honey and salt and salt and salt

This, my friends, is how much salt I am ingesting daily right now.* Seven whole grams, with standard size capsule for scale. Things you should know about this:

// Around 4 o’clock every day, I start getting what I affectionately refer to as my “salt belly.” I don’t know if it’s water retention or what, but my stomach sticks way, way out. By the time I go to bed, I look about five months pregnant. When I wake up, it’s mostly flat again. So weird!

// Right now I’m taking a salt and C dose almost every 1-1/2 hours while I’m awake. It feels like I’m taking them every five minutes.

// When I first started the protocol, I was exhausted, which was my strongest Herx reaction. I also had twinges of pain for a few minutes immediately after taking the salt, especially in my wrists and forearms. As I progress through the doses, these reactions have diminished. The last two times I increased my dose, I didn’t have any reactions.

// The salt belly is so bad. Seriously. It’s embarrassing.

// I’ve never been a salty food person. I would take something sweet over chips or pretzels any day. Except now. I will literally suck on crystals of our unrefined Celtic sea salt if I get a craving. Or I’ll dip dried banana chips in salt and eat them. I completely agree with you that this is gross. Strangely, I had stronger salt cravings when I first started than I do now.

// My blood pressure has gone up not a single point, a testament to the healthfulness of unrefined, high-quality salts. (We use Himalayan pink for the protocol, Celtic sea salt for cooking…and snacking.)

*Brad and I are doing the Salt/C plus protocol to (hopefully! prayerfully!) kill the Lyme in our bodies.




  1. Lan | angry asian

    i am hopeful that this works for you guys!

    are you allowed spicy food? cus, asians like eating fruit with salt + spicy kick. using mortar/pestle, mix salt + chilis until fully incorporated. (packets of green or red chili salt are sold with fruit in the streets of southeast asia). dip watermelon, mango, or apples in & enjoy.

    if you can’t have spicy, or the sugar content in the fruit is bad for you, completely ignore what i said above.

  2. joannalinberg

    Oh my gosh, I can have that and I want it! That sounds so good, especially with mango. Do you use dried chilis or fresh ones? Thanks for the idea!

  3. Lan | angry asian

    fresh. those small thai chilis. they do pack a punch so play with the ratios.

  4. joannalinberg

    I’m so buying some this weekend.

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