Are you getting enough salt in your diet?
Sodium is an important electrolyte that is lost in sweat that needs to be replenished. Salt is essential for the body to function correctly and optimally, and it’s essential for feeling well. If you’re not feeling your best, you may benefit from more salt. If you want to season your food, you might want to add salt, but…
Not all Salt is Created Equal
Despite what you might have heard, salt can be good… essential! Adding more salt to your diet can make your meals more delicious, and your water a better hydrator. But adding quality salt for good reason and flavour is VERY different from eating ultra-processed high sodium foods. Humans have used salt to flavor and preserve foods for thousands of years. “Sodium also plays an important role in many biological functions, including fluid balance, nerve conduction and muscle contraction.” ~ PubMed
Salt is a mineral largely consisting of the compound sodium chloride. Salt contains so much sodium chloride (around 98% by weight) that most people use the words “salt” and “sodium” interchangeably. Salt can be produced by evaporating salt water, extracting solid salt from underground salt mines, and salt beds. Good, mineral-rich salt is essential for staying properly hydrated, for maintaining healthy mineral levels, for cognitive function, for the thyroid and nervous system, and can even help to optimize sleep.
According to Dr. James DiNicolantonio, “Salt is necessary and good for us. Eating more of the right salt will reduce the amount of sugar in our diets, which can in turn help people to lose weight, have stronger bones, prevent memory loss, and even fix diabetes.”