Is All Salt The Same?
As a practitioner, teacher and life long student of naturopathy and nutrition, I want to share with you my findings as new research and developments take place and my teachings deepen. At the moment, I am very excited about salt…Yeah, I hear you cry, but isn’t salt bad for me? That’s what I used to think, too, but I’m going to share with you the different kinds of salt, including the kind we should be consuming for health.
It’s amazing to think that our veins are connected to the ocean, as our blood has the same percentage of salt as the sea. There is no doubt that our bodies require sodium, it’s needed by every cell in the body. It is an important mineral that helps to balance the electrolytes in our cells. However, the key thing is to consume it alongside the other minerals we need.
Now, let’s explore the different kinds of salt out there:
There are many different stories about how table salt came about but the truth is that it is not real salt at all, but a form of poison. Table salt is made up of 97.5% sodium chloride and 2.5% chemicals. In nature, you would not get this unbalanced quantity of sodium without a balance of other minerals. Table salt have been found to contribute towards:
- Raising blood pressure
- Fluid retention
- Kidney stones
Sodium Rich Food
A perfect example of sodium in nature is celery. Celery is so rich in sodium, you can use its juice to make sauerkraut! This is balanced out with a whole party of other minerals, such as magnesium, which help you feel relaxed.
This type of salt is brimming with other nutrients and minerals. However, these days we have to consider how we have polluted our seas with industry waste, sewerage, oil spills, heavy metals, plastic and radioactive waste. All these end up in our sea salt. Do you want to consume salt with these added ingredients? Pure sea salt is grey, so most sea salt has gone through a refinement process to make it white, and is therefore not as natural as you may think.
This salt has not been polluted by the current situation in our oceans, as it is from ocean water of the past. Himalayan salt balances sodium with eighty-four other known minerals. This makes it far more than just salt, but rather a multi-mineral supplement. Pink salt is now available in most shops and you can pick it up quite cheaply. But you need to ask, is it all the same? You’ve guessed the answer – it’s no! You get two types of Himalayan Pink Salt: Crystal and Rock.
Himalayan Rock Salt
The one you see in most shops is rock salt and this is cheap for a reason. The minerals in rock salt are nowhere near as absorbable as crystal salt. This salt is often mined with explosives, which could result in the presence of contaminants – and it generally isn’t even from the Himalayan Mountains!
Himalayan Crystallised Salt
This is from a specific location in the Himalayan Mountains in Pakistan.
It is mined using non-destructive methods that preserve the crystalline structure, enabling all the minerals to be easily absorbed and capable of penetrating human cells. Comprehensive medical research has been undertaken into this salt and its health benefits, which has determined that, in contrast to table salt, Himalayan Crystallised Salt has the ability to:
- Stabilise blood pressure
- Regulate fluid retention and flow in the body
- Aid sleep
- Help hydrate the body
- Balance blood sugar
- Clear the lungs of phlegm and mucus
- Act as an anti-histamine
- Prevent muscle cramps
I now use only Himalayan Crystallised Salt and I purchase mine from Credence. I have no affiliate connection with this company, but I do use and highly recommend their products.