I’m sure there are a wide range of ways that salt has an impact on the body, but today I want to look at just one of those ways. Specifically, how salt impacts how thirsty you are. It’s a little bit confusing, but too much salt can make you parched. Conversely, not having enough salt can dehydrate you as well. Strange but true!
When I eat poorly, one way that my body reacts is that I get really thirsty. This is because that a lot of junk foods such as burgers, fries, and even pizza are overloaded with salt. As a society, we consume far more salt than we actually need, and this can manifest itself as dehydration. What the body is doing is attempting to balance out its salt level. When there’s too much salt, your kidneys have to dispose of what isn’t needed. One of the most efficient ways to do this is through urination. That’s why you’re body’s telling you to drink more water when you’ve had too much salt!
Now, let’s say you’re sick in bed with a fever. You’re not eating or drinking much and you’re soaking the sheets with your sweat. Your body is losing salt through sweating and you’re not replenishing it quickly enough. This isn’t good because as your salt levels decrease, so does your blood pressure, leading to dizziness, blurred vision, nausea, and symptoms that are much worse. What this is called is hypotension, and it can be caused by a lack of salt in the body.
One way to avoid these highs and lows is to simply watch your salt intake. Generally, you should be somewhere around 2,000 mg of salt per day, not much more than that, and not a whole lot less. If you’re consuming more, obviously you’ll want to try and cut it back, but you can also help your body by balancing out the levels through drinking more water. If you’re not getting enough salt in your diet, try adding a spoonful of Pink Himalayan salt a glass of water. This particular type of salt is packed with all the minerals that our bodies need that’s stripped out of filtered and distilled water.
Hopefully these two examples illustrate how having too much salt in the body will mean you need to drink more water, but also how not having enough salt in the body means you need to drink more water as well.
Recently Aubrey Marcus (the brains behind Onnit Labs) was on Joe Rogan’s podcast (Joe is a co-owner of Onnit) and he was talking about a wide range of topics relating to the body and health when he spoke about drinking water. Aubrey mentioned that he adds a bit of Onnit Pink Himalayan Salt to his water before drinking it. Normally we’re looking to filter things out of our water, so why was he adding salt back into it?
It turns out that the filtering process strips out all the bad stuff that we don’t want in our bodies, but it also eliminates some of the good stuff as well. Minerals that our bodies need to function efficiently can be found in water, but filtering the water takes out these minerals. Adding a bit of salt to your drinking water allows you to drink clean water with the minerals your body needs as well.
Regular table salt isn’t necessarily what you should be reaching for when you’re looking to salt your drinking water. Instead, look for salt that’s naturally acquired, like the Pink Himalayan Salt that Aubrey uses. This salt is mined from salt deposits that are about 250 million years old, created long before we began to pollute the earth with heavy metals, pesticides, etc. The pink color is visual evidence that the salt is packed with 84 trace minerals and electrolytes that our bodies use and crave.
When adding Himalayan salt to drinking water, you’ll want to measure out about a teaspoon or a teaspoon and a half. You may also choose to simply swallow the salt and then follow it up with a glass of water. Ingesting water salted with Himalayan salt can have a profound effect on the body, such as boosting your energy, balancing your blood sugar, and curbing your appetite as well.
Onnit has for sale 12 oz. glass jars (complete with spoon) of Pink Himalayan Salt for sale, along with 2 lb. refill bags, and boxes of single-serving packets of salt, which are perfect for carrying with you. Add a packet of salt to a bottle of drinking water to get your minerals on the go.
Call me an Onnit fanboy or a disciple of Rogan and I will not disagree. Listening to his podcast has changed my life and helped me lose weight, get in shape, and eat healthier. Without the knowledge that he passes on to his listeners, I’d be a lot bigger and growing fatter with each passing day. The amount of fruits and vegetables I used to eat in a month I now eat in a day.
On the topic of salt, you would think that salt is something you would want to eliminate from your diet, not add to it. But like many other minerals, salt is something our bodies need, albeit in limited amounts. What type of salt you eat is also very important. After Dave Asprey’s appearance on The Joe Rogan Experience, I decided to look into Onnit’s Pink Himalayan Salt.
I touched on this in an earlier blog post, but pink Himalayan salt is so much better for you than traditional table salt because it is packed with over 80 minerals that refined table salt is lacking. That’s why table salt is white. The lack of color indicates the absence of these minerals. The pink color of Himalayan salt is visual evidence that the salt is packed with the full spectrum of minerals your body needs.
Onnit recently added Pink Himalayan Salt to its store and I picked up a bottle and have used it in place of regular table salt. Despite its name, the salt doesn’t taste overly salty, at least not in the way we’re accustomed to salt tasting. It actually has a full, deep flavor with a mild salty taste, rather than simply a salty taste. It’s hard to explain and something that needs to be experienced. If you’ve thought about limiting your salt intake, consider replacing your table salt with Pink Himalayn Salt from Onnit. Best of all, it’s Kosher and comes with a little spoon attached to the jar!
You’re probably sick of me going on and on about Dave Asprey’s appearance on The Joe Rogan Experience by now. But Dave was on talking with Joe for about three hours and he was packed with useful information and an approach to health and weight loss that was completely new to me. Like the Bulletproof Upgraded Coffee I’ve written about on this blog before, Dave also talked about the benefits of Himalayan salt and why he takes a tablespoon of it each day.
What most of us think of as salt isn’t actually an organic product. In fact, the table salt we sprinkle on our french fries and roast chicken is artificially produced, devoid of any of the naturally occurring minerals that one would find in Himalayan salt, for instance. This is where iodized salt comes from: to put minerals back into the sodium chloride (table salt) we all keep on our kitchen tables.
The first thing you’ll notice about Himalayan is its striking pink color. This comes from the presence of the minerals that common table salt is lacking. The second thing you’ll notice is the taste. It’s not as harsh and biting as table salt and many find it much smoother on the palate. A good comparison to make is the difference between a fine, expensive, aged whiskey and a $5 bottle of swill.
When it comes to alcohol, age certainly makes a difference, and it applies to salt as well. The best pink Himalayan salt comes from mines that are a quarter of a billion (yes, billion with a B!) years old. This salt wasn’t produced in a factory with minerals added in later. The salt and its minerals were around long before we were, and long before they could ever be polluted or tainted by man and our pollution, chemicals, and industrial waste.