How Salt can be Good For You

bigstock-sea-salt-34380128For the last few decades, salt has had a really bad reputation!  Research has shown that excessive salt intake raises blood pressure (hypertension), which is a major factor in causing strokes, heart failure and heart attacks.  However, this information is incomplete. The type of salt we consume can make all the difference, since all salt is not created equal! Man-made, refined table salt is the true culprit. Table salt (Sodium Chloride) is chemically produced, bleached and devoid of most nutrients and trace minerals. It also often contains aluminum (which can lead to Alzheimer’s) and other hazardous toxic additives such as fluoride, anti-caking agents and bleaching agents.

On the other hand, naturally occurring “real” salt contains a myriad of 80+ trace minerals—such as potassium, magnesium and calcium—that help almost all of the body’s biological processes and organs (such as the adrenals and the thyroid) function properly.  Salt in its natural form also helps to maintain a healthy balance of electrolytes in the body, which facilitates communication between the brain and nerves cells and in turn influences heart rate, blood pressure and muscle tension. Sea salt also helps the kidneys rid the body of excess acidity and regulate blood sugar levels. Additionally, sea salt prevents dehydration in the body so adding just a little bit of sea salt to our daily drinking water can dramatically help keep us hydrated!