Contrary to what your doctor may tell you, low salt intake is linked to high blood pressure, obesity and diabetes. And reducing your salt intake could even raise your risk for heart disease and insulin resistance. So, rather than focusing on cutting back on salt, follow this three-step strategy.
Why Your Sodium to Potassium Ratio Is Important
If you eat a lot of processed foods, which contain processed table salt, your sodium to potassium ratio is likely out of balance
It's generally recommended that you consume five times more potassium than sodium, but most Americans get the opposite ratio, eating two times more sodium than potassium
Consuming more potassium is just as important for limiting chronic disease risk factors as limiting sodium
A New England Journal of Medicine study found those with the lowest risk for heart problems or death from any cause were consuming three to six grams of sodium a day — far more than U.S. daily recommended limits
Unprocessed, natural salt, such as sea salt and Himalayan salt, is higher in potassium than table salt