Did you know that you put yourself in greater danger having too little salt compared to having too much?
Why? – Because in a healthy human with working kidneys your body knows how to regulate to a fine degree of accuracy how much salt you have in circulation.
Why were we led to believe that salt is bad? – A series of poorly conducted studies found a correlation between high blood pressure, incidence of heart attack and strong, and salt consumption.
Does correlation prove causation? – Of course it doesn’t, but you knew that right?
There must be some risks right? – Correct. If consuming a diet consisting of highly in processed food and mainly carbohydrates then the confounding factors of chemical ingredients, plant toxins, and corresponding post carb insulin spike all contribute not only to an immediate raise in blood pressure, but also the long term calcification and narrowing of your arteries. Note, salt didn’t cause this. Salt was just present.
What happens when I’m short on salt? – The body needs salt for almost every function. Your nerve endings struggle to pass messages between themselves, your muscles struggle to contract and relax. Salt is so imperative for the body that if the body is getting low on salt it converts magnesium and potassium into salt. This is great, until you are diagnosed with an electrolyte deficiency. The solution may not be to supplement those minerals, rather to increase your salt to prevent the depletion of those minerals.
SALT TO TASTE – if you’re eating clean, home made, quality food, its almost impossible to eat too much salt. Your food will taste too salty and unpleasant as a sign that you’re overdoing it. This is an innate protection mechanism that we all have. BEWARE – you can overdo the salt balance if you’re eating junk. Processed foods are so high in sugar (by its many names), caffeine and other chemical flavourings that you may not be able to taste how salty the food actually is.
The take home – don’t worry about salt. Worry about eating clean. Food comes from nature, not from a packet. Food has one ingredient, junk has many.
Did you know that salt can also affect your pain signalling, chance of injury and rate of recovery. Check out our latest blog (link in bio), to read more about training effectively and to avoid pain.
IS 150MINS A WEEK ENOUGH EXERCISE?
For a few years now we’ve heard the medical community and some health gurus voice the popular sound bite that we should be getting 150mins moderate exercise a week or 20-30 minutes per day. But is that really the right message to send?
That guideline that was published by the CDC, NHS, WHO, and other health ministries around the world was based on the conclusions of research papers like this one –
Rather than setting a minimum target for a sedentary and malnourished society, wouldn’t a better approach be to set a minimum target for movement, along side a recommendation for exercise?
The problem with the 150 minutes guideline is that it accounts only for cardio vascular health and not the other elements of physical conditioning and maintenance, and also doesn’t reflect the fact that diet is far more influential on your CV condition than meeting a minimum exercise requirement.
At The Health Fix we believe a better (and more obvious) approach, would be than for 50% of your woken hours you should be moving. This can be moderate, such as standing, strolling, doing hobbies where you’re not sitting, taking walking meetings rather than board room ones, and generally finding an excuse to change position constantly.
Where does exercise come in to this? – In order to maintain muscle mass, strength capabilities, well ‘oiled’ joints, stability and pain free movement, and boost stamina; be sure to add in 30-60 minutes most days of more strenuous strength and cardio vascular activities that will keep you prepared for the more physically and emotionally stressful situations life will randomly throw at you.
WHAT IF THEY GOT IT WRONG WHEN THEY TOLD YOU BUTTER WAS BAD FOR YOU?
We all already know that the myth that suggested consuming saturated fat is bad for you has long since been disproved (https://www.bmj.com/content/353/bmj.i1246), so our question is why do people still believe that butter is the cause of poor health or specifically causative of weight gain?
You may have heard of the French paradox? Well this was a poorly founded hypothesis too (https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/7562866/) – You can read more about the history here ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/French_paradox ) –
The TL:DR being that the French consume high levels of fats with their butter, cream, animal fats, cheeses and even enriched doughs, so why have they avoided the worst of the obesity and diabetes crisis that most other developed countries have been overwhelmed by? The answer isn’t the red wine!
What if you could actually eat more butter and fix your health? With its high levels of vitamins A D and E along with its fatty acid profile, eating more butter can play its part in better vision, stronger bones, improved thyroid function, and even prevention of heart disease.
One amusing version of that may be the Croissant Diet! – https://fireinabottle.net/introducing-the-croissant-diet/ . Whilst this isn’t our ideal picture of human nutrition, the science is explained clearly. It’s all about the fatty acid profile of your food, and the effect of fats on your metabolism – special attention being paid to STEARIC ACID.
The take home? – With a diet clean of other toxins, (especially polyunsaturated refined seed oils), it may be possible to enjoy improved health, even with the occasional carb loaded indulgences, spread with plenty of delicious butter!
WHAT THEY DIDN’T TELL YOU ABOUT SUNSCREEN
From petrochemicals and plastics, to excess aluminium, blocking of cutaneous vitamin D synthesis, and formation of reactive oxygen species inducing DNA damage to skin cells – is sunscreen actually doing more damage than good?
Is this yet another ’norm’ that even dermatologists have been brainwashed into believing that is necessary? What if it turned out that the sunscreen itself increased your risk of developing cancers or chronic diseases?
The article below raises the valid question “How did we get through the Neolithic Era without sunscreen? Actually, perfectly well. What’s counterintuitive is that dermatologists run around saying, ‘Don’t go outside, you might die.”
In the last 2 years of ‘rona we’ve seen terrible immune responses, and most notably the western and wealthy societies have faired worst. Could this be that our insistence on lowering LDL Cholesterol along with hiding from the sun has set us up to be weak and intolerant to otherwise normal biological phenomena?
A couple of interesting reads –
From stress reduction, preventing depression and improved mood, to boosted immune function, better sleep and efficient metabolism, regular exposure to the sun helps keep our bodies working as nature intended.
10k steps, is it enough?
2 knowns –
A) Early humans walked anything between 8 and 20 miles a day on average in their quests for bringing back food. We also have evidence that some humans covered much larger distances than this by foot regularly too when combining running and walking.
B) The first modern-day pedometer’s name was translated by the magic of marketing and commerce into ’10 thousand steps’ from its original Japanese name. This figure wormed its way into the medical guidebooks and wearable tech products, and has stuck as a benchmark for ticking off our daily exercise obligations.
So, for the obvious question –
Given combination of the nature of how the modern day humans spend their time, coupled with the readily available, poor quality, high calorie, processed, and additive dense ‘foods’ of today, have our governments and tech companies policy makers and do-gooders sent out a message that has stuck but simply sets the minimum requirement far too low?