Salt is important for many biochemical processes in the body. Now, I am not talking about that white, refined table salt on the table at many restaurants or that salt that comes in a round blue cardboard container—I am talking about unrefined, mineral-rich, moist, colorful sea salts. This type of salt has the right ratios of sodium, chloride, and all of the complementary minerals we need to properly utilize sodium in the body. You’ve heard that an apple a day keeps the doctor away, right? Well, a teaspoon of the sea salt per day may just do the same thing!
The fact is, salt has been vilified by the media and many physicians for causing hypertension and other chronic health disorders. However, according to Dr. Brownstein, author of Salt Your Way to Health, “The people criticizing salt have no knowledge of the difference between unrefined and refined salt. It is important to include healthy unrefined salt in your diet and to avoid refined table salt.”
Note that the ratio of minerals that exists in the ocean is the ratio the body needs. That means that sea salt is a reliable source for some of the minerals and trace elements necessary for good health. (Unfortunately, modern diets do not always provide these nutrients in ample quantities.) You can use sea salt as a replacement for common iodized table salt for its nutritional benefits and to avoid the problems associated with iodized salt.
One of my favorite unrefined sea salts is Celtic Sea Salt®, which contains over 80 minerals and has many benefits including:
- Source of added minerals
- Balances blood sugar
- Helps relax the body for sleep
- Improves brain function
- Prevents muscle cramps
- Prevents varicose veins
- Prevents osteoporosis
- Regulates blood pressure (if adequately hydrated)
- Thins mucous which can get excessive and uncomfortable if you have an infection or allergies
Tips to Using Unrefined Sea Salt in Your Diet:
- Have it on hand at home for seasoning and cooking and use instead of any common table salt.
- Try carrying a small package with you when going to a restaurant for seasoning food or to put in your water.
- Buy fresh or frozen foods and season them yourself instead of using commercially canned foods (these often contain unnecessary and unnatural salts and flavorings).
- Use after a workout to replenish minerals lost from sweating and to help counter dehydration—just add ¼ teaspoon to your water and drink.
- Include in the cooking water when you poach eggs or sprinkle some on your cooked eggs.
- Use in homemade snacks and baked goods: popcorn, salsa, guacamole, pancakes, muffins, etc.
- Add a pinch to your water and drink upon waking
- Sprinkle on salads (also helps to keep them crisp)
- Add to soups and broths to bring out the flavors
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