Dr. David Brownstein,  editor of Dr. David Brownstein’s Natural Way to Health newsletter, is a board-certified family physician and one of the nation’s foremost practitioners of holistic medicine. Dr. Brownstein has lectured internationally to physicians and others about his success with natural hormones and nutritional therapies in his practice. His books include Drugs That Don’t Work and Natural Therapies That Do!; Iodine: Why You Need It, Why You Can’t Live Without It; Salt Your Way To Health; The Miracle of Natural Hormones; Overcoming Arthritis, Overcoming Thyroid Disorders; The Guide to a Gluten-Free Diet; and The Guide to Healthy Eating. He is the medical director of the Center for Holistic Medicine in West Bloomfield, Mich., where he lives with his wife, Allison, and their teenage daughters, Hailey and Jessica.

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How Should I Take My Daily Quota of Salt?

Wednesday, 06 Jan 2010 12:22 PM


Question: In your book, you prescribed some patients to take unrefined salt. Should I dissolve the salt in water and drink it, or there are other ways?

Dr. Brownstein's Answer:

In my book I mention that, as a general rule, you can consume approximately ¼ teaspoon of unrefined salt for every quart of water you drink. You can put the salt directly into the water and drink it.

However, that is not the only way to get adequate amounts of unrefined salt in your diet. You also can put it on your food or just eat it during the day. I don’t think it really matters how you get the salt into your body.

Healthy salt (i.e., unrefined salt with its full complement of minerals) is a vital substance for the body. However, I do not feel it is good to ingest all of the salt at one time. It is best to spread it throughout the day.

One suggestion I make to my patients is to place the daily amount of salt (usually about 1 to 1.5 teaspoons a day) in a bowl or Ziploc bag so that you can see it. By the end of the day, it should be gone.






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