Similar to every other area of nutrition, quality is crucial. The common table salt in most processed products, restaurant meals, and at-home salt shakers is poor quality and should be avoided as much as possible.
The biggest problem with table salt is that it is highly refined, removing 82 out of the 84 minerals, resulting in a product made of 40 percent sodium and 60 percent chloride. It’s the toxic levels of excess sodium in salt that cause many imbalances throughout the body, such as dehydration, fluid retention, high blood pressure, inflammation, and muscle cramps. These imbalances contribute to numerous degenerative diseases. Although many health practitioners advise avoiding salt, I recommend replacing table salt with unrefined sea salt.
Swap Your Salt
Unrefined sea salt, having the opposite effect of table salt, is a superfood that’s essential for keeping the entire body in balance. Unrefined sea salt balances electrolytes (sodium, potassium, magnesium, and chloride) to regulate fluids, nourish cells, eliminate waste, promote circulation, and support nerve function. Quality is everything, so select a sea salt that is unprocessed, gray or pink colored and contains some moisture. Celtic and Himalayan sea salt are high-quality brands rich in trace minerals and free of chemicals and preservatives.
- Reduce mucus to prevent sinus and bronchial congestion
- Promote proper fluid balance & reduce water retention
- Balance electrolytes & eliminate excess sodium
- Support a healthy body pH to prevent disease
- Improve digestion & nutrient absorption
- Balance hormones & blood sugar levels
- Supply all 84 essential trace minerals
- Boost immunity & speed healing
- Support the nervous system
- Regulate blood pressure
- Prevent muscle cramps
- Dissolve kidney stones
How To Include
Use unrefined sea salt on raw foods or at the end of cooking. Cook this salt as little as possible to maintain minerals. Use as much as your body craves. Some people need a lot to start, but this amount decreases as mineral levels replenish. Extra sea salt with vegetables can help reduce gas, decrease bloating, and improve digestion. Include more sea salt during times of high stress to support the adrenals and help your body adapt to stress better.
Start your day with a large glass of filtered water with the juice of one lime and 1/4 teaspoon unrefined sea salt. Sea salt supports hydration and electrolyte balance. Lime masks the taste of the salt while assisting detoxification.
To maintain a healthy sodium level, enjoy plenty of unrefined sea salt, eat whole foods and avoid processed products.
Quick Salt Facts
- The majority of salt most people consume is from processed food.
- Kosher salt is very similar to regular table salt, but is less likely to contain anti-caking agents and added iodine.
- Low sodium intake can increase insulin resistance which leads to high insulin and blood sugar levels.
- Lower sodium excretion is associated with higher heart disease mortality.
- Low sodium intake may increase LDL (bad) cholesterol and triglycerides.
- Consuming less than 3,000 mg of sodium daily is linked to an increased risk of dying from heart disease.
- Diets low in sodium result in worse outcomes for people with congestive heart failure.
- Lower sodium diets led to HIGHER mortality rates among those with heart disease.
- Research shows there’s little evidence for long-term benefit from reducing salt intake.
- Research shows those who eat more salt have a lower blood pressure than those who eat less salt.