How Much Do You Really Know About Table Salt?
A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, reported that excessive salt consumption accounts for more than 1.6 million deaths every year due to cardiovascular complications.
Now that I have your attention, let’s move on.
The effect of table salt on our bodies
For decades, scientists have known that table salt can have a very negative effect on human health.
Excessive salt consumption can lead to serious health problems such as heart attacks, cardiovascular diseases, increased blood pressure and blood volume, kidney problems, fluid retention (swelling and cellulite), tissue hyperaemia, atherosclerosis, strokes and even appears to trigger Alzheimer's disease.
Most of us consume too much salt. A lot more than we should, either by adding it to our food, or by eating foods that contain a lot of salt.
In fact, the recommended daily dose should not exceed one teaspoon (about 3 grams) and should decrease to half a teaspoon for those who have hypertension problems.
A highly-processed product
The common “table salt” we all know, is refined. In simple words, this means heavily processed. Just like plain, refined sugar or refined flour. It has been rubbed to reach the desirable grain size, enriched with sodium, filtered, bleached (!!) and “baked”.
Furthermore, the various chemicals added to keep it from absorbing water and the anti-caking agents, end up suspending one of salt’s main functions: to regulate hydration in our bodies.
So, table salt is not natural?
Absolutely not! It is only a poor copy of the natural product.
Due to the chemical treatment salt is undergoing, it is stripped of its naturally occurring minerals and turned into a toxic substance. Only 2 out of its 98 elements and trace minerals are left.
These are sodium and chlorine.
The most salted
Several products of well-known companies are loaded with salt. As a matter of fact, the more famous the manufacturing company is, the higher the salt levels of its products are.
Here are some of the most salted processed products: Bread, meat products, cold cuts, cereal, cheese, processed butter, spreads, pre-cooked and canned meals, soups, pizzas, potato chips.
We do need the salt, but do we need the marketing?
Of course, there are hundreds of options marketed out there. “Organic” products, published as “natural”, “unrefined” or “mined from the earth”, salt substitutes, and the list seems to have no ending.
We cannot live without salt. It is an irreplaceable source of ingredients that our bodies need to grow and survive.
The question here is, what kind of salt?
Something for the ladies: one of the main reasons for which we have cellulite is common, refined, table salt!
It cannot be dissolved and absorbed by the body. As a result, it accumulates in the form of cellulite!