Benefits Himalayan Salt on a Low Carb Diet

If you have been doing a low carb diet then you probably already know that you need to increase your sodium intake. Today I wanted to talk about why sodium is so important when you are limiting carbohydrates in your diet.

When we limit our carbs, our body has lower insulin levels which is a good thing because we are less likely to develop type 2 diabetes or other health issues down the road. However, lower insulin levels can cause our kidneys to spill out more sodium in the urine. This causes us to have less sodium in our body. So even though most people who eat a normal American diet want to reduce salt in their diet, those of us who do keto need to increase our sodium intake.

Salt is a very vital micronutrient that our body needs to be healthy. When reducing carb in the diet it is important to increase our salt and electrolyte intake since we keep losing it in our urine.  The most important electrolyte is sodium.

When we don’t have enough sodium we have some side effects. You may have heard about the keto flu. When someone starts a low carb diet they may suffer flu-like symptoms where they feel sick to their stomach, feel achy and may have a headache. This can be easily remedied by simply adding back the salt in the diet that is lost in the urine.

Some other side effects that happen when we don’t get enough salt are constipation, heart palpitations, headache, fatigue, weakness or leg cramps.

Many people worry about sodium and how it can raise blood pressure and can cause health issues.

If you are concerned about getting too much salt, I highly recommend reading The Salt Fix by Dr. James DiNicolantonio. In this book, the author covers a lot of the myths out there like the blood pressure myth. He explains in the book about how we need much more salt in our bodies than we think. Actually, I learned from reading this book that it can actually be more harmful to limit salt. Our bodies are meant to use a certain amount of salt.

This book totally reassured me that increasing my sodium is actually a good thing.

Salt is a part of our make up. It frustrates me that lots of the things we’ve been taught about salt being bad for people aren’t based on science. It’s just another myth that we have been fed.

In this book, the author compares sugar and salt. We actually could have it wrong. We have been told to limit our salt intake but perhaps we should have eliminated sugar.

This book is a great read for anyone who wants to learn about the importance of salt for good health and nutrition.

another good read…

Dr. Ken D Berry, author of Lies My Doctor Told Me also talks about the health benefits of salt in chapter 13 of his book. If you haven’t read this book, I highly recommend you add this to your low carb library. Dr. Berry has a lot of knowledge and he follows a low carb diet himself. I use this book as a constant resource.

By the way, when I am talking about salt, I’m not talking about table salt or iodized salt. Table salt is highly processed. The best kind of salt is sea salt, better yet Pink Himalayan salt is the best because it has 84 minerals and trace elements. Calcium, magnesium, and potassium are 3 important minerals that we need.

The darker the salt is the more trace nutrients it will have which is a good thing. So when purchasing salt, I try to go for the really dark pink salt. The thing I love most about sea salt is that it doesn’t raise your blood pressure as table salt does.

I love salt and am no longer fearful about adding it to my food. I simply add it to taste. And it tastes good. So if you’re going to choose between table salt and sea salt, go for the sea salt. It is just so much better for you.

Here are some of the benefits you may have by adding Pink Himalayan salt to your low carb diet.

  • eliminate dizziness
  • helps with heart palpitations
  • helps with chronic pain and fatigue
  • may improve menstrual cycle
  • may eliminate headaches
  • improve bowel movements
  • help with muscle cramping


In conclusion, I no longer fear salt now that I am educated and know the many benefits of Himalayan salt on a low carb diet.

Charlie Horse Leg Cramps. Ouch!

One of the possible side effects of being on a low carb diet is that you can develop charlie horse leg cramps. And I am one of those people who gets them if I’m not careful to make sure I get enough electrolytes.

Charlie Horses are NOT fun!

woman-legs-relaxation-beautyI have been woken up from a deep sleep with this severe pain in my calf. I have to jump out of bed and walk it off, just to have it come back a couple hours later. It seems like as soon as I start to fall back to sleep, I get another one.

I tried walking it off, and massaging with lotion but nothing seemed to work. So I started doing some research as to the cause of charlie horses and a low carb diet.

I have been able to figure out what my body is missing and how to nurture it so I no longer get these extremely painful muscle cramps in my legs.

What I learned was that often when people are on a low carb diet they end up missing some important electrolytes and minerals. So in a way, a charlie horse was a wake-up call to me letting me know that something was wrong.

We lose a lot of sodium in our urine while on a low carb diet. So it is very important to make sure you are getting enough sodium in your diet. I recommend adding some sea salt to your diet. It really makes a difference.

Benefits Himalayan Salt on a Low Carb Diet

I take a good multivitamin daily but it just doesn’t give me enough of the minerals that need so I needed to add a few.

Magnesium and Calcium are both important. But to get them with your food you would need to eat a lot of green vegetables. Even though I eat a lot of greens, I find I still need to add a magnesium tablet as well as calcium. I take these with water at bedtime.

I was researching online and learned from Dr. Eric Berg that it is important to take these together because calcium by itself can actually make the cramps worse. Fortunately, I’ve been taking mine together but I’m glad I know that I don’t ever want to stop doing that. I certainly don’t want to get any more charlie horses.

I also added a potassium supplement because it helps my body absorb the calcium. But also I learned that potassium plays a huge role in helping muscles to relax. And since I have a job where I’m on my feet all day long, I thought it would be good to add it to my other vitamins.

I also drink a glass of warm lemon water mixed with a bit of Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar and cranberry juice. This helps make my body a bit more acidic. And this helps me to absorb the minerals easier.

As a result of taking these minerals, I am sleeping through the night just like a baby. And sleep is very important when it comes to weight loss and health. I am now charlie horse free and hope to stay that way.