Salt - The "Glue" That Holds the Body Together
Let’s talk energy, the body, water, and sodium. My goal for these posts is to keep them as simple as possible while conveying important information which itself is actually quite technical. Now that I have provided information to bridge the gap between the spiritual and scientific I would like to make some deeper scientific connections. As written in my book, The Secret of Energy, energetic frequencies can be “viewed” from both contexts.
Things are not actually as “solid” as they seem, as there is something holding the objects together.
Have you ever tried to conceptualize how certain aspects of our anatomy and biology can be explained energetically and then spiritually? I’m guessing not, because we live so firmly in this “reality”. We view ourselves as purely physical but when we stop to reflect on such things as memories or dreams we might be taken a little deeper into the idea of perception. For example, our reality is merely a perception based on our energetic frequencies. This, however, does not explain how our mental, emotional, or spiritual perception translates into our physical body or physical reality.
In a future post we will discuss molecules and atoms as they relate to “solid” objects. Hint: things are not actually as “solid” as they seem, as there is something holding the objects together. This is where my thoughts regarding energy, the body, water, and sodium come in.
Water is what facilitates the energy transfer from our external environment as well as what we consume into something usable by the body.
We know the body is composed of mainly water. In truth it is mostly energy but water is what facilitates the energy transfer from our external environment as well as what we consume into something usable by the body. Our physiology, biology, and anatomy consist of nothing more than ionic transfers. For example, nutrients from food break down within the digestive system, starting in the mouth, then into the intestines. At that point the nutrients begin to be absorbed by the intestinal walls, into the blood stream to be filtered through the organs, such as the kidneys and then transported to cells for the necessary functions. Food is converted into energy – e.g. kilocalories – to provide fuel for our bodies.
Of course the fuel and usable energy exist in various forms, such as vitamins including A, C, D, etc. but what most people do not realize is how electrolytes help to transport these vitamins throughout the body. This is true whether we consume the nutrients through our mouths, or whether they are absorbed through the skin or eyes, from the sun, for example.
The proper balance of sodium and potassium ensures that energy is exchanged within and without the cells, which is necessary for good health, and indeed life itself.
Sodium and potassium are the primary electrolytes that optimize, what I would describe as, an energetic equilibrium within and without the cells. The proper balance ensures that energy is exchanged within and without the cells, which is necessary for good health. Indeed this is necessary for life itself.
This is where I want to get into the spiritual aspect of the body. In this context, when I say spiritual I mean the fact that we are powered by a soul - a spark of life. Without our soul we would obviously be physically dead. Many people shun the idea of spirituality because they don’t believe in God. These atheists apparently believe we are functioning because of a “big bang” that happened eons ago. Regardless of whether or not you believe there is a God that gave us this energy the fact is that we are powered by electricity and that comes from our spirit, or our soul, and therefore we are spiritual beings, like it or not.
In terms of our physical being we could consider the balance between the sodium, Na+ ion and the potassium, K+ ion, as the glue that keeps the 70+% water within our body held together within the “shell.” This being the case we might imagine how important it is for us to have adequate access to these electrolytes through our diet. Generally foods have adequate potassium; however, we live in a society where sodium is vilified. Doctors discourage people from eating too much salt, claiming it increases blood pressure. In rare cases this is true but if your health status is generally good then it is difficult to have negative effects from too much salt.
Not enough salt can cause nausea, weakness, agitation as well as other issues and even death.
On the other hand, not enough salt can cause a myriad of issues. These are generally seen in athletes who perform in high temperatures without replacing electrolytes and also in the elderly, who seem to have trouble maintaining electrolyte levels. When it comes to the latter, doctors refuse to prescribe extra salt to help the low sodium – hyponatremia – issue and address it solely by withholding fluids. The idea is that excess fluid in the body dilutes the sodium thereby causing the ill effects, such as nausea, weakness, agitation, and a slew of other things. The thing is, not all people with low sodium are fluid overloaded and, in my opinion, it is far less dangerous to prescribe blood pressure medications in the event the hyponatremia causes the blood pressure to increase than it is for an individual’s sodium levels to become dangerously low.
In my view it is the vilification of salt that has caused a great deal of health problems in the populace. The book, The Salt Fix, by Dr. James DiNicolantonio gives great information on how necessary salt is in our bodies and why we should consider ignoring the advice of ignorant, albeit well-meaning doctors in this regard. Couple this information with that in the book, Your Body’s Many Cries For Water by Dr. F. Batmanghelidj you will see that doctors’ recommendation to withhold fluids as well as salt could be setting you up for even worse health problems. Of course there are no quick fixes and optimal health isn’t just a matter of eating salt and drinking plenty of water but I believe being mindful of this could help put us on a path toward optimal health by leading us toward other natural, healthy practices.
In an upcoming video, blog, and likely part of an upcoming e-book series, I will be discussing what I call intuitive eating. The general premise is, when we are in tune with our bodies and especially our spirit and subconscious mind, we are able to “listen” to ourselves for guidance on what we should be eating for optimal health. There are so many types of “diets” out there and one thing I have found in my research is that much of what we have been told is healthy for us really is not and vice versa – what is unhealthy is actually necessary for health.
Even animals follow their intuition when knowing what to consume for optimal nutrition.
Are you aware humans "discovered" many medicinal plants from observing the animal kingdom? How is it that animals automatically "know" what to eat without anyone telling them? This is because they follow their intuition. The only reason humans do not do the same is because of all the "noise". We rarely take the time to truly listen to our bodies and follow our instincts, especially when it comes to eating.
I imagine we will be learning a great deal in the coming years as to what is truly necessary for optimum nutrition but we should not expect the “experts” to tell us what that is, as they have been wrong so many times. Instead I believe we should listen to our own bodies for what they need. Although humankind requires certain nutrients to survive, our individual needs might not be so cut and dried. Thus intuitive eating could be the answer.
Because we know salt is a necessary electrolyte, it might be the simplest compound with which to begin our intuitive eating journey. I heard a story of an eighteen-month-old baby boy who would eat all the salt he could get his hands on. He would even open cabinets looking for salt after they removed it from the table. His parents took him to the doctor and the doctor was mortified and told them to hide the salt from him, as he believed it could harm him. The parents did so and within a very short time, I believe just a couple of days, his health deteriorated and he was taken to the hospital. Of course they continued denying him salt and, sadly, the boy died. It was later determined that he had a condition wherein his body required more salt than most people. Clearly the little boy knew, intuitively, that he needed salt and therefore would eat it at will.
Trust your own body for optimum nutrition and you will not go wrong
Of course this is an extreme case; however, when we resist certain cravings, namely for necessary nutrients, we might be doing more harm than good. We have to be careful not to blindly trust doctors, believing they know everything. They only know what the studies tell them and many studies are poorly done or have a very limited scope. This is the main reason I have chosen to do my own research, even reading studies for myself. Moreover, doctors have very little training in nutrition but a great deal of training in pharmaceuticals. Indeed they are “paid” by the pharmaceutical industry, which is just that, an industry. It is a profit-based industry wherein healthy people do not make good customers.
With regards to salt, NaCl, and energy within the body the spiritual aspect actually goes far beyond intuitive eating and listening to your body’s cravings. In fact the way sodium functions within the body energetically could be viewed as the ultimate glue holding the physical body together. We should never discount the intricacy of electrolytes, especially salt, and how it delicately maintains energetic balance within the body. We would do well to understand how it transports nutrients, including glucose and some vitamins such as vitamin C. This being the case we should be extremely cautious in taking the word of doctors promoting a low sodium diet or advocating for fluid restriction to address hyponatremia. Consider that hyponatremia affects elderly the most. Conduct an Internet search on hyponatremia in nursing homes and you will see how prevalent it is. This being the case, a question I regularly consider is, since it seems to be so difficult to maintain sodium levels in the elderly, could it be a sign that the spirit is gradually leaving the body?
Salt is the first tool for survival in a life or death situation
When someone is taken to the hospital in an emergency situation, what is the first thing done? An IV with a saline solution is placed into the patient’s blood stream. The patient is given salt. This is the first life-saving technique done by medical practitioners throughout the country. This should tell you something – we need salt to survive. So when doctors prescribe low salt diets, what are they really doing? Salt, as an energy transport used in life or death situations, helps keep the soul in the body.
To those people who “don’t like” salt, is it that you trained your taste buds to dislike salt based on recommendations by mainstream sources or is it that you genuinely do not need as much salt in your diet? I would argue it is likely the former, because salt is absolutely necessary in adequate quantities. With this being said, consider using salt as your first intuitive eating practice. This might take some meditation and reflection. Consider adding a little bit of salt to food, or a bit more than usually, if you rarely eat salt. If you truly do not crave salt after doing this for at least 21 days, chances are your body does not need “as much” salt. However, from my research, our bodies require much more than the recommended intake.
Note: Not all salt is alike. The least beneficial salt is iodized table salt. The salt coming from ancient, protected, salt beds is the best form available. A little research will go a long way.