Saturday, March 26, 2011

Too Much Salt? I Thought The Body Is Mainly Made of Salt Water?

You are correct. Here’s the deal – salt’s chemical name is NaCl – that’s sodium chloride. It’s about 40% sodium and 60% chloride. It’s that 40% that sort of gives salt the bad rap. The high sodium is what gives doctors their reason for concern. That high sodium that can be a contributor to things like heart disease stroke, and diabetes.

Here’s the good news – if you eat more natural fresh foods you’re mostly in the clear. What has been discovered however is that ¾ of the American diet may be from processed foods; these are often high in sodium. Canned goods, packaged items, junk food… Next time you pop open that bag of potato chips, think about what we just talked about.

This is why I wrote this blog. So many of us are so confused when we here on television or from someone else (who may have learned from a television commercial!), or from our doctors to cut our salt. It’s easy to understand, and intentions are good, but we are missing the complete picture. Really we need to cut the sodium. We need to cut the processed stuff.

On a side note: I like to drink a lot of water. One of the things I’ve learned is to actually add a pinch or two of salt because your body actually needs a certain amount of salt for proper nervous system function, for muscle contraction, and more. As you can imagine, the two previously listed items are pretty important.

For our disc pain patients especially, we often recommend increasing water intake. This will help hydrate the lumbar discs, and in combination with lumbar decompression and low back chiropractic treatment, helps us hault the back pain faster.

The Glastonbury Chiropractor is located in central Connecticut- CT Spine and Disc Center specializes in patients who suffer from sciatica, disc degeneration, bulging disc or herniated disc in the lumbar spine. Call our chiropractic office at 860-633-8756 to schedule an appointment and to see if you are a candidate for non surgical spinal decompression

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