A lot of people think that all salts are the same and don’t realise that there are enormous differences between standard refined white table salt and natural salts from nature. The differences between these salts can have a huge impact on your health.
These days, 90% of salt is used for industrial applications such as making soap, plastics, detergents, agricultural chemicals and de-icing highways. These processes only require pure sodium chloride so the natural salt is refined, bleached white and treated with chemicals (sulphuric acid or chlorine) that remove all of the trace minerals. However these trace minerals are essential for the human body.
During the manufacturing process, the salt is heated to extremely high temperatures which alters the natural structure of the salt. Anti-caking agents, moisture absorbents and conditioning agents can also be added to ensure that the salt is easy to pour. These can include sodium ferrocyanide, aluminium silicate or ammonium citrate. Dextrose can also be added to act as a stabiliser.
When salt is refined, manipulated and consumed, our bodies find it difficult to digest. Unfortunately this refined salt is in many processed and packaged foods at our supermarkets. When digested, the salt upsets homeostasis in the body, causing water retention leading to poor circulation, high blood pressure, a decrease in our immune system and an increase in the acidity within our bodies. That is why so many mainstream medical practitioners recommend low salt diets or not to consume salt at all.
Natural salt is essential for life and we cannot live without it.
In fact, our body requires it to help fight certain types of fungus, viruses and bacteria. Natural salt helps to regulate blood pressure, metabolism, digestion, the proper functioning of the nervous system and brain cells, as well as produces hydrochloric acid in the stomach for digestion.
Unrefined salt is a whole food product which is easily utilised by the body. Our bodies are designed to receive sodium chloride in combination with all the other minerals and trace elements like potassium, manganese, zinc, magnesium, copper and calcium. All of these minerals are essential for a healthy immune system.
So which salt is best?
Refined salt is a poor food choice and shouldn’t be included in your diet. However, sea salts are becoming more processed and polluted as the oceans fill up with toxins. So when you choose a salt, select one that is as pure as possible.
At Changing Habits, they have sourced a pure high grade Himalayan salt which is free from environmental toxins as it has been hand-harvested from the mountains in the Himalayan foothills of Pakistan. The salt from this region was formed about 250 million years ago when the region was dried by the heat of the sun. Himalayan salt has many hues of pale pink which indicates the salts rich and varying mineral content. Many salts, even natural ones, can be low in iodine. That’s why Changing Habits added pure ogranic dulse flakes, which are naturally rich in iodine, to their Seaweed Salt.
Benefits of Seaweed Salt
Supports thyroid and adrenal health. Salt cravings are common among those with adrenal fatigue as the body is telling you it needs more trace minerals.
Improves energy levels
Helps balance blood pressure
Supports hormone balance as quality salt combats excess cortisol
Improves hydration by providing trace minerals to your body
Regulates water content both inside and outside your body’s cells
Reduces muscle cramps by improving mineral and hydration status
Aids the body’s natural detoxification by balancing systemic PH
Contains organic dulse flakes which are rich in iodine, vitamins B6, B12, A, iron, potassium, phosphorous and manganese
Helps the body cleanse and remove heavy metals
Acts as a powerful anti-histamine
Promotes insulin sensitivity
Toxin free and contains 80+ trace minerals
Stimulates the production of enzymes and digestive juices which are necessary for the body to utilise nutrients from the foods we eat
How much salt is enough?
Learn to understand your own body and what it needs, so add salt to your own taste buds.
If you suffer from a slow metabolism or decreased adrenal and thyroid function, you may require more salt. In this case you may have to add salt to your meals, cooking and baking as well as the water you drink throughout the day. Changing Habits recommend adding 1/8th of a teaspoon of the Changing Habits Seaweed Salt for every 500ml of water.
Some days you may require or crave more salt than normal, and other days you may need less, again it’s incredibly important to listen to YOUR own body.
So make the switch today and choose a quality Himalayan salt so you can reap the health rewards and have a positive impact on your health and well-being.
**Please note that if you do have kidney disease or hypertension, consult your chosen health care practitioner before you make any changes to your consumption of salt.
You can purchase Changing Habits Seaweed Salt here.
Attributed: Jordan Pie
Changing Habits Nutritionist