I’m sure that many people have heard that eating salt will increase one’s risk of having high blood pressure, and therefore, increase one’s risk for heart attack and stroke. One should eat a low salt diet as much as possible for heart disease prevention. WOW! Imagine, how easy to lie like that and with no consequences!

My grandparents used salt for years. They kept their salt in a salt shaker with grains of rice at the bottom of the container so the salt wouldn’t clunk up. I’m sure they were using unrefined salt, which offers the key minerals needed in one’s diet. Just tasting unrefined salt reminds me of what my grandparents kept in their salt shaker.

Unfortunately, my grandparents believed the lie that had been told. They switched from using regular salt to a salt substitute. Now, before they switched to this fake salt, they didn’t have any problems with their health. Sure, they were getting old, but they weren’t taking any medication for high blood pressure, nor did they have a stroke or a heart attack. Of course, when they began taking medication for high blood pressure, their medical providers assured them it was due to their age.

My grandparents, along with other Americans at that time, truly believed that taking medication along with a salt-free diet would help them deal with high blood pressure. Unfortunately, they were busy worrying about something that doesn’t increase one’s high blood pressure leading to having a heart attack or a stroke, and not focusing on things that do increase one’s chances of having a heart attack (insulin resistance, chronic inflammation obesity, alcohol abuse and other ailments.

Throughout our existence on this planet, it is a known fact that ALL mammals crave salt and will travel impressive distances to enjoy it. For a desire to be so strong in all mammals, truly means that one needs that substance to survive. Farmers put huge blocks of salt in their barns because the cows love to lick it. According to real research, it is actually very hard for a normal cow, or person, to eat too much salt. A person with healthy kidneys can easily urinate away any excess salt that has been eaten. However, if one has kidney disease, then one should discuss one’s salt intake with one’s doctor.

Now, when it comes to enjoying salt with my food, I prefer to purchase unrefined salt from Mate Factor. (more about this salt in how it’s processed in a future article.)

DISCLAIMER: I am not a medical professional. As with anything to do with one’s health or diet, please consult one’s healthcare provider.

The research for this article comes from the book, “Salt Your Way to Health,” written by Dr. David Brownstein, and from the magazine article, “It’s Time to End the War on Salt,” published in Scientific American and written by Melinda Moyer.

Author's Bio: 

Kelley Curl 7 is the author of the book, "My Curly Hair Self: Living with a Visual Processing Disorder."
Individuals diagnosed as having dyslexia, actually have a visual processing disorder and furthermore, might have photophobia. Photophobia is a condition caused by the fluid in the eye which distorts what one sees, especially creating a problem in reading print and in writing.