Are you confused about sodium intake? Should you cut out the table salt? Or does it really matter? A variety of ‘health reports’ lately are making statements like this:
“A surprising new report questions public health efforts to get Americans to sharply cut back on salt, saying it’s not clear whether eating super-low levels is worth the struggle.” –Middletown Press
Why all the confusion? The studies keep coming back in favor of cutting sodium, and then the reverse. We hear how sodium is important in the diet for many other functions and to cut it could be detrimental to health.
I’ll have to agree with Brian Strom – public health professor at University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine – who says: “Changes in diet are more complex than simply changing a single mineral.” The reason for this is that we are approaching the subject from a faulty vantage point. The real issue isn’t “is salt good for you or not – and how much?” – The question to be asking about sodium intake is rather, “Are we consuming the RIGHT kind of salt?”
If you look closely at regular table salt – the kind you find at any grocery store – and on nearly every restaurant table – this is what you would see: 95% sodium chloride, an unnatural chemical form of salt that your body finds foreign. That’s right, I said a CHEMICAL form of salt – – not even real salt.
Manufacturers of table salt heat their product to such a high temperature (called ‘cleaning’) that what is left is not salt at all. Besides the sodium chloride you have roughly 2.5% added chemical fillers and moisture absorbents to keep your salt from clumping. Some of the non-clumping agents are alumino-sillicate and alumino-calcium silicate – both forms of Aluminum. Aluminum has been repeatedly linked to Alzheimer’s disease.
Another common filler is iodine. Many people are familiar with iodine as beneficial to the thyroid gland. True. How much iodine do we actually need each day for healthy thyroid function?
The Recommended daily intake is 150mcg, that’s not a lot. Guess how much iodine is in just one teaspoon of table salt? We are talking something like 400mcg of iodine per teaspoon. On average, Americans consume upwards and around 700mcg of iodine per day. Is there a problem which ingesting too much iodine? Apparently, taking in excessive amounts of iodine can lead to dysfunctions such as autoimmune disease and hypothyroidism.
So, what this is coming to is that regular table salt is not the ‘salt of choice’ when it comes to flavor enhancement. Does that mean we cut out salt all together? Absolutely not!
We NEED salt to regulate certain body functions. Without sodium in our diets our cell integrity would be compromised, blood pressure would not regulate and we would be prone to overheating after a simple exercise.
The problem isn’t sodium itself, but rather the type of salt we are consuming. The crazy thing is, I am reading all these articles battling back and forth on the salt issue, but not once is it ever mentioned that there is a healthy alternative to table salt. That alternative is Himalayan Salt.
Himalayan salt is pink in color and comes from 250 million years of tectonic pressure – allowing nature to purify and concentrate the elements found within. This salt contains all 84 essential minerals and elements found in your body. You can pick it at most health food stores, including Trader Joe’s. It can be purchased pre-ground, or in a grinder just like black pepper. The flavor is comparable to table salt, though you might find it more exceptional. Not only is Himalayan salt better for you than regular salt, it has a list of amazing added health benefits that table salt cannot touch.
– Promotes proper PH balance
– Regulates water content
– Promotes good sleep
– Supports regular blood sugar
– Assist with proper absorption of nutrients
– Aids in reducing signs of aging
– Supports Cardiovascular health
– Helps with bone strength
– With the addition of water – assists blood pressure in regulating
– Reduces muscle cramps
– And more!
When compared to regular table salt, Himalayan salt is a preventative step against rheumatism, gout, gall & kidney stones and cellulite. There is just no comparison between this salt and what American has been sold under the same name.
Finding a real salt alternative is KEY in answering the question about sodium intake. The hoax has been keeping this vital information from the public. See, when your body ingests foods in their ‘whole’, unadulterated form, it knows what to do with it, and is able to simply release those parts that are not needed. This is crucial with elements such as salt and iodine (a whole other story).
Pink Himalayan salt will change everything in the debate about sodium, as not only a great choice for salt, but as an amazing food to add to your diet.
The final key to this puzzle is switching the items you buy from processed, in a can, box or bag – to more natural ‘un-salted’ alternatives. Take back control of your health by making conscious food choices as well as conscious salt choices.
Written By: Stasia Bliss