Salt and Blood Pressure
I’m sure you’ve heard that salt is bad for you and you should reduce your salt intake, because salt can lead to high blood pressure, which puts you at risk of all sorts of horrible diseases.
However, many ME/CFS sufferers have low blood pressure, and hence eating salt can help us to maintain a more normal blood pressure.
What type of Salt?
Celtic Sea Salt or Himalayan Pink Salt are the two best salts to use. This is because unlike regular table salt they contain plenty of essential minerals. I have been using Celtic Sea Salt. I bought a bag over a year ago for around £12, and still have nearly half of it left. So although it seemed quite expensive at the time because of the quantities you need it is not.
Himalayan Pink Salt
Dr Mercola claims that Himalayan Pink Salt contains all of the 84 elements found in your body, and the benefits of natural Himalayan Crystal Salt include:
- Regulating the water content throughout your body.
- Promoting a healthy pH balance in your cells, particularly your brain cells.
- Promoting blood sugar health and helping to reduce the signs of aging.
- Assisting in the generation of hydroelectric energy in cells in your body.
- Absorption of food particles through your intestinal tract.
- Supporting respiratory health.
- Promoting sinus health.
- Prevention of muscle cramps.
- Promoting bone strength.
- Regulating your sleep — it naturally promotes sleep.
- Supporting your libido.
- Promoting vascular health.
- In conjunction with water it is actually essential for the regulation of your blood pressure.
Celtic Sea Salt
According to http://healthfree.com/celtic_sea_salt.html Celtic Sea Salt contains 82 trace minerals and has a list of benefits similar to the Himalayan Salt. However, Dr Mercola points out that our oceans are now polluted, so as well as all these great minerals you may be ingesting pollutants.
In the first few months of my CFS/ME dizziness was a huge problem for me. I think this is because of low blood pressure and my heart simply not having enough energy to pump the blood up to my head when I was standing or sitting (orthostatic intolerance). If you want to find out more about orthostatic intolerance I found the article at Learning to Live with CFS really helpful.
I started using Celtic Sea Salt and at the same time used the Stop Process whenever I started thinking about my dizziness. Within a few weeks my dizziness was dramatically improved, and stayed that way until this summer.
After my dizziness went I carried on using Celtic Sea Salt, until my summer holiday this year. When I returned from holiday I forgot to use the salt and my dizziness started to return. This was really worrying. I had improved lots and did not want to revert back to the person who had to lie down all the time to avoid the dizziness. I made a big effort to add salt to as much of my food as I could and within 2 weeks my dizziness disappeared again.