We have been eating salt for thousands of years. Actually, we’ve been eating it how it is found in nature for thousands of years: unrefined. It wasn’t until modern times we started to refine it and add iodine to it. Most unrefined sea salt usually comes from salt mines. It is washed and strained. It is has become common knowledge that it is called sea salt as the mines were usually former sea beds. A few brands are harvested from the sea. Today’s oceans are much higher in some toxic metals such as mercury, but was not in the oceans as much millions of years ago when the salt beds were formed. So avoid salt harvested from today’s sea water.
Note: If you live in a hot climate, eating salt as part of your regular diet is even more important because significant amounts of sodium are lost in sweating.
A few things to know about unrefined salt:
- Natural salt is generally a very healthful product. Unrefined sea salt is an important source of minerals. This is especially today, as the food supply is mineral-deficient due to hybrid crops, modern agriculture methods and food processing and refining.
- Unrefined salt has little or no effect on blood pressure. It helps maintain electrolyte and osmotic (the force needed to dissolve other minerals) balance. It also has an alkalizing effect on the body and rightly so, because mineral content is where you achieve alkalinity, not through your drinking water.
- The sodium it contains is critical for osmotic balance and to solubilize (dissolve fatty tissues) other minerals in the blood. Deficiency of sodium causes other minerals to become unusable and deposit into the soft tissues and other types of tissues throughout the body.
These are terrific reasons to eat salt on food. Avoiding a quality unrefined sea salt is rarely necessary and often harmful since it is a source of vital minerals. I recommend quality sea salt in moderate amounts for almost everyone. Those with very high blood pressure may need to wait until their pressure drops, although a quality sea salt may actually assist in diminishing their high blood pressure.
So what’s happened to our salt supply? It’s been refined by food companies, and therefore regulated by government. Partly due to the practice or refining table salt, the government forces salt companies to enrich all table salt with iodine. This is a positive benefit of table salt, but the only benefit.
Common table salt is a highly refined product and one of the worst junk foods. Virtually all its trace minerals are missing, so that it is almost pure sodium chloride. The trace minerals are removed and sold separately. This profits the salt company and leaves our bodies impoverished.
Its unbalanced mineral content actually causes more mineral imbalances, as it is too high in sodium and very low in calcium and magnesium, two vital minerals today that can be obtained to a degree from unrefined salt.
If mineral depletion is not bad enough, common table salt often has aluminum, a toxic metal, added as a flowing agent. It is also often bleached for whiteness with other toxic chemicals. It is an unbalanced, toxic product that should be totally avoided.