Table salt is perhaps one of the most common household items and ingredients in cooking, and yet it is so refined as to be bad for us in the same way that refined sugar is bad for us. It is changed so much that our bodies do not recognize or process it well. So what is the alternative? Do the "fancy" new salts on the market really offer us that much better?
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Additives may be added to standard table salt to prevent clumping and for smoother pouring. Aluminum hydroxide is sometimes used this way, deposits of which have been connected to Alzheimer’s. The high balance of sodium chloride in table salt makes it easy to exceed the daily recommendation of sodium. While our bodies need sodium for survival, it also needs the many other minerals which are removed from table salt during the refining process.
While freshly ground pepper has long been a culinary practice in restaurants and kitchens, freshly ground salt is fairly new to the scene, thanks in part to the rising trend toward healthier choices such as Himalayan salt and other sea salts. Himalayan crystal salt contains all of the 84 elements found in the human body, according to Dr. Mercola, boasting a myriad of health benefits over conventional table salt. Himalayan salt often contains small amounts of calcium, iron, potassium and magnesium. It also contains slightly lower amounts of sodium than regular salt, making it better for you.
Table salt is processed to the point where it is 98% sodium chloride. Natural salt is only 85% sodium chloride. So what does this mean?
This unnatural form of salt can be the cause of water retention and is found to be taxing upon your elimination system. This is because more water is needed in order to break down the sodium chloride in your body before you can metabolize it properly. This water comes directly from your cells. What is the result? Arthritis, gall bladder and kidney stones and cellulite are just a few problems that can arise.
This brings us to the switch! If table salt is so bad, what makes any salt better? Himalayan salt and other natural salts are easier for our bodies to assimilate because of their other ingredients, which help regulate, rather than retain the water content of the body.
Our bodies are more than half water. Imagine the water inside and outside of your cells, supporting them and carrying the electrical and chemical messaging of your nervous and endocrine system. In order for the body to work properly, these fluids must be properly allocated, not over or under-saturating the cells, or a myriad of problems may arise. Natural salts and their minerals aid in that balance. Table salt upsets the balance.
So what is Himalayan salt good for?
Some of these benefits include:
These are just a few of the benefits Himalayan salt can offer.
Because we use salt daily in our meals, as you can imagine, replacing your regular salt with freshly ground Himalayan salt can have extremely positive effects upon your long term health. Himalayan salt can be added to food or taken in through the skin by salt soaks or salt scrubs.
Consider Himalayan salt for many uses in the kitchen, bath and throughout the house.
So, in closing, rethink the anti-sodium diet and rediscover natural salt and its benefits. We’re not saying to change your salt intake – dietary guidelines recommend limiting to 2,300 mg per day, or 1,500 mg if you are 51 or older. What we are saying is that, given the choice, freshly ground Himalayan is by far the better bet.
Salt is an essential nutrient that our bodies cannot do without. Additionally, sea salts contain a good deal of beneficial minerals whereas standard table salt is chemically altered to become a substance that your body not longer readily recognizes as salt.
Salt is an ingredient most of us use multiple times every single day. Now we know the effects that different kinds of salt can create inside our bodies. It is amazing how little things such as changing the kind of salt you use could make a big impact on how your body runs inside and out.
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