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Salt and Stomach Cancer: What is the Risk?

Salt is added to many types of processed and restaurant foods, and it has become one of the most commonly used ingredients used to make food taste better. Nearly everything that comes processed in a package, box or can has added salt, and it is surprising to see how much salt is added to these foods.

People have become addicted to salt, and it is something that the taste buds often expect. Many food manufacturers like to use salt because it is an inexpensive way to add flavor and preservatives in the products they sell.

How Salt Impacts Your Health

The problem is that too much salt is dangerous for your health. Many people know that they need to limit their salt consumption, but they don’t take a proactive approach to manage the amount of salt that they consume each day.

Too much salt increases the risk of heart disease and high blood pressure, which is common knowledge among doctors and health professionals. But, it is surprising for some people to hear that salt also increases their risk of certain types of cancer, especially stomach cancer. Multiple research studies have confirmed these findings, providing strong evidence that we need to reduce the amount of salt that we consume each day.

Stomach cancer is the fourth most common type of cancer, and it is suspected that salt increases the risk of stomach cancer because it damages the lining of the stomach. If you want to prevent gastric cancer, then you need to limit the amount of salt that you are consuming.

How Much Salt Do I Need?

Keep in mind that sodium is important for overall health, because it impacts certain body functions such as blood volume, blood pressure, muscle functions, and nerve functions. Salt helps to balance the amount of water that is present within and outside of cells.

To get enough salt for these health functions, you need about 500 milligrams per day, which works out to be approximately 1/10th of a teaspoon. That’s not very much, especially since many people sprinkle ¼ teaspoon or more on each of their meals!

Are There Healthy Salts?

Instead of using table salt in your home, make sure that you are using a high quality product such as the Eden Celtic Sea Salt or a nice quality Himalayan Salt. These options are unprocessed salts that will support your health because they still contain the natural minerals that are needed. Most processed foods and restaurant meals are made with traditional table salt which is actually toxic because the salt is so heavily processed. Regular table salt is heavily refined, bleached, filtered, and stripped of the natural minerals that are important for health.

Then, chemicals are added to the table salt to prevent clumping and caking. So, the finished product is very different than the natural salts that were harvested initially. It is denatured, highly concentrated, and very toxic to the human body.

In addition to making the change from table salt to a healthier salt, you also need to start decreasing the amount of salt that you are consuming each day. Over time, your taste buds will start to adjust, and the food will become more flavorful without the added salt.

If you want to learn how to prepare healthy foods with minimal salt, then take a look at the Unravel the Mystery Recipe Book. Another great resources is Unravel the Mystery, by Ann Malkmus, which teaches you about other health principles that should be implemented into you

Comments

  1. What are the risks of not enough Iodine if I limit my salt intake?

    • Christy Okon May 4, 2015

      Refined salt should be eliminated from our diet. It is not an adequate source of iodine. The majority of the population (even those who eat iodized salt) are deficient or have less than optimal iodine levels and need iodine supplementation for optimal health.
      I would encourage you to read the book, Iodine Why You Can’t Live Without it, by David Brownstein, M.D.

  2. monika May 1, 2015

    Thank you for this good info! I appreciate all of you at Hallelujah Diet and Lifestyle very much! God bless you and yours for your generous giving through important health info!

  3. Asalina Mamuno May 1, 2015

    Thank you so much all of you at hallelujah diet and life style,for the very useful and important health tips you offer here. They have been very helpful and a great stimulant for me to check what I eat or consume, as I pray and trust God for the self discipline to do so.
    May the Lord richly bless and reward you abundantly through Christ Jesus, our Redeemer. Amen

  4. Albert Adebayo May 2, 2015

    Please I need your product that can help in my health issue. I have a condition called hyperacidity and has caused erosion in my stomach as revealed by endoscopy. The symptom are weakness in my ankle, high blood pressure causing headache. I normally get relief on taken antacids. This is worse at night or on lying down.
    I am a Nigerian, I have using barley max since December 2014. I need what can help me urgent, the suffering is better imagined rather than my present situatio. Please help

    • Christy Okon May 4, 2015

      We are not medical doctors and cannot advise on treating symptoms of medical issues. In general, excess stomach acid is a result of a high protein diet which requires the production of stomach acids to digest the proteins. Most often if a person will get faithfully on a 100% whole food, plant based diet with an abundance of green foods, green juices or green smoothies the acid production will gradually tapper off allowing the stomach to heal. This is not a quick fix but by avoiding offending foods and providing the body the raw materials it requires to carry out innate self-healing, it will heal itself. Anti acids are very detrimental. A serving of an organic green juice or BarleyMax is very alkaline and often helps reduce excess stomach acid almost immediately and the chlorophyll is very healing.

  5. Carol Bennett May 2, 2015

    Thank you for the health tip about salt. I can buy Himalyan salt at Costco. How do you tell if it is healthy?
    Thank you for all you do .
    Hugs

    • Christy Okon May 4, 2015

      Olin Idol, our ND on staff, replies: I personally prefer to use Eden unrefined sea salt but if one desired Himalayan salt, there seems to be ample evidence that is it a healthy option. I am not aware of any distinctions in quality of Himalayan salts.

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