A lot of people think that all salts are the same and don’t realise that there are enormous differences between standard refined white table salt and natural salts from nature. The differences can have a huge impact on your health.
These days, 90% of salt is used for industrial applications such as making soap, plastics, detergents, agricultural chemicals and de-icing highways. These processes only require pure sodium chloride so the natural salt is refined, bleached white and treated with chemicals (sulphuric acid or chlorine) that reduce the trace minerals. However these trace minerals are essential for the human body.
During the manufacturing process, the salt is heated to extremely high temperatures which alters the natural structure of it. Anti-caking agents, moisture absorbents and conditioning agents can also be added to ensure that the salt is easy to pour. These can include sodium ferrocyanide, aluminium silicate or ammonium citrate. Dextrose can also be added to act as a stabiliser.
When salt is refined, manipulated and consumed, our bodies find it difficult to digest. Unfortunately this refined salt is in many processed and packaged foods at our supermarkets. When digested, it upsets homeostasis in the body, causing water retention leading to poor circulation, high blood pressure, a decrease in our immune system and an increase in the acidity within our bodies. That is why so many mainstream medical practitioners recommend low-salt diets or not to consume it at all.
Natural salt is essential for life and we cannot live without it.
In fact, our body requires it to help fight certain types of fungus, viruses and bacteria. Natural salt helps to regulate blood pressure, metabolism, digestion, the proper functioning of the nervous system and brain cells, as well as produces hydrochloric acid in the stomach for digestion.
Unrefined salt is a whole food product which is easily utilised by the body. Our bodies are designed to receive sodium chloride in combination with all the other minerals and trace elements like potassium, manganese, zinc, magnesium, copper and calcium. All of these minerals are essential for a healthy immune system.
Are pink salts bad for your health?
A recent report looked at the mineral composition of pink salt products available in Australia. One pink salt (branded Peruvian Pink Salt) was found with high levels of lead among other heavy metals of sulphur and silicon.
Pink salt is not the problem, the quality of product is. Globally, our soil and farming land have been polluted with chemicals and our oceans are losing their cleanliness, resulting in high toxicity. Many food products are also over processed. As always, we encourage you to be sure where your products come from and exactly what goes into them.
Changing Habits Seaweed Salt is a naturally organic product. It is hand harvested and enriched with the cleanest seaweed (dulse) powder for its iodising properties – which also contributes to its deeper pink colour. This beautiful salt is free from environmental toxins and contains 84 minerals and trace elements that are highly beneficial for the body, including magnesium, calcium, copper, potassium and iron.
As we’ve said above, salt in its most natural, unprocessed, untainted form is imperative. It helps regulate blood pressure, metabolism, digestion, proper function of the nervous system and brain cells, as well as produces hydrochloric acid in the stomach for digestion. It is a real food, essential as a quality product in a small quantity daily to gain the microminerals every human body requires for optimal health.
So which salt is best?
Refined salt is a poor food choice and shouldn’t be included in your diet. However, sea salts are becoming more processed and polluted as the oceans fill up with toxins. So when you choose one, select one that is as pure as possible.
At Changing Habits, we’ve sourced a pure high grade Himalayan salt which is free from environmental toxins as it has been hand-harvested from the mountains in the Himalayan foothills of Pakistan. The salt from this region was formed about 250 million years ago when the region was dried by the heat of the sun. Himalayan salt has many hues of pale pink which indicates the salt’s rich and varying mineral content. Many salts, even natural ones, can be low in iodine. That’s why Changing Habits added dulse powder, which is naturally rich in iodine, to its Seaweed Salt.
Benefits of Seaweed Salt
- Supports thyroid and adrenal health. Salt cravings are common among those with adrenal fatigue as the body is telling you it needs more trace minerals.
- Improves energy levels
- Helps balance blood pressure
- Supports hormone balance as quality salt combats excess cortisol
- Improves hydration by providing trace minerals to your body
- Regulates water content both inside and outside your body’s cells
- Improves circulation
- Naturally anti-microbial
- Reduces muscle cramps by improving mineral and hydration status
- Supports sleep
- Aids the body’s natural detoxification by balancing systemic PH
- Contains organic dulse flakes which are rich in iodine, vitamins B6, B12, A, iron, potassium, phosphorous and manganese
- Acts as a powerful anti-histamine
- Promotes insulin sensitivity
- Toxin free and contains 80+ trace minerals
- Stimulates the production of enzymes and digestive juices which are necessary for the body to utilise nutrients from the foods we eat
How much salt is enough?
Learn to understand your own body and what it needs, so add salt to your own taste buds.
If you suffer from a slow metabolism or decreased adrenal and thyroid function, you may require more salt. In this case you may have to add it to your meals, cooking and baking as well as the water you drink throughout the day. Cyndi recommends adding 1/8th of a teaspoon of the Changing Habits Seaweed Salt for every 500ml of water.
Some days you may require or crave more salt than normal, and other days you may need less, again it’s incredibly important to listen to YOUR own body.
So make the switch today and choose a quality Himalayan salt like the Changing Habits Seaweed Salt so you can reap the health rewards and have a positive impact on your health and well-being.
**Please note that if you do have kidney disease or hypertension, consult your chosen health care practitioner before you make any changes to your consumption of salt.
Happy Changing Habits.
Cyndi O’Meara & Jordan Pie (Nutritionist)
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