Table salt is bad, it has been proven over and over again the last few years. Granted, it is much prettier than the darker gray (or pink) natural salt, and since people have been conditioned to associate pure white with cleanness and health, many of us are mistakenly believing that table salt is good – until various health problems come up.
Table salt is made by bleaching salt and by adding various additives that give it a long lifeshelf (have you ever seen a ‘due date’ on a table salt box?). It has been refined and stripped off all its healthy minerals and nutrients and it is chemically treated, which makes it toxic to consume over time. No wonder that many people complain that their body retains a lot of water which makes them bloated and gives them a good few extra pounds to their bodyweight. The body does that to protect itself from all those harmful chemicals that it is attacked with every day through consuming table salt.
This is in fact one of the reasons why so many people mistakenly stop using salt altogether. They create low sodium recipes, use salt substitutes or low sodium salt and really don’t ingest any sodium at all, which is sadly robbing the body from healthy minerals.
Now granted, if you’ve been using salt all your life – and the salt of choice was table salt – you know the pure white powder that you buy at the local supermarket – then stopping salt will definitely reduce your weight. The water retention no longer happens and the weight will go down. And this is what so many people want.
However not consuming salt – sodium – is really robbing the body from healthy nutrients which the body so much needs. And the real salt, the unprocessed salt in the form of Himalayan salt, or Celtic Sea salt, or Real salt – you know those larger chunks of salt that is NOT in form of powder – that is healthy for the body. It is not processed, most salts have over 80 different trace minerals, including magnesium – and this is the main reason why real, unprocessed salt does not cause water retention in the body. The extra sodium in salt is neutralized by the magnesium and other minerals in it, so that blood pressure is not affected at all and the body no longer retains water.
When it comes to sodium and why the body so desperately needs it in at least a small amount – well it has been shown that sodium found in unprocessed salt gives you energy. It also helps the body cool down after heavy activity. Basically with sodium you sweat out the toxins from the body easier than without it. If you can’t sweat the toxins, they accumulate in the body creating all sorts of health problems, several of which are easily eliminated by simply eating 1-2 teaspoons of salt – unprocessed salt per day.
And this last point I can personally acknowledge that it helps. Unprocessed salt is used if you want to remove the halides from the body (bromides and fluoride) and especially if you are supplementing with iodine. The sodium will push out the bromide so that the detox is faster than without it. One of the best places to read up about bromide, iodine and why salt is essential for detoxing is Breast Cancer Choices (btw you don’t need to have breast cancer to read that page – it is for everyone who wants to learn more about the dangers of bromide and fluoride, and why iodine and unprocessed salt is so needed by the body).
In addition, dr. Brownstein has been preaching about the health benefits of real salt for ages. He even has a book out salt called Salt Your Way to Health, which explains all this better than I ever could.
In his own words:
“Nobody makes a distinction between unrefined and refined salt. They ‘lump’ all salt together as a bad substance. This is a terrible mistake.
There are two forms of salt available in the market place: refined and unrefined. Refined salt has had its minerals removed and has been bleached to give it the white appearance that we are accustomed to seeing with salt. It is the fine, white salt that is available at almost any restaurant or grocery store. Refined salt has been bleached and exposed to many toxic chemicals in order to get it to its final product. It has aluminum, ferrocyanide, and bleach in it. I believe this refining process has made it a toxic, devitalized substance that needs to be avoided.”
So if you still use table salt and find that you are suffering form various health problems, try – not try – do it! Switch it out with real salt. You can use any salt that is unrefined, such as Celtic Seas salt, Himalayan salt, Real salt (the brand) or some other salts that are usually grayish in color, and seem slightly dirty – they are not dirty, they’re just loaded with the minerals that are stripped out from the table salt to look so pure, white and healthy – which is anything but.
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