We’re used to seeing health fads come and go, but one that I think is increasingly important for women to pay attention to is salt and sodium intake. Many of us were raised to think low sodium was good for the heart and for blood pressure, but Robb Wolf is here to say that we haven’t gotten the correct story.
Robb Wolf is a former research biochemist and was the review editor for the Journal of Nutrition and Metabolism and the Journal of Evolutionary Health. He serves on the Board of Directors of Specialty Health Medical Clinic in Reno, Nevada and as a consultant in the Naval Special Warfare Resilience Program. He is a former California State Powerlifting Champion and is a purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
We go deep into the science of salt and all of the practical applications for women, especially those who are pregnant or breastfeeding. It’s super fascinating stuff, so let’s dive in!
Episode Highlights With Robb Wolf
- Why we’ve heard the advice to limit sodium
- Circumstances that make you more sensitive to sodium
- What researchers found when they tested sodium levels and blood pressure
- The reason most people lose weight quickly on a paleo diet
- How much salt some cultures eat, and why they don’t experience health problems from it
- Some easy signs to look for to know if you need more salt in your diet
- A caution of people on a whole foods diet (you guessed it: make sure you get enough salt)
- The new study about sodium and breastfeeding mothers that’s generating a lot of interest
- Salt-related HPA axis dysfunction and how it can lead to burnout
- How to find your own individualized diet with the right levels of carbs, sodium, etc.
- And more!
Resources We Mention
- LMNT Electrolyte Drink
- Ketogains Bootcamp
- Wired to Eat: Turn Off Cravings, Rewire Your Appetite for Weight Loss, and Determine the Foods That Work for You by Robb Wolf
- The Paleo Solution: The Original Human Diet by Robb Wolf
- Himalayan Salt
More From Wellness Mama
- What is the Best Type of Natural Salt?
- 5 Reasons to Eat MORE Salt
- Are You Scared of Salt?
- Health Benefits of Salt Baths
What is your take on salt? Do you watch your sodium intake? Please drop a comment below or leave a review on iTunes to let us know. We value knowing what you think and this helps other moms find the podcast as well.
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