We hear it all the time, stay away from salt, watch your sodium intake! Ever wonder why? Here’s a simple breakdown of why too much salt really is bad for your health:
The biggest problem with refined table salt is that your body cannot absorb sodium chloride (salt) in this form. This means that there are no healthy nutrients in refined table salt. Your body can’t be fooled; it knows you are not consuming natural sea salt, so your body notices the chemically processed imitator and refuses to absorb it.
Another HUGE reason you’ll want to stay away from refined table salt is because of its high concentration of sodium chloride. This causes water to build up in your tissues leading to cellulite, kidney stones, and worsening rheumatoid arthritis.
So how much salt do I need?
According to the American Heart Association, healthy people without high blood pressure, diabetes, or cardiovascular disease, should not exceed 1500 mg of sodium consumption per day (3.75g of salt) – about one half teaspoonful. Also realize that three-quarters of the salt we eat is already in the food we buy.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, Americans over the age of 2 consume 3,436 mg of sodium each day, 77 percent of which comes from packaged, processed, store-bought, and restaurant and fast foods. Another 12 percent is found naturally in foods. The figure does not include sodium added during cooking (5 percent) or salt that is added at the table (6 percent).