Many of you might have noticed that I am not shy when it comes to incorporating salt in my recipes. In fact, it seems like almost every recipe contains salt. You might be thinking back to the times when someone told you that a high-sodium diet was detrimental to your heart, causing high blood pressure and such. Sodium does cause your blood pressure to rise, but this is only temporary until your kidneys go to work and rid your body of the salt and excess water. It is simply a reaction to salt intake. Does high-sodium intake cause negative side effects over time? Inadequate proof exists to confirm this assumption. It has simply become an assumption. Given the countless positive effects that salt has on out bodies, however, it is hard to agree with the aforementioned ideas. Salt has and always will be not only useful to ingest, but necessary.
For cells to perform their metabolic activities effectively and efficiently, they require salt. Cells are designed to utilize salt for their basic functions, and without a consistent intake of salt, we would physically suffer considering our bodies don’t produce it on our own. Salt is essential for maintaining healthy intra and extracellular fluids, blood plasma, and lymph. These are the very liquids that make up our bodies. Without salt, these liquids would fail to function properly, cells would essentially “starve,” and our overall health would suffer, especially our heart as it would fail to acquire the necessary minerals that it needs in order to function properly. Now you can see the irony in the high-sodium, high-blood pressure theory.
Daily salt intake is essential. Each time we urinate or sweat, we are losing salt (and thus electrolytes) from our system. In order to reestablish a healthy electrolyte level, people often seek out sports drinks. These drinks usually contain high levels of sodium. This sodium replenishes the electrolytes in the body, just as drinking salt water would.
Certain types of salt, like Himalayan and sea salt, contain dozens of minerals, vitamins, iron, and iodine which all work within our bodies to help it function properly. Himalayan salt in particular offers enough minerals to prevent muscle cramping, detoxify, hydrate, and balance the pH in our blood. For these reasons, I recommend Himalayan salt in my recipes. If nothing else, I would strongly recommend sea salt over table salt when incorporating it into your diet. It is essential for healthy cells, blood, and other body fluids.