A Grain of Salt
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Salt is one of humanity’s most precious commodities—in times past a person’s value was measured by this essential mineral, therefore, you might be “worth your salt” if you were considered a good person. It’s important to include salt in your diet, but with some modifications for the modern lifestyle. Sodium and chloride—the components of table salt—help maintain a balance of positive and negative ions in the body’s fluids and tissues. Sodium is also a vital component of nerve and muscle contractions.
We all know that too much sodium can contribute to high blood pressure, so it is suggested you only consume 6 grams of salt or less a day, if you are trying to keep your blood pressure under control (follow your doctor’s orders). Sea salt is a great alternative to regular table salt, offering a rich supply of ocean minerals and natural occurring iodine. Black salt (available at Indian stores) is another healthful, lower-sodium alternative. Include plenty of vegetables (like celery) in your diet to get most of your daily requirement of sodium without adding salt and whip up some some tasty, heart-healthy recipes.
Black Salt Lassi: Enjoy this traditional Ayurvedic beverage (refreshing on a hot day): Blend up 1 cup plain yogurt, 1/2 tsp. black salt (more or less to taste) and four ice cubes (or cold water).
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