NUTRITION: IS SALT REALLY ALL THAT BAD?

H378 Restricting your salt intake?

Salt is bad, right? Not really. It's all about quality, vs quantity. Sure, loading up with heavily processed foods that contain tons of MSG and salt isn’t healthy, but that doesn’t automatically make salt bad for you. Here are some interesting facts that show how salt can actually nourish your metabolism:

Salt naturally increases your metabolic rate. Salt lowers stress hormones. Salt raises oxytocin levels. Low-salt diets are linked to a higher mortality rate. Low-salt diets increase insulin resistance.

The key to getting the right amount of salt–not too little and not too much–is to listen to your body! Salt simply tastes better when your body needs more sodium (just like plain water tastes good when you’re really thirsty!). Just be sure to choose a quality sal with no additives, and then simply salt your food to taste. Sometimes you’ll want more, sometimes you’ll prefer less, and that’s totally fine.

I will add that heavily processed foods loaded with flavor enhancers and MSG can lead you to consume a whole lot of sodium without realizing it. The principle of salting your food to taste works best when you stick to more natural foods. But if you are consuming lots of processed + packaged foods you will not have to salt your food as you are getting heaps and heaps of sodium.

If you sweat a lot it's super important to replenish your sodium levels, as this can make you fatigued, dehydrated and you can experience headaches due to this.

I recommend adding pink himalayan salt to your dishes after cooking (I even put some dashes in my salads to get a little sodium in as I sweat a lot). I also add a sprinkle to my oatmeal in the morning and seed mylks to bring out the flavors.

It's all about finding the right balance for you!

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