Salting Away Your Anxiety

Aug 6, 2013
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Salting Away Your Anxiety 
While some organizations such as the American Heart Association discourage the use of salt, evidence continues to mount suggesting they highly mistaken.

In times of stress, we need more salt, not less! Salt intake is necessary for the glands that support the nervous system. More details are revealed on the why and how, later on in this article. Think of it this way, less salt equals less hormones, less hormones, equals higher stress, and that equals enhancement of the aging process. [1]

Less Salt, More Anxiety
If one were to reduce their salt intake to the levels promoted by the AHA, the “benefits” maybe hardly noticed. Conversely, with exception to small subset of patients, dropping salt intake often raises blood pressure. Moreover, those who remain on very low salt diets have a 500% increased risk in cardiovascular disease and death compared to a diet higher in salt. If you’re wondering how this is possible, imagine for a moment that salt increases the transport of electrons, the “stuff” needed for energy and vitality, not to mention heart beats! However, this is not something imagined, it happens to be true.

Sodium is key to cutting your anxiety and stress levels. The same stuff your “know it all” dietitian says to avoid can be key to an improved social disposition and relaxation.

Need Proof that Salt is Good?
A study born out of the University of Cincinnati revealed that rats fed a sodium chloride solution while being stressed forcefully weathered it pretty well. These rats were restrained to provoke anxiety (a technique known as restraint stress), then they were subjected to living with new conditions, living in a different cage with unfamiliar rats (think social anxiety).

Two groups of rats were subjected to these forms of stress, one with normal levels of salt, the other with higher levels of salt. The rats provided with extra salt fared better by virtually every measure. Lower levels of the stress hormone angiotensin II, higher levels of the “happy hormone” oxytocin, superior heart rates (reduced heart rates) and get this, lower blood pressure than the normal salted rats [2]. Rats with normal salt intake did not fare so well under stress. Their heart rates rose, their blood pressure rose, social anxiety was much higher in these rats and they exhibited anxious behavior when placed into the new cage.

Feeling stressed?
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Every time you sweat, you’re potentially losing some of your reserve salts and electrolytes. If electron transport is essential to good health, it also might be a key to healthier hair.

[1]. J Neurosci. 2011 Apr 6;31(14):5470-6.
[2]. Horm Behav. 2012 Mar;61(3):320-30.