Salt has gotten a bad reputation, but the truth is that not all salt is harmful to your health. 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 of extremely poor quality and should be avoided as much as possible. The main problem with table salt is that it is highly refined, removing 82 out of the 84 minerals, resulting in a product made of 40% sodium and 60% chloride. It’s the toxic levels of excess sodium in refined salt that cause many imbalances throughout the body including fluid retention, high blood pressure, and over-acidity. These imbalances greatly contribute to degenerative diseases. Although many health professionals advise avoiding salt, I recommend replacing table salt and with a natural, unrefined sea salt.
Swap Your Salt
Having the opposite effect of table salt, unrefined sea salt is truly a “superfood” that is essential for keeping the entire body in balance. Unrefined, natural salt balances electrolytes (sodium, potassium, magnesium, and chloride) to regulate fluids, nourish cells, eliminate waste, promote circulation, and support nerve function. Again, quality is everything so select a sea salt that is unprocessed, grayish in color and contains some moisture. Celtic sea salt is a superior brand rich in trace minerals and free of chemicals and preservatives.
Consumption of Celtic sea salt helps to:
- 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 Celtic sea salt on raw foods, at the end of cooking or at the table. It’s best to 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 minerals are replenished. You may find extra sea salt helpful as you transition to eating more vegetables as it can reduce gas, bloating and improve overall digestion. Lastly, including more sea salt during times of high stress, chronic stress or adrenal fatigue can be especially beneficial for supporting the adrenals.
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