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Sunday, September 22, 2013

I've discovered salt. Not just any salt, but sea salt. I've discovered that if I drink two or three glasses of salt water, I feel really good. One thing I didn't mention. I have a chronically low salt level in my blood. Every time I get my electrolytes done, my sodium, and often my chloride levels are in the low range. Even though I have been drinking this salt water, my blood pressures have been in the 120's over low 70's. I actually think it's probably good for me to do this, as long as the blood pressure stays down.

Tonight, I had two glasses of lemonade. I make them with ice, water, bottled lemon juice, and Splenda. Then, I added a bunch of salt to my lemonade. Not only does it taste good, but it benefits my mood and energy level. Enjoying the salt, Glenn

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ADZY86 10/6/2013 9:15AM

    Mmmmm I love salt! I do low carb so I always feel like I get away with adding some extra salt here and there (and everywhere! Lol)

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EXOTEC 10/5/2013 9:22PM

    I use the Himalayan pink, too. I've used Celtic salts... and I've heard good things about the mined salt from Utah. I've also heard some pretty bad things about the toxins in Dead Sea salt, due to the way it's processed (our modern seas are toxic). I think most mined salts are good choices.

I'm low-carb, and presumably that causes some salt "dumping," which means we need more salt than is recommended for the typical diet. One site I feel is pretty reliable actually suggests levels of 3000-7000 mg is optimal, and cites intake levels for some societies in the 4000+ range. I don't know what's optimal... all I know is I crave salt, I don't resist the craving, and my blood pressure and lab values are great. So much for current dietary recommendations!

Your salty lemonade sounds delish. I like salt on sweet fruit sometimes (melon, apples...). I may have to try your lemonade!

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JUDITH316 10/3/2013 1:15PM

    That's great, happy you have found something that works for you, my daughter gave me a new spice set and it contained sea salt, I can't use salt that much as I am on a low sodium diet, I can have some which I do eat but it is usually food that has natural salt in it but the odd time I add sea salt to my cooking for some added seasoning...

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JUST-ELIZ 9/23/2013 5:46PM

    Wow! That's an interesting drink!! emoticon
Thanx for sharing! I'll have to try it without the Splenda, I do love sea salt!

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POPSY190 9/23/2013 3:26AM

    I'm another who likes and needs a bit of salt! My bp is often 90/60 and if I don't get some salt I feel a bit woozy. Makes some water challenges a problem though because a lot of water robs me of salt!

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ADARKARA 9/22/2013 8:13PM

    sodium levels don't affect everyone's blood pressure, so as long as you keep an eye on it, it seems like a great idea for you! (I had high blood pressure a little more than a year ago and my doc put me on a low salt diet, had no effect on my blood pressure, but losing 30 lbs did! emoticon

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DEBIGENE 9/22/2013 7:58PM

    WOW, interesting !! Hope that works for you !!!

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STONECOT 9/22/2013 5:08PM

    Everyone needs some salt, I'm glad you found something that works for you.

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JACKSGRAN 9/22/2013 3:22PM

    Sea salt is so much more flavoursome. In moderation it's lovely - and it has iodine!


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YHINESS 9/22/2013 3:11PM

    I'm going to pick up some sea salt! I usually look at it as a special treat when I eat out but now that I eat in all the time I need to treat myself. emoticon for the great idea!

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MJLUVSANIMALS 9/22/2013 9:50AM

    I use Himalayan pink sea salt. I am hypertensive, so need to watch the salt intake. I love this stuff, but I still use it sparingly. We do need some salt in our systems. I would just be careful of how much is used. One may be normal to low pressure but it only takes one time or incident to cause HBP. I had a kidney stone, and never had but normal pressure readings. After that I then went to hypertension stage. Funny how it can change. But I was told about the Himalayan sea salt. And it's been my go to choice for a long time now.

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MOBYCARP 9/22/2013 6:35AM

    Yeah, there's so much hype about avoiding sodium that people sometimes forget that it's possible to go too far in the other direction. I count myself fortunate that I don't need to avoid salt because I'm not particularly sensitive to sodium and have good blood pressure. Now you remind me that I'm fortunate not to have the sodium go in the other direction, either.

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CHERYLERBE1 9/22/2013 6:11AM

    Doesn't the salt make you retain fluid therefore making you weigh more? I just love sea salt it's all I use in my house. I to have very low sodium levels when checked and very low blood pressures. I was just wondering about the water retaining thing.

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FISHER011 9/22/2013 3:51AM

    emoticon emoticon

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YOYOGRAN 9/22/2013 2:44AM

    I love salt and sea salt is the best but I have to watch my intake so lucky you! I was eating a pomegranate the other day and got salt on it by accident, it was delicious. emoticon

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    I absolutely love sea salt and can just eat it plain if that wouldn't be a health hazard for me! I had heard a long time ago that eating salt and vinegar chips can raise your blood pressure quickly - not sure if that is true, but as I have suffered from low blood pressure I did enjoy the excuse on quite a few occasions!!

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LYNMEINDERS 9/22/2013 1:39AM

    Woohoo...thats great when we find something that works for us and helps us....go you

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