DO YOU WANT SALT WITH THAT?
Salt! Such a large topic for a small word. So many people do not use salt in home cooking or on table, because “salt is bad for you”. These are people who will not be buying salt laden processed and takeaway foods. People who are eating “healthy”, but missing one crucial element: salt! The whole family may become salt deficient risking symptoms of mental and muscular fatigue, depression, hormonal and behaviour problems. Unprocessed fully mineralised salt is a critical need in our diet.
Salt in today’s conversation.
Because salt is refined and sold as pure sodium chloride, highly processed and cleansed of accompanying mineral nutrients, it is still called “salt”. The processed, dehydrated, product sold with sodium aluminosilicate added which keeps the salt dry in salt shaker, is a threat to our health the same as all processed foods are. This is not the “salt of the earth” that is essential for life. The salt we are warned to not eat is this processed, pure sodium chloride white dry crystal that is used extensively in all food processing, restaurant meals, takeaway foods and sold generally. Low salt diets have been recommended for many years to regulate blood pressure. There will always be people who are salt sensitive. Salt is excreted in the kidneys and people with renal failure will have decreased ability to clear salt from their diets and must watch their intake carefully. These patients will be under medical care and monitoring.
What do we mean by salt? Salt is naturally occurring minerals in sea water, inland lakes, and salt land deposits. It supplies more than 80 vital trace minerals to promote optimum biological function and cellular maintenance. Salt is known as the universal and most widely used food supplement and condiment. So great is the human craving for salt: it is one of the most dominating of our natural instincts and that salt itself is in fact necessary to the health and even the life of man. 1 Foods fermented with salty brine are an age old custom now popularised as essential food for good health.
Why do I need salt? Minerals supplied in unprocessed salt are one of the most alkalinising agents to the body. In medicine, salt (saline solutions containing sodium chloride) is used as part of an intravenous solution, which has saved many lives from dehydration. If there is no sodium and calcium on the outside of the cell, it will not allow the electrolytic pump to work with the potassium and magnesium on the inside of the cell. Drink all the water you like, you will still be dehydrated. Deprived of that saline solution the cells age, evidenced by wrinkles, dry skin prone to skin diseases of all types.
“I crave salt but I’m told not to eat it.” This is a common comment. If you crave salt, you need salt! Maybe you are eating lots of vegetables, fruits and green drinks which are near salt free if not organic produce. Only when salt is added can saliva and gastric secretions readily break down the fibrous store of carbohydrate. Salt is also needed to emulsify fats and oils. We also regularly consume aged meat that has its blood drained out. The proteins are not neutralised by the minerals of the marrow, bones and blood. Salt poor proteins need to have salts added, and when absent create a craving for extra salt. On such a blood-less meat diet, no amount of salt reduction can check high blood pressure stemming from an excessively high nitrogenous intake. Craving potato chips or cheeses is usually a salt craving. Salt your food and you will crave less salted foods.
Dehydration is a very common problem today. Most people don’t drink enough water. Add mineral salts to your water bottle or electrolyte formulas. Electrolyte formulas plus unprocessed salt is necessary for people in sport and any work where the body sweats all day.
How much salt do I need?
Use commonsense and your instinct as everyone is unique and we usually know if we want more salt or less. Everyone grew in their Mother’s womb in a salty electrolytic solution: our mother’s amniotic fluid. This is a most convincing fact that salt is critical to life.
What salt can I use that is healthy? Where do I get it?
Unprocessed salts are generally available: Murray River Salt and Olsson’s salt (Australian) Celtic salt (France ) Herbamare® Seasoning Salt are recommended. Himalayan salt is from an ancient salt mine in Pakistan. These are the most popular and readily available. Kelp granules also contain unprocessed sea salt.
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Lesley Parker ND ANPA. All foods mentioned are available at Pease St Pharmacy and Health Food Store.
1.. Ref: J.D Wallach, BS, DVM, ND Rare Earths. Ref: David Brownstein M.D. Salt your way to Health. Jaxques de Langre, PhD. Seasalt’s Hidden Powers.