Question: An osteoporosis clinic told me that salt will add to my loss of bone density. Is this true? If so, how many grams or teaspoons per day are safe?
Dr. Brownstein's Answer:
Eating refined salt, which is devoid of minerals, can cause a loss of bone. That’s because eating refined salt results in a lowered blood pH, the measure of acidity and alkalinity of the body. An abnormal pH will disrupt all functions of the body. Your body’s pH is tightly controlled. Too high or too low a pH causes problems. If the pH is properly balanced, vitamins, minerals, and enzymes can be optimally used in the body. Refined salt is a devitalized substance that needs to be avoided. Unrefined salt, however, with its full complement of minerals, helps to normalize pH in the body. The amount of salt you can consume generally depends on your activity level and the amount of water you drink. The more active you are, the more salt you will need. I recommend using unrefined salt, such as Celtic Brand Sea Salt from the Grain and Salt Society (www.celticseasalt.com). I have used it in my practice for more than 16 years. Generally, at least a teaspoon of unrefined salt per day is adequate for most people. If you have kidney problems, consult with your doctor first.