Conventional table salt is very damaging to your health. Table salt does not contain any of the essential minerals available in other more natural forms of salt. But, it is conventional table salt that is used in the packaged and pre-made foods that are available today, unless it clearly states otherwise. Most restaurants use table salt in their dishes, and most households still fill their salt shakers with conventional table salt. If you notice any of the signs below, you might be getting too much salt in your diet.
1. Increased Thirst
Table salt can be dehydrating which will deplete your cells of the fluid they need to function. Your body will pick up on this lack of fluid and make you thirsty. If you notice that you are thirsty a lot you might be getting too much salt in your diet. Keep up your water intake and reduce your salt intake to restore the proper balance.
2. Feeling Puffy
Do you notice that your shoes feel tight, or your rings aren’t fitting like they used to? You could be experiencing bloating because you are getting too much table salt in your diet. This is because table salt will pull the fluid from your cells and push it into your interstitial space (the space between your cells) and cause swelling.
3. High Blood Pressure
As we know from above table salt will pull fluid from your cells. This fluid has to be removed from your body, so your body sends this fluid to your kidneys for filtering and then elimination through your bladder as urine. All of this extra work on the part of your kidneys can stress the arteries near your kidneys and lead to higher blood pressure.
4. Kidney Stones
If your kidneys are overworked because you consume too much table salt, they will be more susceptible to forming kidney stones. This is especially true if your diet contains too much protein, and doubly so if you largely consume animal protein, since it is so hard for your body to process. If you have chronic kidney stones it can lead to kidney disease in the future.
5. You Find Your Food Bland
If you eat something without salt do you find that it tastes bland? This is most likely because you have been eating too much table salt all along. Our taste buds can actually become acclimatized to the foods we eat. If we eat too much salt our taste buds will come to expect salty foods all of the time. Eating too much salt will make foods taste bland without adding salt. This sets up a vicious cycle, where the person craves more and more salt in order for their food to taste good to them.
Many people eating a conventional diet are getting far too much table salt in their diet. The remedy for this is to eliminate processed and packaged foods, and make meals at home. There, you can control how much salt you use in your cooking. And put away the salt shaker kept on the table! Once you have added salt to your dish while cooking DO NOT add any more!
It is also a smart idea to stop buying conventional table salt and switch to other varieties of salt. Celtic salt, sea salt and pink Himalayan salt are much better for you. They are rich in minerals, and do not contain any of the anti-caking agents found in conventional table salt.
Salt is essential for electrolyte balance in your body, so make sure you don’t eliminate it completely!