Have you been told that most of us consume more salt than is needed? However our bodies need salt. So, which is right? The recommended daily dosage of salt is only 1 teaspoon. If you are like me and eat very healthy whole foods as well as avoid packaged foods, you will be consuming very minimal amount of salt. A lot of people eat canned foods, as well as many other packaged and processed foods. Sodium is a very common preservative for packaged foods. Also, even though you can’t taste it, there are salts in other foods you eat such as cereal, dairy, and breads.
There are also many different varieties of salt. Most of your common table salt is highly processed. Processing table salt alters the structure of the salt, thus altering the nutritional value of the salt, particularly the balance of sodium and potassium. Personally, I use Pink Himalayan sea salt. The salt is all natural and unprocessed with the correct balance of sodium and potassium.
Too much sodium can cause hypertension, heart disease, as well as high blood pressure, and kidney disease. If you’re like me and you eat a whole foods diet which is rich in minerals, potassium, and other vitamins and minerals, you do need to add salt to your diet, just watch your table salt, which contains high amounts of potassium. If you’re not getting enough potassium, you may experience water retention, muscle weakness, thirst and/or constipation.
Bottom line, salt is not a bad thing. But like anything, too much of a good thing can be a bad thing. And not enough of a good thing, can be a bad thing. No matter where you are with your diet, make sure you keep it well-balanced.