A lot of health conscious people shun salt, and many people with high blood pressure also take most of the salt out of their diet in an effort to bring their blood pressure down. But salt has unjustly been given a bad name.
I have read studies that have come to new conclusions about the role of salt (and we’re mainly talking about sodium chloride here) and high blood pressure, and that is that it doesn’t really have that much of an impact at all, and that having too low a salt intake can raise blood pressure due to the dehydration factor. So that’s another urban myth that can go the way of “cholesterol causes heart disease”…
I have had a lot of interest in salt, having suffered from adrenal fatigue in the past. In full blown Addison’s Disease, the kidneys can waste sodium through the urine, so in adrenal fatigue this happens to a lessor degree, but can lead to salt cravings and dehydration. So in my case, part of my recovery was to make sure that I added salt (and I use Himalayan Salt) into my diet.
I read a book once that said the only people who listened to the “take salt out of your diet”, were the healthy ones, and they already had a minimal salt intake!
Sodium is essential to life, and we need sodium for healthy fluid balance, lymphatic function, bone and muscle strength and brain function. Many vegetables have natural sodium, such as celery, and sea vegetables contain plenty of it as well.
Dr. John McDougall, author, physician and nutrition expert who promotes a vegetarian diet (although cooked), gets amazing results with his patients and others who choose to learn how to live the McDougall diet and lifestyle. He has written an excellent article about how frequently salt is misunderstood, that I would encourage you to read.