Should You Cut Salt From Your Diet?

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Like saturated fats, salt has earned a bad reputation from the medical industry, leaving many people eliminating salt from their diet in an attempt to lower their blood pressure and risk of heart disease. Unfortunately, most people fail to realize that there are two very distinct forms of salt: refined, white table salt (a stripped or nutritionally lacking form of salt) and unrefined sea salt (a naturally-occurring, nutrient-rich form of salt).  Most people also fail to realize that most of the documentation on salt and its negative effects on heart health is based on research conducted on table salt, and not on salt in its organic form.
 
Why table salt is so bad:
 
Because our bodies are designed to eat until we are nutritionally satisfied, when we eat a food that is stripped, such as table salt, we will continue to eat and eat until our bodies believe that we’ve obtained adequate nutrition. For this reason, foods that are loaded with table salt, such as potato chips, cause people to eat and eat without ever truly feeling full. We've all heard the Pringles tagline “Once you pop you can’t stop”…well, Proctor and Gamble did their research when they developed that one. Food companies have known for years that adding table salt to their products causes people to consume more of that particular product. 
 
In addition, table salt contains additives such as heavy metals (aluminum, for example, a metal that is often linked with diseases ranging from Alzheimer's to various forms of cancer) and even dextrose, a form of sugar. Many of these additives are thought to be associated with mineral malabsorption, bloating, joint pain and over time, kidney and heart disease.
 
Why sea salt is so good:
 
As opposed to stripped, processed table salt, sea salt contains over 40 trace minerals that are essential for optimal health, aiding in many of the regulatory functions of the body. Additionally, sea salt is a natural antihistimine, helps prevent muscle cramps, removes excess acid from cells (specifically brain cells), balances blood sugar levels, helps the GI absorb nutrition from food particles, clears excess mucus and phlegm from the lungs and increases bone strength. 

Athlete Tip: Add sea salt to your water to balance your electrolytes and keep you hydrated. A must-have for all you golfers out there. 
 

So yes, you should remove salt from your diet. Table salt. For optimal health and vitality, add some sea salt to your food (and a pinch to your water). I highly recommend Celtic Sea Salt. 

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