So I am ready this book from Dr. James DiNicolantonio. He is a Doctor of Pharmacy and renowed medical researcher in cardiovascular diseases. He has researched and published about salt and cardiovascular disease and high blood pressure for more then a decade.
Now I have not read all the parts about how salt improves high blodd pressure and blood circulation and cardiovascular conditions. I have read enough to get the point. Salt is a vital necessary component of a balanced diet and too little compromises lots of our systems. A good level of salt keeps blood circulating and insures the heart gets plenty of oxygen.
Before reading the whole book I went straight to the parts that interest me the most. He says too little salt lowers the metabolism, makes us extrete water and important nutrients. Low salt puts us at risk of being deficient in iodine and get in an hypothyroid state.
In short, the author and many other doctors he knows have helped patients reverse metabolic conditions in many patiens. The author has tons of reasearch as references and he also cites a lot of countries with high salt consumption in Asia, in Europe and they have very low high blood pressure and cardiac diseases.He advocates a consumption of 3000 to 4000 mg of salt per day.
So since Georgie has a longer resume in nutrition then Dr DiNicolanto, I ask you G: is it reliable information? Should I up my salt intake? Am I dreaming when I think that I feel less cold and that I am less thristy and get a break from going to the toilet all night long when I eat more salt? Should I put regular soy sauce in my stir fry? Eat feta cheese and olives and miso? Things I used to avoid like the plague?
How many mg of salt should a women like me eat to be healthy?
Anyone can answer of course! I realize I don't really know about salt except from that book, so anyone in the known please let me know.
I havent read the book and appreciate your acknowledgement that pharmacist does not equal nutrition expert !!!
He is recommending an amt of salt that is very average. So with a flashy title... Eat about as much salt as the average person. :)
Post last edited Jul 23rd
Georgie Fear RD
Registered Dietitian & Pro Nutrition Coach
I downloaded a kindle sample of the book. I'm interested because I've experienced the unpleasant side-effects of avoiding sodium and the benefits of eating enough. I'd like to understand how it all works. Though, I will never actually count milligrams of sodium for any reason. LOL I'll go with Georgie's advice to eat the amount I enjoy. Works for everything else. :-)
Skwigg, he goes on and on and on about high blood pressure and cardiac diseases, he does not cover the symtoms you and I have experienced in details but he does....so the medical portion is bit dry for me....I know you like medical books but you are warned ;-)