Updated: Apr 6
Bottom L- table salt, top L- cheap sea salt, top R- quality sea salt, bottom R- Himalayan
Notice the difference in colours in the picture above. This is generally an indication of mineral content (unless the product has been falsely coloured).
BIGGEST BENEFIT TO INVESTING IN SALT QUALITY?
Increased exposure to vitamins, minerals & electrolytes.
For the same amount of salt: a mineral-dense salt will contain less sodium. This is beneficial for people trying to monitor their sodium intake.
SEE YAH, TABLE SALT!!!
Table salt is high in sodium- because that is all that it is, SODIUM, it has no additional minerals (other than being fortified with iodine a regulation initiated to prevent people from getting sick/thyroid imbalance due to refined foods and thus deficiency). Regular table salt, depending on the brand, may contain preservatives, fillers and traces of bleach!
Quick clues your minerals are out of balance:
Just by Googling,
HERE ARE THE TOP USES FOR MINERALS IN THE BODY
Proper fluid balance
Stomach acid production
Healthy bones and teeth
Acid-base balance in every cell
Immune system health
Oxygen transmission throughout the body
Production of genetic material
Thyroid hormone production
Production of enzymes
AKA ADEQUATE MINERAL BALANCE SPAN ACROSS ALL SYSTEMS OF THE BODY AND ARE ABSOLUTELY CRUCIAL FOR OPTIMAL HEALTH.
Therefore if we are not giving our body access to all the minerals it needs, we can become out of balance and susceptible to dysfunction and break down. Why has the human race continued to give ourselves less and less access to a natural mineral balance?
We eat table salt.
We don't get enough access to outdoors.
We eat refined foods.
We eat foods grown in depleted soil.
We eat animal foods that are not pasture raised.
We spray our foods with chemicals.
We coat our bodies in chemicals.
We pump our air with pollution, throw trash in our waters, chlorinate our water, drink from plastic water bottles, plastic containers, the list goes on, and on, and on, and on...
Basically, our common pattern is to live a less 'natural' life..
The MINERALS ARE OUT THERE IN NATURE! :D
To find balance WE MUST BE INVOLVED!
HOW CAN WE ENSURE BALANCE?
Table salt alternatives:
SEA SALT- I like to choose a source that is conscious of the environment from which its harvested from (since the ocean is polluted). Look for it to have no additional ingredients, fillers or preservatives.
ROCK SALT- Salt that is harvested from a cave (also called Himalayan salt, pink salt, Celtic salt). This is salt from the primal sea (before the sea receded) so contains no pollution or plastics. Some believe this is the most nutritious salt. It tastes less salty than sea salt, so I like to mix Himalayan pink salt and sea salt in a ramekin and use this mixture to garnish my meals and for cooking.
EPSOM SALT- a salt that is rich in magnesium. It is relaxing and rejuvenating when used in a bath.
SALT LAMPS- a glowing salt lamp in the room can be used to purify the air. I know I love mine!! Learn more about the benefits and history of salt lamps here.
SOLE WATER- a concentrated salt solution sipped daily to provide the body with a full spectrum of minerals. To make just dissolve quality salt in warm water, sip daily or use as a mouth rinse for healthy gums and oral health.
IMMUNE BOOST- a simple salt elixir can be made at home with warm water, honey and lemon or apple cider vinegar. It is especially beneficial after sickness, hangover and as a general pick-me-up when especially active. Here's a simple recipe here.
Random tips to also gain more access to more minerals:
Eat wholesome unrefined foods, and especially eat colourful foods.
Eat roots from the Earth, like simmer roots into a tea, like dandelion, burdock, ginger, etc. and eat tuberous veggies like potatoes, onions, beets, etc.
Walk barefoot outdoors, garden with bare hands.
Swim in the ocean and lakes (or if you have no access make your bath an ocean by adding epsom salt).
Breathe fresh air from the forest and open windows to give the home fresh air.
Overall my goal of this blog post:
Is to not sell yourself short! One of the most common things I talk about with my family and friends is the importance of simple health. Our bodies are magical, and MIGHTY, and completely synced with the great outdoors more than we know. The more we can find our connection with the Earth through our everyday activities, foods we eat and generally how we live our life, the more it becomes easy to maintain balance.
In terms of salt: if money conservation is on the mind, perhaps buy a high quality salt and combine/mix well with your everyday table salt. That way at least you are increasing your body's access to more minerals gently over time.