Should I salt My Food?

Should I salt My Food?

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The Benefits Of Salt

When it comes to bladder control, salt plays an important role.

There are lots of types and brands of salt available eg organic rock salt or Himalayan pink salt as well as a variety of boutique salts. Just realise that the commercial table salt is bleached and has additives like anti-caking agents. 

There are fors and againsts for all types of salt, so it’s important to do some research and discover what type of salt you would like to use.

Salt is made up of sodium chloride or as it’s most commonly known, sodium.

Sodium actually attracts and holds water and this affects blood pressure due to the sodium in blood holding onto fluids. It can place strain on the blood vessels leading to the kidneys.

So, it’s important to experiment and make sure that you are consuming enough salt/sodium to keep your body well-hydrated, but not too much to overload your system.

Sodium is in fact an electrolyte and is necessary to control blood volume and blood pressure.

When you consume too much salt, then you run the risk of retaining too much fluid and thereby increasing blood pressure, which is not good.

So, how do you discover the ideal salt/sodium intake for you?

Firstly, you need to look at whether you have any health conditions that prohibit increased salt intake or salting your food.

Conditions like:

  • High blood pressure
  • Heart conditions
  • Cirrhosis of the liver
  • Kidney disease

Recommendations for healthy adults are to limit salt intake to 2.3grams per day, say half a teaspoon.

Adults experiencing high blood pressure need to limit salt intake to 1.5grams per day.

So, somewhere in there is the ideal salt intake for you and when you discover it you will find that your frequent trips to the loo may reduce.

There’s another reason to check out salting your food too and that is the fact that salt helps to build strong muscles and nerves.

This can be important when retraining your bladder muscle as sodium is important for your muscle function.

Think about that – if you’ve cut back your salt intake, just replacing that salt with a moderate daily amount could sort out your bladder control issues. It’s certainly food for thought – pardon the pun! 

I’ve spent quite some time now researching the different salts – some people swear by the Himalayan pink salt, others feel there are radioactive risks associated with it.

For me, I’m sticking with the rock salt for now, although I do have both Himalayan and Celtic salt in the cupboard.

Just need to research it some more.

I do know that reintroducing lightly salting food has made a big difference to my bladder control.

Salting food can also help with migraine conditions as often your body can be dehydrated, even though you may be drinking plenty of water. 

That’s what I was doing – drinking plenty of water and spending plenty of time in the loo! That’s because the water was not being retained in my body and even though I thought I was hydrating well, it took adding a light sprinkling of salt to my food to truly hydrate properly.

If you are under the care of a medical professional and part of your instruction is not to use salt, then I suggest you research your condition for yourself, as well as discuss it with your advisor.

 Any questions or if I can help at all, I’m just an email away.

tess.dryswan@aapt.net.au

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