Sea Salt
Is Salt Good, or Bad for Us?

sea salt harvesting in Mexico - photo courtesy by travelways.com

Sea salt content of the oceans is similar to the salt content of our own blood.

We all know already that our body is 75% water.

What maybe not all of us know, is that this water contained in all of our tissues, cells, blood, etc. is a salty water solution, very similar to the seawater...

So, why are we often told that salt is not good for our health?

- Let's see:

Sea Salt vs. Table Salt

The thing is, there is a difference between the common table salt we buy in stores and the natural salt.

Table Salt

table saltThe salt we normally use may come from salt mines or even from the sea. However, this so called "table salt" is a refined product, based on sodium chloride, same that is used in so many industries, including the food industry.

The process of producing it consist mainly in boiling and then drying the salt at high heat.

The result is a substance hard on the body, that contributes to high blood pressure, heart trouble and kidney disease, among other health problems.

It often contains additives like aluminum that makes it powdery and porous. ("Aluminum is a toxic substance dangerous for the nervous system and it has been found to be one of the primary cause of Alzheimer's disease")

Advocates of big industrial salt producers claim that sodium chloride as a chemical substance is the same as natural salt, and it's safe for the human consumption - but is it?

- It's exactly the same with so many other artificial foods sold to us (and labelled "natural") leading to so many health problems in our society today, including obesity...

Unrefined sea salt

Unrefined Sea Salt
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As I'm showing in the benefit of drinking water page, we need minerals and trace elements for the electrolytic process that keeps our body alive. These are: sodium, chloride, potassium, and bicarbonate.

Notice that the vegetables we eat don't contain sodium chloride (the regular salt), so we need to take it separately.

What kind of salt should we eat?

Salt in its unprocessed form contains all the vital minerals and trace elements that our body needs - remember, our blood composition is similar to the sea water - read more about the health benefits of sea salt.

Apparently, it is not the presence of sodium chloride that is unhealthy for us but the absence of the other elements like Magnesium, Potassium and Calcium.

You should be aware of the fact that many table salts labeled "sea salt" are washed or boiled, which removes minerals and trace elements from the salt. These salts are toxic to the body. Beware of "Sea salt" labels. Source: "Health Miracles in Water & Salt , by Dr. Batmanghelidj's

Iodine in salt

The real salt is not rich in iodine.

Some countertop table salts have added synthetic iodine as a chemical component, which doesn't have anything in common with the natural iodine that our body needs.

The fact is that we do need iodine in our diet. This element, in its natural form, is mandatory for the tyroid gland, which controls many vital functions in our body - You should consult your doctor about the amount of iodine your body needs.

* Iodine should be added to your diet only from natural iodine rich foods (like seafood), or supplements.

So, what are the types of salt to use?

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