Salt

Not all sources of salt are the same. Refined salt can kill you; mineral rich, natural salt heals you and is, in moderation, essential to life.

Among other things, salt is important for:

  • Salty body fluids like amniotic fluid, blood, lymphatic fluid, and the fluid surrounding the cells.
  • Carrying nutrients into the cells.
  • Regulating blood pressure.
  • Regulation of nerve impulses.
  • Healthy adrenal and thyroid glands. 

Unrefined Sea Salt

Contains as many as 92 trace elements including:

  • Sodium regulates body fluids and nerve and muscular function, and is vital to digestion and metabolism
  • Calcium is needed for strong bones and a strong nervous system.
  • Magnesium is necessary for bone formation, sugar metabolism, muscle relaxation, nervous system and brain development, and absorption of vitamin C and calcium.
  • Iodine helps with production of thyroid hormones, healthy breast tissue and a strong immune system.
  • Phosphorus is essential for nerve and brain function.
  • Vanadium is needed for tooth calcification, toning heart and nervous systems, and reducing cholesterol.

Refined Table Salt:

  • Contains anti-caking agents that upset the fluid balance in your body.
  • Contributes to high blood pressure.
  • Results in cells that dry out and die too soon.
  • Has had the trace minerals removed.
  • In excess, increases appetite and decreases bone density.
  • Contains added iodine, which has reduced the incidence of goiter but has increased hypothyroidism.
  •  Has been processed at high temperatures that change the structure of the salt so that the body has trouble using it.

Talk to your health care provider:

  • If you crave salt – this may indicate thyroid or adrenal problems.
  • If you have kidney problems – you may have to be careful of total sodium in your diet.

The daily need for natural, unrefined salt is approximately ½ to 1 teaspoon a day. For most people, it is sufficient to salt your food until it tastes right to you.