I’m a big believer in salt. Actually it’s not just belief, it’s a fact that salt – in the form of unrefined sea salt is a Superfood. I’ve written before about The Salt Fix, a book by James DiNicolantonio PhD who promotes natural salt (sea salt).
Here is his book blurb on Amazon:
A leading cardiovascular research scientist and doctor of pharmacy overturns conventional thinking about salt and explores instead the little-understood importance of it, the health dangers of having too little, and how salt can actually help you improve sports performance, crush sugar cravings, and stave off common chronic illnesses.
Too little salt in the diet can shift the body into semi-starvation mode and cause insulin resistance, and may even cause you to absorb twice as much fat for every gram you consume. Too little salt in certain populations can actually increase blood pressure, as well as resting heart rate. We need salt in order to hydrate and nourish our cells, transmit nerve signals, contract our muscles, ensure proper digestion and breathing, and maintain proper heart function.
The Salt Fix will show how we wrongly demonized this essential micronutrient as well as explain what the current science really says about this misunderstood mineral and how to maximize its effect so you can enjoy ideal health and longevity.
DiNicolantonio has many studies to back up his findings and he can add the following to his references. A recent study shows that “CV Events Increase Only With High Levels of Sodium Intake.” Specifically they found that “Increased risks for stroke or cardiovascular disease are seen only in communities where mean sodium intake exceeds 5 g per day.” Most of the high sodium communities were found in China.
The amount of sodium in one tsp or 6 grams of sodium chloride, table salt is 2,325mg. So, 5,000 mg or 5 grams of sodium would be found in 12 grams of table salt. That’s a lot of salt.
The Salt Fix does report small studies where high amounts of natural salt are used but I stand by my recommendations to consistently use ¼ tsp of unrefined sea salt in each liter of drinking water.
Researchers in this 2018 study note that “Sodium has always been a ‘holy grail’ nutrient for CVD prevention, going back to the 1970s, but sodium is an essential nutrient and lowering too much can actually increase mortality,”
In a previous study in 2016, the same team studied more than 130,000 people from 49 different countries and concluded that salt restriction reduced the risk of heart disease, stroke, or death only in patients who had high blood pressure, and that salt restriction could be harmful if salt intake became too low in other populations.
The Lancet reports that “The reaction of the scientific community (to this salt study) was swift. ‘Disbelief’ was voiced that ‘such bad science’ should be published by The Lancet. The American Heart Association (AHA) refuted the findings of the study, stating that they were not valid, despite the AHA for many years endorsing products that contain markedly more salt than it recommends as being ‘heart healthy’.”
It’s quite narrow-minded to think that salt only influences blood pressure. First of all, our ancestors did not use sodium, they used natural salt/sea salt, which carries 72 minerals. Table salt is only one mineral, sodium chloride. Our cells absolutely require minerals. We are not getting them in our drinking water anymore – it’s chlorinated, fluoridated and filtered and devoid of minerals.
If we don’t have minerals in our cells, our cells dehydrate and don’t accept water. The water collects in extracellular tissue causing edema and fill up our blood vessels causing high blood pressure. The treatment is not to take diuretics and limit fluid intake; the treatment is to drink sea-salted water and to take magnesium and multiple minerals. The people who do this eliminate their edema and their high blood pressure. Their cells become hydrated and cellular processes become perfected and the organs work properly.
If you have been brainwashed into thinking that “salt” is dangerous, read The Salt Fix and start using unrefined sea salt in your drinking water and see how much better you feel.
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Carolyn Dean MD ND
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