Boosting Energy Levels With Salt
Moderation – the key to a happy and balanced life. Indulging in anything, especially food, in the right proportion always bodes well for us humans. More particularly, adequate inclusion of salt in our diets is something that experts the world over, have stressed upon.
Salt to pep up energy levels
Salt is the principal dietary source of sodium and the words ‘salt’ and ‘sodium’ are used interchangeably time and again. Iodine is also regularly added to table salt. Also, some varieties of salt contain minute quantities of calcium, iron, potassium, and zinc. The important minerals present in salt are vital electrolytes in the body. They help with sustaining a normal fluid balance, facilitate normal nerve transmission and maintain muscle function. A dip in the electrolytes can cause fatigue and exhaustion.
Do you find yourself frequently flopping over your desk or on to your sofa? Around mid-afternoon your energy levels seem to crash, you feel tired and a strong desire for sugar or coffee becomes overpowering. If you feel you are in an exhaustion rut, try a mere pinch of salt. This is how it works.
The adrenal glands, located on top of the kidneys, release a host of hormones; an important one being aldosterone. Aldosterone reabsorbs sodium through the kidneys as urine is formed. Re-absorption of sodium is responsible for your blood pressure as well as hydration levels. Low levels of sodium can trigger exhaustion and tiredness.
To boost energy levels, take a pinch salt and dissolve it in a little bit of water. Follow this up with 200ml of water. Try this when you experience an energy slump! Use Tata Rock Salt for better taste. Sourced from the Himalayas, it is a fabulous blend of health and great taste. The pink crystals contain essential minerals like calcium, magnesium and potassium.
How much salt is too much?
Very crucial to bear in mind is the fact that certain health conditions make it essential for you to cut back on salt. If your healthcare provider has prescribed you a low sodium diet, then most definitely you need to do so.
Salt and hypertension are intricately related. High consumption of sodium is one of the chief causes of high blood pressure. Consequently, restricting your sodium intake helps manage hypertension effectively.
The majority of us tend to consume a lot more salt than prescribed by the experts. Furthermore, a lot of the salt that we eat every day is ‘camouflaged’ in refined and processed foods like cookies, bread, chips, nuts, smoked meat and breakfast cereals. The ‘veiled’ salt supplies approximately 75% of the salt that we consume, while 25% comes from the salt we add while cooking. Cutting back on processed and packaged foods is prudent if you are attempting to lower your sodium intake.
Thus, moderation is the key! What’s more, you can also adopt low sodium salt options, such as Tata Salt Lite. It has been especially designed to provide 15 % lesser sodium than ordinary salt.
Battling exhaustion and low levels of energy needs a multi-factorial approach. Alongside, ensure that you get adequate rest and sleep, eat well, exercise regularly, manage stress well, and rollback on caffeine and alcohol. If your exhaustion persists, do see a medical professional.
This article is authored by Dr. Shweta U. Shah
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