One of the most difficult disorders to diagnose and treat are the autoimmune ones which are typically chronic and there are only couple of therapies which are available for attacking the malfunctioning immune cells without attacking the immune system directly. These diseases are genetically and environmentally connected. If you want to protect yourselves from these disorders, then find out what your processed table salt may be doing to your body.
Processed salt and autoimmune disorders
The researchers concentrated on the Th17 cells which are a type of immune helper cells responsible for infection fighting. Also, they play a prominent role in many autoimmune disorders. The excess of these cells is connected to an increased number of autoimmune disorders. For that reason, researchers exposed mice to different environments in order to find out what may cause the excessive production of the cells. Mice which were placed in high salt environment have grown many more Th17 cells compared to those placed in other environment types. Then, scientists gradually bumped mice’s exposure to salt to see if this would have the same effect, showing positive results. Even small salt increases salt intake led to excess of the cells for couple of generations.
How much salt you should be eating
There is still quite a big research being done on this subject. For that reason, don’t restrict salt intake, but rather try salt alternatives which do not have negative health effects and will also offer you a nice flavor boost to your food.
- Onion – it will offset the need for salt, thus dried onion flakes will work as more of a seasoning than as a vegetable;
- Pepper – it will offer you a kick of flavor and will also hide the fact that there is no added salt in your dish;
- Rosemary – as substitute for many different foods strong tasting herbs may be used, and dried rosemary is an excellent choice;
- Sea salt – try to find unrefined and unprocessed sea salt. It has a lot of minerals and nutrients which you’ll never get from the regular salt;
- Lemon – lemon will boost flavor and eliminate the need for salt in certain savory dishes. You may use its juice and its grated peel. Lemon and pepper is a great option for beef, seafood dishes, and chicken.