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How Much Salt is Safe?

April 15, 2009 by  

How Much Salt is Safe?

“An increasing body of evidence indicates that we should reduce the amount of salt in our diet. The American Medical Association (AMA), the American Heart Association (AHA), the American Dietetic Association (ADA), and the National Institutes of Health have begun a campaign to cut the salt intake of Americans by one-half."

Sounds like another big pharma/government propaganda campaign to feed big pharma more bodies. When that many government agencies all come out against salt, you had better get the debate from the other side.

What crass and base nonsense! And yes, the American people will follow and their general health will enter a new downhill direction. Heart doctors already have their patients off salt. This started 60 years ago.

The following salt information was taken from the book, Obesity, Cancer, Depression by F. Batmanghelidj, M.D. It is a discussion about sea salt, not refined table salt.

As a rough rule of thumb, Dr. Batmanghelidj recommends one-fourth teaspoon of sea salt per quart of water. Exceptions are those with kidney failure or other medical reasons which call for a doctor’s consultation.

The government agencies listed above who set the direction for our "medical welfare" should take note that when we get sick and land in the hospital, they immediately give saline (salt) intravenous (IV) drip with 0.9 percent concentration of salt. This figure translates to 9 grams of salt per liter of water. However, it is prudent to take only a third as much salt on a regular daily basis. And these silent injections of salt cost the insurance companies more than gold costs.

The following are direct quotes from Dr. Batmanghelidj’s book: Salt: Some of Its Hidden Miracles:

  • Salt has many functions other than just regulating the water content of the body.

Here are some of its additional important functions in the body:

  • Salt is a strong natural antihistamine. It can be used to relieve asthma: Put some on your tongue after drinking a glass or two of water. It is as effective as an inhaler, without the toxicity. You should drink one or two glasses of water before putting salt on the tongue.
  • Salt is a strong anti-stress element for the body.
  • Salt is vital for extracting excess acidity from inside the cells, particularly brain cells. If you don’t want Alzheimer’s disease, don’t go salt-free, and don’t let them put you on diuretic medications for long!
  • Salt is vital for the kidneys to clear excess acidity, passing it into the urine. Without sufficient salt in the body, the body will become more and more acidic.
  • Salt is essential in the treatment of emotional and affective disorders. Lithium is a salt substitute used in the treatment of depression. To prevent suffering from depression, make sure you take some salt.
  • Salt is essential for preserving the serotonin and melatonin levels in the brain. When water and salt perform their natural antioxidant duties and clear toxic waste from the body, essential amino acids, such as tryptophan and tyrosine, will not be sacrificed as chemical antioxidants. In a well-hydrated body, tryptophan is spared and gets into the brain tissue, where it is used to manufacture serotonin, melatonin, indolamine and tryptamine—essential antidepressant neurotransmitters.
  • Salt is a vitally needed element in the treatment of diabetics. It helps balance the sugar levels in the blood and reduces the need for insulin in those who have to inject the chemical to regulate their blood sugar levels. Water and salt reduce the extent of secondary damage associated with diabetes.
  • Salt is vital for the generation of hydroelectric energy in all of the cells in the body. It is used for local power generation at the sites of energy needed by the cells.
  • Salt is vital to the communication and information-processing of nerve cells the entire time that the brain cells work—from the moment of conception to death.
  • Salt is vital for the absorption of food particles through the intestinal tract.
  • Salt is vital for clearing the lungs of mucous plugs and sticky phlegm, particularly in asthma, emphysema and cystic fibrosis sufferers. Salt makes mucus fluid loose and ready to ‘disconnect’—by changing the physical state of its structure (the process is called charge-shielding).
  • Salt on the tongue will stop persistent dry coughs; water will enhance this effect.
  • Salt is vital for clearing up catarrh and sinus congestion.
  • Salt is vital for the prevention of gout and gouty arthritis.
  • Salt is essential for the prevention of muscle cramps.
  • Salt is vital to preventing excess saliva production to the point that it flows out of the mouth during sleep. Needing to constantly mop up excess saliva indicates a salt shortage.

Major osteoporosis is the result of salt and water shortages in the body. More than 20 percent of the salt reserves of the body are stored in the shaft of the long bones, giving them their strength. When the diet is short of salt, the stored salt in the bones is released to osmotically balance the content of salt in the blood.

Bob Livingston

is an ultra-conservative American and author of The Bob Livingston Letter™, founded in 1969. Bob has devoted much of his life to research and the quest for truth on a variety of subjects. Bob specializes in health issues such as nutritional supplements and alternatives to drugs, as well as issues of privacy (both personal and financial), asset protection and the preservation of freedom.

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  • Paul Revere

    The following line from the article should be in bold and underlined, “Exceptions are those with kidney failure or other medical reasons which call for a doctor’s consultation.”

  • Rompecoglioni

    Back in the 70′s I had an occasion to see a person incredible eating salt like you spread the peanut butter on a slice of bread. Not only that, he ate the pork fat covered with salt, without exaggerating,1/3 of an inch. In 2007 I went to visit Europe, almost 37 years later and this guy was still alive close to 80 yrs old. Beside he is a smoker, believe it or not.

  • Dolores

    What is an appropriate amount for daily salt intake? How much salt is too much? How much is too little?

    • http://none Rob Schwartz

      How much salt daily??

  • Heather

    This is very interesting. I have watched my salt intake since high school. (I lost two youngish grandfathers to heart disease at that time). That was 14 years ago and I have been plagued with health issues ever since. I have never seen the connection….but I can go through the points above and see my issues reflected in every single one. I have allergies, chronic fatigue (to the point of painfulness), dry skin, digestive issues, blood sugar issues (very irregular), depression has been a battle that has gotten worse over the years, and other issue as well. I also thought drooling in my sleep was normal. LOL!

    Anyway, salt is referenced many times in the Bible as a healing agent. Christians are told to be “the salt of the earth” . I’ve always wondered about that in light of modern science. In any case, I may just have to reintroduce Sea Salt into my diet slowly and see if there is a connection with my issues.

    • Rob

      Heather, sounds like you may want to get yourself checked for Hypothyroidism.

      Do you also get forgetful, and have foggy thinking?

      Check out this site, it may prove useful.

      If you suspect hypothyroidism go see a Broda Barnes Foundation approved doctor. It will cost you $18.00 for a list of them in your area.

      • Heather

        Thank you for that site!

        My mom has Hypothyroidism so I thought that may be my issue as well. I do have the fogginess as well as low body temperature and VERY low blood pressure (96/68. It used to be 80/60 when I was at the peak of my fatigue a few years ago), as well as the digestive issues mentioned on that site. I have seen two different doctors on separate occasions. However, my TSH levels were normal both times and the doctors refused to order the T3 and T4 because my insurance would not cover it.. Grrrrr. They suggested it was just hormones, but I actually got worse under every single birth control pill I tried. It’s very frustrating to say the least.

        Hopefully something will come out of the information you have given me. Thanks again!

        • Rob

          Hi Heather, yes I can spot them…
          You have many classic symptoms, the low body temp is the dead givaway.
          You experience with your doctor is a very typical one. The TSH test is a very marginal test, and should in no way be used as a sole basis for diagnosis. This is the trap most endocrinologists fall into, even the really “good” ones with degrees from Yale or Harvard.
          Thyroid treatment seems to break down into 2 basic schools of thought. The new school, treating according to the TSH test alone, and giving Synthroid, which is only a T4 med. And the other school seems to be the Dr Broda Barnes school. These doctors are the very best as they employ all the old school testing, such as reading your body temp, as well as the “new” tests such as the various THS tests. These doctors treat usually with Armour, which contains all the thyroid hormones you are deficient in, not just T4 like Synthroid. You need T4 T3 T2 T1 and calcitonin.
          The TSH test typically fails to detect hypothyroidism, as you can have a normal T3 and T4 level, and still be hypothyroid. This is where most typical doctors go wrong.

          Remember dispite what they tell you, if you have low body temp, even after years on Synthroid, you are still not functioning normally, as the thyroid regulates your bodys idle, and that controls your body temp.

          Watch your temp as the most reliable indicator,
          AND GOOD LUCK!

  • Heather

    Dolores- Do you think we would go by the same ratios as IV’s mentioned above?

    “This figure translates to 9 grams of salt per liter of water.”

    If my math is correct, 9 grams should equal approximately 2 teaspoons for every 4 to 4 1/2 cups of water.

    That would make the most sense…but I am not a doctor.

    • Rob

      Heather, Bob mentioned 1/4 teaspoon of salt per quart of water. Since its prudent to drink at least 8, 8oz glasses of good quality water a day, I would say 1/2 a teaspoon. My doctor agree with this, as we have had this discussion many times.

      But its important to understand this: Sodium raises blood pressure
      Potassium lowers blood pressure

      Sea salt has the correct ratios of both potassium AND sodium, so there are no blood pressure issues associated with using it.

      When doctors caution to reduce your salt intake, they are not being specific. They are referring to ordinary table salt, which is just sodium.

      So use Sea Salt, not Table Salt. And only use an amopunt you feel comfortable with, if you don’t feel you need 1/2 teaspoon, then don’t worry about it. 1/4 should be fine. Thats what my doctor tells me.

      Good luck.

  • Charles Reeder

    Salt … created for the benefit of humanity and all animals … all created in the earth system. Ever go to a farm ?? Look around … it won’t take long … and you will see a salt block. Molly the cow will be over there licking that thing like it was candy. Tell the farmer that salt is bad for animals, and you might get a reaction rooted in anger with that pointing finger. Why, because he knows that if you have a farm and don’t put salt blocks out for the animals … your vet bills will go through the roof and end up out in low earth orbit.

    Cost of salt block at local farmer’s feed and supply store … $5.50 … 12 ” x 12″ x 12″

    • Jeanie Jones

      Great information!
      So easy to understand.
      Anyone can afford this solution.
      God says that His People are “the salt of the earth”.
      So, God knew the value of salt to all mankind.

  • Jeanie Jones

    Jeanie Jones Reply:

    April 29th, 2009 at 7:01 am

    Great information!
    So easy to understand.
    Anyone can afford this solution.
    God says that His People are “the salt of the earth”.
    So, God knew the value of salt to all mankind.

  • Fed Up Gal in NM

    Well…..I just got around to seeing this particular article. Not sure if the original (or new) posters are still checking this article for new comments or not (hopefully you are :-).

    I switched to Sea Salt a year or so ago (Hain’s); I have both the one that contains iodine and the one without iodine. Can you offer your thoughts about which is better (always heard iodine is needed by our bodies)? Thank you.

    Fed Up Gal

  • markpepper

    American Medical Association (AMA), the American Heart Association (AHA), the American Dietetic Association (ADA)are not ‘government agencies.’

    I bet if you tried you could however come up with several on the ban salt side of the issue.

  • Pax

    I’ve read that sea salt is not the way to go any more since the oceans/seas have become so contaminated . . . Himalayan salt is supposed to be the best. There are salt peaks in the Himalayas and completely pure. Himalayan salt is readily available in most health food/vitamin stores; a tad expensive but then it should last a long time.

    Hains salt has an anti-caking agent; neither sea (natural) salt nor Himalayan salt contain anything but salt.


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