My patients always give me quizzical looks when I tell them they need to increase their salt intake. You see, I have been checking salt levels on nearly every patient that has ever seen me. My experience has clearly shown that most patients do not consume enough salt. I know you are probably thinking that you read that last sentence incorrectly. We have been conditioned to think that we should eat less salt. The powers-that-be routinely release edicts stating that we need to eat less salt in order to be healthier and have less hypertension. However, that last statement is just not true. Eating less salt will not make us healthier and no lower the risk for hypertension.
I have been writing about the importance of salt for well over fifteen years. Salt is the second major constituent in our body, next to water. We need adequate amounts of good salt in our diet to run hundreds of different biochemical pathways.
Does salt cause blood pressure problems? The vast majority of people do not see any appreciable blood pressure lowering when they lower their salt intake. I quote many studies in my salt book which show the fallacy of lowering salt intake to lower blood pressure. There are a few individuals who are salt sensitive, but they are few and far between.
In conventional medicine, salt consists of two ions, sodium and chloride. Refined salt is 99% sodium and chloride with toxic additives such as ferrocyanide and aluminum added to it. Unrefined salt is a better choice for salt because it contains essential minerals that are absent in refined salt products. Examples of good sources of unrefined salt include Celtic Brand Sea Salt, Redmond’s Real Salt, and Himalayan Salt.