85% of Men and 70% of women consume dangerously high amounts of sodium – ARE YOU IN THIS GROUP?
On average salt consumption per day is 10g however our recommended daily allowance is no more than 6g which is way too high for optimum health – OUR BODILY REQUIREMENT IS ONLY 0.8grams to1.5g OF SODIUM PER DAY according to individual needs. The rest is just toxic to the body.
Salt is mainly made up of sodium molecules. This is an essential mineral in the body. It acts as an electrolyte which regulates fluid levels in the body which is important for maintaining a healthy blood pressure. It is involved with muscle contraction, nervous function and nerve pain. It also aids the absorption of nutrients within the intestine. Over consumption of salt can cause water retention leading to high blood pressure and hardening of the arteries. Kidney damage can occur as a result of the high blood pressure. An imbalance of electrolytes can occur, and it can trigger the loss of calcium leading to bone thinning and osteoporsis.
The affect of excess sodium in the tissues is a major cause of toxicity throughout the body, potassium is needed in the cells – to get the sodium out of the cells we need the correct amount of potassium. most people do not consume enough potassium rich foods. There can be no true healing or well being until sodium levels in the body are reduced and brought to a natural level.
Our daily dietary requirements of sodium(because of loss) per day is 0.8g – 1.5g which can easily be obtained from the food we eat. Our bodies recycle most of the sodium we use. We are currently over consuming on average 9.2g – 8.5g more sodium than our body requires per day. All processed foods, junk food, ready made sandwiches and meals, and restaurant foods contain high amounts of sodium. Foods as simple as bread and cereals can contain so much sodium that you go over even the RDA of 6g easily. Not to mention how much people add salt to foods.
Do yourself a big health favour – CHECK THE LABEL for Sodium content.
When you need more
There is an increased requirement for sodium intake during periods of intense exercise such as a marathon as salt and water is lost through sweat. Other losses may be due to illnesses which cause vomiting or diarrhoea. This increase in sodium requirement can be obtained from foods we eat in our diet, but refined and bleached table salt should be avoided as it is often lacking in many minerals. If salt must be used in cooking, the best choice to use is the mineral rich Himalayan salt.