This recently released study (August 2022 – see link below for abstract) found that those who had sufficient added SALT in their Diets were at a significantly reduced risk of being diagnosed with Osteoporosis during later stages of Life.
This well and truly debunks the myth that Salt is bad for you.
I say ‘good quality Salt’ to differentiate between commercially made synthetic salt (sodium chloride) and naturally found culinary (for human ingestion) Himalayan Salt, Sea Salt or Celtic Salt.
When mother nature made Salt, she made it available with many minuscule amounts of other minerals. Most of these minerals are able to be used in our bodies! I don’t believe that we should be eating a man-made isolated sodium chloride ‘salt’.
Commercially made Table Salt has been refined and processed to remove the naturally occurring minerals, leaving simply sodium chloride. By itself, this salt compound can be detrimental to our health, especially if consumed in high quantities. It may be suitable for making plastics, glass, paper, rubber, soaps, detergents, chlorine, polyester, household bleach and dyes. If you are using the naturally occurring ‘mineral’ salts mentioned above, in and on your cooking, then your body can utilise the sodium chloride, as well as the other minerals found in the same salt compound.
Adequate Salt intake is required for regulating
- The balance of water (fluid levels) in our body,
- Our Blood Pressure,
- Kidney function,
- Essential for Nerve and Muscle Function,
- Helps to make our Stomach Acid,
- Is required for many chemical reactions in the body.
It is vital we obtain small quantities of natural salt from our diet as our bodies can’t make it.
So Ditch the Table Salt and start adding a natural Salt to your Diet.
Note: One of the key minerals naturally found in salt is Iodine! It is important to also have Iodine in very small quantities. The Australian government made it mandatory for all bread manufacturers to add some Iodine to their Bread in 2009. This mandate came after it was discovered that people consuming cheap, highly processed table salt were ending up with thyroid conditions due to a lack of Iodine in their Diet.
BUT some people with Thyroid disorders should NOT consume bread with Iodine, as it will make their condition worse! I guess the Government in all it’s wisdom, didn’t think about this….
I always advocate getting as much of your essential minerals through your diet (real whole foods) as possible. Supplements are not always the answer.
I advise my clients to obtain their Iodine naturally from real food, the way nature intended. Foods high in Iodine include Dried Kelp, Seaweed, dried Nori, Salmon, Cod, eggs, Tuna, Jerusalem Artichoke, Spinach, Pineapple and Rubarb.
Consuming too much Salt can affect your power cells (Mitochrondria) and cause them to slow down resulting in a feeling of tiredness. Sometimes we need more salt, such as if we are strenuously exercising for prolonged periods or if the weather in summer is hot.
Health Tip: The addition of a pinch of salt in your bottle of water will help the water to be absorbed!!
The Australian government recommends between 2 to 5 grams of salt per day for an adult (over 18 years). Taken from the Australian Health Direct website here
We are electric beings! We use electrolytes (minerals that have an electric charge when dissolved in water), to keep the balance of our body fluids. Sodium is one of the most important electrolytes. Don’t ignore this advice to add in mineral salts to your diet, especially if you are making most of your own meals from scratch. Note that almost all processed foods have added sodium chloride (commercially made synthetic salt) because it is cheap and helps prolong the shelf life of the product, increasing the companies profits. Typically natural salt contains many different minerals that work synergistically with each other and with the different body systems.
Listen to your body – it can let you know if you need a little more or a little less salt.