Curative Powers of Salt
There are very few places in the world where you can enjoy the curative powers of salt. Here at Salt Spa in St. Augustine, you can now experience those therapeutic benefits for yourself. Feel the power of a rich salt micro-climate, and immerse yourself in the energy of 25,000 pounds of natural Himalayan and Polish crystal salt from the ocean, dating back to 250 million years ago. Because salt does not allow growths to occur, the cave has a high microbiological cleanliness, free from fungi, pollen, bacteria and dust mites.
Perhaps you haven’t heard of salt therapy, but inhaling salt goes back to ancient times. In fact, the benefits of salt therapy were even noted in a book published in 1843 by Dr. Felix Boczkowski. Dr. Boczkowski, a physician at the Wieliczka salt mine in Poland, observed a curiously low incidence of respiratory conditions in salt miners.
The salt cave micro-climate influences our body’s cellular osmolarity in the nasal passageways. When salt particles are inhaled, they will land on the airway linings and draw water inside, thinning mucus and activating self-cleaning. Breathing becomes much easier, and people feel better almost immediately. Simultaneously, the salt crystals are absorbed into the layers of the skin and bind moisture there. The presence of sodium ions is essential for muscle contractions, including those of the most important muscle: the heart. Salt is also important for removing the acidity from brain cells, thus improving brain function.
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The unique climate of our salt cave is attributed to many factors.
- The air composition contains salt aerosol and 84 ionized micro elements.
- Water towers disperse an aerosol containing rare, naturally-iodized salt from Bochnia, Poland.
- Isolation from the outside atmosphere.
- Due to a unique negative ion-rich environment in the cave, electromagnetic radiation is reduced.
- It is maintained in a stable climate condition, with a low air temperature of 69 degrees Fahrenheit and 60% humidity.
Why is eating too much salt bad for us?
The medical establishment villainizes salt; however, it makes no distinction between different types of salt.
We have three types of salt available for purchase at Salt Spa: sea salt, table salt, and Himalayan salt. Which is the best for you?
We will start with the worst version of salt….
1. Table salt
You should not be eating 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.
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; this can lead to tissue irritation, water retention, and high blood pressure.
Table salt has been removed of all of the minerals that would otherwise help to balance blood pressure. Consequently, table salt causes gross blood pressure fluctuations, instead of 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. Ironicallt, 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, at the request of the government, Morton’s Salt Company, which controls most of the salt production in the U.S., was required to add iodine to their salt. 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.
Mineral deficiencies are partly responsible for the rising obesity epidemic. Obese people are invariably malnourished, and their bodies are starving, because regardless of how much they eat, they are not getting the minerals and nutrients that they need. The processed table salts and conventionally grown produce are a big part of the problems.
2. Sea Salt is better for you, but……
Unadulterated and 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. Recent evidence that suggests that sea salt may contain amounts of micro plastics.
3.The healthiest forms of salt
Wieliczka salt and Himalayan salts.
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, parasites, and airborne pollen. Its specific toxicity to pathogenic life forms, and its reduction of immune system over-sensitivity, is why salt is so beneficial.