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What do you think of Chris Kresser's latest post on salt?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 21, 2012 at 2:08 AM

Personally my husband and I have had on the lower end of blood pressure (as low as 100/50) so we never watched salt intake. We love Himalayan salt.

See the nice little U-shaped curve for sodium excretion in urine vs. hazard ratio.

"A 2011 study in the Journal of the American Medical Association demonstrates a low-salt zone where stroke, heart attack and death are more likely. (3) Compared with moderate sodium excretion, there was an association between low sodium excretion and cardiovascular (CVD) death and hospitalization for coronary heart failure. These findings demonstrate the lowest risk of death for sodium excretion between 4 and 5.99 grams per day. (Figure 1.)

Low salt diets contribute to an increase in hormones and lipids in the blood. A 2012 study in the American Journal of Hypertension found that people on low-salt diets developed higher plasma levels of renin, cholesterol, and triglycerides. "

Gary Taubes has written a bit on the same grounds.

http://chriskresser.com/shaking-up-the-salt-myth-the-dangers-of-salt-restriction?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+thehealthyskeptic+%28Chris+Kresser%29&utm_content=Google+Feedfetcher

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on April 21, 2012
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I don't dig Ray Peat's stuff but it has to be said that he called this one. Fair is fair.

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on April 21, 2012
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Depends on how much one sweats. Wouldn't most salt excretion be via perspiration ? Working hard, either out in the fields or in the factories might condition the metabolism need greater or more regular replenishment of salt .. perhaps ? On the other hand, so many in our civilization are sedentary they might not doing enough healthy sweating on a day-to-day basis. More fluid retention means more salt retention ? Or is it the converse ?

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on April 21, 2012
at 02:36 AM

This is interesting to me. My BP runs around 98/60, and I love salt and eat lots of it.

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on April 21, 2012
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I would hope that my body would let me know if I was low on salt via cravings for salty foods but I guess I can't really be sure, can i?

It's interesting for sure though.

Also, 4-5.99 grams of salt? Seems like a lot...

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on April 21, 2012
at 02:55 AM

Depends on how much one sweats. Wouldn't most salt excretion be via perspiration ? Working hard, either out in the fields or in the factories might condition the metabolism need greater or more regular replenishment of salt .. perhaps ? On the other hand, so many in our civilization are sedentary they might not doing enough healthy sweating on a day-to-day basis. More fluid retention means more salt retention ? Or is it the converse ?

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