More Salt, Please

“The salt of the earth.” “Worth one’s salt.” “Salt away” savings. These age-old expressions illustrate the value humans have placed on salt for eons. More recently, however, salt has gone from something treasured to something feared. Health authorities have been encouraging us for more than two decades to cut back on this once-prized substance, especially for lowering blood pressure and decreasing heart disease risk.

There is some controversy for the general population, but when Keto, extra salt is very important. When you follow a low-carb or Keto diet, your sodium needs increase — especially initially — as a result of changes in the way your kidneys handle sodium. With decreased carb intake, insulin levels fall significantly. It’s been known for decades that when insulin levels drop, the kidneys excrete more sodium and water, although the exact mechanism isn’t clear. If sodium isn’t replaced, you’re likely to develop the unpleasant symptoms of “Keto flu,” which include headache, fatigue, and weakness.

Additionally, a Keto or low-carb diet composed of mainly whole foods doesn’t have a lot of sodium to begin with, especially compared to processed foods. So add some salt. your diets completely. (We avoid gluten no matter where we are.)

Have you had your eye on some silly, overpriced, artisanal salt from Williams Sonoma or Goop? This might be the moment to indulge. Salt is something you will be using a lot these days, so having some that excites you is a wonderful and special way of including it.

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