Is Salt Good or Bad?

Salt has been demonized or shunned by many organizations, including the American Heart Association. Which I agree with when we are referring to the processed and iodized table salt most of us have come to know. Though I completely disagree if we are talking about natural sea salt and other natural salts such as Himalayan pink salt or Hawaiian volcano salt. Why do I believe this? What’s the difference?

Why you should stay away from Table (processed) Salt

Table salt is highly refined and most of the trace minerals have been removed. Another problem with this heavily ground salt is it can clump together. For this reason, anti-caking agents are added. Table salt is approximately 97.5 percent sodium chloride, 2.5 percent man-made chemicals, such as moisture absorbents and anti-caking agents. These are dangerous chemicals like ferrocyanide and aluminosilicate. A small amount of iodine may also be added. The process of making refined table salt involves drying the salt above 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit, and this excessive heat alters the natural chemical structure of the salt.4

Why are Natural Salts good for you?

A true, unrefined sea salt actually supports the human body in essential ways. High-quality sea salts typically contain 60 trace minerals. In the case of Himalayan sea salt, the number might be as high as 84. Either way, sea salts are a great source of minerals. These minerals include major electrolytes, like sodium, magnesium, calcium and potassium, that are essential to good health.5 Sea salt is essential for proper brain, muscle and nervous system function. This is due to its sodium content, which is a regulator of water in your body. It’s also required for the transmission of electrical signals in the body. Without the proper transmission of electrical signals in the body, brain, muscle, and nervous system function can get thrown off. Both too little and too much sodium in our bodies can be a problem by throwing off our sodium to potassium ratio. So, while we need to make sure we aren’t getting too much we also need to get enough.6

Where can you get high quality sea salt or other natural salts?

A couple of my favorites are Jacobsen Salt Company, Saltverk (Icelandic company), and Aloha Bay (Himalayan salt company). Other companies that make natural salts are good as well. Just make sure their product is unrefined and nothing else is added.

  1. http://www.louix.org/the-difference-between-refined-salt-and-unrefined-salt/
  2. http://www.mnn.com/food/healthy-eating/stories/the-truth-about-sea-salt
  3. http://www.medicinenet.com/electrolytes/article.htm

Natural DIY Sports Drink

Ingredients

  • 20 ounces water
  • ½ tsp Himalayan Salt (Or other natural salt)
  • 1 tsp Raw Honey
  • Juice of Half a lemon
    • Note: Roll lemon (with hand applying pressure) on table for 20 seconds. This will allow you to get more lemon juice from the lemon.

Instructions

  1. Mix or shake all ingredients together and voila! Your hydration is ready.