- the sodium in salt helps to regulate your blood pressure level
- salt helps to remove toxins and waste products in your body, enhancing workout recovery
- sodium helps to drive nutrients into your cells
- salt helps to balance your blood sugar level
- sodium helps to regulate your hydration level
- sodium helps to lessen fatigue and improve performance
- sodium lessens the onset of muscle cramps
- salt lessens the risk of heat exhaustion
- salt helps to improve the flow of water into your muscles and make your muscles look fuller due to the sodium hydrophilic effect
Your best source of salt is from non-processed foods because processed foods usually contain way too much sodium (to enhance flavor and improve shelf life). To help keep your sodium levels in balance, be sure to eat plenty of foods containing potassium such as bananas, potatoes, dark leafy greens, spinach, and tomatoes.
BOTTOM LINE: Salt is not inherently an unhealthy compound as long as it is consumed in moderation (FDA recommends less than 2300mg of sodium daily). The health benefits of salt are numerous and includes keeping your body water and blood sugar levels in balance.
Brian Danley, CFT
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