Do You Need More Salt In Your Diet?

9 out of 10 of us probably get too much salt in our diets.  Many of the foods we eat today are LOADED with salt, especially packaged and canned food.  But for some of us, the health benefits of moderate salt are missing from our diets.  I also want to be clear that when I talk about salt, I am NOT referring to table salt.  I am referring to natural sea salt or iodized salt.

health-benefits-iodized-saltWe never hear about the health benefits of salt because so many of us are eating too much of it which is having negative consequences on our health.  However, in moderation, natural salt in your diet is good for you.

I never realized this until recently.  I have never used salt in my diet at all and I rarely eat anything canned or processed. For the most part, I eat whole, natural foods.  I have always had very low blood pressure, naturally.  In 2012 when I started Cross Training, my blood pressure became even lower. I specifically remember going to the doctor one time for a check up. They took my blood pressure and then looked at me with a strange face.  He said to me, ‘Do you feel ok?’ and I said, ‘Yes, I feel great, why??’ It turns out my blood pressure was pretty low. Something like 108 over 60.

For the most part, even with very low blood pressure, I felt great.  One thing that did happen to me quite often, though, was that I would get very quick flashes of dizzy spells.  They would come and go very quickly.  I never thought too much about it. But then, another uncomfortable symptom appeared and that was an irregular heart beat.  Every now and then it would feel like my heart was skipping a beat. I went to the cardiologist, wore a heart monitor and was diagnosed with Premature Ventricular Contractions.  Nothing dangerous. They weren’t concerned about it at all. They just told me to avoid caffeine and alcohol as they are stimulants.

Time went on and the irregular heart beat got a little better as I was off caffeine. But the dizzy spells remained. I decided to investigate further.  Went back to my primary care doctor and told her about the dizzy spells and continuing episodes of irregular heart beats.  After an echogram turned up normal, she suggested that I add a little bit of natural salt to my diet to bring my blood pressure up a little bit.

Why Salt Is Important In Our Diets

Sunwarrior Liquid Light replaces electrolytes in the body

Sunwarrior Liquid Light replaces electrolytes in the body

Salt is made up of sodium and chloride.  Sodium is an extremely important electrolyte that is necessary in our body.  When the amount of electrolytes in your body is too high or too low, you can develop dizziness, cramps, and problems with an irregular heart beat (heart rhythm) and more.  For me, my salt intake was so low combined with the fact that I lose electrolytes from sweating so much during my rigorous cross training workouts. I believe my electrolytes were imbalanced which was causing my  irregular heart beat and also my dizziness.

I never knew that not eating salt/sodium could affect my health negatively.  I have learned how important it is to regularly replace fluids if you sweat or are physically active.  For me, I also needed to replenish my electrolytes.

What I did was I added iodized salt to my diet (read more about the health benefits of iodized salt) and I started taking a supplement that would add natural minerals and electrolytes back into my diet.  Using healthy salt and taking the Sunwarrior Liquid Light minerals, my symptoms are virtually GONE. I can’t tell you the last time I had a dizzy spell— MAYBE once in a blue moon where I used to have them every day, a few times a day.  My heartbeat has also been very regular.  I rarely notice any sort of disturbance at all.

******If you have symptoms that you may suspect are from an electrolyte imbalance or lack of salt- first talk to your doctor.  Never diagnose yourself based on someone else’s experience or what you read on the web. I saw my primary care doctor and a cardiologist first.   The Sunwarrior Liquid Light is available at Ultimate Fit Zone.  This is a great product for ALL of us who participate in UFZ training to take.