Thursday, December 23, 2010

Sea Salt vs Regular Table Salt

     Salt is essential for the survival of all living creatures. It is needed to regulate the water content in our body, as well as many other essential functions of our bodies. Doctors often recommend that we decrease our salt consumption. This is only partly true. Indeed table salt, which is refined, is extremely unhealthy and toxic. Sea salt, on the other hand, is actually beneficial to our health. What our body really needs is natural pure sea salt; taking the wrong type of salt is damaging to our health.
     Common table salt used in most processed foods and is what we find sitting on the tables in restaurants. It is primarily kiln-dried sodium chloride with anti-caking agents added. This drying process removes 82 of the 84 essential minerals such as calcium, magnesium and potassium. The final product is unnatural and hard on the body. Sodium chloride has been linked to high blood pressure, heart trouble, kidney disease and eczema, among other health problems.
     Sea salt is the form of salt that occurs in nature and it naturally contains 84 minerals essential to our health. Among the live minerals and trace elements found in sea salt are iodine, iron, calcium, magnesium, manganese, potassium and zinc. Sea salt has many health benefits including relieving sinus congestion, regulation of blood pressure (opposite from table salt), helping to promote more restful sleep, balancing water in the body and to help reduce water retention, dissolving kidney stones, balancing blood sugar, relieving and preventing muscle cramps, and helping to keep your body more alkaline.
     To find a good quality sea salt look in your local grocery store.

There are many different kinds to choose from, look for a sea salt that has a natural grey color, or in the case of Himalayan sea salt look for a nice pink color. The natural color is a testimony to the mineral content. Throw away your common table salt and run to your local health food store to pick up some sea salt; it is both healthy and delicious.