All salt is NOT the same! That’s a bold statement since many claim that there is no difference between what you may find on your dinner table or what others are using. The truth is your regular refined salt is killing you and that’s why all doctors will advise you to reduce your salt intake. Refined salt has been completely, or almost so, been stripped of all its minerals, which are necessary to good health, and in addition to that, it leaches those minerals already in the body, making it TOXIC. But, thankfully, it’s always pure and white (which is why it’s also dangerous). Simply put, it has been completely altered and includes elements that are NOT useful or healthy to the human body. Refined salt contains just chloride and sodium.
However, unrefined sea salt is a completely different story. How? Well, it has numerous positive effects on the body. In its natural form, it contains more than 80 minerals and elements, all of which are important for optimum health.
Reasons for Salt Refining
Salt is refined for different reasons, one being that it never goes bad. That’s right, it has a very long shelf life so it’s a sure bet for grocers and food manufacturers. Another ridiculous reason for refining salt is because it looks better to consumers who have been taught to choose appearance of a product over quality. However, in order to look that way, it has been bleached. Also, salt may be obtained from areas that are polluted, so in this case, it is to remove harmful toxins within it.
Iodized Salt and Goiters
Finally, they add iodine to the salt in an effort to avoid goiters from developing in people. A goiter is simply a swelling of the thyroid gland. We also get iodine from the ground and thus, from foods that grow, but unfortunately, the soil has insufficient amounts in it. There is also less than sufficient iodine added to salt to support thyroid function and give the body all it requires of iodine.
How Salt is Refined
Salt is refined from salt mines around the world, as brine. Brine is basically a mixture of salt and water. It is then put through other various processes and treated with chemicals. During these processes, salt becomes a dead product, since the minerals removed are sold to other industries. Among sulfuric acid, chlorine is used in the refining of salt, followed by evaporating the water under extreme conditions, thereby disrupting the salt’s molecular structure.
In all of this, special agents are used which have found to be bad for your health, including ammonium citrate and sodium forrocyanide, among others. So, in the end, all the “impurities” found in salt, which are by the way beneficial to your health, are completely removed from refined salt.
However, unrefined salt is a completely different story.
Myths About Salt
A low salt diet is not healthy, and presents very little improvement to anyone with high blood pressure. Salt does not cause hypertension, if you’re using unrefined salt. Salt comes from the ocean and salt beds in the earth, a result of receding oceans. Unrefined salt contains magnesium, zinc, sulfur, potassium, manganese, calcium, silicon, fluoride, carbon, iron, aluminum, rubidium, gallium, boron, praseodymium, titanium, strontium, bromine and many others, depending on where the salt comes from .
How Unrefined Salt is Good for You
Improving your diet by choosing UNREFINED SALT can help with various health issues, like lowering cholesterol levels, reducing the severity and frequency of headaches, improve thyroid disorders, help to support the immune system, and reduce blood pressure and fatigue. In essence, it’s a whole food that people have consumed in its natural form for centuries, until not too long ago, where it was developed into something damaging to the body.
Unrefined Salt and Your Body’s pH Balance
In addition to the above, refined salt promotes acidity, thereby throwing the pH out of balance. This is possibly the cause for so many chronic illnesses, as the body has to endure a weaker immune system. You may have heard lately all about the pH balance, and how far too many of us have higher levels of acidity, and others, too much alkalinity. Either one will compromise your health, and the optimum goal is a pH of 7.2. If it’s one or the other, your body won’t function properly, and vital organs will begin to deteriorate.
In fact, it is believed that an acidic pH can be linked to various diseases, including cancer, and even hormonal imbalances, which are at the root of numerous ailments. Generally, it is the food we eat and don’t eat that affects our pH levels. Refined foods increase acidity. Raising alkalinity in the body comes with minerals, which many don’t get due to their poor eating habits. A pH lower than 7.0 is indicative of a mineral deficiency, which is quite common today. This is where unrefined salt can come to the rescue, since it’s full of important minerals.
Say No to Refined Salt
Having said that, it is important to cut out all refined foods–ALL. Continuing to eat this way will lead to your body taking its own vitamin, mineral, and enzyme storage to use for food breakdown. Eventually, this will cause lots of medical problems. Illnesses generally occur in acidic environments. It’s as simple as this: refined salt, diluted in water will reduce the pH, however, unrefined salt, again diluted in water will do the opposite, meaning it can help to maintain a more neutral pH.
Although sodium occurs in both refined and unrefined salt, it does so in a different manner. Naturally, it contains sodium, but the sodium is ingested along with all its other important minerals, so that the body can use it. Alone, as it is in refined salt, sodium is harmful, and over the years, it catches up to you.