New Salt Report is Dose of Common Sense, Says Renowned Holistic Doc

Wednesday, 15 May 2013 04:17 PM

By Charlotte Libov

  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
A new report that questions the value of an ultra-low sodium diet is not a license to dump mountains of salt on your food, according to a top holistic physician. But David Brownstein, M.D., says that the headline-making findings from the prestigious Institute of Medicine sprinkle some common sense on the salt debate.
“I’ve been talking about the government’s nonsensical salt recommendations for more than 10 years,” Dr. Brownstein told Newsmax Health. “This report validates my contention that salt restriction is not only useless, but dangerous.”
The findings confirm the long-held contention that too much salt can lead to heart disease and stroke, but they also acknowledge that there is not enough evidence to determine exactly how much salt is too much, or too little, and indeed what amount of sodium is optimal.
The report conflicts with current government recommendations that call for about half of Americans to restrict their daily sodium intake to 1,500 mg (about two-thirds of a teaspoon of salt). This recommendation applies to those over age 51, African Americans, diabetics, and people with kidney disease or high blood pressure.

Dr. Brownstein, author of the book Salt Your Way to Health, contends that salt has been unfairly blamed as a major cause for America’s health woes. Processed food and other factors are the real culprits, he says.

“Salt is a vital dietary nutrient. It is not too much salt but too little salt that leads to high blood pressure, increased cholesterol levels, and unhealthy blood glucose levels,” Dr. Brownstein said.
However, he does not advocate the use of large amounts of refined table salt, which is the usual type found in salt shakers. “Most salt that is sold is refined salt, which has the minerals stripped from it,” he says. He recommends unrefined brands including Celtic Sea Salt or Redmond’s Real Salt. These brands contain vital amounts of magnesium, potassium, and other minerals.
“I’ve tested thousands of patients who are salt deficient. People need to eat the right kind of salt and in adequate amounts,” said Dr. Brownstein, author of the newsletter Natural Way to Health. He recommends 1-3 teaspoons of unrefined salt daily and a diet based on unprocessed foods.

SPECIAL: Your Sugar Level May Be Killing You. Control Naturally.

© 2014 NewsmaxHealth. All rights reserved.

  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
Retype Email:
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
You May Also Like

Teen Pot Use Linked to Disability Later in Life

Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 16:14 PM

A long-term study of Swedish men finds that those who smoked marijuana at age 18,especially the heaviest users, were mor . . .

Older People Sleep Less - Now We Know Why

Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 17:33 PM

A group of brain cells collectively act as a 'sleep switch' that may account for why so many older people have difficult . . .

Mislabeled Fish Could Give You Mercury Poisoning: Study

Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 17:27 PM

A new study of mislabeled fish sold at retailers in 10 states finds that it can expose consumers to high levels of the h . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved