In defence of salt
Why is salt necessary?
While conventional wisdom has long told us to moderate salt consumption, it is a vital substance for the human body and plays a crucial part in regulating heart rate & preventing muscle cramps. It also helps maintain healthy pH level in the body, which in turn keep the body running at its peak, aids digestion and removes toxins.
How much salt should we be consuming?
Studies suggest adults should aim for a maximum of 6g (equivalent to a teaspoon) per day. However, many adults easily eat around 8g on a daily basis. This is due to hidden salt in ready-made and processed foods, such as bread and soups. Nonetheless, we believe it’s all about sourcing the right kind of salt. The first step? Get rid of the table salt!
What is wrong with table salt?
It is heavily processed and typically has a binding agent added to help prevent clumping. It does not occur naturally (salt-water fish are unable to survive in water salted with table salt) and is heavily bleached. In short, it is processed and unnatural.
So what should we be eating?
Natural salt; this in its completely raw state, is a different ball game. Unrefined versions – including sea salt are a vital source of minerals which can provide a whole host of health benefits. The pink Himalayan salt (the pink colour is due to tiny amounts of iron oxide) is widely believed to be the purest form as it is mined from ancient sea beds and is jam-packed with an impressive 84 minerals and trace elements.
Does this mean I should eat more salt?
If you hit the gym three to five days a week, it could be worth paying attention to your salt consumption post workout – something as simple as adding a little more than usual to boiling water when cooking pasta can make a huge difference.
Moreover, salt has been scientifically proven to speed up cortisol clearance from the blood, meaning your body can more efficiently recover from ‘stressful’ situations – be it a work deadline or an emotional situation. It is also well documented increased cortisol in the blood can increase appetite – cue unwanted extra pounds.