So, what does the salt shaker have to do with your libido? Nothing.
It’s the salt that matters.
The connection between stress and the negative effect it has on your ability to enjoy astonishing sex is well documented, but did you know that ingesting the wrong type of salt can also add to your stress level while also dampening the production of your sex hormones? And it doesn’t stop there. It can also lead to thyroid troubles, kidney problems, high blood pressure, and myocardial infarctions (that’s the dramatic, and official lingo for heart attacks).
Why Table Salt is a Health Hazard
I am sure that you been exposed to the news that high sodium intake contributes to heart disease. Many doctors and well meaning health gurus caution against sprinkling too much salt onto your food. And it’s also no secret that high blood pressure can lead to ED, or the dreaded erectile dysfunction.
However, what all these cautionary sirens don’t tell you is that there is a world of difference between common table salt, and sea salt or other
naturally unrefined salts.
You see, refined table salt is striped of its mineral content and only has two main ingredients, sodium and chloride, along with toxic additives such as aluminum and dextrose, which are added in for long shelf life and for anti-caking.
OK, you guessed it! The wrong type of salt is your common refined table salt.
In comparison, naturally sourced sea salts have a gamut of minerals which our bodies need for proper metabolism. Celtic Sea Salt, one of my absolute favorite, has over 80 minerals. In particular, it is high in magnesium and potassium, two important electrolytes that are crucial for circulation and heart health.
Your Adrenals and the Sex Connection
Let’s address the most salient concern, which is how refined salt can negatively affect your adrenals, and thus your stress and sex hormones.
You have two adrenal glands which rest right on top of your kidneys. The adrenals are small, but very hard working and powerful glands that are associated with the “fight or flight” response. In addition to producing epinephrine (adrenaline) in times of stress, the adrenals also help the body maintain energy, govern blood pressure, balance blood sugar, and supply muscle strength by secreting a list of critical hormones such as:
epinephrin, DHEA, cortisol, estrogen, pregnenolone, progesterone, and testosterone.
A whole line up of your most essential, vital hormones no man or woman should do without!
(And yes, men do need and make estrogen and progesterone, although in much lesser amounts than women.)
According to many experts; stress, salt-deficiency, and lack of essential minerals in the body is the leading cause of adrenal exhaustion. Basically, it comes down to this: adrenal exhaustion → inadequate production of sex hormones → inadequate sex.
Inadequate sex is just plain sad. Be indifferent, be indiscreet, be indescribable; but please don’t be inadequate!
Back to salt then, and why it is so important to choose the right salt. Those mighty little adrenal glands need an adequate supply of natural, mineral-rich salt to function at their best. So, if you inundated your body with too much refined table salt, you will exhaust your mineral reserves, and then exhaust your adrenal glands. Simply put, refined salt cannot nourish your adrenals and you will likewise, not be nourished. Overworked, fatigued adrenals will eventually lead to poor immune defense, which then leaves you vulnerable to many diseases.
Dr. David Brownstein, author of Salt – Your Way To Health, says,
“I believe one of the reasons we are seeing such an increase in immune system disorders is due to the following two conditions:
- The lack of unrefined salt in our diet
- The excess use of refined salt in our diet “
So, get some high quality sea salt and start shaking it baby! And try this simple and delicious recipe using Celtic Sea Salt:
Celtic Salted Vegetables
Your Kitchen Seduction Ally,
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