Recommended Sodium Intake | Salt in Diet Blog

Recommended Sodium Intake & Hidden Dangers of Refined Salt

Reducing sodium in your diet is important, but knowing what type of sodium to reduce in your diet is more important.  Find out in this podcast how refined salt sneaks into your foods and what other supplements you should be taking to reduce the damage of highly refined salt.

According to a study of over 7000 individuals just released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), just about every single American — 90 percent of those over the age of two — consumes considerably too much sodium.  What’s the problem with the over-the-top salt consumption? Before we answer that question, it’s important to note here, as Jon Barron points out in this podcast, that it isn’t sodium per se that causes problems, but rather, the fact that we eat so much “refined” salt — which has a very different effect on the body than does unrefined, natural sea salt or Himalayan salt, which the body actually needs in reasonable amounts. Unfortunately, almost all of the sodium in the foods we eat comes in the form of refined table salt, which is destructive to the body. And then there’s potassium. Potassium neutralizes the negative effects of sodium. The more potassium you have in your diet, the more sodium you can have without any negative health consequences. Not surprisingly, natural sources of unrefined salt contain potassium; whereas refined salt does not.  Also in this podcast, find out where all this highly refined salt in your diet is coming from, the answer may surprise you!