Swap Your Salt to Shed Strokes

Reader Question:

Cate, I drink a lot of water throughout my round and the entire day, but I don’t feel hydrated. What can I do to hydrate my body better?

Cate’s Answer:

Start your day with a large glass of filtered water with the juice of one fresh lime and 1/4 teaspoon unrefined sea salt. Lemon juice works well too, but the lime tastes better with sea salt. The sea salt will enhance hydration and support electrolyte balance. The lime juice helps mask the taste of the salt, while adding vitamin C and supporting detoxification.

saltTable Salt Vs. Sea Salt

Salt has gotten a bad reputation, but the truth is that not all salt is harmful to your health. Similar to every other area of nutrition, quality is crucial. The common table salt in most processed products, restaurant meals and at-home salt shakers is of extremely poor quality and should be considered “out of bounds” and avoided as much as possible. The main problem with table salt is that it is highly refined, removing 82 out of the 84 minerals, resulting in a product made of 40 percent sodium and 60 percent chloride. It’s the toxic levels of excess sodium in refined salt that cause many imbalances throughout the body including dehydration, fluid retention, high blood pressure, inflammation, muscle cramps, and more. For a healthier alternative, replace your table salt and with a natural, unrefined sea salt.

Swap Your Salt

Having the opposite effect of table salt, unrefined sea salt is truly a “superfood” that is essential for keeping the body in balance. Unrefined, natural salt balances electrolytes to regulate fluids, nourish cells, eliminate waste, promote circulation, and support nerve function. Again, quality is crucial so select a sea salt that is unprocessed and contains some moisture.

Birdie Benefits of Sea Salt

  • Promote proper fluid balance & reduce water retention
  • Balance electrolytes & eliminate excess sodium
  • Improve digestion & nutrient absorption
  • Balance hormones & blood sugar levels
  • Supply all 84 essential trace minerals
  • Boost immunity & speed healing
  • Support the nervous system
  • Regulate blood pressure
  • Prevent muscle cramps

How To Include

Use unrefined sea salt on raw foods, at the end of cooking or at the table. It’s best to cook this salt as little as possible to maintain minerals. Use as much as your body craves. Some people need a lot to start, but this amount decreases as minerals are replenished. You may find extra sea salt helpful as you transition to eating more vegetables as it can reduce gas, bloating and improve overall digestion. Lastly, including more sea salt during times of high stress can be especially beneficial for supporting the adrenals and helping your body adapt to stress better.

Cate Ritter runs THE LEAN 18 Nutrition program at MTT Performance, A Golf Channel Academy located in Pebble Beach, CA.

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