Types of Salt: All you need to know
The medical establishment villainizes salt; however, it makes no distinction between different types of salt.
We will start with the worst version of salt….
Not all salt is created equal
You should try to avoid this type of salt. It is refined and has been stripped of all minerals. Advocates of traditional medicine believe that processed table salt is energetically dead, as its crystals are completely isolated from one another. For the body to metabolize chemical table salt, it must expend tremendous amounts of energy to keep the body in a state of optimum fluid balance. Many minerals removed from salt help balance blood pressure consequently. table salt causes gross blood pressure fluctuations instead of stabilizing it. This well known danger have created an industry of low sodium foods.
The average American consumes 3,400 mg of sodium chloride a day, over 1,000 mg more than the recommended limit. The body cannot dispose of it in a natural, healthy way, which can lead to tissue irritation, water retention, and high blood pressure.
Table salt has all of its minerals removed, which would otherwise help to balance blood pressure. Consequently, table salt causes gross blood pressure fluctuations as opposed to stabilizing it. This well-known danger has created an entire industry of “low sodium” foods.
Processed foods are very high in sodium, which is always in the form of table salt, artificial flavors, or flavor enhancers. Ironically, low sodium products often contain monosodium glutamate, a sodium-based excitotoxin that causes heart attacks in people who do not have enough magnesium. Insufficient magnesium is probably
the most common reason for mysterious heart failures in young athletes, who simply fall over dead at sporting events.
Salt is either found in rock form, where it is mined, or free flowing in the ocean. Over 100 years ago, salt used to only be found in rock form, which had to be ground. In 1924, Morton’s Salt Company, which controls most of the salt in the U.S., was required to add iodine to their salt at the request of the government. Table
salt also contains additives to make it more free flowing. Ferrocyanide, talc, and silica aluminate are commonly included. Aluminum intake leads to neurological disorders, particularly when no selenium is provided to help the body to chelate it. Aluminum bio-accumulates inside the body, causing further degeneration over time. Talc is a known carcinogen, though its effects upon ingestion have not been heavily studied. Although talc was once used in baby powders, the majority of those products now use cornstarch instead, because of the known health risks. Despite its prohibition in all other foods, the F.D.A. has a special provision to allow talc in table salt, due to toxicity issues. According to current regulations, table salt can be up to 2% talc.
Sea Salt is better for you, but…
Unrefined sea salt is likely not harmful in moderate amounts. It contains selenium, which helps to chelate toxic heavy metals from the body. It also contains boron, which helps prevent osteoporosis,
and chromium, which regulates blood sugar levels. In addition, it contains one of the only safe sources of copper. Copper helps the body form new arteries when the main arteries are clogged.
However, considering the increasing pollution of our seas, it may not be wise to consume too much sea salt. There is recent evidence that sea salt may contain amounts of micro plastics.
The healthiest forms of salt
Food grade rock salt from mines in Klodawa, Poland,Himalayan Salts, and other naturally mined or obtained through evaporation by unpolluted areas are the healthiest forms of salt.
Himalayan salt is a type of rock salt best known for its striking pink color, which comes from the natural presence of several trace minerals, including magnesium and iodine. Himalayan salt is unrefined and hand-mined from caves in northern Pakistan. Because it’s millions of years old and has sat untouched, many people believe that Himalayan crystal salt is a better option than standard table salt, which may contain toxins and pollutants.
Himalayan salt helps to regulate water levels in the body; encourage healthy blood pressure; reduce cramps and the appearance of aging; and promote cellular energy balance, healthy sleep patterns, and sinus, kidney and gallbladder health. Because Himalayan salt is a natural negative ion generator, it can also help boost your mood and provide a mental calmness and clarity.
Healthy salts make the body a hostile environment for pathogens such as bacteria and parasites. Its specific toxicity to pathogenic life forms is why salt is so beneficial. The presence of sodium ions is
essential for muscle contractions, including the most important muscle, the heart. Salt is important for removing the acidity from brain cells to improve brain function.
Salt has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. It loosens excessive mucus and speeds up mucociliary transport. It also removes pathogens like airborne pollen and reduces lgE level (immune system oversensitivity).