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Less Salt… More Taste!

by Sonia Chartier, on 23 March 2014, Healthy Eating
Less Salt... More Taste!

What You May Not Know About Salt

Feel tired? Suffer from fluid retention? Blood pressure too high ? Suffer from arthritis, rheumatism, gout or osteoporosis? If so, your choice of salt could be the answer.

Salt is sodium chloride which, in limited amounts, is useful to the body.

Together with potassium it helps with keeping fluid (e.g. water) correctly balanced. The maximum recommended adult intake of salt daily is 6 grams, yet the average adult ingests about 9 grams.

Think before adding salt to foods during cooking or serving, especially processed foods (which usually contain salt). Don’t add salt before tasting food!

  • Avoid foods that are heavily salted, like potato chips.
  • Avoid drinking coffee because it blocks the absorption of the potassium gained by eating vegetables.
  • Avoid nicotine which deadens your taste buds.
  • Look out for salted meats like salami or junk or take-out food full of monosodium glutamate.
  • Check the salt content in processed and pre-packed foods. If sodium content is shown, multiply by 2.5 to get the salt content.
  • Cut down on salt and your dormant taste buds slowly awaken to help you perceive other flavors that were hidden.

The table salt that we consume today is made by several large industrial companies. The same salt is sold for both industrial (93% of the production) and human consumption (7% of the production).

The modern salt-making process uses salt mined from large underground deposits and salt extracted from sea water. Industrial producers then refine it. This is where things go wrong in terms of your health. Salt is refined to remove impurities, to make it attractive and uniform in appearance, and to extract most of the mineral elements that are not needed by the industrial processors that are the largest customers.

When finished, the salt looks great and flows easily out of your salt shaker, but 82 of the 84 mineral elements have been extracted. The salt you buy at the store is only sodium chloride; all other beneficial elements have been removed.

Plus chemicals have been added to bleach the salt, prevent water absorption and clumping! Sea salt is cleaned of pollutants and contains no anti-clumping agents. Sea salt has the added advantage of being high in naturally occurring minerals, including trace minerals. It is not treated with any chemical agents.

Low Sodium Diet:

Drink at least 1.5 liters (5 glasses) of water and minimize coffee and soft drinks. If prone to fluid retention, take a natural diuretic like Dandelion that does not deplete the body of potassium.

If prone to lower backache, a condition caused by high salt intake and low water intake, add Bladder Formula – Cystoforce™ to restore some life to your kidneys. Bladder Formula – Cystoforce™ also helps relieve puffy eyes when waking as well and swollen ankles that develop during the day.

Including general fatigue these are all signs of dehydration and unhappy kidneys. For all salt requirements use the Herbamare® range of sea salt.

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