You don’t learn everything you need to know all at once. Acquiring health, weight loss and longevity knowledge takes time and effort. All good things take time and we can learn through our own trial and error.
As for learning about the health benefits of salt, there is good reason to not use regular table salt. This is because it is highly refined eliminating its valuable minerals.
‘The report of the Joint National Committee 7 for lifestyle modification advocates five ways to control hypertension: diet therapy (dietary approaches to stop hypertension, DASH), weight reduction, sodium intake reduction, regular exercise and moderate alcohol consumption [1 ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5328355/]’.
I believe unrefined salts like sea salt and Himalayan pink salt are healthiest. Table salt has added ingredients that are not health promoting. Natural salts have minerals our bodies need. Sea salt naturally has iodine, but unfortunately has fluoride.
Some of the highest sources of iodine are found dairy, tuna, shrimp and eggs. But, I think the bad health effects of eating these outweigh the iodine benefits. Thankfully, there are better choices. That’s why I only eat the seaweed snacks and use Himalayan salt (contains many minerals and trace elements.)
As you probably know, iodine helps regulate our thyroid gland supporting healthy metabolism, body growth combating certain diseases.
‘Although sea salts are widely available to consumers nowadays, whether its consumption over refined salt has any real health benefits is largely unknown [2 ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5328355/]’.
Limiting our overall salt intake may reduce our blood pressure somewhat. But we should all be aware that low salt consumption can be unhealthy. Yet, we need to make our food flavorful. We do have salt receptors on our tongue for a purpose. Just like sweets, we are naturally attracted to the taste of salty foods.
‘According to the National Institutes of Health, an adult 19+ needs about 150 mcg of iodine a day. A medium white russet potato has approximately 60 mcg. This is one reason why I eat potatoes and sea weed snacks each day [3 ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/Iodine-HealthProfessional/]’.
I use Himalayan salt because reliable sources say it helps prevent respiratory problems, balances pH levels, promotes good digestion and aids in better sleep. Believe me, once you taste Himalayan pink salt, you will never go back! But, if you do have an iodine deficiency, you should consult your doctor and not try to correct it through diet alone.
Source- 1 and 2 URL ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/
Website Title National Center for Biotechnology Information
Article Title Home – PMC – NCBI
Date Accessed May 22, 2019
3 URL ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/Iodine-HealthProfessional/
Website Title NIH Office of Dietary Supplements
Article Title Office of Dietary Supplements – Iodine
Date Accessed May 22, 2019
Note- consult your doctor before you change your diet.