Your body needs between 1500 to 2300 mg of salt per day, depending on which organization you trust. This is about two-thirds of a tea spoon or one tea spoon of salt per day which is not a whole lot. Your body needs salt and cannot function without it. Given that your body needs very small quantities managing your salt intake is a balancing act between a very small dosage in any case. You are often told to reduce your salt intake especially if you have hyper-tension or high blood pressure. This is because salt has a tendency to bind water which is said to cause a spike in your blood pressure.

The best salts to consume are unrefined, preferably sea salt or mountain salt. A lot of the salt we ingest unfortunately comes from processed foods which have a very high dosage of salts to make the food taste good. Foods like Maggie or canned soups often have 50% of your daily dosage or 1200 mg of salt in a single packet. Therefore you should read the nutrition information before eating it.

When you cut back on proceeded foods and moderate your carbohydrates, your body is better able to process salt. This is what causes you to lose your “water weight” quickly.


Ritesh is a born again health enthusiast and holds a Certificate in Physiology from Harvard Medical School and a Certificate in Nutrition from Tufts University.

2 thoughts on “Salt

    • May 13, 2016 at 11:55 am

      Your body needs salt and cannot function without it. Therefore avoiding salt is not healthy. Most often your intake of salt is excessive when you consume processed foods like a bag of chips which you should avoid or eat seldom. Salt in regular home made food is not likely to exceed your daily requirement.

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