Posted on November 24, 2013
Syed at a recent trip to the MLK Memorial in DC. What a great quote!
Should We Stress the Salt??
Many people have heard that adding salt to your food can kill you, and STRICT Paleo-dieters might cut it out entirely. Some doctors might go as far as saying salt can cause water gain and high blood pressure, which can lead to heart failure, heart attack and stroke. But there is far more to consider when making a decision to cut out this mineral all together! Hear me out for a second, though, as there is a lot to consider, and this article does a great job of breaking down the myth.
There is actually a physiological role that salt plays in the human body and a basic dietary requirement for all humans. There are also some serious potential negative health consequences of restricting salt unnecessarily, especially for those of us who do CrossFit and sweat A LOT. Not all salts are created equal, however, so when you are choosing you salts, pick wisely! Sea salt and other commercially available natural salts have been shown to contain a higher trace mineral content than refined table salt. Regular table salt is heavily processed, generally devoid of trace minerals, and commonly contains undesirable additives such as anti-caking agents like sodium silicoaluminate or sodium ferrocyanide.
We want our salts just like our other foods – as clean as possible! The article finishes on a strong note, as Dr. Kresser explains, “Hundreds of studies have been conducted on salt intake, and a consistent pattern has never been established for sodium’s role in a variety of negative health outcomes. At a minimum, it seems absurd that so much time, energy, and money is spent on trying to reduce the amount of salt that Americans eat, considering how weak the evidence is on this issue… Ultimately, my perspective is that adding unrefined salt to a whole foods Paleo diet is perfectly healthy. By limiting grains and processed foods, the amount of sodium in your diet will already be drastically reduced as compared to the standard American diet. A bit of salt can make certain healthy foods, particularly bitter vegetables, far more palatable.
Considering the evidence I’ve presented in this series, I believe that salt restriction for the general population is not only unnecessary, but potentially dangerous.”As with all suggestions we NorCal coaches make, the best way to decide what works is to try it! Take salt out… how do you feel? How is your performance? Add it back… it’s all about trial and error and finding out what works best for you.
- Coach Laura
Workout for Monday:
Front Squat 3-3-3
OH Squat 1-1-1
Tabata your coaches choice!