I wanted to write about salt because whenever my friend Dale and I end up cooking together and use salt, we joke about our parents and their whole *freak out* about salt back in the day. Some people have been brainwashed to think salt is terrible, but most others are completely over salting everything…the problem isn’t the usage though; it’s the TYPE of salt. True, salt has had a bad rep…but now, people are starting to see that salt can be GOOD for you and actually offer some nutritional benefit, if you are using unrefined sea salt. You know when you accidentally spill salt, you are supposed to take a pinch and throw it over your shoulder for good luck? Well, you should take the whole little bottle of table salt and replace it with sea salt…you would probably have better luck overall with that and definitely have better health!
Salt has been linked to high blood pressure-meaning, the higher the salt intake, the higher the blood pressure, so that is why it has a negative reputation, but the majority of the salt people are using is your average yucky, iodized table salt. In actuality, salt is essential for the regulation of blood pressure, in conjunction with water.
I want to take the bitterness out of the thought of using salt, because unrefined sea salt is a whole different can of worms.
The difference between regular ol’ table salt vs sea salt is in the processing. Table salt is refined, which means that it is kiln dried (ie. scorched at 1200 degrees), and during this process, all the valuable trace minerals such as calcium, magnesium and potassium are removed! Common table salt is 97.5% sodium chloride and 2.5% other chemicals such as moisture absorbents and iodine. This product is unnatural and hard for your body to process.
Natural, unrefined sea salt is an amazing body stabilizer. Since we are made up of about 75% water, and that water is a salty solution, sea salt provides us with valuable trace minerals and nutrients we need to thrive! It keeps cell to cell communication going strong, it regulates heartbeat, it helps clear out mucus from the lungs, it is a natural antihistimine and it also helps with muscle cramps. It also helps promote a healthy pH balance, assists with the absorption of food in the intestinal tract, as well as promotes sleep.
As Dr. Mercola says, “Today’s common salt has nothing in common with natural salt.” Salt is essential to life and using a standard table salt can be harmful because of the amount of sodium chloride. Since this product is not natural, your body sees it as being foreign and cannot process it. It can then contribute to problems such as cellulite, rheumatism, gout, and kidney stones.
Switching from common table salt to natural sea salt is an important choice for those of you who use it. The recommended amount of salt (or sodium) is between 1500-2400mg/day for adults.
For those who have trouble staying hydrated, a fun trick is to add just about 1/4 tsp of sea salt to 1 quart of water and this will help your cells actually absorb the water.
Use sea salt on raw veggies, in soups, on salads…just replace your table salt with the good stuff and use it as you would use that. Refined salt is nutritionally void, and well, common. Who wants to be common? Just don’t over use it and keep processed foods to a minimum since those are the foods that typically contain high amounts of refined salt.
Get salty! You go! Enjoy the taste and the amazing health benefits of natural, unrefined sea salt! Sorry mom and Dale’s mom-we say USE IT!
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