The Dangers Of A Low Salt Diet

Back in 1972 the salt was declared Public Enemy #1 as far as our health was concerned.

The National Health Blood Pressure Education Program (a coalition of 36 medical associations and six government agencies) demonized salt saying it increased blood pressure, causing heart attacks and strokes.

So, following that advice, Americans did cut salt consumption by half over the last couple of decades. But did it make us healthier?

One result of the demonization of salt was that unhealthy alternative food additives-like sugar and MSG-began to be used more.

Not only were we replacing salt with unhealthy additives to flavor our food, but we have discovered that restricting too much of our salt intake results in insufficient production of stomach acid. A low salt diet that continues too long can cause the wrong type of bacteria to grow inside your gut. As a consequence, you can develop problems with the absorption of nutrients into your system.

But the problem is bigger than that. Even the little salt people are taking is lacking in quality.

There is a big difference between our refined table salt and unrefined natural pure salt. Our modern day table salt is very different from the natural salt humans consumed in prior centuries.

Commercial salts we buy at the supermarket have been heated to high temperatures and purified. It is almost all sodium chloride, and contains less than 3% of the other minerals  found in nature’s salt.

As an alternative, one can use unrefined sea salts which has a lot more minerals. However, with the pollution of our oceans there is great concern that this alternative may no longer be a safe choice.

A better choice is to use the unrefined Himalayan salt harvested from high in the mountains, and formed millions of years ago. It is completely free of modern pollutants. Himalayan salt is about 85% sodium chloride, and the rest contains trace elements and minerals that are rare in our diet today—but essential for our bioprocesses. Over 80 of them, in fact. Himalayan salt can be found at Whole Foods, Marshall’s, specialty shops, and online.

But since Himalayan salt does not contain iodine, you should ensure that you get iodine from another source. Eating a well-balanced and varied diet should contain the iodine your body needs—without using iodized salt.

A simple change in your salt intake can make a big difference to your general health and well being. Salt is essential to our bodies. We should make sure we are using the best kind of salt that is available to us.

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Chris Horton

Chris is a journalist and a contributor for DailyHealthDigital® . His background is in the pharmaceutical and biochemical industries. Chris writes about new research, discoveries, trends and all health related topics.