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Everyone knows that salt is bad for you, right? That’s what we’ve been told for many years. We’ve heard it promotes heart disease and that sea salt is the best salt for you. Is this really true?

There is salt that’s good for you. It has lots of minerals, 70-80 in fact, unlike regular table salt or even some sea salt that has only a few.

Salt Shakers graphicThe research is flawed! Here are some things that most people don’t know:

  • Too little salt may actually cause heart disease – In one European study, subjects were followed for 8 years. They discovered that a low salt diet was causing more heart disease in these subjects.
  • It’s not associated with high blood pressure – It’s when you don’t have enough minerals that you can get high blood pressure.
  • We need salt! Sodium keeps fluid in the body balanced. Without it, our heart cannot function properly. Chloride keeps our acid-base balance.

You don’t want to use refined salt. You’ll also want to use salt in moderation and use the right type of salt. Most are bad for you, like table salt, some sea salt, and even some kosher salt.

Anti-caking agents can be put in salt to increase the shelf life. Sea salt may also be refined, so it is a marketing gimmick.

You need salt that is good for you. Some examples are:

  • Himalayan Salt
  • Celtic Salt

You want a salt that has lots of minerals to keep your body in balance. Avoid processed food, fast food, and most restaurant food overall to avoid the “bad” salt.

If you’re having problems with your thyroid, you may want to check into your adrenals Battery levels(the “battery pack” of your body). These little glands are on top of your kidneys and play a huge part in your health & well being.

Your adrenals are responsible for your Energy, Hormone Balance, Immune Health, and Blood Sugar Balance. That’s a lot! We always remember to recharge our batteries for our cell phone, camera, etc., but what about us???? We’re too busy burning ourselves out!

Our adrenal glands produce Estrogen, Progesterone, Cortisol, Adrenaline, Dopamine, and other hormones. We need to support the adrenals to help heal the thyroid and have it work properly.

Here are some symptoms of adrenal fatigue & thyroid issues:

  • Exhaustion
  • Brain Fog
  • Dizziness
  • Insomnia
  • Hair Loss
  • Low Blood Pressure
  • Decreased Sex Drive

When your thyroid is low, your adrenals probably are as well. The body is conserving energy naturally.

So what can throw the adrenals and thyroid out of balance?

  • Chronic Infections
  • Food Sensitivities
  • Sleep Deprivation
  • Over-Exercising
  • Too many stimulants
  • High Sugar Intake
  • High Stress
  • Nutritional Deficiencies

When you don’t get the nutrition you need, the body naturally slows down. You can be deficient in Vitamin D3, B12, and other nutrients.

If you have hidden food sensitivities, you may not be absorbing your nutrients well and that can cause issues. Taking thyroid medication doesn’t always work when you don’t find the root cause!

Saliva Testing can find hidden issues like infections (H.Pylori, Yeast, Parasites, etc.), foods that cause inflammation and digestion problems, and your Cortisol Levels, Hormones, and more. Testing can get you on the right track for getting balanced and having more Energy, Weight Balance, and Disease Prevention.

Karen Russell is a certified nutrition health coach and owner of Recipe 4 Wellness in Sedona, Arizona.

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