Eat salt for health and wellness
Salt is essential for life – nobody can live without it!
Salt is essential for everybody – not only to life, but to good health too
Regretfully, most people simply can't even imagine that there are enormous differences between standard – refined table salt and natural cooking salt that appears to be health-promoting salt.
Commercial refined salt (usually called common table salt) is not only denuded of all its minerals, with exception of sodium and chloride, but it also is heated up at such heats that the chemical structure of salt changes. Additionally, salt usually is chemically cleaned and bleached and treated with anticaking agents which prevent it absorbing moisture in the container. Unfortunately, all the anticaking agents perform the same (anticaking) function in the human body, so refined salt does not dissolve and combine with the water and fluids present in body. Additionally, usually used aluminum is a light alloy that deposits into the brain, often causing Alzheimer's disease.
All sorts of natural salt – sea, rock and Himalayan salt –
promote a healthy balance (homeostasis) in the body
As all sorts of natural salt contain literally all of almost 80 elements found in the body, natural salt is characterized as:
- promoting a healthy pH balance in body cells – particularly brain cells
- supporting respiratory health
- regulating proper sleep
- promoting bone strength
- promoting vascular health
- regulating the water content throughout the body
- supporting libido
Human blood contains 0.9% salt (sodium chloride). Salt holds the electrolytes balance – inside and outside of cells. Most of salt occurs from foods. Even doctors usually advocate replacing water and salt dropped off during exercise or working outside.
For example, wilderness hikers know the importance of salt tablets to combat dehydration and hyperthermia. Rehydration drinking mineral water involves replacing both missing water and salt. Expectant mothers are advised to get enough salt.
Increased salt intakes have been used successfully to combat Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
According to the National Academy of Sciences (USA) recommendations, it is compulsory to consume a minimum of 500 mg/day of sodium to maintain good health.
Personal needs, nevertheless, can vary hugely based on genetic make-up and the lifestyle. While individual requirements range widely, usually there is no trouble reaching their minimum requirements. Most consume "excess" sodium above and beyond that advised for proper bodily processes. The kidneys efficiently process this "excess" sodium in healthy people – to some extent.
Research show that most humans tolerate a wide range of sodium intakes, from about 250 mg/day to over
30,000 mg/day. The usual range is much narrower. Americans consume about 3,500 mg/day of sodium; men more, women less. Major part of the population consumes 1,150- 5,750 mg/day of salt which is termed the "hygienic safety range" of sodium intake by some researchers.
Chloride is essential to good health too. Every substance, including water, can be toxic in certain concentrations and amounts. However, this is not a big concern for using natural salt.
Here’s what scientists, researchers of salt influence on health and wellness have found:
- 10 year follow-up study (1997) of the big Scottish Heart Health Study found no improved health outcomes for those on low salt diets
Analysis of the 6 years data (1997) from the MRFIT database documented no health improvements of lower-sodium diets.
Further analysis, using 14 years data (1999), confirmed no improved health benefit from low-sodium diets
- 8 year study of New York (USA, 1995) hypertensive population ranked for sodium intake levels documented: those on low-salt diets had more than 4 times as many heart attacks as those on normal-sodium diets – precisely opposite of what was told by the “salt hypothesis”
Highest-quality meta-analysis of clinical trials was published in the British Medical Journal (2002) confirming earlier meta-analyses' conclusions that significant salt reduction would lead to very
small blood pressure changes in sensitive populations and no health benefits
- Analysis of the health results over 20 years from those in the massive US National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES I, 1998) documented a 20% greater incidence of heart attacks among those on low-salt diets compared to normal-salt diets
Eat your salt for health and
To health and wellness