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'There are healthier alternatives to processed salt.'

'There are healthier alternatives to processed salt.'

'There are healthier alternatives to processed salt.'

Salt, good or bad? My husband thinks I use far too much. We have a constant debate about it. And I keep saying that we need a certain amount of salt for our body to function properly.

Common table salt is highly processed and refined, and often has chemicals, and caking agents added to allow for better flow. It's what's often added to processed foods. You can have control over how much you add to homemade mealts. If it's more processed then read the labels you might get a shock at how much you're eating.

Healthy alternatives include; Himalayan Pink Salt, sea salt, celery salt, and Herbamare. Himalayan pink salt has many health benefits. It contains over 80 trace minerals that the body needs. The salt is mined in the Himalayan Mountains and nothing has been added to the salt or taken away. It's over 250 million years old.

It can help to regulate the water content of the body; it promotes a healthy pH balance in the cells, and helps with their electrolyte balance.

Interestingly it helps with leg cramps which are often associated with excess salt intake. And it can support respiratory health, and vascular health, quite the opposite to the effect of common table salt.

Herbamare salt contains a combination of sea salt and a mixture of herbs and spices, these ingredients add flavour to your food but contain less salt than you normally use.

However, craving for salt or adding salt to your food before tasting it can be a sign of adrenal fatigue. Excess salt in your diet can contribute to fluid retention and that can raise your blood pressure. In turn that can put pressure on your heart and other organs like your kidneys and your brain. It can also cause swollen ankles and fingers.

Too much salt can cause dehydration. And I'm sure we've all done it. We've had a packet of salted nuts or a takeaway and suddenly, you feel so thirsty. And it's because salt will dehydrate you. Dehydration can also trigger a whole range of menopause symptoms, such as hot flushes, and night sweats, anxiety, palpitations, headaches, and joint pain.

Did you have a salt debate today?  

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