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On Salt


There are hundreds of arguments on the topic of whether salt is healthy or not. So I thought I’d get down to researching the topic. My husband, territorial of the saltshaker, has a heavy hand in pouring any kind of salt that’s in front of him. He argues that “ salt is good for you.” And he’s not wrong. Salt is an essential element of good health. It’s vital in providing essential elements for a proper functioning body. Although it is imperative to be aware and mindful of the distinction between “good” salt vs. “ bad” salt.
Table salt is known as Sodium Chloride, and is the type of salt we want to avoid, while sea salt and Himalayan salt offers elements providing healthier living.
The dietary laws of Americans suggest limited salt intake to less than 2,300 mg a day —or 1,500 mg if you’re age 51 or older, or if you are African American, or if you have high blood pressure, diabetes or chronic kidney disease. It is suggested to stay under these numbers and be mindful of not getting your salt in take from processed foods and to swap your salt intake for healthier versions of salt.
Here are the reasons to swap table salt or sodium chloride for healthier sources of salt such as sea salt and Himalayan salt.
Table salt or Sodium chloride is actually primarily an industrial product, made in large processing plants and over 90 percent of it is used in commercial industry. While being manufactured, it is heated to 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit and treated with caustic soda to remove other minerals. Chemicals like Aluminum Hydroxide are added to improve how it pours. Research shows that Aluminum Hydroxide is attributed to Alzheimer’s disease. When you have the mineral stripped of the elements, Intracellular water is drawn out of your body cell to counteract and this affects kidney function.
Long term effects of sodium chloride are high blood pressure, impaired nerve and muscle function, kidney problems, osteoporosis, intestinal disorders, dehydration and fluid retention. But, despite all of these heart hazards caused by sodium chloride, you do benefit from incorporating natural sources of salt with trace elements, such as healthier types of salts like sea salt and Himalayan pink salt.

Mineral sources besides sodium contain magnesium calcium potassium iron zinc and iodine. These types of salt provide essential minerals containing 84 different types of minerals in their natural form. They improve the body’s PH balance, bringing the body back to alkaline range. They maintain proper intercellular water levels, enhance nervous system function and nutrient absorption while reducing stress and tension. They improve muscle function and avoid cramping, minimize fluid retention as well as decrease chances of osteoporosis. They aid in anti-histamine effects, supporting lung function and lower risk of kidney problems as well improving sleep and libido.

These salts’ function for electrolyte balance is imperative. Staying hydrated during exercise is essential. Adding 1/4 teaspoon of salt to 32 ozof water for activity with sweating involved will aid in optimal performance. Proper salt intake will bolster the transmission of information between brain cells and nerve cells, which influence heartrate blood pressure muscle tension.

Celtic sea salt Grayish in color, this salt is naturally harvested in Brittany, France near the Celtic sea using 2,000-year-old Celtic method. Celtic salt provides a great amount of trace elements from moist crystals done by artisans with a skillful touch. Therapeutic qualities of Celtic salt alkalize the body, eliminate mucus buildup, build immunity, improve brain function, increase energy, and provide electrolyte balance and restful sleep. They prevent muscle cramps and regulate the heartbeat and blood pressure.
I’ve been using Celtic sea salt for many years. I carry my little wooden salt carrier in my bag to have access to a healthier version of salt and add trace minerals to my water bottle.
The healthiest version of salt is the Himalayan Crystal salt sourced from the deep mines of the Himalayas. Its beautiful pink color offers the amazing essential and trace minerals and is also is great in flavor. Biological need for salt varies by individual depending on age, activity level and health conditions. Always do your own research and check with a medical professional, especially if you have any medical conditions.

Salt and Cellulite: With inquiry on whether salt can attribute to Cellulite, there is no definite research either way. It is known, though that too much refined salt intake causes water retention and stores toxicity, which attributes to cellulite. Eating a cleaner diet, alkalizing and flushing out, swapping Sodium Chloride Salt for healthier salts and having a good exercise regime can all be ways of getting rid of cellulite.

Benefits of Salt for Beauty: Ever notice how wonderful your skin feels at the beach? The natural minerals in salt can be great for skin and for beauty looking hair:
Here are some ways I use salt externally: • Soak in a relaxing bath with add magnesium(epsom salts) and Himilayan or celtic sea salt (2 tablespoons of each)
I use Ancient Minerals magnesium spray all over my muscles to relax them after workouts.
For skin issues: Make a poultice of real salt and water(or honey) and apply to areas with eczema or psoriasis
. • Make a salt scrub with finely powdered sea salt and natural oil (like coconut or olive) to use as an exfoliant in the shower.
•If you suffer from asthma or allergies, use a salt inhaler to help alleviate symptoms or a netti pot.

• Use a Himilayan salt “soap”bar in the shower to sooth and heal skin (some say this is very anti-aging). It is very gentle for children with eczema.
• Use a Salt deodarant bar if you are sensitive to even natural deodorants. I use a rock salt, you can find at most health food stores.
• Swish daily with a salt-water mixture for 30-60 seconds. The trace minerals in the salt will help remineralize teeth and the pH of the salt will help improve the pHof the mouth.

•I love the look of beach waves and surfer inspired hair. There are many products you can spray in before styling your hair to give it that look. Check out products from Oribe, Moroccan oil and
Bumble and bumble’s Surf spray.

While too much salt has gotten a bad rap in our society, it is important to research further the organic and healthier types of salt that offer the minerals our planet has blessed us with.

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