and then physical problems ensue. Without the proper electrical charges taking place, your heart has problems pumping blood, your kidneys and intestines have a hard time eliminating wastes, your lungs strain to breathe properly, and all other organs and bodily processes are impaired because of the mutations in cell structure.
In fact, if you were to do a CBC (complete blood count) before and after you started using real sodium, you may be super surprised. That is, once the bad sodium in the body is replaced with the good sodium, sodium levels would actually decrease, not increase.
So what I am telling you is this:
Salt is not the hoodlum. The wrong kinds of sodium are!
Processed foods contain TOO much of the wrong types of sodium.
A low salt diet is a dangerous health risk.
I ditched my low salt diet a while back. Since finding out all this information, I have also replaced the sea salt I was using with canning and pickling salt, and I’ve noticed lots of positive changes in the way my body functions. I hope you will get some real salt in your diet now and start on your path to better health too!
If you are depending on your doctor to get you into better health, you better think again. Don't you remember? They were the ones who told you that a low salt diet was good for you! Now maybe they didn't know or maybe they just took the word of someone over them. But why didn't they look into the issue and use common sense?
Anytime the powers that be (CDC, FDA, NIH, etc.) tells you something is bad for you, think oppositely. It is clear that they’re only in the money making business and don’t give a rats behind about you or your health. Never make health decisions on blind faith! Do the research and find out the truth about everything that your doctor recommends. Prescription drugs are ruining your health and are only part of BIG PHARMA’S bottom line!
Always consult your physician before using natural remedies, especially for anyone with preexisting conditions or anyone currently taking prescription medications. Although many efforts are made to ensure that the advice given on this site is professionally sound, the advice is not intended to replace a mutual relationship with a medical provider.
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