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Problems with a High-Sodium Diet: An Important Diet Tip

Another Important Nutrition Mistake to Avoid

Today’s tip is one you’ve heard before:

“Consume a strict minimum of sodium in your diet.”

But I know there’s a bit of controversy around this issue.

First of all, let’s be absolutely clear that contrary to popular belief, adding any type of salt to your diet is *not* healthy.

And that includes all types of sodium-chloride items including:

– Celtic sea salt
- Unrefined sea salt
- Himalayan salt
- Nama shoyu
- Miso
- Bragg’s liquid aminos
- Concentrated seaweed salt

Even though these items are often promoted as “natural” foods, they all have the same thing in common: they’re really high in sodium.

Current health recommendations say not to eat more that 2400 mg. of salt a day. Many health authorities tried to lower that to 1500 mg, without success, due to the food industry. In reality, if you look at all the research, over 500-1000 mg. of added salt per day becomes problematic.

It’s also interesting to see how fast sodium adds up in the diet! I recently calculated that I get at least 1000 mg. of sodium in my diet per day, just from the foods I eat… which is actually plenty.

Even just a little bit of extra sodium adds up.

And too much sodium in the diet will lead to:

– High blood pressure
- Reduced performance
- Overall declined health
- Inability to enjoy foods in their natural state.

So my recommendation: leave the salt behind. Enjoy the taste of natural foods. Use the following to get used to foods in their natural state:

– Lemon juice
- Balsamic and other natural vinegars
- Small quantities of dulse powder (contains some sodium but not a lot)
- Celery juice
- Home-made dried tomatoes and vegetables
- Green onions and mild spices.

Frederic Patenaude
Frederic Patenaude
Frederic Patenaude has been an important influence in the raw food and natural health movement since he started writing and publishing in 1998, first by being the editor of Just Eat an Apple magazine. He is the author of over 20 books, including The Raw Secrets, the Sunfood Cuisine and Raw Food Controversies. Since 2013 he’s been the Editor-in-Chief of Renegade Health.

Frederic loves to relentlessly debunk nutritional myths. He advocates a low-fat, plant-based diet and has had over 10 years of experience with raw vegan diets. He lives in Montreal, Canada.