The Truth and Myths About Salt and Salt Types

Misinformation About Salt: This Is The Truth!

When we salt our food, we rarely think of salt as a crucial aspect of our body in many ways. In particular we think it has absolutely nothing to do with anything other than taste and we certainly do not think of hormones. In this short post I would like to enlighten and clarify a few myths about salt and salt types and also hint at their importance and hormonal connection.

There are hundreds of literature on the Internet about the benefits of sea salt over table salt. This is myth #1. I would like everyone to know that there is only one salt on planet earth: sea salt. The fact that it may be called table salt simply suggests that some time ago it was clearly understood by all that all salt came from the sea. There was no need to place the word “sea” in front of salt; we all knew what it was. Somehow we have forgotten that salt comes from the sea and now many designer salts have showed up with the word “sea” in front of the word salt and sell for much more than table salt. Don’t be fooled: all salts come from the sea! Preferences of course may mean you pick a designer salt over table salt but I would like to make sure you know that in terms of “salt” they are the same for the body.

You may ask: how can they be the same for the body if one contains all kinds of other elements as well as pure salt itself. The answer is very simple. In the body salt molecules (NaCl) break down into ions (Na+ and Cl-) and only these two ions participate in what is called voltage activated sodium pumps (Nav1.1-1.9) where 1.1 to 1.9 indicates that there are 9 such pumps and Nav stands for voltage activated sodium pump. Thus for the body only ions matter. Na+ is inside the cell and is positively charged. Cl- is outside the cell and is negatively charged. The two create the voltage necessary for the cell to function. Some of these pumps also have additional functions—such as sending pain message when a pump opens and does not close properly. The influx of Na+ and Cl- can cause… read more

This article I wrote specifically for hormonesmatter blog where you will find the entire article. Here it is only an introduction of the fun stuff to read.

Your comments are welcome as always!

Angela

About Be Healthy

Angela A Stanton, PhD, is a Neuroeconomist who evaluates changes in behavior, chronic pain, decision-making, as a result of hormonal variations in the brain. She lives in Southern California. Her current research is focused on migraine cause, prevention and treatment without the use of medicines. As a migraineur, her discovery was helped by experimenting on herself. She found the cause of migraine to be at the ionic level, associated with disruption of the electrolyte homeostasis, resulting from genetic mutations of insulin and glucose transporters, and voltage gated sodium and calcium channel mutations. Such mutations cause major shifts in a migraine brain, unlike that of a non-migraine brain. A non-migraineur can handle electrolyte changes on autopilot. A migraineur must always be on manual guard for such changes to maintain electrolyte homeostasis. The book Fighting The Migraine Epidemic: How To Treat and Prevent Migraines Without Medicines - An Insider's View explains why we have migraines, how to prevent them and how to stay migraine (and medicine) free for life. As a result of the success of the first edition of her book and new research and findings, she is now finishing the 2nd edition. The 2nd edition is the “holy grail” of migraines, incorporating all there is to know at the moment and also some hypotheses. It includes an academic research section with suggestions for further research. The book is full of citations to authenticate the statements she makes to be followed up by those interested and to spark further research interest. While working on the 2nd edition of the book she also published academic articles: "Migraine Cause and Treatment" Mental Health in family Medicine, November 23, 2015, open access "Functional Prodrome in Migraines" Journal of Neurological Disorders, January 22, 2016, open access "Are Statistics Misleading Sodium Reduction Benefits?", Journal of Medical Diagnostic Method, February 3, 2016, open access “A Comment on Severe Headache or Migraine History Is Inversely Correlated With Dietary Sodium Intake: NHANES 1999-2004” Angela A Stanton PhD, 19 July 2016 DOI: 10.1111/head.12861 not open access, subscription is required to read it. Dr. Stanton received her BSc at UCLA in Mathematics, MBA at UCR, MS in Management Science and Engineering at Stanford University, PhD in NeuroEconomics at Claremont Graduate University, and fMRI certification at Harvard University Medical School at the Martinos Center for Neuroimaging for experimenting with neurotransmitters on human volunteers. For relaxation Dr. Stanton paints and photographs. Follow her on Twitter at: @MigraineBook
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4 Responses to The Truth and Myths About Salt and Salt Types

  1. But of course… 😀

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  2. I have a multi-part question. I’m on a low-salt diet because I had a mini-stroke at age 49 and have battled Bell’s Palsy off and on. Finally after several years my blood pressure is normal. I notice if I eat salty snacks I get headaches. In fact if I eat any salty food I get a headache. I stopped salting my food years ago. Several visits to the E.R. were enough for me. I drink lots of water. Also I want to know why Black, Hispanic and Native American peoples have such high rates of high blood pressure/strokes and diabetes? Are our bodies really that different medically as opposed to Caucasian people?

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    • Hi Dancingpalmtrees! Glad you are under control. High blood pressure is not actually caused by salt but by sugar and none of the geographic groups you mentioned normally eat (or used to eat prior to the Western Civilization) sugar except when it comes to fruits, in which case they ate them with fiber and then the sugar is not harmful. Also starches (look at the Asian culture of all starchy foods) is a healthy food because starch converts into glucose (blood sugar) that can actually be deposited as fat by insulin and used later by leptin (another hormone) to feed the brain. A large percent of table sugar or honey or any commercial sugar raw or not contains high fructose corn syrup or fructose which never ever gets to the brain as sugar. It is highly toxic. Watch this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dBnniua6-oM Long and not an easy watch but it explains how it works. He also has a book out called Fat Chance. I highly recommend it!

      Some cultures are genetically better with eating high starch foods and others with high protein foods and no human is good with eating high sweet content food. The Native Americans (and Eskimos too) are low starch and high protein eaters with lots of fat and so they too are not used to all that sugar either. Today nearly all are unhealthy from all the soft drinks they drink that are full of sugar.

      Sugar is the evil for them that causes high blood pressure and not salt. Now in your case with mini strokes you fall into a special category. One of the reasons why you may get headaches from salt is because salt retains water and if you do not offset that by a balanced meal also containing potassium, magnesium, calcium, and lots of water, you will in fact increase pressure in your veins–and in your head the small veins may pop as a result. Salt itself does not cause high blood pressure–I wish it did for me. I am genetically predisposed to have hypertension and when I told my MD that I am increasing my salt intake, he nearly fainted. But after 4 years of about 50% increase in my salt intake every day, I still have my BP exactly where it was 4 years ago. My triglycerides are way better than they ever were. Low salt diets cause high triglycerides, so if your triglycerides are high, that is asking for heart trouble and the only way to lower that is by increasing salt.

      I do not know if you eat any sugar (or sugar substitutes are even worse since they cause diabetes II), but if you do, you should stop eating sugar or sweets completely and then see what happens if you eat a salty food and drink water. I bet that you will not get a headache! 🙂

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  3. Roald Michel says:

    Mormones matter? No doubt about that! 😀

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