The thought of salt-free food might sound tasteless but a saltless day or two in a month is the way forward to maintain good health. Arthritis and knee pain is a common complaint of modern times. Reasons for this might be many but excessive salt consumption is identified as one of the key factors that alter bone strength. It is a proven fact that excessive salt causes hypertension. Salt is also a factor in causing diabetes.

Salt is an essential mineral for the human body. But a person needs only a teaspoon or 5 grams of salt per day. Aren’t we all going overboard on it? Processed and packed foods which are a common feature of every ones diet these days have high amount of salt. So as hotel meals, as a little extra salt can make-up for a less perfect dish. A small pack of chips has more than 5 grams of salt.

How does salt affect our health? When consumed in excess quantities salt forms a concentrate and tries to settle in available spaces like joints. A physically active person burns extra salt in the form of sweat. Otherwise, the salt deposit accumulates and starts corroding bones and cartilages, thus resulting in arthritis. Same theory is applied in diabetics, where the salt concentrate bundles with sugar concentrate in body cells and affects normal absorption and functioning of blood circulation.

We empty trash in our computer hard disks and delete extra files in our mobiles regularly to facilitate proper functioning of the gadgets. Shouldn’t the same theory apply to our own bodies? Reducing salt intake is necessary to maintain good health. A salt less diet once in a while is a good way to rid of excess salts in the body. That might be the reason why our intelligent ancestors have designated certain days in a week or month for fasting-either without any food or with just a fruit or juice diet. Many natural foods like milk, greens and beets have some amount of salt them.

Most naturopathy centres stick to natural foods and use very little salt and sugar. A naturopathy centre in Andhra Pradesh’s Vijayawada administers salt, sugar and oil free diet to its clients throughout their stay. They cure all lifestyle diseases like hypertension, diabetes, and primary arthritis along with many other small ailments of their clients who stay for 15 days or a month at their centre. Those who are unable to practice a salt-free diet at home can always seek the help of these facilities. But nothing like practicing at home. It is cost free, helps in taking all members of the family into the gambit and also in cultivating a long healthy habit in a meal pattern. An ideal way to balance salt in the body is to take at least one salt free meal in a day, preferably in the evening, at dinner time. This meal can be of salads, sprouts, fruits and milk or buttermilk. Adding a dash of lemon juice to salt less sprouts and salads enhances taste.

Naturally available salts like black salt and sainda salt have many more essential minerals than those found in sea salt. Using these scarcely available salts once in a while will also add to health. Reducing intake of processed foods is helpful in many ways. It reduces salt intake and also the alternative freshly cooked food has more nutrients.

Make salt-free diet a part of your meal regime and enjoy a healthier life.

By Anand & Madhura Katti


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