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All About Salt

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When it comes to watching your salt intake, most people focus on limiting certain foods–but some beverages, like sports drinks, are often high in sodium.

Salt is the primary seasoning used to flavor food and an essential ingredient of the diets of both animals and humans alike.

The human body contains about four ounces of salt. If you don’t have enough of it, your heart won’t beat, you can’t digest your food, your blood won’t circulate throughout your body and your muscles won’t work properly. This can cause muscles already under increased tension from a potential subluxation, to feel even worse.

While salt may contribute to high blood pressure in some people, for others it may be a treatment for chronic fatigue syndrome.

A Salty History

In ancient times, salt was a valuable commodity, often used as currency. In fact, the word “salary” is derived from the Latin word for salt, salarium. To be told that you weren’t “worth your salt” implied that you were lazy and not worthy of your wages.

Prior to modern refrigeration, salt was also used as a food preservative. In regions where winters were severe and fresh foods were unavailable for long periods of time, salt was used to “cure” meats.

Salt In Your Diet

Like with many things, too little salt prevents your body from working correctly. Too much salt, and other problems arise.

The Dietary Guidelines recommend that the general population consume no more than 2,300 milligrams (mg) of sodium a day (about a teaspoon of table salt). The guidelines also recommend that, in general, individuals with hypertension, African-Americans, and middle-aged and older adults should limit intake to 1,500 mg of sodium per day.

To reduce salt in your diet, avoid canned foods or cured meat. Also, try making your own meals with local organic foods. Dr. Casey  discusses the importance of organic foods in his Keto Craze blog.

 

What determines the “right” amount? The wisdom of your body, orchestrated by your nervous system—the focus of your chiropractic care.

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