I've gone awhile without salt now, but I just had some with my dinner last night and I noticed it once again: Every time I eat some salt since being on this lifestyle (which is NOT often) I just feel better for some reason. Just more awake and more calm.
Do I have an iodine deficiency perhaps?
I am attaching a PDF document put together by the USA EPA which explains the minerals found in water and the different forms of "salts" or sodium available.
Yes, the body's daily exposure to sodium comes from both foods and water:
Sodium salts are found in virtually all food (the main source of daily exposure) and drinkingwater.
The good news is in fresh tap water and or drinking supplies, there is sodium, but not in amounts that are harmful to humans such as high blood pressure.
Sodium (that is good for us, not table salt) causes reactions almost immediately in the body. It is absorbed almost instantly in the intestines. In the toxic form, such as table salt, it is irritating to the body and tissues, and the body will try to dilute it by retaining fluids and or excreting it in the kidneys.
The good form of sodium and or chloride are in the form of ions which help maintain positive and negative fluid levels in the fluid within and without the cells. If one side goes up or down a little bit, water will go from one side to the other via osmosis.
Sodium is also an electrolyte and helps with the conduction of electrical and nerve impulses in the body.
You may be correct about other vitamins and minerals needing to come from plant sources only, and I do agree that most of them are best for us obtained from plants in their organic forms and uncooked.
Sodium on the other hand, can be utilized by the body directly from water sources. My theory is that the body needs sodium and water imediately for the balance of osmosis and electrical impulses. Other vitamins and minerals like C or the k vitamins are not imediately needed.
An example and way to look at this is that within hours or days, without water, the body will die. We can go 30-40-60 days without food and other replacements of vitamins and minerals.
Here is another link that explains the water sodium concept too:
And, hopefully it is works, don't forget to read my attachment:
So people may not necessarily under-eat sodium - they actually may under-drink it :D
Go for celery, greens, and young coconuts (water). These have a good sodium content but are salt free.
Chris Kendall shares his experiences. I find I perform better on no added salt.
I have been in this position before,that's why i am a huge believer in greens and celery and young coconut water,it helps to keep the potassium sodium balance nice and smooooth.
Hmmm.. sodium and minerals probably. Eat more celery and spinach if you want to avoid salt. I try to avoid salt and my sodium content is usually under 1500Mg, probably around 500Mg a day, which is low. A little salt never hurt, but it does make you store away water weight and can slow digestion. I had my high sodium day yesterday, one a week seems to keep me going.
Probably not iodine, as iodized table salt is hit and miss -- the manufacturers try to save money and don't always add it. Sea salt does not have a great deal of iodine. But if you really think it might be iodine, you're in luck! Strawberries have a high iodine content.
Alex if you drink coconut water its very easy to get your daily sodium requirements during a day. This is a natural source too... so I'd suggest to try that.
I also have gone back and forth about salt. I personally feel better without it... but found it emotional to let it go. Health wise, I feel more bloated and feel higher blood pressure after eating it. But it took me quite some time to wane off... you should trust your body and keep listening :)
Could be that you're taking in just the minimum requirement of 1.5grams per day with the amount you're consuming and that's why you feel good. Most of the time we always overdose on the salt, because we've come so accustomed to consuming so much of it. It is quite an adjustment to cut it out. I love salt but I know I need very little of it.
Have you read the thread before answering? Humans don't need salt.
This is not meant as a harsh reply, but an invitation to check what's already been said before adding your contribution.
I'm not sure who you're talking to but I will say this...salt is necessary to the body for electrical impulses. So there is a mininum requirerment however its very little. And if you are referring to my statement, no I didn't read the threads before adding mine. I base my statement on facts and don't normally refer to what others have said when making a statement based upon fact. I don't know where you're getting your facts from.
Do you mean salt as in sodium-chloride? Or just natural sodium from plants?
Marco seems to think that you are referring to sodium-chloride when you state that "salt is necessary to the body". You are right about this, if you're talking about natural sodium, but not if you're talking about sodium-chloride aka. table salt.
And btw. 1500 mg of sodium is a lot - I think most people on 30BAD gets less than 1000 mg, maybe even less than 500 mg a day. Maybe some HCRV endurance athletes needs to consume more than that, but it seems that a lot of people thrive on less than 500 mg.