The Truth About Salt

Hello everyone and welcome,

Today,  I want to talk about salt which is an essential part of cooking and baking for its ability to enhance whatever you’re making and so much more.

Let’s start by talking about the different varieties of salt…….

Basically salt falls into two categories unrefined and refined. With, unrefined salts being the best because they are pure and natural.

Let’s talk about my favorite unrefined salt first………..

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Pink Himalayan

“Himalayan” salt is actually from Salt Mountains in Pakistan. Many people believe Himalayan salt has all kinds of healing properties due to the 84 natural minerals and trace elements found in this untouched natural salt such as calcium, chloride, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, and iodine . This salt is hand-mined deep inside a mountain, hand sorted and cleaned. The Pink color is from the high iron content along with 80 other minerals. These salt deposits  are over 250,000,000 years old.

As a natural source of sodium, Himalayan salt provides essential minerals for healthy bodily functions. The sodium in the salt helps to regulate blood volume and thus blood pressure, nerve transmissions and heart functions and much more.

  • 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®

Celtic Salt is a great salt harvested from the coastal areas of France. The salt is harvested by hand, unprocessed so it contains at least 75 natural minerals and trace elements such as calcium, magnesium, potassium, iron, zinc, sodium, chloride, and iodine. The only issue someone may have is that since the salt is harvested from the current ocean it could possibility be exposed to the toxins that are in the ocean. The benefits of this salt are as follows……

  • Alkalize the body
  • Balance blood sugars
  • Eliminate mucus buildup
  • Build immunity
  • Improve brain function
  • Increase energy
  • Provide electrolyte balance
  • Promote restful sleep
  • Prevent muscle cramps
  • Regulate heartbeat and blood pressure

 

Real Salt

Real Salt comes from a mineral-rich salt deposit formed by an ancient sea in Central Utah. Harvested from about 300 feet below the earth’s surface. It contains 62 trace minerals such as  calcium, magnesium, potassium, iron, zinc, sodium, chloride and iodine. Some of the benefits of this salt are………..

  • 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.

 

Refined Salts

Table Salt/Iodized Salt

The more common “refined” table salts are stripped of their natural minerals during processing. This is done by taking natural salt (sea salt or Himalayan) and cooking it at a very high heat temperature (heating at that type of high temperature causes the salt to lose the majority of the eighty important elements which are naturally occurring), bleaching and then adding synthetic chemicals. These chemicals include everything from manufactured forms of sodium solo-co-aluminate, iodide, sodium bicarbonate, fluoride, anti-caking agents, toxic amounts of potassium iodide and aluminum derivatives.

Table salt causes the blood pressure to rise rapidly because the blood is attempting to move the toxic elements rapidly away from the heart. This is why doctors will often tell people with high blood pressure to stop intake of salt. Moreover, excessive table salt causes us to retain waters and other fluids. Many chronic imbalances such as diabetes, gout and obesity can be worsened or even partially caused by excessive intake of common table salt. And be aware, this salt is not just the stuff in your shaker.

Most packaged and processed foods contain astronomical amounts of the stuff. These preservatives can cause swelling and, over time, major kidney, thyroid, liver problems, hypertension, heart disease, muscle cramps, water retention, edema, stroke, heart failure, and even major nervous system disorders such as anxiety and depression just to name a few.

It is also particularly hard on both the circulatory system and nervous system. As well as wreak havoc the lymph system in the body. This salt is also highly addictive, as the more the body becomes used to the high levels of fake sodium, the more your body will crave it.

Here are the benefits……

  • Synthetic Iodine to help prevent goiters
  • Very inexpensive

So there you have it a little more insight on salt and how it can be beneficial for your body when used in moderation. Remember to consult your doctor before making any major dietary changes. I hope you found this information to be as helpful as I have. Below I have included a video on the topic that you may also find useful.

Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by, I greatly appreciate it.

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Until Next Time,

Sewloveable

 

 

 

 

 

 

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27 thoughts on “The Truth About Salt

  1. Loved the way you incorporated the health benefits in your blog. People need to understand the truth about salt and its benefits/harms and how it fills an essential need to healthy living (when used appropriately.)

    • Thank you, I agree we all need to understand the role of what we put into our bodies and the effect they have on our health.

      You hit the nail on the head with appropriate use the right type salt can be beneficial!

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  3. Great information! I’ve been using sea salt for cooking – just because I heard it’s healthier – but I don’t know what kind it is or where it comes from exactly. My husband has high blood pressure so I’ve gotten used to using very little salt in cooking and not having salt at the table. I want to read more about all this. You’ve got me thinking!! Thank you! By the way, what do you know about epsom/bath salts? My massage therapist recommends using it and I love the way it makes me feel but I’m not sure why! (I’m a skeptic – is it all in my head?)

    • Oh I LOVE Epsom Salt bath. It’s made from magnesium and has no salt/sodium in it. I take Epsom bath a few times a week….it’s so good for you and magnesium is earth’s natural relaxant. Side note I think you just inspired an upcoming post!! Thank you!! 😄😄

      • Ha! I’ll be glad to see your research. My therapist/acupuncturist/chiropractor said to use 1-3 pounds in a bath (after a particularly difficult adjustment. He sometimes uses ten pounds in a bath himself, after a hard day! So, while you’re writing about it, does it matter if we buy the cheap grocery store kind… Or do we need something fancy?

      • You don’t need anything fancy. The grocery store selection works fantastically. I love soaking especially after a difficult adjustment myself it really helps. You’re going to love it…..it’s like giving yourself a little pampering at home.

  4. And they keep telling us that salt is bad for our health. 😀 Expectedly, all things in moderation.

    This was very informative, I’d never heard of pink himalayan salt before now.

    • It seems that a lot of what we’ve been told for year’s is not correct.

      I love the pink Himalayan it has so many essential nutrients that our bodies need. Where as that processed white table salt has had all the nutrients removed and replaced with synthetic chemicals, which is horrible for our health.

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