Salt has had quite a history when it comes to health claims. Some say it’s good for you – others say it’s bad. The issues surrounding salt are more complicated than that, however. Salt is something your body needs, but can lead to health problems if you have too much of it. Here’s the lowdown on salt – and a little bit of its salty history.
A Rich History
It’s been determined that salt has been around for much longer than recorded history. But since humans started writing things down salt has been involved in everything from economics to wars and has been the main player in folklore and fables. It has left its mark on society and has touched the lives of famous people and civilizations throughout history. Plus, it just tastes good.
Salt and Your Health
So, do you really need to worry about salt in your diet? Yes, you do – but not for some of the reasons you might think. For example, it’s not just dangerous for the blood pressure of people who are salt sensitive; it’s also been associated with stomach ulcers, muscle cramping, impaired cognitive functioning, gastric cancer and osteoporosis. Eating salt does not cause these issues, but it certainly contributes to the problem.
But salt is not all bad. Your body needs it to function and it is part of the equation your body needs to make sure your muscles function properly – and for your heart to beat as it should, too. You also need it for nervous system function. The issue with salt is really getting just enough because too much or too little can cause health issues. The problem is that no two people respond to salt in the same way. Some have a larger tolerance for it than others, so you have to pay attention to how your body reacts to it and adjust the amount you’re eating in accordance with that.
Doomed to a Life of Bland Food?
If you’re trying to watch your salt intake, don’t worry – you are not setting yourself up for a life of bland food. There are all kinds of herbs and spices you can use to take the place of salt in the dishes you cook. You can try:
- Lime juice
- Red or black pepper
All of these things, and more, can add flavor to your food without adding salt. You also should be careful to steer clear of highly processed and prepackaged foods. They are normally loaded with sodium – so read your nutrition labels! Oh and here’s a pro tip: Hot sauce is an excellent replacement for salt.
So, there you have it – a very short history and lowdown of salt. If you have questions about how much salt you should have in your diet, talk to your chiropractor today!
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