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SHOULD WE BE SCARED OF SALT/SODIUM?

Updated: Aug 1, 2022

You've probably heard bad things about salt and sodium before. Have you ever asked yourself if pink salt is really healthier than table salt, or if sea salt is better than Celtic salt? Is salt bad for you and are there really healthier versions? Why should you even care about salt or sodium consumption? How about salt mined from the Himalayas? How about salt baths? I'll answer all these salty questions here by using the best scientific evidence available. Turns out that salt can really cause problems for some people and you might be surprised to find out some of my salty secrets.

What is salt?


The word "salt" can have many meanings. If we're talking about table salt, then we are talking about sodium chloride, the white crystalline substance that gives seawater its characteristic taste. We use it to season or preserve food. The chemists in the room will also use the word salt to describe any chemical compound formed from the reaction of an acid with a base, with all or part of the hydrogen of the acid replaced by a metal or other cation. Sounds complicated right? From now on, when I talk about salt, I'll be specifically be talking about table salt. If I'm referring to other types of salts, like Epsom salts for example, I'll make sure to specify, since these salts are very different from the ones we consume regularly.



Salt For Survival


Sodium and chloride that make up salt are two essential electrolytes and minerals that are needed for normal bodily functions. Our bodies