A few people believe, based on weak evidence, that salt is necessary for health, even though millions of humans have lived perfectly well without salt. If you aren’t convinced that salt is a poison, please read my last article on the subject (and yes: all salt is bad, including Celtic salt, Pink Salt, etc.)
Most people are aware that we must make an effort to reduce sodium in our diet.
However, these efforts are not working.
99.4% of the population consumes more than the 1500 mg. limit of sodium set by the American Heart Association.
And still, 1500 mg a day is about three times what the body needs! 1500 mg is just an arbitrary limit, above which health problems start to be noticeable in a large population.
In reality, we must lower sodium to truly natural levels, which is less than 800 mg. a day.
Optimal blood pressure is under 115/75. Any improvement you can make in your blood pressure numbers will vastly improve your health and longevity!
Just a quarter teaspoon of salt a day will affect your health
Author Andrew Perlot, who has an excellent YouTube channel, did an experiment where he added only one-quarter of a teaspoon of salt to his diet for a year. He documented the results in this video.
What’s interesting about Andrew’s experiment is that he was still below the lowest recommended intake of 1500 mg. of sodium a day. Like I’ve said before, only 0.6% of the population eats that little sodium.
Just by adding about 500 mg. of extra sodium a day, he significantly raised his blood pressure.
Even if you have an optimal blood pressure of under 115/75, it does not mean that you should keep consuming salt. 95-99% of people develop essential hypertension if they eat salt, as long as they live long enough. Some people get it at 35, while others at 85.
Salt consumption destroys your health in other ways. It causes kidney damage, increases your odds of stomach cancer and kidney stones as well as autoimmune disease. It may cause acne and aggravate insomnia. It creates oxidative stress.
So what should you do?
Go all the way!
In my experience, “reducing salt” does not work.
Health agencies have been encouraging the public to “reduce salt” for decades, and it has not worked. When you eat salt, you crave salt. It’s as simple as that. When you get rid of it entirely, your taste buds adapt, and you reap the rewards.
Get Some Benson’s Table Tasty
Potassium chloride is bitter and unappealing. Instead, I recommend Benson’s Table Tasty.
Dr. Klaper of the True North Health Center recommended this product to me during my last visit.
It’s the best salt substitute I have found and will satisfy your taste buds when they crave salt! It’s 100% sodium and potassium-chloride free — No aftertaste.
I recommend getting a large amount, so you’re ready for any salt cravings! Get it here.
Of course, there are plenty of other great flavorings you can use: lemon juice, lime, vinegars, fresh and dried herbs, spices, etc.
Notes on the naturalness of this product.
Some people might object that this product is not “natural” while sea salt is. This is a good example of the “appeal to Nature fallacy.” Just because something exists in nature, it doesn’t mean that it’s health. Sea salt may be found in nature but our body is not designed for it. Tobacco is also natural. Meat is natural, and so forth. This product contains yeast extract and citric acid, to mimic a strong salty flavor. While those products are not “natural,” there’s no evidence that they’re harmful in the very small quantities. Of course, in an ideal world, you would enjoy all of your food without needing to add any seasoning. No salt but also no garlic, lemon juice, etc. If that’s the case, then more power to you. But often people justify an unhealthy habit (like eating salt) with the “naturalness” argument. However, it’s much better to eliminate salt from your diet and then use something like Benson’s Table Tasty, until you find that you can go without it. If you don’t have a strategy to replace salt, you’ll feel frustrated and will eventually go back to it.