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To Salt or Not To Salt?

Lately we’ve been talking about Adrenal Fatigue both in The Group – Nutrition For Life Community in last week’s blog post (click here if you missed it.)

Women in particular, have a major problem with adrenal fatigue.  This ‘stress condition’ can begin at birth (if your mother had adrenal fatigue too) or it can be something that starts to get rolling typically after you get married, have kids and for those 10 plus years of continual ‘motherhood’ and ‘giving!’ (as if it ever stops!)

These can be the years that take the biggest toll on us, until we find ourselves ‘burnt out’ and struggling with our health!

If this is sounding like you there is one thing that helps you, and you might not know this little trick.

It’s Salt! 

Salt cravings are a common symptom of adrenal fatigue, because our body is crying out for something that has been very depleted in the process of stress.  And yes we’ve all heard how bad salt is for us – but not in the case of adrenal fatigue.  Again society made us almost ‘salt-phobic’ which has deprived millions of people to reduce their stress symptoms and make recovery faster.

Mostly people believe salt causes high blood pressure and it ‘can’ do certainly, which is why it works for most people suffering with adrenal fatigue because did you know most people with adrenal fatigue have low blood pressure – not high.  Low or high blood pressure isn’t good as we need normal blood pressure to deliver effective blood supple to our body.

Note: Normal blood pressure in preventative medicine is 120/80.  The range is much higher in orthodox medicine due to a case of increasing the ‘normal range’ as people get sicker and a new ‘normal’ is invented.  However aiming for 120/80 blood pressure is good for preventing health problems that are ‘budding’ under the surface. 

“For over 70 years it has been known that people with Addison’s disease (adrenal insufficiency)  benefit from the addition of salt to their diet. In fact, Loeb, a prominent physician and researcher, was even able to maintain Addison’s patients (before the advent of typical medication which treats this – Corticosteroids) by the use of large amounts of salt in their diet.” (James L. Wilson Ph.D.)

Salt not only helps increase blood pressure, but also helps to restore some of the other functions related to salt loss inside our cells.   In reality, most people are actually harmed by low-salt diets. Salt is actually essential for life. However, you don’t want to use your current refined white table salt. Instead, it is important to obtain real natural salt; I recommend Himalayan salt (pinkish in color) or Celtic sea salt which has heaps of other mineral.

Now of course ‘general advice’ comes with a warning.  It is ‘general’ advice and may not be applicable to you, as everyone has different health circumstances. However it may very well be very suited to you!

If you are concerned about your blood pressure, you can pick up a digital blood pressure monitor at your pharmacy, relatively cheap and you can monitor it yourself.

Those with low blood pressure might have an increase to a more normal level in their blood pressure by adding more salt, but this does not lead to high blood pressure.  If your blood pressure rises above 140/90, then cut back on salt.

So unless you’re one of the rare people with adrenal fatigue AND high blood pressure, increase your salt.  Seek advice if you’re unsure, however there’s no money is salt so usually the medical system would rather have you on a adrenal fatigue medication instead.

If you have any questions about your own personal situation, please let me know via email:

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