Salt has gotten a bad reputation, but the truth is that not all salt is harmful to your health.
Similar to every other area of nutrition, quality is crucial. The common table salt in most processed products, restaurant meals, and at-home salt shakers is poor quality and should be avoided as much as possible.
The biggest problem with table salt is that it is highly refined, removing 82 out of the 84 minerals, resulting in a product made of 40 percent sodium and 60 percent chloride. It’s the toxic levels of excess sodium in salt that cause many imbalances throughout the body, such as dehydration, fluid retention, high blood pressure, inflammation, and muscle cramps. These imbalances contribute to numerous degenerative diseases. Although many health practitioners advise avoiding salt, I recommend replacing table salt with unrefined sea salt.
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Unrefined sea salt, having the opposite effect of table salt, is a superfood that’s essential for keeping the entire body in balance. Unrefined sea salt balances electrolytes (sodium, potassium, magnesium, and chloride) to regulate fluids, nourish cells, eliminate waste, promote circulation, and support nerve function. Quality is everything, so select a sea salt that is unprocessed, gray or pink colored and contains some moisture. Celtic and Himalayan sea salt are high-quality brands rich in trace minerals and free of chemicals and preservatives.
Benefits of Unrefined Sea Salt
How To Include
Use unrefined sea salt on raw foods or at the end of cooking. Cook this salt as little as possible to maintain minerals. Use as much as your body craves. Some people need a lot to start, but this amount decreases as mineral levels replenish. Extra sea salt with vegetables can help reduce gas, decrease bloating, and improve digestion. Include more sea salt during times of high stress to support the adrenals and help your body adapt to stress better.
Start your day with a large glass of filtered water with the juice of one lime and 1/4 teaspoon unrefined sea salt. Sea salt supports hydration and electrolyte balance. Lime masks the taste of the salt while assisting detoxification.
To maintain a healthy sodium level, enjoy unrefined sea salt, sea vegetables and whole foods, while limiting processed foods.
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Wellness Coach, Functional Diagnostic Nutrition® Practitioner,