BENEFITS OF ADDING SALT TO TASTE
DURING A NORMAL PREGNANCY
Why you must add salt to taste during pregnancy!
Did you grow up hearing that adding salt to food, especially during pregnancy was unhealthy? That it can cause serious health problems? Salt has been given a bad rap by the medical community as misinformation has been continuously handed down.
Restricting your salt intake, especially during pregnancy is a myth. In fact, by withholding salt or using very little can cause more harm than good.
Salt is a vital substance for all living creatures and humans. Salt acts as a medication on the body and has been used by healers throughout all ages. Water, salt and potassium regulate the water content in the body.
Break out your salt shaker and add unrefined sea salt that contains minerals! Yes, you heard me correctly, break out the shaker and add salt to taste! Don’t skip it in recipes! Use it now and reap the many benefits! There are many medicinal uses of salt that are therapeutic.
WHY YOU SHOULD ADD SALT TO YOUR DAILY DIET DURING PREGNANCY AND BEYOND:
- Salt along with nutrients and fluids provide normal increases in blood volume, which is needed to create and maintain a healthy, strong placenta.
- Salt increases amniotic fluid, which is salt water.
- Salt is a strong natural antihistamine. (Constant stuffy nose since becoming pregnant?) It’s effective as an inhaler without the toxicity.
- Helps clear out excess acidity
- Anti-stress element for the body
- Helps cells and kidneys remove excess acidity and pass it along through urine
- Helps prevent Alzheimer’s.
- Treats emotional and affective disorders. Helps relieve suffering from depression. Raises serotonin levels.
- Helps maintain muscle tone and strength. Including the pubbocyogeous muscle and bladder helping with control of urine
- Regulates blood pressure
- Helps balance sugar in the blood. Effective treatment for diabetes with reducing the secondary damage effects.
- Needed for energy
RISKS OF A LOW SALT DIET:
- Inadequate water and salt produces dehydration. Women must remain hydrated during labor for the safest outcomes.
- Inadequate water and salt increases high blood pressure.
- Inadequate water and salt increases edema. Drink more water, use more salt, have less swelling.
- Osteoporosis is the result of a water and salt storage in the body. It is not from a calcium deficit. Salt will be taken out of the bones to maintain normal levels in the blood.
- Premature rupture of membranes (PROM). Salt contributes to a strong healthy amniotic sac which is lined with two layers of separate membranes.
HOW MUCH SALT/DAY SHOULD YOU USE?
- ½ teaspoon unrefined sea salt/10 glasses of pure water
- You must increase your daily water intake
WHAT KIND OF SALT SHOULD YOU BUY?
- Unrefined Sea Salt (URSS) such as Redmond Real Salt™ It’s organic & contains naturally occurring minerals that you can see. Look for dark colored flecks making the salt speckled. They make it while enhancing the flavor without making it taste salty. Please note, Redmond Real Salt™ does not contain iodine which is a necessary supplement during pregnancy.
- When purchasing salt, careful selection must be given as product labels must be read to aviod the brands that have added chemicals such as aluminum even though it can be a naturally occurring chemical. Salt should be consumed in its unrefined natural state, therefore nothing should be added.
TIPS FOR INCREASING DAILY SALT INTAKE
- In the morning, measure ½ teaspoon of URSS in a ramekin dish and sprinkle on your food throughout the day
- Carry URSS in your purse to use at restaurants
- Add a sprinkle to a glass of water
- Consciously be aware of adding salt to taste
Alda G. Mills, AAHCC, CD
Childbirth Educator & Doula
Synergy Baby Doula♥
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Reference: “Your Body’s Many Cries For Water” -F.Batmanghelidj, M.D.