Salt has been a part of diet since times immemorial .so let’s ponder over the ancient and current status. Ayurveda describes 5 kinds of salt . Out of which saindhav lavan is considered the best. now it cannot be exactly correlated with saindhA namak in the market . That is a lake salt .
Himalayan pink salt is similar to the best salt described in Ayurveda with respect to medicinal properties. I will post benefit of Himalayan salt soon.
Sea salt which is readily available in the markets is considered worst according to Ayurveda. That is why strict restrictions need to be maintained in the quantity intake . National institute of nutrition ascertain s daily salt limit intake of 8g/day . However it also states that 40% of population is taking 10g/day or even more. In my opnion , the intake of an average urban user is even more as chips, pickles and fast foods are laden with salt. Ketchup is also another major source . This much is too much
How to reduce salt ??
- Switch to himalayan pink salt
- Rotate salts with other like rock salt and lake salt
- Avoid packed dressings and sauces
- Avoid packed drinks and juices
- Drink more water
- Exercise regularly as sweating removes excess salt from body
- Start salt with babies only after 1st year of life