You may have had the benefits of a low-salt diet drummed into your head for years. Decades of scientific research have failed to prove ANY benefits. In fact, research tends to show the opposite. Recent studies have also failed to prove salt’s connection to heart disease.

Salt is essential for life—you cannot live without it. It has always been important to life, all forms of life need a good balance.  Even the word “salary” comes from the root “sal,” because Romans were paid in salt. African and European explorers traded an ounce of salt for an ounce of gold— salt was literally worth its weight in gold.

Natural salt is important to many biological processes:

  • It’s a major component of blood plasma, lymphatic fluid, extracellular fluid and even amniotic fluid
  • It carries nutrients into and out of your cells
  • It maintains and regulates blood pressure
  • Increasing the glial cells in your brain (responsible for creative thinking and long-term planning)
  • Helps your brain communicate with your muscles so you can move on demand via sodium-potassium ion exchange.

Low-salt diets continue to be the approved approach. Why is this so when so much evidence points to the opposite. These low-salt diets were introduced in the 1970’s. Salt was blamed for high blood pressure leading to heart attacks. Source  

The sea is a great healer and I have remained fascinated by this seawater element of health. So it comes as no surprise to me to discover that our blood serum resembles seawater. The French biologist Rene Quinton proved as far back as 1897 that there were similarities between the mineral content of seawater and the interstitial  milieu and blood plasma of humans.

He concluded that the human body must react well to treatments and preparations that contain substances from the sea. My own view is that walking barefoot on the sand is a great restorer of balance and calm.

“Eternity in a second glance, a Universe beyond romance. That’s where the sea comes in…that’s where the sea comes in”. Dr John Cooper Clarke

Salt is composed of two molecules, salt(Na) and chloride(CI). The chemical formula for salt is NaCI or sodium chloride.  Low Chloride carries a greater health risk than people realise.

  • low salt helps create insulin resistance
  • low salt encourages body fat accumulation.
  • coffee reduces salt in the body (so add a few grains to drinking water)
  • Processed food is high in salt but low in potassium, a vital balance mineral to salt

As a final reminder of the essentiality of salt, it is worth remembering that critically ill patients in hospital are routinely given 18 grams of salt intravenously per day to help them recover, which has no discernible effect on their blood pressure. Yet medical advice is still given to have no more than 6 grams of salt per day.