How many elderly people have been recommended to go on a low sodium diet or restriction? Yet, it that good advice. Here is the reasoning for the low salt diets. Doctors see increase cholesterol and triglycerides in the blood work up and one of their recommendations is to lower the salt intake but the truth is that low salt in the diet is what caused the cholesterol and triglycerides to show up in the blood work up at above normal level. Sodium levels do not create high blood pressure. There have been studies that directly link low sodium with cardiovascular deaths.
I have got news for you. In a Harvard study there was a link between these low salt diets and an immediate onset of insulin resistance. That is not good. Yet many doctors are still recommending salt restrictions for their diabetic patients. One more thing, people with Type II Diabetes die prematurely on a low salt diet because it causes a cardiovascular disease.
In the elderly population, a low salt diet can be very damaging as a slip or fall can lead to broken hips. A low salt diet actually also decreases their thinking abilities.
Sodium is vital in the extracellular fluid levels, because it ensures that there is an adequate blood volume, and the arterial pressure and ultimately organ fluid perfusion is responsive to need. Sodium can not be stored, as it is tightly regulated by the body, so no matter how much is in the diet, the excess will be excreted.
The reason that the dash diet works isn’t because they have lowered the salt but that because of the emphasis on the generous amounts of fresh fruits and dairy the lowering of blood pressure happens because of the decreased amounts of processed foods that were not consumed. One of the best natural hypertension solvers is potassium and it can be found in fresh foods, leafy greens, banas, avocados, melons, mangos and prunes.
The good news is that the Department of Health and Human Services will be revising their sodium guidelines in 2015. The American Heart Association on the other hand is not yet on board with the issue of salt intake and health.
One of the healthiest salts is the Himalayan Salts because it is rich in Trace Minerals and Calcium, Magnesium, Potassium, Copper and Iron. It is reported to have 84 different trace minerals. The one thing it doesn’t have is iodine. Iodine is added to regular ordinary table salt during processing. It is usually not found in sea salt or other natural salts. You need a source for iodine, so mixing the regular salts with the Himalayan salts is the best combination of all.
I know you will love the flavor it brings to all your dishes.