In Praise of Salt
So, let's talk about salt. Poor salt! It pours out its very life to benefit mankind and gets only disdain in return. Well, maybe that's a little over the top, but it doesn't deserve the bad rap it gets. It's not manna from heaven, but it's good stuff. Essential to life stuff.
Here's something I bet you didn't know: People who reduce their intake to combat high blood pressure have more heart attacks than those that don't. The poobahs don't talk much about bad news that comes from taking their advice.
Now, to be sure, if your doc told you to avoid it, you need to talk what I say over with said doctor before paying attention to me. I'm just a patient. Some people are sensitive to it as others are sensitive to, say, tomatoes. So you need to know if there's a reason for the ban or just bias.
Here's how I got into the salt thing. As part of my not-so-excellent pituitary adventure, my adrenal glands were pretty much toast. So I investigated.
People dragging through life with punk adrenal glands crave it. The adrenals balance your body's salt vs. potassium levels, and if your adrenals get out of whack, it's always salt that's on the short end of things.
So I gave it a go. My first-thing-in-the-morning ritual starts with drinking a glass of water with a half teaspoon of salt in it.
But not just any salt.
Regular salt has all the minerals removed during processing, after which aluminum is added to make it flow readily. Except that we really need those minerals, and aluminum is toxic to the nervous system.
Sea salt, on the other hand, keeps all the minerals and adds nothing. It tastes like regular salt, but it has a much better aftertaste, almost sweet. Celtic Sea Salt has the big-time reputation, but Dead Sea Salt and New Zealand salt are good, too. I don't use regular salt at all now.
Of course, drinking salt water doesn't do a lot of good with your salt/potassium balance if you're swilling down a lot of potassium-as in Gatorade and other sports drinks. Find something that has at least as much salt as potassium, such as V-8, or stick to water-maybe with a twist of lemon to dress it up a little.
I know changing the world with a half teaspoon of salt every morning sounds bogus. Far-fetched. Impossible, even.
But what do you have to lose by trying it? Well, besides not having a brain, crying when stress rears its ugly head and leaping for the chandelier at sudden noises?
God is good,
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P.S. Bette Dowdell is not a doctor, nor does she purport to be She's a patient who's been studying and successfully handling her own endocrine problems for more than 30 years. She offers introductory teleseminars and an in-depth 12-month subscription program, "Moving to Health" about living well with endocrine issues. She explains how things work-or don't, discusses what things to avoid as well as the things that help, and she provides a lot of well-researched nutritional information. Subscribe to her free e-zine at Information is power.