Salt

According to the Weston A. Price Foundation, prior to the US Civil War the average daily consumption of salt was 3.3 teaspoons per day or around 16 to 17 grams per day. This consumption far exceeds the approximately 1.5 teaspoons or 8 grams of salt advocated as a minimum by Morton Satin, PhD, of The Salt Institute. In that era, few people had diabetes, metabolic syndrome, obesity, osteoarthritis, or cancer.

Today, Americans eat much less salt and have much more chronic disease. Instead of eating sea salt that contains many types minerals needed by the human body, they salt they often eat is highly processed and devoid of much of anything beyond sodium, chloride, and often toxic anti-caking agents such as aluminum.

Could there be a connection between the low intake of mostly nutritionally stripped and toxic salt and the epidemic of chronic disease? Definitely.

Science in recent decades has shown that low intake of salt can cause a variety of health problems include insulin resistance, metabolic syndrome, diabetes, cardiovascular disease including heart attack, brain and cognition problems, low and unstable blood pressure, and excessive stress on the adrenal glands.

The following resources suggest that most people are consuming too little salt and this leads to metabolic problems, but a very few might have health problems that preclude consuming the levels of salt most people need for best health.

Salt and Our Health

Shaking up the Salt Myth: The History of Salt

Shaking up the Salt Myth: The Human Need for Salt

Shaking Up The Salt Myth: Healthy Salt Recommendations

Forbidden Indulgence to Salt Could Actually Spare You a Heart Attack


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