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    Default Salt in diet

    We are told in the UK to limit salt intake to 6g per day. Also a bit of salt is required to keep healthy.

    If I do not eat any processed food - just home made food which I don't add salt to. Exception to this is an occasional bit of cheese. I don't drink alchol except at weddings and Christmas.

    So obviously salt levels naturally vary in food I guess. Should I be adding salt to my diet or just rely on what ever is in my food.

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    Sounds to me like you are doing fine with your salt intake. From my understanding, salt isn't a required nutrient, so getting under the 6g is a good thing. Also, if you are going to use salt in something, it's best to use sea salt instead of table salt because the sea salt has some trace minerals in it, which is healthier for your body.

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    I mix half salt and half "No Salt" which is just pure potassium. Eating salt without potassium can can be bad in high quantities, and a lot of people are deficient in potassium. The mix I mentioned just tastes like salt but is better for you. I also supplement with transdermal magnesium. Keeping a good balance between all of these minerals is a very good thing!

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    Salad is best diet and it help to maintain your weight and health, For diet, Salad must be of five colors, because It impacts as good on your health.

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    Natural salt is essential in your diet. I'm talking about unrefined salt such as Himalayan. It contains so many essential trace minerals and is essential in many processes.

    To balance to potassium I make sure I take my lugols iodine and eat bananas.

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    Sorry to break it to you, but ALL salt comes from locations where there is or was salt water. Himalayan salt is from Pakistan and nothing more than marketing. Easy enough to research.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mettleman View Post
    ... "No Salt" which is just pure potassium....
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    Actually "No Salt" brand salt substitute is potassium chloride not pure potassium. If it were pure potassium I doubt you would be alive to type here at DD! Potassium is a potentially dangerous vital nutrient. There is a reason that potassium supplements max out at 3% RDA. Excess potassium is murder on the kidneys and a significant cause of (potentially fatal) heart arrhythmia.

    Edible salts are comprised of certain metal atoms and a chlorine atom, held together with an ionic bond. Common table salt is sodium chloride (NaCl). Others are potassium chloride, calcium chloride and magnesium chloride.

    All of these elements (sodium, potassium, calcium, magnesium, chlorine) are necessary nutrients in the human diet, and they serve different functions. Shortages as well as excesses can and will cause health problems.

    Quote Originally Posted by mettleman View Post
    Keeping a good balance between all of these minerals is a very good thing!
    Yep! And for the typical Western diet, sodium it the element in excess!
    Last edited by DLS; 03-25-2012 at 02:26 PM. Reason: typo
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    Quote Originally Posted by MI_KB'r View Post
    Himalayan salt is from Pakistan and nothing more than marketing.
    And different regions of the world will provide a different mix of trace elements in the unrefined salt mined at the location. So you don't really know if you are "missing anything" when you rely on unrefined salts.

    Another problem with these salts (when relying on them for nutrition anyway) is that the amounts of these elements are ... well ... trace! This means they are detectable by test, but statistically insignificant in amount.

    Save your money by purchasing inexpensive salt (save even more by curtailing its use to the bare minimum), then invest in a good daily multi-vitamin. You will get all the trace elements you need in a much more consistent fashion.
    Last edited by DLS; 03-25-2012 at 07:33 AM.
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    I think it would be best if you don't add the salt in you diet since too much intake of it will lead to urinary tract infection.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lily View Post
    I think it would be best if you don't add the salt in you diet since too much intake of it will lead to urinary tract infection.
    I'm sorry to disagree, but a UTI is caused by bacteria (or in some cases fungi or yeast) entering the urethra, not by salt in the diet.
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