How Much Salt You Should Actually Eat

The American Heart Association (AHA) says to limit your daily intake of salt to a little over half a teaspoon. More than that (they claim) puts you at risk for high blood pressure and heart disease.20

How much salt should you eat?

The maximum level of sodium currently recommended by experts is 2,300 milligrams, but this research concluded that the right level of sodium for most people is between 2,500 and 6,000 milligrams per day. The constant push to lower sodium in your diet can increase stress on your adrenals and potentially cause heart attacks.

If you’re eating a diet high in quality, whole foods, you’re automatically consuming less sodium than most of the population that eats a Standard American Diet. If you’re using high-quality sea salt on already flavorful food, it’s unlikely you’ll go overboard. Salt your food to taste and don’t worry too much about it. If you’re low-carb or have adrenal or thyroid issues, up your salt intake by drinking a big glass of water with 1 teaspoon of potassium salt and a 1/2-1 teaspoon of sea salt every morning upon waking.

Salt quality matters

Before you go sprinkling table salt all over your Bulletproof beef, consider the quality!

Most high-quality sea salt or mined pink Himalayan salt naturally contains about 80 trace minerals, including potassium, calcium, magnesium, iodine, iron, and zinc, among others. Quality salt is hand-mined without explosives and tested for contamination, so you don’t have to worry about heavy metals or pollutants.

The mineral content in pink salt isn’t a huge game changer health-wise, but it’s an easy way to get some extra nutrients in your diet. The minerals and other compounds in unrefined salt also give it a more complex flavor than you get from table salt.

Avoid white, refined table salt, which is processed at high temperatures, bleached, and treated with anti-caking agents so it doesn’t clump. The result is a pure sodium chloride concentrate with no other minerals to speak of.

Hope this article helps to clarify some of the misinformation out there regarding salt. Thanks for reading and have a great week.

Source – blog.bulletproof.com

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