For many years now the very first thing I do every morning after scraping my tongue and rinsing my mouth, is to drink 16 oz of water with ¼ tsp of Himalayan Crystal salt. It hydrates me after a long overnight fast and is my way of getting the first part of my salt allotment for the day. I’ve written quite a few blog posts about the benefits of salt and water. You can read a few here:
So, as you can tell, I am totally convinced of the benefits of natural, unprocessed salt. However, this was new information I had never heard before. Biohacker, Dave Asprey, recommends having Himalayan salt in water first thing in the morning to shortcircuit stress. He explained:
The stress hormone cortisol (which affects blood pressure and sugar as well as inflammation) is at its peak when you wake up in the morning. Its purpose is to wake you up and give you the energy to get things going. This is how the body is created to work. Unfortunately all too many people are chronically stressed so they are living with elevated cortisol levels constantly, which is damaging. For all too many people this causes them to feel especially agitated and anxious in the morning.
Apparently “morning anxiety” is a thing. I had no idea.
According to Asprey, a little salt in your morning water potentially lowers cortisol levels enough to let you get the benefit of an energy boost without the anxiety. Studies have shown that increasing salt intake lowers cortisol levels.
Obviously, more is not necessarily better – so you don’t need a huge amount, and quality matters. Table salt will not give you the same result. Choose a high quality, natural, unprocessed salt like Himalayan Crystal, Celtic sea or Redmond that have the full complement of minerals, not just sodium. It just might help you feel calmer throughout the day. It’s a simple thing to do, so why not give it a try? We can all use more calm right about now.
How do you feel about a bit of natural salt in your water to combat anxiety?
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