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Salt is Good for You

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 Cmonsense101    177
2 hours ago, Cinnamon said:

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One of the most pervasive and stupid things that we are currently told to do is to reduce salt intake. This advice has never been based on controlled clinical studies, ever. Yet, as with the cholesterol myth, the dogma that we should all reduce salt intake has become impervious to facts. I find that the ‘salt hypothesis’ is rather like a monster from a 1950s B movie. Every time you attack it with evidence it simply shrugs it off and grows even stronger.

Very recently, a study was done in Australia looking at salt intake. Actually it looked at sodium intake, not salt intake. I find this interesting, as no-one that I know eats sodium. In fact, it would be interesting to see someone try.

Consuming two grams sodium would likely cause you to explode, splattering sodium hydroxide over the walls. Along with various organs and other body parts.

So why do people talk about sodium consumption? I have never really worked this one out. But it does make things rather confusing. The latest guidelines suggest we should consume less than 2300mg of sodium a day, even as low as 1500mg. Go on, try it. Any idea how much salt (NaCl) that would be? Any idea how much salt you consume every day? No, thought not.

Yes, we have been given guidelines that are totally meaningless, and impossible to follow. In fact 2300mg of sodium is roughly 6000mg of salt (NaCl). So why are we not advise to eat six grams of salt a day? I have no idea. Perhaps someone can tell me. What is this sodium nonsense? [Not that anyone has any idea what six grams of salt even looks like poured out of a salt shaker – I know, I have tried this several times.]

Of course, when I started looking into this area, I went at it sideways. If we eat salt we are eating both sodium, and chloride. You cannot have one without the other. So I became interested in the chloride issue, not the sodium. We are always warned about sodium, but no-one ever mentions chloride levels. Is there any evidence that high chloride consumption is bad for us?

This is an area mostly defined by silence, and zero research. But I have found a few papers looking at chloride levels in the blood and, guess what? They have all found that a low chloride level is associated with a higher mortality. Here is one such, entitled ‘Serum chloride is an independent predictor of mortality in hypertensive patients.’

‘Low, not high Serum Chloride- (<100 mEq/L), is associated with greater mortality risk independent of obvious confounders. Further studies are needed to elucidate the relation between Cl- and risk.’  (view here)

There you go. Having a low chloride level makes it more likely you will die early. Yet, having a high level of sodium consumption makes is supposed to kill you? And you cannot eat sodium without eating chloride at the same time. Go figure.

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https://drmalcolmkendrick.org/2014/05/13/salt-is-good-for-you/

Another good find. Low salt consumption is the main culprit behind diabetes epidemic. Sodium acts like a key to open the door for insulin and glucose to enter the cell. When sodium is lacking, unused insulin and glucose level in  the blood rises and over time you develop insulin resistance and diabetes.

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 IRONMAN1959    131

I've been low to no salt, most of my adult life. Last June I crashed onto the kitchen floor. Fainted, one medication (flow max). Which lowered my blood pressure. Got off that med and the Doctor prescribed two teaspoons of salt, daily. Salt, so the Doctor told me is healthy for your body. 

As a teenager growing up, my mother would cry foul to the cause of hypertension. Salt was evil and not allowed on the table.

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 GT500    1,145

No salt in your blood 

you die 

I say use a healthy amount of sea salt 

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 Quiet Storm    658

This is excellent news as I love salt. I get cravings for it now and again and just pour out a small bit into my palm and lick it up. 

Love massively salty pretzels also.  :D

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 Cryptic Mole    3,826

I take water pills because of my heart, so I get those damn leg cramps at night because of the lack of sodium, potassium, and magnesium electrolytes loss. I solved that problem by taking trace minerals from the ocean like sea kelp. Don't forget that kelp granules are used as a salt substitute which also contains much less sodium than table salt and which is bad for you anyway. Secondly, sea salt is the way to go, and preferably, Himalayan sea salt.

I did a thread about much of this just a day or two ago.

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 Cryptic Mole    3,826

Too much salt can be bad for someone like me with edema. If I eat too much, my ankles and feet swell from water retention, so yes, sometimes too much salt/sodium can be bad for your health with this and other related heart conditions. The answer is to keep the electrolytes balanced. Reducing the sodium and increasing the electrolytes is the solution. Normally, sodium is good for a healthy individual. Especially with the summer heat and humidity or when exercising.

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The grocery store here sells Himalayan salt in bulk (some call it pink salt).  So about 4 oz for less than 2 dollars.  Best thing ever!

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 Cryptic Mole    3,826
19 hours ago, Nirmanakaya said:

The grocery store here sells Himalayan salt in bulk (some call it pink salt).  So about 4 oz for less than 2 dollars.  Best thing ever!

Himalayan pink salt comes from the Himalayan mountains which were at one time beneath the ocean.

Quote: Himalayan Pink Salt is an all-natural, mineral-rich salt that is harvested from ancient sea salt deposits located deep in the Himalayas. Once a prehistoric ocean, the water evaporated and left behind pure, unpolluted crystallized salt.

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 Phantom    73

This is an eye opening post Cinn! I've recently had health issues (heart) and was ORDERED by my GP to cut out salt completely from my diet! Withing weeks I felt weak with muscle and joint pain. The lack of salt made my palpitations WORSE than ever, I've since increased my intake and feel MUCH better and the palpitations are noticeably less. Too little or no salt is bad for you and no longer believe it's related to high blood pressure either 

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 Cinnamon    18,506
23 hours ago, Phantom said:

This is an eye opening post Cinn! I've recently had health issues (heart) and was ORDERED by my GP to cut out salt completely from my diet! Withing weeks I felt weak with muscle and joint pain. The lack of salt made my palpitations WORSE than ever, I've since increased my intake and feel MUCH better and the palpitations are noticeably less. Too little or no salt is bad for you and no longer believe it's related to high blood pressure either 

I'm glad you're doing better now! When I sweat a lot I can taste the salt, so I know I'm losing it that way.  Our bodies sometimes crave what we are lacking, but not always. Or maybe it does and we just don't know what it is, maybe a lot of illness is simply craving what we don't instinctively know what we need? << that sounds a little out there, doesn't it? haha 

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