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.