Lowering your intake of a crucial mineral could lead to heart disease

How often are we told to watch our salt intake? It seems like one of the most common piece of

How often are we told to watch our salt intake? It seems like one of the most common piece of health advice, but it seems if you take this too literally, you could be putting yourself at risk.

We all know high salt intake has been linked to greater risk for heart disease nut according to new research, low salt intake may be just as harmful.

Published in The Lancet, the study found that not getting enough salt, or sodium, may raise the risk of heart attack, stroke, and death, compared with an average salt intake.

According to lead author Andrew Mente, of the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine at McMaster University in Canada, and colleagues their results indicate only people with high blood pressure (hypertension) who have a high salt intake should reduce how much salt they consume.

The team analysed data of more than 130,000 individuals across 49 countries and looked at the sodium intake of participants and its correlation to the risk of heart disease and stroke among those with and without high blood pressure.

The results spoke volumes: when compared with people who had an average salt intake, the rates of heart attack, stroke, and death were higher among those who had a low sodium intake, even if the person didn’t have high blood pressure.

Interestingly, low salt intake in the study was defined as an intake of less than 3,000 milligrams a day, which is above current recommendations.

Lead author Mente says “While our data highlights the importance of reducing high salt intake in people with hypertension, it does not support reducing salt intake to low levels.

“Our findings are important because they show that lowering sodium is best targeted at those with hypertension who also consume high sodium diets.

“This study adds to our understanding of the relationship between salt intake and health, and questions the appropriateness of current guidelines that recommend low sodium intake in the entire population,” said study co-author Martin O’Donnell.

“An approach that recommends salt in moderation, particularly focused on those with hypertension, appears more in-line with current evidence”.

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  1. Low salt = disaster. There is something called the water cure in my area and has become extremely popular. The protocol generally calls for a pinch of unprocessed celtic sea salt and chase with a glass of non city water. (bottled or well water) Supposedly people need 1 – 3 tsp a day of unprocessed salt. Not morten salt. If you drink close to 1/2 of your weight in ounces with this amount of salt daily, there are reports of lowered blood pressure, arthritis which improves greatly, depression lifting, clearer thinking and a 100 more “cures”. We are not sick, we are dehydrated! Give it a try!

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  2. Reducing salt is a bad idea, I agree! There are so many benefits to having a proper salt intake, especialy when losing weight. One thing you should also think about is the source of sodium, for example iodized salt vs himalayan salt. Also, if you are talking about people who train, they will need more salt than a stationary person, obviously. We should think about what we eat more often and remove previously held sacred cows – such as fats are bad and carbs are good (when speaking about losing weight).

    For a quick glance at a nutrition guide for HIT training, yo can check out, http://freeleticstraining.com – should help anyone interested learn quickly about proper nutrition while doing intensity training.

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