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The electrolyte sodium is one of the most misunderstood nutrients. It is critical to survival and has an important relationship with potassium. While hunter-gatherers consumed 1,000mg or less per day, a typical modern diet often exceeds 3,000mg and is linked to almost all chronic inflammatory conditions including hypertension, heart disease, cancer and autoimmunity.

The Sodium/Potassium Ratio and its Importance in Human Health
Evidence suggests that the sodium/potassium ratio in the Paleolithic diet is far more beneficial to human health when compared to a typical Western diet.
By Mark J. Smith, Ph.D.
The effects of salt substitute on community-wide blood pressure and hypertension
A high-salt diet contributes to hypertension or high blood pressure, but did you know that increasing potassium in your diet can offset some of the effects
By Dr. Marc Bubbs
Ketogenic Diets: Long-term Nutritional and Metabolic Deficiencies
While the Paleo diet and ketogenic diets are often confused, they have important differences that need to be recognized. Read more about the potential drawbacks of a ketogenic diet in today's post.
By Loren Cordain, Ph.D.
Physiological Mechanisms: Underlying High Salt Diets and Cancer
Americans are consuming more salt than ever before – learn about the detrimental effects of too much sodium in today's post. Keep up with The Paleo Diet for more information about Paleo foods.
By Loren Cordain, Ph.D.
Dietary Salt Impairs the Endothelial Glycocalyx: The Most Important Cardiovascular Disease Risk Factor You May Never Have Heard About
Learn more about dietary salt & the paleo diet. Browse The Paleo Diet® blog to learn more about the paleo diet, paleo foods & health benefits today!
By Loren Cordain, Ph.D.
The Sea Salt Controversy - Is it healthy to add salt?
The paleosphere has jumped on the notion that added salt is healthy based on research showing a J-shaped relationship. Learn why there were major flaws in this research and why a high-salt diet is not Paleo
By Loren Cordain, Ph.D.
New studies on salt: Adverse influence upon immunity, inflammation and autoimmunity
The most scientifically valid study in humans has demonstrated that a high salt diet promotes chronic inflammation and adversely affects the immune system.
By Loren Cordain, Ph.D.
Fish Roe and Caviar: Paleo? Yes and No
Fish roe is considered a delicacy in most cultures and societies outside of the U.S. Is it acceptable to eat fish roe or caviar when following a Paleo diet?
By Loren Cordain, Ph.D.
Is a carnivore-type diet the "real" Paleo diet? Dr. Paul Saladino interviews The Paleo Diet® Team
Dr. Saladino interviews Dr. Cordain, Trevor Connor, and Mark J. Smith to debate the composition of the "real" Paleo Diet.
By The Paleo Diet® Team
Key Nutrient Series: The Role of Sodium and Potassium in Our Diet
The question of how much salt we should eat has become one of the biggest debates in the Paleo community. Read the series to find out!
By The Paleo Diet® Team
Does a Low-Salt Diet Cause Insulin Resistance?
There's a belief in the Paleo world that a low-salt diet leads to insulin resistance, but the science shows the exact opposite - a high-salt diet causes it.
By Trevor Connor
The Dangers of High Salt Diet: Impact on Autoimmunity
Our Paleo ancestors survived on a low salt diet. Today, it's everywhere and nearly impossible to avoid. Discover the dangers of a high salt diet.
By Dr. Marc Bubbs
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Paleo Leadership
 
Trevor Connor
Trevor Connor

Dr. Loren Cordain’s final graduate student, Trevor Connor, M.S., brings more than a decade of nutrition and physiology expertise to spearhead the new Paleo Diet team.

Mark J Smith
Dr. Mark Smith

One of the original members of the Paleo movement, Mark J. Smith, Ph.D., has spent nearly 30 years advocating for the benefits of Paleo nutrition.

Nell Stephenson
Nell Stephenson

Ironman athlete, mom, author, and nutrition blogger Nell Stephenson has been an influential member of the Paleo movement for over a decade.

Loren Cordain
Dr. Loren Cordain

As a professor at Colorado State University, Dr. Loren Cordain developed The Paleo Diet® through decades of research and collaboration with fellow scientists around the world.