The famous Egyptian queen, Cleopatra, found that her slaves worked harder when they were given salt with their water, rather than given water on its own. How can this be? Well, did you know that salt is every bit as important to your body’s vital functions as water? In fact, people have been known to die from drinking excessive amounts of water without a sufficient sodium intake to balance it out. But what’s important is that our bodies get salt in its balanced form. We need sodium, but only when it comes with the naturally occurring minerals that can be found in unprocessed, unrefined salt.
Unfortunately, what you will hear from most medical experts today is that when you want to lower your blood pressure, you should AVOID salt. But this is not the solution to your problem. In fact, it is actually impossible for your digestive tract to process glucose without sodium. Glucose cannot be absorbed and used by your blood cells unless it comes along with a molecule of sodium. If there is not a correct balance of sodium to glucose molecules in your body, the excess glucose that your body cannot process will be rejected. This equates to very low energy levels, the most common ailment found in people on a low-sodium diet.
An insufficient intake of sodium can lead to dehydration. Yes, you read that correctly. This is because sodium is the main system of transportation for water molecules across the lining of your stomach and into your bloodstream. Without sufficient sodium to carry water molecules across that border, your body is not going to be absorbing the water molecules, no matter how dehydrated you are.
Dehydration can lead to diabetes. If you are dehydrated, your pancreas doesn’t have enough water to make the enzymes necessary for digestion. When your pancreas cannot provide your stomach with the enzymes it needs to digest carbs, proteins and sugars, this is what causes diabetes. When fully hydrated and functioning as it should, your pancreas releases insulin into your bloodstream. But when you are dehydrated, your pancreas cannot function properly, meaning insulin will not be released as it should. For this reason, dehydration can contribute to poor digestion and diabetes.
When you sweat, what type of water perspires from your pores? The water is salty, not pure. This is because when you perspire, the water inside your body that is mixed with the minerals and salts comes out together at the same time. You may have heard that about 75% of our bodies are made up of water. What nobody has told you, however, is that without sodium and minerals, our brains, muscles and nervous system would cease to function correctly.
The four vital elements needed for life are oxygen, water, sodium, and potassium. Without one or more of these elements,
we cannot survive.
Take a look at this one, simple rule: Not enough salt raises your blood pressure, and the wrong type of salt can also raise your blood pressure. You’ve heard it said that salt is the cause behind your high blood pressure. But what exactly is high blood pressure and what really causes it?
High blood pressure occurs when the body literally has to force essential nutrients such as calcium, glucose, vitamins and electrolytes into your cells. The reason this happens is because you are dehydrated and/or lacking essential minerals such as what can be fined in unrefined salt.
In order to make sure we are getting sodium in its balanced form (the only way we should be getting it), we need to know how it is found in nature. Firstly, seawater is the largest and most concentrated source of sodium on the planet. Seawater contains 92 different minerals. Table salt—that powdery white stuff you find on grocery store shelves—contains just 2. Obviously, this type of salt is extremely deficient in natural minerals.
The water in the ocean is known as an isotonic solution. This water contains the exact same proportion of sodium, water and minerals that is found in our bodies. During past wars that have taken place near the ocean or a sea, whenever a soldier needed a blood transfusion but no blood was available, seawater was used in place of blood. In fact, seawater has even been considered as a regular and better alternative to blood in some hospitals today due to the fact that it is actually safer and more sterile than a lot of blood. If blood is not sterile, it cannot be sterilized or its molecular structure will become poison for the body, but seawater is naturally sterile because of the concentration of sodium and minerals it contains.
Table salt, as I mentioned before, contains just two minerals: sodium and chloride.
Seawater is made up of about 30% sodium and 50% chloride. The other 20% is made up of essential minerals such as magnesium, zinc and potassium.
To make table salt, sodium chloride is harvested from evaporated seawater. It is then bleached to give it a “pure” appearance. Aluminum is added to it as an anti-caking agent. Because it contains just two of its original minerals—sodium and chloride—which are very harsh minerals, table salt is a harsh salt. It hardens the arteries and causes imbalances in the body. Harsh sodium chloride kills the taste buds, leading to an unnecessary increased intake of salt in one’s diet. Unrefined sea salt, on the other hand, “awakens” the taste buds. It brings out the flavor in food.
How does table salt raise your blood pressure? When there is too little potassium inside cell and too much sodium outside cell, the natural process of osmosis causes increased levels of sodium inside cell as it tries to balance things out, which causes then causes the cell to swell. The result of this is high blood pressure. An imbalance occurs whenever too much sodium is being taken in and the potassium levels inside your cells are being depleted. So where can you get potassium? From fruits, vegetables, and of course, unrefined salt.
What else can cause high blood pressure? Dehydration (which can be a result of insufficient sodium and other minerals, as we have just discussed). When you are dehydrated, the capillary networks throughout your body begin to collapse so that blood can keep its volume with less moisture. When this happens, your heart now has to pump the blood harder in order for it to move throughout the networks of closed-up capillaries.
So how does the “right” type of salt help keep you hydrated? There are three types of magnesium in unrefined salts: mg sulphate, mg chloride, and mg bromide. Magnesium is a “water-hungry” molecule. Water is drawn to it. Magnesium pulls water to your muscles, making it a natural relaxant. Magnesium pulls water into your cells. It has been proven and documented many times that the quickest way to hydrate a dehydrated body is to give a person magnesium (which can be found in a piece of unrefined rock salt) with water. The magnesium helps the body to quickly absorb the water into its cells, which rehydrates the body. Once the salt and its minerals have been absorbed into the body along with the water molecules they helped carry, your lost electrolytes are restored and balance is returned to your system.
As you can see, sodium is an essential element to life. Your blood, urine, saliva, tears, and sweat are all salty. This is because we are salty people! It is simply not possible to live without salt. Our bodies cannot function the way they should without it. Our bodies need to receive sodium in its natural, balanced form with the other minerals found in pure, unrefined salts such as Celtic salt, Himalayan salt, and Aztec salt.
Avoiding salt altogether is the answer to your high blood pressure, and will in fact lead to more health complications. However, bear in mind that the majority of Americans are getting far more sodium in their diets than is recommended, due to the fact that most western food is processed and contains refined sugars and salt. Though it is important to make sure you are getting the “right” kind of salt in your diet, we recommend you focus mainly on increasing your daily intake of mineral-rich wholefoods such as fruits and vegetables. Vegetables, especially, are high in magnesium, potassium, iron and zinc. Vegetables are what make up the majority of the delicious, organic vegan meals we prepare daily at Fresh N Lean. We use only fresh, natural ingredients that contain all the natural vitamins and minerals you need to keep your body and mind running happily.
If you aren’t getting enough vegetables in your diet, you may be at risk for insufficient levels of minerals like magnesium and potassium, which help your blood pressure stay in check by keeping your system hydrated and balanced. If you are eating a diet high in refined fats, sugar and sodium, you can be at risk for blood pressure, heart disease, kidney disease, and a plethora of other unwanted health complications.
If you’ve been searching for a low-sodium solution, you’ve come to the right place. Not only can we provide you and your family with fully customizable, low-sodium meal delivery, we can help ensure your body is getting the right nutrients to keep your blood pressure nice and low, where it should be. Since our meals are prepared using only 100% plant-based wholefoods, they are naturally low in sodium, such as what you will find in harsh table salts. Instead, your body will be getting a natural blend of minerals, vitamins and antioxidants which can, with time, help you lose weight and feel younger than ever.
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