When we first began to consciously read about the design of our bodies, the foods we eat, the health care system, the food industry, the integrity of our consumption we made a conscious effort to invest in the foods in our cabinets. I wanted to be practical because we quickly realized just how expensive it would be to make a life long switch.
We figured it are going to spend money on anything it is going to be on the bodies we live in and that was going to be our health insurance. Some say, 'Why is organic food so expensive?', while others say 'Have you priced cancer lately?'...I would be in the 'others' category.
I started with something I used in almost every meal, salt. Did you know table salt has zero health benefits? Yup, zero.
"Salt is good, but if it loses its saltiness, with what will you season it? Have salt among yourselves, and be at peace with one another."-Mark 9:50
So just how much are we missing out on here you ask?
Let's take a look...
Let’s take a look at the nutrition chart of something most of us eat daily, iodized salt.
Morton Iodized Table Salt:
Serving Size 1/4 tsp (1.5g) Servings per container: about 491
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
Calories Total Fat Sodium Total Carbohydrate Protein Iodine
Amount per serving 0 0g 560mg 0g 0g
% Daily Value* 0% 0% 23% 0% 45%
Salt has been used as a natural flavoring for thousands of years and it’s so vital to our existence that we’ve even been created with a portion of our tongue designated to taste saltiness.
I did a Daniel Fast last year and eliminated salt from my diet completely for 10 days and everything I ate tasted completely bland. During that time it made me realize how essential salt is to our lives and caused me to spend some extra hours researching all of the many uses and benefits of celtic sea salt and himalayan salt.
As I’m sure you’re aware, salt is seen as negative and bad by many organizations like the American Heart Association. Now I’m not saying you should start shoveling salt into your mouth but I want to clarify there is a major difference between processed table salt and real sea salt.
Sea Salt vs Table Salt
Table “salt” is manufactured by taking natural salt (such as crude oil flake leftovers) and heating it to 1200° Fahrenheit. During this extreme process, the chemical composition is completely altered and all of the nutritional benefits are destroyed.
In the end, generic table “salt” ends up being about 97.5% sodium chloride and a 2.5% balance containing an array of ingredients including:
• Anti-caking chemicals.
• Iodine to prevent goiters.
• MSG and/or white processed sugar to help stabilize the iodine.
• And aluminum derivatives such as sodium solo-co-aluminate.
Trust me when I tell you that no one really knows what’s in this stuff and calling it “salt” is a complete mis-representation! Ultimately, this processed “fake” salt puts people at risk of developing cardiovascular events and chronic disease because of elevated blood pressure and arteriosclerosis.
So when the AHA says that salt is bad for you, this is correct only when referring to table “salt.” Unlike real salt, processed “salt” will cause your body to retain fluids and is so toxic that your body will operate in a sympathetic fight-or-flight response to protect itself from damage when you eat it.
Subsequently, it should be no surprised that people who use these products develop diabetes, gout and obesity more than people who don’t.
Additionally, most table “salt” is iodized and puts people at risk for over-iodization, which has been shown to abnormally enlarge the thyroid gland and cause thyroid-related autoimmune disorders.
Real Salt Benefits and Beyond
On the other hand, if we were talking about REAL salt like Celtic Sea Salt® or himalayan salt then I believe it has many benefits and should be used daily.
Because of the life-giving nutrition sea salt contains:
• Contains 60 trace minerals which help you stay hydrated.
• Sufficient sodium levels that help balance your sodium-potassium ratios.
• Powerful electrolytes like magnesium.
• Trace elements required for proper adrenal, immune and thyroid function.
• Digestive enzyme enhancers, which help your body absorb more nutrients from the foods that you eat.
What is the best sea salt?
It is claimed by many that Himalayan crystal salt is the purest salt available on the planet. With a history dating back to Earth’s creation, it is believed to be composed of dried remnants of the original, primal sea.
Known as “pink gold,” Himalayan crystal salt is actually a beautiful translucent pink and contains all of the 84 elements found in your body. Because of amazing nutrient load, doctors of functional medicine report that regularly eating Himalayan salt can help:
• Regulate the water content throughout your body
• Promote healthy pH balance in your cells (particularly your brain cells)
• Promote blood sugar health and can help reduce the signs of aging
• Assist in the generation of hydroelectric energy in cells in your body
• Absorb food particles through your intestinal tract
• Support respiratory health
• Promote sinus health
• Prevent of muscle cramps
• Promote bone strength
• Regulate your sleep
• Support your libido
• Promote vascular health
• Regulate your blood pressure with sufficient water and potassium intake.
Celtic Sea Salt ®
Another ancient commodity, Celtic Sea Salt® is comparable to Himalayan crystal salt in its composition and health benefits. Being of a grayish hue, it is naturally harvested in Brittany France near the Celtic Sea using a 2,000-year old Celtic method that is crucial to preserving its life-giving nutrition profile. Weber’s description of this process sums it up well:
The salt fields of Brittany are lined with a natural layer of clay and sand…. In order to harmonize the trace elements, the hand raking of the moist crystals is done by artisans with a skillful touch.
The method is followed by a dedicated group of professional natural salt farmers in Brittany, who perpetuate the traditional skills that have been passed down through generations from antiquity. When harvested in these ways, natural Celtic sea salts are highly beneficial to one’s health as they possess many therapeutic qualities.
It has been reported that Celtic Sea Salt® is powerfully beneficial for your health and can help:
1. Alkalize the body
2. Balance blood sugars
3. Eliminate mucus buildup
4. Build immunity
5. Improve brain function
6. Increase energy
7. Provide electrolyte balance
8. Promote restful sleep
9. Prevent muscle cramps
10. Regulate heartbeat and blood pressure
Interestingly, this salt will retain its moisture and will be moist to touch, in spite of how you store it. Think of this as a gentle reminder of its ocean-source and continual life-giving properties!
You need salt to survive, it is such a great way to nourish your body. Make it count overtime you eat it by choosing a life-giving salt!
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