I have written about salt before on my blog. As you may know, I don’t eat any; not table salt, not food with salt in it, not even soy sauce. As a vegan, it makes life harder for me, as most processed vegan foods contain alot of salt. I make most of my own foods although there are some health food companies that sell salt-free foods.
Doctors have warned us for years about the dangers of salt. Too much salt causes hypertension (stress), circulatory and heart problems as well as damage to internal organs. I agree that salt does these things. After I stopped eating salt, whenever I did I would feel immediate stress and panic. I also noticed that after eating salt, my face would always puff up and wrinkles would form. When I stopped eating it, these problems vanished.
I also noticed my energy, and calmness also were diminished after eating salt. A salt-free diet gave me alot of my natural energy back, my ability to mentally focus, and I have a great deal of calm. I also live without the stress, fear of cancer and aging which I believe is caused by salt. That is what salt does to our bodies and minds. As for reducing your intake, it helps, but the problem remains. If you eat less salt, it will just take longer for aging, illness and death to occur, but it will.
The young are lucky. Most can eat any type of food without any adverse reaction. But food damage is cumulative. By our late thirties, we are starting to “age”, which is really just food damage and our physical reaction to it. Our body knows when we eat poison. It reacts, we react and that’s the stress and panic feel after eating foods that are toxic to us. It makes us mean and moody, not our best selves. It doesn’t feel right, and this you will really notice after giving it up.
Doctors say we need sodium. People confuse that to mean we need salt. Salt is a mineral and contains mostly sodium. Most foods contain sodium, and we can meet our daily requirement through them. Sodium is a necessary mineral but salt isn’t. A healthy daily dose of vegetables will give us enough sodium to keep our nervous system regulated. A so called alright amount of salt a day will impair our immune system, put our body and mind into high stress alert, and steal our mental focus, and energy, as we try to deal with these feelings, that we don’t even fully know we are having. This leads to a weak and impaired immune system, poor health, moodiness, and eventually illnesses, aging and death.
Salt isn’t technically even a food, it is a preservative. We began to use it to preserve foods before we had refrigeration and other modern methods of keeping food. This old habit, born of need was kept as people forgot the real purpose of salt, and began to think of it as a flavoring. Well, I can tell you, after five years salt-free, salt is not a flavoring we can’t live without. Spices, herbs, citrus juice can all very easily, and well flavor food. I can honestly say, I don’t miss salt, and neither will you. I did miss soy sauce but found a well known health food brand that doesn’t contain salt.
To give up salt, you need to understand two things: one it is a preservative, not a spice or food. Number two it is a toxic substance, and a toxin taken every day in relatively large quantities will kill you, and impair your ability to function. Once you understand this, eating it will longer make sense, and that will help you free yourself from it.
I recently got into a Twitter “debate” on the topic of salt. As this is my own thinking and experience, I have yet to find any doctor and medical claims to back me up (although NYC tried to ban salt a few years ago). That’s fine. Maybe it is only an educated guess. But it is backed up with established medical fact, and five years of personal experience and research, what I consider after five years as proof. I do not need a team of scientists, feeding test animal salt for ten years, to tell me what I have come to know. We can learn alot from the way we feel. In terms of our health, it can tell us all we need to know.
By going salt-free, you can feel the difference immediately. A vegan, salt-free diet frees our mind, gives our mind and body peace, tranquility and energy. I know how I look, feel, think, react without salt. I know how much better I am able to think, act and feel. A diet completely free of salt is really a diet free of stress, worry, fear of cancer and other illnesses, ageing.
I believe the truth is we have always, from the dawn of our humanity, eaten salt, and we have always died and at a very young age. Is this merely a coincidence? I don’t think so. You may doubt it, but I’m convinced, and hopefully, someday, be proven correct. That will be a great day and hopefully, it will come soon.
What Eating Salt Does to Us
Here are two salt-free recipes for homemade “soy sauce”.
1 1/2 cup hot water
1 cup dates, chopped
1/2 cup chestnuts, chopped
1/2 teaspoon each: ginger, pepper, mustard powder
1/4 teaspoon stevia leaf powder
Juice of 1 lime or lemonCombine all the ingredients except lime juice in a small saucepan over medium heat. Heat until boiling. Boil for 5 minutes. Reduce heat and let simmer for 15 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool. Pour mixture into a food processor with the lime juice and process until smooth. Strain into a glass jar and refrigerate. Makes 1 cup.( from “The Eternal life Cookbook’, published 2009, Lulu)
Homemade “Soy” Sauce 2
1 cup vegetable stock
2 tbsp lemon juice
2 tbsp yacon syrup
Juice of 1/2 large orange
1/4 tsp stevia leaf powder
Bring ingredients to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat and let simmer for 3 minutes. Refrigerate and use within three days.
For a peanut sauce: Add 1 tsp nut yeast, 1/2 tsp onion powder, 1/4 tsp ginger powder,1/8 tsp chili powder, 2 chopped garlic cloves and 1/4 cup peanut butter