Salt – Is it good or bad for your Health?

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Salt has been said to raise your blood pressure, lead to water retention and many other serious health concerns including heart disease, diabetes and cancer.  Despite how pervasive this premise is, scientific research reveals that a reduced-sodium diet could lead to health issues and higher mortality rates.

So why did salt get such a bad reputation?

Salt in its unrefined state is still rich in the important trace minerals and free of additives.  When people commonly refer to “salt” they are really talking about “table salt” or “iodized salt”, which are white refined salts that are devoid of all other minerals and consist of only Sodium Chloride, without the presence of the other minerals included in natural salt, table salt can cause mineral imbalances within the body which lead to – calcium imbalance, calcifications, hardening of the arteries, hemorrhagic stroke, high blood pressure, kidney stones, osteoporosis, cataract, glaucoma, fatigue, psychological problems and many more.

Toxic Additives

Additionally anti-caking agents are added to make the salt flow better and these usually consist of either Aluminum Hydroxide or Ferrous Cyanide, two very toxic compounds. Dextrose, glucose and talcum are other substances usually added to the salt to improve its taste and texture.  Iodine is often added to table salt.  This trace element is essential to our health, however it is only needed in micro quantities and can only be properly utilized by the body when it is taken in the presence of other elements.  Iodine actually becomes harmful when taken unnaturally in larger quantities.

How to tell if your salt is natural and unrefined?

Sea Salt – Look beyond the label

There are now many sea salts on the market, most of which come from the sea originally and that is why they can put ‘Sea Salt’ on the label, but they are mostly all refined (white) and contain only – sodium chloride.  Sometimes we see on the label – added iodine. If it were whole sea salt then there would be no need to add iodine or anything else. Most of these salts are white in colour.  Most refined sea salt and table salt use high temperatures to quickly dry salt. High temperatures change the molecular structure of the salt and removes minerals. Minerals are further removed when the salt is washed. Also the use of any metal tools and machinery to harvest or refine the salt impacts negatively on the ionic charge of the minerals and trace elements.

Quality sea salt like Celtic Sea Salt is unrefined, with nothing added and nothing taken out, normally comprising over 88 vital minerals and trace elements and retains a distinctive grey colour.

Celtic Sea Salt is whole, unrefined natural sea salt, harvested from clay-lined salt beds, just off the northern coastline of France by trained salt farmers. The natural clay that lines the Celtic Sea Salt beds enhances the mineral content of the salt and protects the fragile trace elements. The clay also ionizes the many minerals in the salt, helping it to be rich in electrolytes, as well as absorbing any toxins into the clay.

Comparative analysis shows that the mineral content and balance is most similar to what is required by our bodies extra-cellular, lymphatic, and plasma fluids to maintain homeostasis.  In other words, not only does our body need the minerals and trace elements found in Celtic Sea salt but it also uses these minerals most easily as the minerals are provided in this specific ratio.

Celtic Sea Salt is considered to be a strong alkalizer and to provide renewed energy. An acidic body condition is believed to contribute to many illnesses and alkaline foods are considered powerful remedies.

Himalayan Pink Salt – does it measure up?

Himalayan Pink Salt is extracted from salt mines in Pakistan and not from the Himalayas as the name suggests.  These salts also contain trace minerals as natural sea salt.  However to extract the salt from the mines they are blasted with dynamite.  As such, the salt is contaminated. Additionally the Himalayan salt is thrown into metal carts to move it out of the mines and then the salt chunks are further cut up by metal saw blades and then crushed to the desired size grains, with all this impacting negatively on the ionic charges of the minerals.

Our bodies need salt, but in its most natural and pure form.  Sodium is a mineral necessary to human life, however in order to do its job it needs the other minerals that it usually is found with. A quality sea salt will prevent and reverse conditions caused by the use of table salt.  The key is to choose a quality product, and look for a grey color salt and not white, even if it says Sea Salt.