Salt

So, clearly I am not following my sleep prescription and I really have no excuse.  I’m going to tell you a short story about salt and head to sleep.  I promise.

I have been on this paleo/primal eating spree for about 10 days now.  A few days into this new eating style, I noticed one more that my heart felt like it was pounding and beating faster than usual.  Now, usually I have a slow heart rate (compared to most people) and a very low blood pressure.  So, to have my heart feel like it’s beating hard in my chest and faster than usual is not cool.  This eating style was supposed to make me healthier not give me problems.

The first time it happened, I chalked it up to feeling tired and I felt better after breakfast and a long walk.  When it happened a couple more times, then I was like okay something is up.  I turned to a good friend of mine who is both a scientist and has been doing paleo for a number of years now.  He asked me a few questions about how strictly I had been following the diet and then concluded that I probably needed to add some salt to my diet.

Even before I started this way of eating, I rarely put salt in my food, but I’m sure that I got salt in other ways.  Two ways that I can think of are cheese and canned beans.  Oh, and mac and cheese from Annie’s.  Yum.

While, it was not really surprising that I might be deficient in my salt intake, it just struck me as sort of funny.  I’m glad that I have a friend who is knowledgeable about paleo because otherwise I would have been stuck.  My Google searches and searches of reputable websites regarding paleo/primal eating yielded no helpful knowledge.

After a day or two of increasing my salt intake, things seem to have calmed down, but we’ll see.  I think it will be tricky to figure out how to keep my salt intake high enough to keep my body happy.  I don’t think that eating too much salt will be a problem, but you never know.

Well, so there you have it.  Salt is important.  It may not be very primal or paleo, but your body needs it, so don’t forget to keep enough in your diet to keep your body happy.  A pounding and racing heart is pretty unpleasant.  I don’t recommend going there.

PS Personally, I really like Himalayan salt.  It tastes better than regular or sea salt.  It is way more expensive, but since I’m not eating that much salt, the splurge was worth it for me.  I’ll have to write a post about the Himalayan salt and provide pictures, but for now, that’s my two cents.

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