We are told daily that salt should be avoided. ✋
The media bombards us with reports that we are eating increasing amounts of salt and that we should all eat low salt diets to lower blood pressure, reduce cardiovascular disease and decrease stress levels.
It is true that some overweight individuals or those with high blood pressure might benefit from a low-sodium diet, but the general population does not, in-fact we do NEED salt (sodium) in our daily diet.🧂
Sodium plays a vital role in maintaining the body’s salt-to-water ratio, cardiovascular function, nutrient transportation, metabolism, blood regulation and nervous system. Salt is an electrolyte which means when dissolved in water, it possesses an electric charge, and these electrolytes are vital to nerve impulse transmission, cardiac function and mechanical movement. ⚡️
If your sodium levels drop too low, this can lead to increased insulin resistance, a condition that causes higher blood sugar and insulin levels, and if left untreated can lead to Hyponatremia – when you have an abnormally low amount of sodium in your blood or too much water in your blood.
There is no black and white answer on how much salt an individual should consume, as it would be based on individual needs. Factors such as age, health, genetics and physical activity all play a part, but like everything, there needs to be a balance and you can make good choices when it comes to consuming salt.
Salt has become a very refined, over-processed product and nowadays bleaching agents and anti-caking agents are added. However, Celtic Sea Salt and Pink Himalayan Salt are rid of any nasty chemicals and are also full of other trace minerals that have health benefits.
So, if you are a fit and healthy individual – do not forget the health benefits of salt!
How do you ensure you get enough salt in your diet? Let us know below! 👇