07 Nov The Importance of Sodium
If you are like me, you grew up thinking that salt was bad, salt was the enemy, salt caused high blood pressure, and so forth and so forth. I never really liked the taste of salt on my food, so I never used it in my cooking. Even in my health coaching program, we learned that sodium deficiencies rarely happen, consequently I never thought twice about it. I even chose products that were low sodium thinking I was making the right decision. You get it, I avoided sodium like the plague.
It was not until my experience with Hair and Tissue Mineral Analysis that I discovered the importance of sodium – and I’m here to share the truth with you.
But first, let’s clear the air – not all salt is created equal ! You see, table salt is still to be avoided at all costs. It has zero nutritional value because it has been heated at temperatures over 1200 degrees Fahrenheit. Furthermore, table salt is bleached, filled with anti-caking agents, and then contaminated with other nasty substances like aluminium, synthetic iodine, sugar, and MSG. If you eat a lot of processed foods, canned foods, condiments and fast food, you are ingesting a considerable amount of table salt. Eliminating or decreasing these items from your diet is very much suggested. On the flip side, if you do have table salt in your kitchen, it can be great for cleaning and stain removal – just not consumption.
Now let’s get to the good stuff, meaning natural unrefined & unprocessed salt – including Celtic sea salt & pink Himalayan salt. They both contain 60 trace minerals that our body needs to function! Every cell in our body needs salt. Period. The recommended daily amount of sodium is 2300 mg per day, but this is just a guideline since everyone is different and has different needs.
To give you an idea of how important sodium is for our bodies; here is a list of some of its benefits:
- Normalizes water levels in the body
- Helps with proper hydration by providing essential trace minerals
- Promotes a stable pH balance since it is alkalizing
- Encourages healthy blood sugar levels by increasing insulin sensitivity
- Reduces the appearance of aging
- Aids in vascular health
- Supports healthy respiratory function
- Promotes overall sinus health
- Reduces muscle cramps
- Helps to balance hormones thereby promoting healthy sleep patterns
- Encourages a healthy libido
- Promotes kidney and gallbladder health
- Aids in digestion, specifically with the production of hydrochloric acid
- Helps adrenal and thyroid health
- + so much more!
Under times of stress, sodium is one of the first minerals that our bodies burn up – with even the possibility of wasting up to 30,000 mg daily. Keep in mind that over exertion at the gym can be tolling on the body as well, so be sure not to push your body too hard, and if you do, refuel with quality minerals. Also, be weary of drinking too much plain water – over-hydration can cause sodium levels to become dangerously low. While the daily recommendations for fluids is around 9 to 13 cups, it is important to let thirst be an important indicator of how much to consume. Clear urine can in fact be a sign of over-hydration and therefore low sodium.
I personally love pink Himalayan salt. It originates from the ancient salt beds of the Himalayas, usually from the Pakistan region. While Celtic Sea Salt is an excellent choice as well, recent tests have shown that some are contaminated with environmental pollutants so choose your brand carefully. These are two of my favorites that I use myself, readily available from Amazon.ca (affiliate links).
Celtic Sea Salt
Pink Himalayan Salt
Specifically, on the hair and tissue mineral analysis, sodium levels should sit around 25. To give you an example of how badly I needed salt, my sodium was originally only at 1. My body desperately needed more salt! And you know what, when I started introducing the right kind of salt to my diet, I noticed a difference immediately with my energy levels and digestion. I now liberally salt my food, take salt baths, add salt water sole to my beverages and even take home made salt capsules. I listen to my body so when I crave salt, I know that I should keep having it; and if it’s just not tasting great, I lay off it for a while. Low sodium symptoms could be dizziness, rapid heart beat, low blood pressure and muscle weakness so it is important to listen to your body!
One thing that is important to keep in mind – we must be careful to keep all the minerals in balance without overdoing one, which could have a cascading effect, and throw the other minerals off balance. For example, sodium, potassium and magnesium – 3 of the most important minerals in our bodies – have a specific balance for optimal health. Luckily, the HTMA shows our exact mineral levels which takes the guess work out of the equation. We usually address the lowest mineral levels and go from there. If you are curious to know your mineral levels, I do offer one of the most affordable and comprehensive HTMA packages available.
As a take away, the wrong salt choice – table salt – is BAD; and, the right salt choice – Celtic Sea Salt & Himalayan Salt – is an essential mineral to your body’s health. It’s one of the easiest switches to introduce in your lifestyle, so make the right choice today!
Stay tuned for my next blog post where I will explain one of my favorite ways to include the right salt in my diet via salt water sole. What are your favorite ways to include good salt to your diet ? I would love to hear from you!
Wellness Mama “Is Salt Healthy?” https://wellnessmama.com/3745/is-salt-healthy/
Dr Axe “10 Benefits of Sea Salt” https://draxe.com/10-benefits-celtic-sea-salt-himalayan-salt/
Global Healing Center “The Benefits of Himalayan Salt” https://www.globalhealingcenter.com/natural-health/himalayan-crystal-salt-benefits/