Salt Shake Down
Similar to cholesterol and saturated fat, salt has a bad reputation.
We've all heard the fright:
Be careful -- too much salt will give you high blood pressure and a heart attack.
Don't worry -- it's low sodium.
To the contrary, salt does a body good.
Salt can help our body cope with stress, improve insulin sensitivity and keep us hydrated!
But Salt is Going to Kill Me
Sounds familiar, right?
But fat is going to kill me.
But cholesterol is going to kill me.
Within the past few decades, salt was placed on the danger-zone list. (1) It was deemed unhealthy and associated with an increased risk of heart disease, high blood pressure and heart attacks.
Yet recent studies tell a different story.
A recent 2011 meta-analysis study of more than 6,000 people, showed that reducing salt did not correlate with a reduction in heart attacks, strokes or death.(2)
Another 2011 study followed 3,681 middle-aged healthy Europeans for eight years. The participants were divided into three groups: low, moderate, and high salt consumption. The conclusion : the risk for heart disease was 56 percent higher for the low-salt group than for the group who ate the most salt! (3)
Side Effects of Low Salt
What are the ramifications of eating too little salt?
Sodium is an essential mineral. It plays a crucial role in our body, including facilitating muscle contraction and nerve cell transmission, moving nutrients in and waste out of the cell and regulating hormones.
PASS ON THE TABLE SALT
Table salt is processed at high-heat temperatures, which eliminates trace elements.
It's often bleached, heated and contains additives like calcium silicate to prevent clumping. Yikes!
Processed salt is found in processed and packaged foods. When you remove processed foods from your diet, you will naturally reduce your intake of processed sodium, along all that other junk that lingers in bags and boxes.
3 Natural Types of Salts
The best types of salt are unrefined, unprocessed and contain over 60 trace minerals.
1. Sea Salt
Unrefined sea salt is harvested from ancient sea beds or by evaporating sea water. Sea salt contains trace minerals and vary in color depending on the location of harvesting. Most are either pink, gray, black or white.
Worried about pollution from the ocean getting into your salt? If you purchase a darker colored sea salt, there will be a higher concentration of impurities like lead, yet also a higher concentration of essential trace nutrients. (7)
Selina Naturally Celtic Sea Salt is harvested from France.
2. Himalayan Salt
3. Real Salt
What kind of salt are you using? Look at packaged food items in your pantry.
Try to purchase food items without salt, then add your own high-quality salt.
Or, look for packaged items with a high-quality salt on the ingredient list.
Don't be afraid of salt! When you buy quality meat and vegetables, grind some on some natural salt for flavor and to maintain proper mineral and electrolyte balance.