A surprising recent salt study is the opposite of what most people think.
Following 2,600 men and women for over 16 years, those who consume more salt had lower blood pressure.
An NIH-funded research project just wrapped up and it found that most people fall into three categories
- Sodium doesn’t affect blood pressure in 72% of people. These people are called “salt resistant.”
- A high sodium diet raised blood pressure for 17% of people.
- 11% of people are “inverse salt-sensitive” meaning a low sodium diet will actually raise their blood pressure!
There are no surprises here. Salt has been criminalized by the medical world for a very long time and yet it’s essential to our existence on a cellular level. “Vasovagal syncope” is a condition when your blood pressure drops suddenly. Anyone who gets light-headed or has “visual snow” upon rising from a seated position, should consume MORE salt (and water). By doing so, fatigue is remedied fairly easily.
Understanding Salty (which talks about why you get a super salty taste in your mouth at times)- is a great post about why your taste buds could be put off by salt on any given day. This changes daily, especially when dehydrated or on medications.
For anyone with high blood pressure who is concerned about our tooth powder products, we know that table salt and natural unrefined salt is sometimes and often chemically different; natural offers more micronutrients (which is often needed for most of us, even with “healthy” diets. Our products only use unrefined, naturally occurring salt (intact with all of its other balanced chemistry).
A good health approach would be to watch the sodium levels of packaged foods that use salt for flavoring (usually refined table salt) and don’t ditch the tooth powder, as there are just too many health benefits from using it. Spitting the product out and not consuming it would also be recommended for anyone concerned about their blood pressure and being a part of the 17% group above.