Two interesting videos that explore the WHO guidelines for salt and finds that they recommend a risky and potentially damaging low level… He also cites articles finding that low salt increases the risk of heart disease and high levels can eliminate the need for certain medicines. Sigh.
They also find that the body is quite able to dump excess salt via urine or via the skin. I can attest to that, as when working in the cannery we were provided salt tablets as desired. I found that eating a lot of them made my sweat so salty it would burn when it got into my eyes. So, OK, I cut back some and the sweat salt level dropped. Basically, I’ll sweat out any excess and at relatively high concentrations.
This one is 13 minutes and covers historical salt use, variations around the planet, and how it correlates with heart problems:
Another 13 minutes takes a look at the effects of high temperatures on salt related mortality, that older folks die more in heat due to compromised ability to retain enough salt, and how low salt levels cause hormone changes (and other changes) that are damaging.
Now I’m no Medical Doctor, but I do know a fair amount of biology, and the work this guy cites looks fairly valid. I also know that my desire for salt modulates directly with my needs. More working out and sweating, I want more salt. Hit the salt lick too much and I end up not wanting salt for a day or two. The body knows how much it wants.
Especially of interest to me was his observation that those on a Ketogenic Diet need more salt. I’ve noticed that as I’ve entered a keto mode, I’m salting things more. I’d been wondering about that (and worried just a tiny bit…) but now not so much.
As a disclaimer: I also know that every person has a unique set of genes, and thus a unique metabolism. There ARE some folks who are very salt sensitive. First, know yourself. Don’t take advice from anyone on the internet (and certainly not me on any topic “medical”.) Consult your Doctor. Etc. etc…
At the same time, though, it does look (per the research /charts the videos present) like the W.H.O. is trying to kill us and the U.S. dietary guidelines are about right for enriching drug companies… /sarc;
Now I’ve never bothered with the low sodium diet anyway, so I’m not exactly “at risk” from that; but it will be nice to salt my food without that small kernel of guilt ;-)
Here’s a 3rd one by the same guy. It looks at how salt modulates your insulin levels and can lead to weight gain and insulin resistance problems. So, gee, you can just eat more salt and help your “pre-diabetes”? Hmmm…. And the AMA is pushing a low salt diet on everyone and we have a “diabetes epidemic”? Hmmm… So low salt / high sugar is bad and what folks in the USA mostly eat is low salt / high sugar? 15 minutes: