A Surprising Benefit of Salt

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A Surprising benefit of combining Intermittent Fasting and Keto, and adding salt to your diet.

I have not suffered from Hay Fever this year. In fact, this is the first year, that I haven’t had hay fever since 1995. I have suffered with allergy induced asthma, all of my adult life.

When I returned to the UK, after my years of living in Ibiza and Italy, I just couldn’t believe my luck, my 1st summer back and I had terrible hay fever.

Every year since then I have lived on (chemical) antihistamines.

Since I started combining the Ketogenic Diet and intermittent Fasting I have not needed these antihistamines. When I’m fasting, I drink water with bicarb of soda, potassium and pink salt, so that I’m getting my electrolytes. I drink 2L per day. This is to give my body the electrolytes it needs.

When I have ever tried fasting in the past, I would always get headaches and feel really tired in the beginning.

What I found by adding 1tsp bicarbonate of soda, 1tsp of Potassium (NoSalt) and 1/4tsp of Pink Himalayan Sea Salt in a 2L bottle of water, I did not suffer these side effects, and in fact felt energised and more importantly had no need for an antihistamine, saving me a fortune.

We have been brought up to believe that salt is bad for us, they told us that it can cause high blood pressure and contribute to heart disease.

A study of over 6250 patients found that there was NO actual link between salt intake, high blood pressure and heart disease. Like so many of the dietary recommendations that we have been brought up to believe, we all need to rethink our beliefs relating to salt.

We have all been encouraged to increase our water intake but… too much will flush vital electrolytes including salt from the body.

If you don’t get enough salt then this can cause problems with your health.

  • Muscle cramps
  • Risk of heart disease
  • Headaches
  • Lethargy
  • Mood decline

Salt is a natural antihistamine, it can help alleviate allergies and reduce irritation. I’m NOT talking about table salt as they can have additives in them, I’m talking about a mineral rich salt like Pink Himalayan Sea Salt.

Pink Salt contains up to 98% sodium chloride and the rest is made up of trace minerals such as magnesium, calcium and potassium.

It can help:

  • Relax the muscles
  • Maintain correct fluid balance
  • Prevent dehydration
  • Prevent low blood pressure

Research also suggests that eating salt can reduce the risk of infection and kill harmful bacteria.

It is also possible that salt may have a positive effect on symptoms of depression.

What is Histamine?

Histamine is a chemical compound that our cells release in response to injury. It is an immune response to an allergic reaction, inflammation or chemical exposure. 

Water plays an important role in the histamine response of the body.

How Do Antihistamines Work?

Antihistamines block the action of histamine.

The natural histamine response is one of our bodies cries for water, salt or both. Why not fix it with a natural antihistamine.

When we use chemical or drug antihistamines, all that is happening is a covering over of the bodies water shortage and the need for salt and water.

What is The Best Natural Antihistamine?

The first thing you will get on admission to the hospital is usually a saline IV. Our cells, everyone of them, needs both water and salt to maintain health.

Since salt is the ultimate natural antihistamine, it stands to reason why I haven’t needed to take a chemical Antihistamine.

I have slowly built up to doing longer fasts, and only drinking water with the salt/potassium/bicarb mix. The other benefit to doing prolonged fasts is that it  triggers autophagy, which is the body’s own quality control system, boosting the immune system and creating new cells from stem cells and ‘eating’ up the old damaged cells.

What is Autophagy?

It is the body natural regeneration that occurs in our cells. It’s like our very own quality control system, that gets triggered once we have fasted for about 20 hours and then peters out at around 72hours.

As we get older our cells get damaged due to free radical damage, stress etc. When autophagy is triggered through fasting, it helps to clear damaged cells from the body.

The word ‘autophagy’ is derived from the Greek words “auto” (meaning self) and “phagy” (meaning eating). 

It is a survival mechanism, or a way that the body cleverly responds to stress in order to protect itself.

Autophagy is so beneficial that it’s now being called a “key in preventing diseases such as cancer, neurodegeneration, cardiomyopathy, diabetes, liver disease, autoimmune disease and infections.” 

How long do you have to fast for autophagy? 

Studies suggest that fasts between 24–72 hours probably have the strongest effects, but this isn’t always doable for many people.

Autophagy Benefits & Mechanisms

  • Autophagy means to “self-eating.” It’s a beneficial process that consumes and recycles the body’s own tissue as a metabolic process.
  • Researchers believe that autophagy is a survival mechanism that has anti-aging benefits. It helps to clean waste from the body, provides energy, and potentially fights cancer, neurodegenerative disease, and other chronic illnesses.
  • Autophagy is induced through starvation, fasting and other “stressors.” You can increase autophagic processes by doing some type intermittent or alternate day fasting, exercising, and/or following the ketogenic diet.

This is why with my Online Slimming Club, we gradually increase the fasting times from 16 hours per day all the way up to a 48hr fast once per week over a period of about 6 weeks.

This is so the body adapts to burning stored fat as a fuel, so that when you are fasting, it is, in fact easy to do, as your brain and muscles will still be getting up to 700 calories worth of ketones (energy) per day from your fat stores without you consuming any food.

By adding the salt mix to the water , you don’t suffer from headaches or lethargy that some people experience from a strict water fast.

Now I can’t say for sure, if it has cured me, it could be a coincidence, but…. I haven’t needed my inhaler for months and I haven’t taken an antihistamine.

Could it be a mixture of the extended fasting, encouraging autophagy and the salty water?????

Who knows…. I’m very grateful though.

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