Everyone has heard it before, the diet fad and tips suggesting a lower sodium diet. This will make you feel better, make you lose weight, make your blood pressure better? Experts have it all wrong in their suggested low sodium diet to curb hypertension and to be a weight loss approach. Eating a low sodium diet will leave you feeling tired, weak, and irritable, and may have adverse effects on your overall body.
The amount of salt that was consumed many years before us was 10 times the amount people consume today. The Japanese and Koreans lived the longest and yet they were the ones that consumed the most salt. So how do we make sense of this? Most people now days average 10 grams of salt a day ( which is equal to 2,300mg of sodium) but yet we are at a soaring rate of hypertension, obesity and diabetes. A coincidence? Probably not, lower salt equals higher chronic illness as we have slowly started to see since the 1900’s.
Salt and Hypertension
This theory was developed with the DASH ( Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) study, low salts improved blood pressure. Well this low salt also meant lower consumption of processed foods and sugars which in the end have a greater impact on your body. Study shows low-salt diets have the same effect on your body as high sugar diet would, a spike in your glucose level.
The Salt Truth
Salt is an essential mineral, your body is made to get rid of excess salt that it doesn’t need. The body is your biggest tool, listen to it. When your work out or sweat, be prepared, you will need more. Another important tip is to buy unprocessed salt, Himalayan salt is good, you want iodized salt to ensure the best product! Check out Dr. James Dinicolantonio book, The Salt Fix to read more about the benefits and harms of a low-high salt diet.