There is a substantial difference between the common processed table salt we buy in stores and the natural salt from our seas. Did you know that sea salt’s content of the oceans is similar to the salt content of our own blood?
The salt we normally use may come from salt mines or even from the sea. However, this so called “table salt” is a refined product, based on sodium chloride, that is used in so many industries, including the food industry.
The process of producing this “table salt” consists mainly in boiling and then drying the salt at high heat. The result is a substance hard on the body, that contributes to high blood pressure, heart trouble and kidney disease, among other health problems.
It often contains additives like aluminum that makes it powdery and porous. (“Aluminum is a toxic substance dangerous for the nervous system and it has been found to be one of the primary cause of Alzheimer’s disease.”)
Advocates of big industrial salt producers claim that sodium chloride as a chemical substance is the same as natural salt, and it’s safe for the human consumption – but is it?
It’s exactly the same with so many other artificial foods sold to us (and labeled “natural”) leading to so many health problems in our society today, including obesity and depression… And, to top it all off, we are being told by our health care “professionals” to stop our use of salt, actually robbing our bodies of one of the most important ingredients essential to our health and well-being.
Whether collected from the sea, or salt mines, sea salt – in its the natural form – is a vital element for all living organisms including ourselves, with essential health benefits.
The statements below are not from my personal experience, although I like salt 🙂 but they have been made by Dr. F. Batmanghelidj MD, the author of “You are not sick, you’re thirsty!” He explains all the important functions of the salt in our body and its huge importance for our health.
Water, sea salt, and potassium together regulate the water content of the body. Our daily food contains potassium from natural sources such as fruits and vegetables, but not table salt (sodium chloride). That’s why we need to supplement our daily diet with sea salt.
Here are only a few of the invaluable benefits of sea salt:
- Sea Salt will reduce the High Blood Pressure:
According to Dr. F. Batmanghelidj, by adding “good” salt to our diet, along with the other minerals and an appropriate hydration, salt will actually reduce the hypertension. The insufficiency of minerals in our body is actually the cause of water retention that causes the blood pressure.
- Benefits of sea salt for Breathing:
Dry Salt naturally soothes allergies, asthma and congestion. Dry salt inhaling is an old medical treatment for people with respiratory problems. It is called speleotherapy (or Halotherapy), because it’s generally practiced in deep salt caves. Salt has been always known as a strong antibiotic. A dry salt air inhaler will help cure bacterial respiratory infections and eases symptoms of asthma or allergies.
Crystal salt lamps also improve the quality of air we breathe by generating negative ions.
- Benefits of Sea Salt for Sleeping:
Salt can help you relax and fight insomnia. Do you feel nervous, anxious or you have an agitated sleep?
Take a glass of water, drink it slowly and put some grain of salt on your tongue. This will calm you down and bring you in a relax mode. If this happens at night it will help you fall into a good natural sleep.
*NOTE: the water should be at room temperature, so you don’t shock your body.
- Benefits of Sea Salt for the body pH Balance:
In concert with water, salt will neutralize the acidity in the body, as well in the brain cells.
-If you want to prevent the Alzheimer’s disease, you should not go on salt-free diet, or take anti diuretics for long.
-Kidneys will also benefit from less acidity passing into the urine
Drinking Sea Salt water from salt springs also helps the digestive system and aids in the elimination of toxins.
-Researchers at Poznan University found that drinking sea water in small quantities can be beneficial to the health because of all the minerals it contains. They give as an example the Native Americans from Utah, who used to drink water from the Great Salt Lake, to enhance the curative factors of their herbal remedies.
- Benefits of Sea Salt for boosting the Immune System:
Dr. F. Batmanghelidj MD also believes that salt is vital for the prevention and treatment of the cancer. Cancer cells – he explains- cannot leave in an oxygenated environment.
When the body is well hydrated and salt expands the volume of blood circulation to reach all parts of the body, the oxygen and active immune cells in the blood reach the cancerous tissue and destroy it.
Sea salt water and Sun work by activating the body’s own healing mechanisms.
- Benefits of Sea Salt for Skin:
When bathing, sea salt also gives an antiseptic effect to the skin and reduces histamine that causes inflammation and itching sensation.
Sea salt bath can be very efficient in eliminating the toxins from the body, while at the same time enriching the skin with vital minerals.
- Benefits of Sea Salt for Healthy Gums and Teeth:
Sea Salt makes the perfect mouth wash – you can use it to rinse your mouth after brushing or even as a more natural tooth soap, applied directly on the toothbrush. Use it in a 1% salt brine.
- Benefits of Sea Salt for Healthy Eating:
When we add salt to the food, our salivary glands are activated, giving us the necessary liquid that will dissolve the food, making it tastier and easier to swallow. Adding good quality natural salt to the food we eat is very important for digestion.
- Benefits of Sea salt in Diabetes:
Salt is a vitally needed element for diabetics. It helps balance the sugar levels in the blood and reduces the need of insulin.