Is Salt Really Bad For You?
Refined table salt has gotten a justly deserved bad reputation because of concern about hypertension and heart disease. Having the correct potassium to sodium balance influences the risk for hypertension and heart disease much more than high sodium alone. Most Western diets are lacking in potassium.
Potassium Level Impacts High Blood Pressure More than Sodium
To be healthy, the nutrients in cells must be in proper balance. Our diets have changed dramatically increasing the amount of sodium and decreasing the amount of potassium in our diet, therefore reversing the natural balance. Modern food manufacturers add lots of salt (sodium chloride) to their products, while modern diets do not include enough potassium-rich foods such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains and legumes. Eating an apple a day provides only 1 mg of sodium and 80 mg of potassium.
Sodium/Potassium Balance is Necessary for Strong Muscles and Relaxed Arteries
Salt-rich diets force excess sodium into cells, disturbing the healthy sodium/potassium balance. Excess sodium interferes with cellular energy production, causing fatigue. Sodium attaches itself to water molecules, so when more sodium goes into the cells, so does more water. Water retention elevates blood pressure and cases weight gain. dietary salt contributes to higher risk for cancer, cardiac disease, stroke, kidney disease, bronchial problems and kidney stones. By avoiding processed and packaged foods, dietary sodium can be avoided.
When Using Salt Make Sure it is Unrefined
A diet that uses mineral-rich sea salt medicinally will help restore the body’s balance. Small amounts of sea salt with help alkalize the body. Sea salt should be added to grains and grain-like seeds to make them less acid-forming. When cooked for 10 minutes or more, salt chelates, blending with other foods and does not cause such a “salty” reaction to our body. Celtic sea salt is great for cooking, while Hawaiian sea salt is excellent to sprinkle over your food at the table.
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