Let me start by saying that I love salt, for it is the salient ingredient that magically meld flavors together and gives the sensual satisfaction to a dish. In addition to making foods taste good, salt is a critical component to maintaining good health.
Our cells need sodium, chloride, and potassium in order to absorb nutrients which enables optimal cellular function. However, there is a gargantuan difference between table salt (also known as refined salt), and natural, unrefined sea salt, and mined salt. Refined salt is heated to 1200° Fahrenheit which destroys beneficial minerals, and then it is bleached and laced with toxic ingredients such as talc, and aluminum silicate. Aluminum accumulations in the body can lead to neurological disorders. Talc (synthetic magnesium silicate), which is added to table salt as an anti-caking agent, poses health risks when ingested in quantity, such as inflammation of the lungs.
Wait, isn’t iodide added to table salt, and that’s good for us, right? Well, the truth is that the minute amount added to refined salt is only just enough to prevent goiters, but not sufficient to prevent thyroid problems or satisfy the body’s need for natural iodine.
What is Table Salt?
So, to re-cap, table salt = Sodium + Chloride + additives such as talc and aluminum silicate (up to 2%) + Iodide (.01%)
Depleted of all the symbiotic, nourishing minerals that are inherent in real salts, table salt is simply a lifeless entity that beguile our taste buds, while causing
harm to our health.
5 Health Hazards
Refined salt is added to most packaged, convenience foods. Practically all processed foods are depleted in vitamins and minerals, therefore, with regular consumption, the body will become more and more acidic. When the diet lacks alkaline minerals such as calcium, magnesium, and potassium, it will cause a mineral deficiency that leads to overall acidity. Left unabated, it can lead to cancer and other illnesses.
3. Adrenal Exhaustion
Our adrenal glands are tiny organs that have a very powerful effect on our health, and well-being by regulating salt absorption and producing important hormones such as DHEA, Estrogen, testsoterone, and cortisol.
According to Salt Your Way to Health, 2nd Edition by Dr. David Brownstein,
” Refined salt, lacking basic minerals, results in a deficient condition. Refined salt contains large amounts of sodium. This large amount of sodium, coupled with lack of minerals, results in an imbalance between sodium and other minerals. The end result is adrenal exhaustion.”
4. Thyroid Problems
Shaped like a butterfly, the thyroid gland weighs only about 1.5 ounces. Although small in comparison to other organs of the body, our thyroid is responsible for converting the inactive thyroid hormone T4 to its active form, T3. Without this conversion, our metabolism will be negatively affected, leading to either hyper or hypo thyroid, Hashimoto’s disease, as well as other auto-immune illnesses.
Since table salt is lacking minerals and also contain toxic additives, regular usage will result in poor conversion of T4 to T3.
5. High Blood Pressure
The standard recommendation is to lower salt intake for high blood pressure, but the truth is that unrefined salts that retain all the precious minerals will actually help to lower, or maintain healthy blood pressure, while table salt has the opposite effect. Again, as refined salt primarily contains sodium and chloride, consistent intake can lead to water retention. If not addressed, the excess water will lead to narrowing of arteries, resulting in high blood pressure.
What salt should you use?
Well, definitely NOT refined salt. Your best choices are the least processed sea salts, or mined salts.
My favorite is Celtic Sea Salt® as it is stilled harvested by traditional salt farmers in northwestern France and contains no additives or toxins.
Redmond’s Real Salt is another good choice, although it is mined from salt deposits in Utah rather than gathered from the sea.
For a great read on why real salt is good for your health, I high recommend Dr. Brownstein’s book,Salt Your Way to Health, 2nd Edition
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