For many years, traditional doctors have convinced us that salt is bad for our health. Now it appears that was inaccurate information.
You want to be cautious when consuming salt, so I always recommend getting a hair analysis to see what your sodium levels are because it’s good to know your sodium levels before you start adding extra salt to your diet. That said, natural sources of sodium are very healthy.
Sodium And Heartburn
Salt helps your stomach form HCL (Hydrogen chloride), which is a hydrogen and chlorine compound that forms a solution in your stomach fluid called hydrochloric acid. The chloride is what makes HCL, a very strong acid used to turn your food into mush.
If your stomach acid is weak, you’ll typically experience heartburn because your HCL is too weak. It sounds like an oxymoron, but you need to supplement with HCL when experiencing heart burn …. add acid if you have acid reflux.
When HCL reaches a certain level in your stomach, your sphincters close off. Sphincters keep the contents in your stomach contained, and you have an esophageal sphincter, too. Actually, you have several sphincters involved with your digestion.
Sphincters serve as gateways between your stomach and the small intestine (allowing the contents of your stomach to pass into your small intestine.) Sphincters also prevent partially digested food and digestive juices from reentering your stomach.
If you experience GERD (acid reflux), your sphincter muscle becomes weak and fails to close tightly, causing food and stomach acids to flow back (acid reflux) into your esophagus.
So, the chloride in salt is necessary to produce stomach acid, and sodium chloride (salt) facilitates the absorption and transportation of nutrients into the intestines after they have been broken down in your stomach.
Again, consuming enough salt promotes optimal digestive health, but learn what your sodium levels are before you start adding more sodium to your diet. If you have GERD, there might be other imbalances within your system that need to be addressed, too.
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