High blood pressure is a result of many things. However, one of the most accepted steps to lower blood pressure numbers is, of course, to lower sodium intake. As aforementioned, people should only consume about 2,300 mg of sodium per day, and people at greater risk for high blood pressure should limit that intake to 1,500 mg.
A look to the history of salt, however, brings many additional questions to the table. People are meant to stay away from sodium, of course. But what if we understood that it’s the TYPE of salt on our food, going into our bodies, that is important with regards to blood pressure levels?
After all: all minerals, all mineral supplements, all electrolytes, are formations of salt with a bit of added Vitamin C. Even the Romans, some thousand years ago, developed ‘salad’ by simply salting their greens. Roman soldiers were in fact paid in salt bags because their consistent marching required rapid salt intake. Their bodies required the salt to survive—to regulate the detoxification of their bodies.
Therefore, why do people demonize salt?
Unfortunately, in this day and age, salt has become a formation of junk food. We call it table salt, and it promotes none of the nutrients and benefits of its former, sea salt glory days. Sea salt is formed from the Cambrian layer, which is a layer beneath the earth that’s ripe with iron, minerals, and so many other elements your body requires to live and operate in a vibrant manner.
Table salt is formed when factories take sea salt and cook it until it’s dead. They cook the trace minerals off from the sea salt and they sell those trace minerals to chemical companies. These are minerals your body requires to survive—and these companies are essentially robbing these minerals from you.
The leftover “salt” that the companies sell to you is sodium chloride: table salt. And that sodium chloride is utilized to preserve everything from pasta to Fruit Loops, from freezer meals to potato chips. People eat these items their entire lives only to realize they are sixty-five years old with high blood pressure.
Remember, of course, that sea salt has as much sodium as regular table salt. However, with that additive of extra minerals, like manganese and potassium, your body has a better ability to regulate itself, heal itself, and work toward better overall health.
Furthermore, remember that your body needs a consistent marriage of potassium and—yes, salt—in order to survive and detoxify itself. Through greater detoxification, your body is less likely to create those layers of plaque along the artery walls. It is less likely to develop high blood pressure through crystals found in the blood.
Therefore, when understanding the “salt scare,” remember: you should utilize sea salt in moderation and you should boost your potassium intake. Through this balance, you can manage your blood pressure. Toss your table salt in the trash, as it is toxic. Table salt is contributing your body’s high blood pressure, as it is a preservative that has been stripped entirely from its nutrients and minerals and reduced to its basic form of sodium chloride.