Did you know that without salt we could not survive?
Sodium (in salt) is an essential electrolyte that performs vital functions in the body, such as maintaining fluid balance, regulating blood volume and nervous system activity, and ensuring healthy heart function and muscle contraction.
When sodium is depleted through exercise (through sweat), it must be replaced to maintain a healthy electrolyte balance. The intense activity without the replacement of electrolytes in the diet can cause sodium levels to decrease drastically, which causes symptoms of weakness, dizziness, vomiting, headache and fatigue.
In severe cases, the consequences of sodium deficiency can be fatal. There is a reason why sodium is called essential trace mineral: it is not produced by the body, so we must obtain it from the diet to work optimally.
Despite the crucial role of sodium in the body, recommendations for dietary salt intake have historically been strict due to a link between heart disease and salt intake. Although recent research indicates that this link may be defective. A meta-analysis of seven different studies conducted in 2011 found no significant evidence that reducing salt intake reduces the risk of heart attacks, strokes or death.
Another study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association followed more than 3000 people for eight years and found that those in the high-salt group had significantly fewer deaths from heart disease than those in the low-salt group. It has become clear that limiting salt intake is not necessarily the right solution. In the debate for or against salt, it may be the kind of salt that should be in the center of attention.
While table salt undergoes intense processing and contains added chemicals, natural salts such as sea salt, Celtic salt from the sea and salt from the Himalayas (a type of Himalayan rock salt) are not refined with minimal processing and without additives. Due to natural drying techniques, they retain their rich mineral content, including important electrolytes such as potassium, magnesium and calcium.
When considering the amount of processed salt added to most packaged and unwanted foods, it is not surprising that the salt has been attacked. But it is important to be clear about the type of salt that is being vilified. Sea salt, Himalayan salt and Celtic salt are healthier alternatives to regular table salt and you can now find these options at most major supermarkets or at your local health food store.
Our favorite salts to use:
one.Celtic sea salt
two.Salt of the Himalayas
3.Pure sea salt
Four.Kelp Powder – Mix 1: 1 with your favorite ground salt to obtain a natural "iodized" salt
5.Vogel Original Organic Herbamare Seasoning Salt
By switching to natural salts, using them sparingly and avoiding junk foods packaged with a high content of processed salt, you will have many more chances of achieving a healthy balance of electrolytes and it will do your body a lot of good!
What is your salt of choice? We love the salt of the Himalayas!
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