I’ve invited my nutritional guru Heather back to guest blog again this week. She’s going to be writing a series on something important to all travelers… sleep! Check out her earlier posts this week about sleep:
Did you know that salt may help you sleep better?
Sounds crazy right?
Sleep and salt are connected through the metabolic process because of the effects salt has on stress hormones and brain chemicals. So less stress equals better sleep!
Maybe the “low-salt” diet myth is not true after all….
Studies now show that low salt diets are not actually healthy for everyone. One study claimed that no strong evidence exists that advising people to eat less salt or putting them on a low salt diet reduces their death rate or cuts cardiovascular events.
Here is what a “low salt” diet may do to your metabolism:
– May promote insulin resistance in healthy individuals.
– People that consume a moderate amount of salt are in the lowest risk category for heart problems and death, even lower than people who consume low salt diets.
How salt can help you relax:
1) Salt lowers stress: racing thoughts, stressed about work, stressed about travelling, exhausted from too many things to do. (enter salt)
Salt helps you calm down. Having adequate sodium in your blood stream actually decreases your anxiety, lowers your blood pressure and improves your bodily response to stress.
2) Salt raises oxytocin levels
what is oxytocin anyways…It is a hormone that helps you feel calm and relaxed, increases your sense of confidence and wellbeing and improves your relaxation. How everyone wants to feel before they sleep, right…?
Is all salt created equal? NO
I also love this sleepy dust recipe you can check it out here
What do you think?
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Heather Heefner MS, RD, LD, CLT is a Registered and Licensed Dietitian who blogs at www.thefittestfuel.com and www.intolerablewomen.org. Heather is passionate about helping people establish a balanced lifestyle by leading by example and is committed to spreading the truth about food to help people live life to the fullest. Heather believes that nutrition doesn’t have to be complicated…but with a little practice it becomes habit! Visit her websites for more information about her services.