For years we have been taught that a low salt diet is healthy. We are encouraged to consume low sodium products because they are better for us and even popular diets such as the Paleo Diet say to avoid salt. A recent email blast I received states that “the typical American consumes more than twice the recommended amount of sodium every day. Salt not only contributes to water retention, it can also raise blood pressure. Read labels on packaged food to check for sodium content, and cut out extra salt whenever possible.”
Hippocrates was first to recommended Salt Therapy
All living things utilize salt as an essential ingredient for life, just as they use water and oxygen. Before refrigeration, salt was used as a preserving agent for foods such as meat, fish, and butter. Societies could not survive unless they had adequate amounts of salt to preserve their foods. In 450 BC, Hippocrates, the “father of modern medicine” recommended many salt remedies for healing infections, clearing congestion, and curing many diseases. But he was not referring to everyday table salt found in every restaurant, Hippocrates was referring to unrefined salt, or sea salt.
So what is the difference between unrefined sea salt and refined table salt? Most refined salt has been commercially harvested as brine, a concentrated solution of salt and water. Brine is treated with chemicals, such as sulfuric acid and chlorine, to remove the minerals after which the water is evaporated under a high compression heat which further disrupts the salt structure. All in all, refined table salt is approximately 99% sodium and chloride with the other 1-2% consisting of ferrocyanide, aluminum silicate, ammonium citrate, dextrose, and iodide. Sounds like a healthy list of ingredients, doesn’t it?
Sea Salt, Nature’s best source of essential Iodide and Trace Minerals
On the other hand, sea salt has a healthier balance of sodium and chloride, minerals and trace elements essential for life and moisture. Unrefined salt does not contain large amounts of iodide. Unrefined sea salt does not go through mechanical processes to change its structure and does not expose it to harsh chemicals. Whereas table salt is found to decrease the pH of the body, making it more acidic, unrefined salt helps to balance the natural pH of the body and helps the body stay alkaline. This strengthens all systems of the body and supports healthy immune function.
So as David Brownstein encourages us to do in the title of his book, “Salt Your Way to Health.” Put down or throw away your table salt and trade it for unrefined sea salt. In doing so, you will trade refined toxic additives for over 80 essential nutrients and minerals for optimal health. Also, look for Greens+ Vegan Crisps containing 100% natural Sea Salt.
Dr. Travis Illian received his Ph.D. from the University of Alabama in Human Performance. He is certified nationally as a strength and conditioning coach and has published several scientific studies on Greens+ Products.
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