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  • Refined Salt vs. Sea Salt

    I was surprised many years ago to hear that refined salt — the kind that goes into all processed foods and sits in most kitchen pantries and on restaurant tables —  is TOXIC.

    Hearing this at a nutritional conference piqued my interest to read more, which I did.

    I’d heard generalizing statements that all salt is bad before, but not a specific kind of salt.

    In fact, only refined salt is bad for you, while unrefined sea salt is actually health-promoting.

    Lets take a look at the differences between Refined Salt and Sea Salt:

    What’s Bad About Refined Salt?

    The term “refined” may be good for table manners, but not table salt. Refined means the naturally occurring complex of nutrients is stripped from salt. What you’re left with is a toxic chemical that only resembles natural salt in its taste and texture.

    If you want a good book on the subject, refer to David Brownstein, MD’s, Salt: Your Way to Health. In this book, the author relates to salt as a misunderstood nutrient.

    Good Salt Is Health-Promoting

    According to Dr Brownstein, the right kind of salt helps with high blood pressure, adrenal disorders, headaches, immune system problems, fatigue and thyroid disorders. The secret is in the minerals that are found in sea salt and not found in refined salt.

    The combination of water and salt in the body are needed for metabolism, detoxification, hormonal and nervous function and transportation of nutrients. The right kind of salt is good for you.

    On the Other Hand, Refined Salt is No Good

    Refined salt is bad for you. It contains no other minerals than sodium, which leads to an imbalance of salts in your body if you eat it. There are all sorts of important mineral salts and they all need to balance each other out — magnesium, potassium, calcium and so on.

    We Need Salt, but The Good Kind

    Scientific research does not support the claims for low salt diets.

    And the idea that salt gives you high blood pressure is wrong if you’re eating the right salt. Again, we need salt, but the kind with all the minerals — sea salt, not refined salt.

    Salt in table salt and processed foods is sodium chloride. It’s processed at high temperatures, changing its molecular structure and removing the minerals.

    Eating refined salt is associated with high blood pressure, fluid retention, heart and kidney disease.

    Choose the Healthier Salt Solution

    Toss that refined salt out of your kitchen (and over your shoulder) and switch to Celtic Sea Salt.

    It’s in your health food store and available online at places like Amazon.

    It’s an easy switch, tastes the same (or arguably better) and it can make a tremendous difference for your health.

    photos:
    salt-shakers: © 2008 Tudor
    sea salt: © 2010 D. Sharon Pruitt

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