A Salty Situation

imagesA gentlemen seated next to me at a dinner discovered I am a holistic health coach and asked my opinion about vitamin and mineral supplements.

I told him, I think vitamins and minerals are great, but I believe it’s better for us to get those nutrients from our daily food (more about supplements here).

He then asked, “And, what do you think about salt?”

Ahhh salt… such a controversial substance!

Contrary to popular belief, salt is imperative to our health and to our existence. Humans have long revered the importance of salt. So much so in fact, that people were paid with it – hence the word “salary” is derived from the word “salt.”

The one fact no one challenges is that the human body needs salt to function. Sodium is the main component of the body’s extracellular fluids and it helps carry nutrients into the cells.  Sodium also helps regulate other body functions, such as blood pressure and fluid volume, and sodium works on the lining of blood vessels to keep the pressure balance normal.

For humans, salt is as essential as water. We can perish from too little salt as we can of too little water.  But, we need to be aware that not all salt is beneficial to our health.

Unfortunately, most of the packaged and refined food in our diet today contains high levels of poor quality salt.  No wonder most people are suffering with salt overdoses!

Refined commercial table salt (that is in most of our food today), has been stripped of its many essential elements, and can upset the body’s natural balance, contributing to high blood pressure, heart disease, osteoporosis, weight gain, cancer and other maladies.[1]

Iodized table salt (sodium chloride + iodine + chemicals) is dangerous! It’s missing the many elements that make it balanced.  If the salt we eat is stripped of essential nutrients and imbalanced, when we eat it, we’ll become imbalanced, too.

To help us sustain a healthy internal liquid environment we need to eat unrefined sea salt.  Unrefined sea salt contains an abundance of minerals and trace minerals: potassium, phosphorous, iodine, magnesium, sulfur, zinc, magnesium, iron, manganese, copper, calcium, silicon, strontium, boron, fluourine, lithium, germanium, scandium, gallium, and at least fifty more.

Good quality sea salt, with its minerals intact, can be highly beneficial to our health.

I highly recommend you take all of the refined table salt, iodized salt, and kosher salt (if crappy salt was blessed by the Rabbi, it doesn’t make it any less crappy), and keep it in the garage to use this winter to melt ice on the sidewalk.  At least there it can do some good.  But, whatever you do…don’t put that poison onto your food and into your body!

For better health, it’s wise to season your food, during the cooking process, with a natural unrefined sea salt.  There are many different brands to choose from: Lima, French Atlantic, Celtic, Muramoto, Si, Spirit of the Sea, Real Salt, and others. Unrefined sea salt can be purchased at any local health food store, gourmet market, mail order company, or online.

Remember, moderation is key and just a pinch or two will do.

Excerpt from The Whole Truth Eating & Recipe Guide

[1] http://curezone.com/foods/salt/understanding_salt_and_sodium.htm