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Salt Causes Joint Stiffness, Breast Tenderness, Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)

Salt & Joint Stiffness

Some people find that after they stop using salt and salted foods, joint stiffness disappears. The joint stiffness is most noticeable when waking up in the morning, is relieved by movement, and is usually attributed to aging. After being off salt for a while, the joint stiffness is gone - even though they're still aging.

I haven't found any research on salt and joint stiffness. I noticed I had less joint stiffness without salt. I told some other people about it; those who have stopped using salt, say they also have less joint stiffness.

Salt & Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)

Menzies Research Institute says normal menstrual cycles usually replace severe premenstrual syndrome (PMS) within a month of eating a low salt diet. See: Salt Safety Issues

Salt & Breast Tenderness

Reducing salt intake can help relieve breast tenderness.

Salt & Osteoporosis

Salt eating makes you lose calcium and potassium. The calcium loss increases your risk of osteoporosis. Potassium helps you retain calcium, added sodium makes you lose calcium. Osteoporosis can lead to broken bones, which are painful.

How Much Salt Do You Need?

Some people ask: But don't I need salt? You don't need added salt. There's already salt in foods, before any is added. If you pick an apple from a tree, or pull a carrot from the ground, there's a small amount of salt in it. Sodium is a mineral that is in the soil, just as calcium, magnesium, and other minerals. Plants get minerals from the soil. You probably don't sprinkle calcium or magnesium on your food. You don't need to sprinkle salt on your food either.

During centuries of evolution, our bodies adapted to eating foods that have a small amount of salt, and a large amount of potassium. That's the ratio naturally found in most foods. Adding more salt causes health problems.

Salt Craving & Neuroadaptation

Some people ask: But I crave salt, doesn't that mean I need more salt?' No. You crave salt because you eat salt. If you stop eating salty foods for a while, you will stop craving salt. People who eat salty diets, crave salt; if they eat a diet low in salt, at first they crave salt; after a while they don't crave salt.

This is called neuroadaptation. Your nervous system adapts to whatever you habitually eat, drink, do, look at, listen to, etc. Neuroadaptation is the same process underlying habit formation, learning, and addiction. When drug addicts crave drugs, that doesn't mean they have a physiological need for drugs, it means their nervous system has adapted to drugs.

Read More About Salt & Health

Some of the sites linked below feature low salt recipes. Honestly though, you don't need any special recipes. Just stop adding salt and salty seasonings to foods.

Salt Art

A good use for salt. Looking at art made from salt is safer than eating salt.

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