If you’re at all into health and wellness, you’ve undoubtedly heard the buzz around salt. You read to limit your intake in one publication, and then the next article touts the benefits of sea salt. So, what’s the deal?
Every cell of our bodies needs salt, as they rely on it to keep good bone density, optimal circulation, adequate hydration and steadied blood sugar levels. But how could something so great for our health be deemed toxic?
First, let’s take a step back and examine the 2 types of salt: the “unhealthy salt,” known as table (or iodized) salt and the more touted “healthy salt,” naturally occurring Himalayan Pink Salt or Celtic Sea Salt.
“The Healthy Salt”
Himalayan Pink Salt or Celtic Sea Salt contain all 84 essential trace minerals needed for proper immune, thyroid and adrenal function. They boost the creation of digestive enzymes which extract and integrate into our body the vitamins and nutrients found in the food we eat.
This healthy salt helps to keep us hydrated, balance our sodium-potassium ratios, and fill the body with much needed electrolytes. These natural forms of salt provide natural iodine that are beneficial to the thyroid and help with our metabolism.
Most importantly, these healthier forms of sodium (sea salts and Himalayan salts) are harvested and dried in the sun, which preserve these trace minerals and are unprocessed, which is why they appear pink, grey or brown in color.
“The Unhealthy Salt”
“Table Salt” is a factory-made form of sodium called sodium chloride. While similar to naturally occurring rock, crystal, or sea salt in taste, this is merely because it impersonates the taste of these elements.
Table salt is produced by cooking the healthy salt at 1200° Fahrenheit. Once heated, the essential trace minerals needed for optimum health are stripped out of table salt.
The table salts you most commonly find at super markets or at most restaurants, have artificial chemicals added to them. 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 byproducts.
They can also have additives such as processed white sugar and MSG (mono-sodium-glutamate). Think about the color of table salt: it’s been colored white with bleach. Salt found in the natural world is not usually white.
Table salt is hard on the circulation, lymph and nervous systems. It causes blood pressures to sky rocket as it attempts to move toxic elements away from the heart, which is why doctors say to stop the intake of salt if you have high blood pressure. Many chronic imbalances can be worsened by too much intake of table salt.
Not only does it cause us to retain water and other fluids, but it can be highly addictive, very similarly to sugar. As the body becomes used to the high levels of fake sodium, the more it craves it.
As you can see, there is a stark difference between table salt and naturally occurring Sea Salt/ Himalayan Salt. If you haven’t already, make the switch in your house for an immediate and easy health upgrade.
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