Salt has had a lot of bad press from the medical and health care system, and even on social media. I agree that excessive amounts of salt can cause high blood pressure and heart disease, based on the research and studies found. However, this is based on refined salt, not unrefined sea salt.
Our bodies contain around 450g of salt, which needs to be replenished each day in order to maintain normal health and levels of alkalinity in our body. The sodium it contains has life sustaining elements, so without salt your life declines dramatically.
Let’s look at salt a little more closely.
Refined salt (also known as table salt) does not contain the same health benefits as unrefined sea salt. Refined salt contains anti-caking agent, which contains an aluminum base, is linked to heavy metals toxicity and also has suspicious links to Alzheimer’s disease. Additives are added to refined salt to stop it from turning purple. Sodium aluminosilicate and sodium acetate are found in refined salt, and they are known to cause kidney problems, mineral metabolism, elevated blood pressure and water retention, which if you are hoping to achieve optimal health, will definitely block you from doing so.
So, I have told you the negatives of refined salt, but as previously mentioned salt is vital for your body. There are positive affects of salt, such as:
- Stabilising irregular heart beat – Just add a pinch of salt to water and this will efficiently reduce a racing heart and also lower blood pressure.
- Being a strong antihistamine, which is used to release asthma and clear the lungs of mucus plugs and sticky phlegm.
- Being a strong antiseptic, as it extracts excess acidity from cells, particularly in the brain.
- Preventing and treating cancer, as cancerous cells thrive in a oxygenated environment.
- Aiding the prevention of muscle cramps.
- Providing firm bone structure.
Sea salt does have lots of advantages, so if you should make sure that you have salt in your diet, however if you can use sea salt instead of refined salt you will find that this is better for your health.
- Add a pinch of sea salt to every litre of water to improve health and energy levels.
- Taste your food BEFORE you add salt to avoid over seasoning your food.
- Use unprocessed sea salt. Scottish (Celtic), French and New Zealand are good sources, as other sources may contain heavy metals, including mercury due to the population of it.