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Thursday, August 25, 2011

Salt is good for you! What ??

Sea salt is found in the form of fine or coarse grain, and contains more than a 100 minerals in it. Sea salt and refined salt have the same nutritional value, but they differ in their taste and texture. Table salt is obtained from the rock salt that is mined from mineral deposits. Due to the variations in their refining processes, both salts differ in taste and texture. The end product after refining either of the salts is sodium chloride, which is necessary for the body to function properly. According to experts, recommended intake of sodium should be somewhere between 1,500 and 2,300 milligrams per day, for healthy adults. Hence, some people prefer using sea salt in their food as it has a more subtle flavor.

Everyone has heard for ages that salt is bad and will kill you. I tell people all the time to watch your sodium intake. High blood pressure and water retention are two big items with my clients, that are of immediate concern, especially for those wanting to change their bodies. So if you eat too much salt bad stuff will happen - that part has not changed. The big misconception about salt is that all salt is bad and you should not eat salt. But once again as with most food stuff, it comes down to your choices. Processed regular table salt is the bad guy as are most other processed foods. That is the one that will make you bloat into an orange balloon and explode into a fireball of despair from hypertension. So I say, minimize your processed table salt intake and monitor your sodium levels in your food choices.

On the flip side, salt is important and necessary for health and wellness. But of course we are talking about natural, real sea salt.  Celtic sea salt is harvested off the coast of Brittany, France from sea waters of the Atlantic ocean. In traditional methods of harvesting the salt, only wooden rakes are used. The salt is allowed to dry in clay ponds and gathered, again using only wooden tools. This method is believed to preserve living enzymes in the salt. Celtic sea salt is awesome but any kind of organic raw sea salt is really good and should always be chosen over regular salt.

Health benefits of Sea salt:
it has numerous trace minerals and magnesium
balances electrolytes
is essential for the regulation of blood pressure
It acts as a strong natural antihistamine by keeping the body at the right pH. This helps by maintaining the body's acidic level and preventing different health problems and degenerative diseases.
helps a person get a deeper and longer sleep
avoids water retention in the body
helps dissolve kidney stones in the body
helps our body heal quickly 
helps in food absorption from the intestinal tract and maintains the level of sugar in the blood
and reduces your overall sodium intake.

So it does some pretty awesome stuff. Regular table salt -not so much. You get the idea-make the switch and be healthier starting now. Check your local health food stores and grocery stores for real celtic sea salt or regular sea salt and if you can't find it locally, it's available online.

Read more: Health Benefits of Celtic Sea Salt |

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