Our sympathies go out to those in the flooded and storm damaged areas of Texas. As I write this estimates of yet more rain and high levels of water continue. Certainly a crisis that our nation will step up to bat for when we're asked to help.
Hot Summer Continues
In our part of the country temperatures are in the triple digits and for some reason it reminds me of the heat in Death Valley where I spent a few days each year for a few years of my younger life, including when I charter flew toourists into the Furnace Creek or Stovepipe Wells fields. Dry, hot and energy sapping. Definitely weather for a good low-sodium smoothie. I used to like a banana-peanut butter smoothie, but today I'll ake the lower calorie smothing made with a peach or lemon juice or if available raspberries. Click here for a good raspberry smoothie recipe.
Sea-Salters Are Back Again
Look out. The sea salt industry is pushing "news" articles and recipes online, in newspapers and magazines clearly indicating that sea salt is better for us than table salt. We know that's not true, that no salt is best. But sea salt and table salt have the same sodium per teaspoon— 2,350 mg. This month (August) I've read through a lot of recipe and other types of magazines for all kinds of health challenges from Diabetes and heart failure to Cancer and other health complications. In each I found them recommending sea salt in their recipes. I figure it's just "copycatting" and that they believe their recipes "feel" healthier by doing that. Of course I believe no-salt is the answer, but for those who believe differently, please understand there is no difference between the two salts. The chemistry is exactly the same.
The Demon In The Room
Gatorade is not healthy us nor for athletes. It has been proved that water is better than the mix of high levels of sugar, potassium and sodium you find in Gatorade. Just because athletes taste salt in the sweat that drips to their lips does not mean that they need more salt. Were to not consume salt they would simply taste water. Gatorade actually draws down their energy when they consume it during games such as football, including the NFL grinder. If only they would learn to use water to replace what they sweat out, they would find that their players endurance would lead them right through to the end of the game. Dr. Trevor Beard figured that out years ago, but no one listened to him. The power of PepsiCo (Pepsi Cola, the makers of Gatorade) and professional sports teams is apparenlty too much for high schools, colleges, families, kids and the NFL to convert to water. (Gatorade contains food dyes: Red No. 40, Blue No. 1, and Yellow No. 5. These artificial dyes are derived from petroleum and may increase the risk of hyperactivity in children. They’ve also been linked to cancer.)
The surprise is that most Gatorade isn't consumed by athletes but by the general public and way too much by children who shouldn't be near such drinks. The sugar content and salt/sodium levels are way too high to add to already healthy children. Take that and the effects of the dyes in Gatorade and this laboratory produced drink is on our no-no list.
21 Years. We Did Something Right
For those who are just joining us, in a few months we will celebrate our 21st annivesary of a no-salt, low-sodium lifestyle. We have proved that lowering sodium intake is a big contributor to reversing heart failure and actually for helping to continue on with full strength for a few other maladies. Combined with few medications and exercise, you can return to a normal life. Keep at it. It really works.