Salt is of the utmost importance for life – one cannot live without it. Salt acts as the main electrolyte in the blood, the purpose being to hold fluid within the blood vessels. If the salt content of the blood drops, so does the fluid level. Therefore, salt keeps blood volume high. Blood fluids act as the body’s coolant system. It is vital to maintain sufficient sodium and chloride levels in the blood. The adrenal glands perform this function. Salt is an adrenal regenerative…low salt, lower adrenal function. Salt is vital in ridding excess acid from the cells of the body, especially brain cells. It helps balance blood sugar levels. Salt is required for absorption of food particles through the intestinal tract. It clears the lungs of mucus and sticky phlegm, which is especially helpful for those with asthma or cystic fibrosis. It is a natural anti-histamine. Muscle cramps can be prevented with the aid of salt in the diet. Salt is needed in order to create firm bone structure. As maligned as the need for salt has become, it serves our bodies in a number of critical ways.
…sea, rock, crystal, table…isn’t SALT SALT?
Many people honestly don’t understand that there is a huge difference between conventional table salt and natural, health promoting salt. The method of harvesting and whether the salt is processed makes a difference. In some parts of the world, the seas are so polluted that sea salt isn’t as healthy as it once was. There are valuable elements in rock salt, but they cannot be absorbed and metabolized by the body because of the crystalline structure. Table salt is dried at such a high heat, 1200 degrees F, that the natural chemical structure is altered. This ‘chemical cleaning’ leaves table salt in a form which does not appear in nature. As a result, the body perceives it as something completely foreign. The refining process makes it look great and pour great, but what is added (chemicals, bleach, anti-caking agents) is what creates a product that is harmful and the impression that any salt is harmful if too much is consumed.
…if it’s so bad, why do some crave SALT?
Researchers may have discovered why some people can’t get enough salt: it might lead to a better mood! Lab rats that lack common table salt stop doing the things normal lab rats like to do. A loss of pleasure in activities which were once enjoyable is one of the most important signs of psychological depression. If salt is a natural mood-elevating substance, it might be the reason it is over-used, even though table salt can contribute to high blood pressure, heart disease and other health problems.
…is Himalayan Crystal SALT the answer?
Over 250 million years old, it is the purest salt on earth, uncontaminated by toxins or pollutants. Together with pure spring water, this salt provides all the natural elements which are twins of those in the body…all 84 of them! The benefits include…regulation of the water content in the body…promotion of a healthy Ph balance in the cells…promotion of sinus health, bone strength, vascular health and natural sleep patterns…support of one’s libido…essential, with water, for regulation of blood pressure…and this names just a few benefits!
…but you don’t have to take this with a grain of SALT
RESEARCH IT! Always consult a physician. Always. There are books and websites with good, easy to understand information. A few of those resources are the following:
How to Eat, Move and Be Health by Paul Chek
The Body Shape Diet by Dr. Cass Ingram
Dr. Jeffrey R. Cutler (1995 ) study of NYC hypertensive population