Salt is a necessity of life. It is a mineral that’s been used in many cultures over thousands of years as a preservative, as part of rituals and of course to season food. Today, we are told that we should avoid salt and reduce our sodium intake, which makes us believe that salt is bad for us. However, this is only half of the truth.
No wonder we are living in a time where we are all confused about what to do when it comes to our food and health, right?
There is good news though for the salt-lovers of the world out there like me. Salt is actually vital to our health AND can be beneficial to our bodies, but is dependent on the type of salt we select.
Salt is actually vital to our health AND can be beneficial to our bodies. (Tweet this!)
The white table salt that I grew up with (the one in almost every restaurant) is the kind of salt we do need to stay away from. This is where the mantra “avoid salt and reduce your sodium intake” comes into play. This white table salt is highly processed and depending on your source is about 96-99% sodium chloride. Additives, such as iodine and MSG, are often added to prevent clumping. We DO need to stay away from this type of salt, as this is what can impact our cardiovascular system, blood pressure, fluid buildup and much more.
The way our food is processed today tends to strip the essentials that God intended us to have when He created this earth. So, it’s always best to avoid anything that has been bleached, processed and striped of its intended benefits. With sodium intake being above average for most people, it is so important we choose a source that will give us the minerals that will support our bodily functions.
What salt should you use? For food consumption the two best sources of salt are Celtic and Pink Himalayan Salt.
Located in South Asia, the Himalayan Mountains naturally produce these clear pink crystal forms that contain all of the 84 elements found in your body.
Wait. Can I just pause for a moment?
This salt contains ALL of the 84 elements found in our body. I am not trying to be repetitive, but I really think that fact is so wonderfully amazing and is just one other reason I am completely in awe and humbled by what God has produced on this earth for all living beings.
My geek-out moment is over so let’s move on to WHY this mineral is so good for us. Pink Himalayan salt can help our bodies:
- Regulate the water content throughout your body
- Promote healthy pH balance in your cells (particularly your brain cells)
- Promote blood sugar health and can help reduce the signs of aging
- Assist in the generation of hydroelectric energy in cells in your body
- Absorb food particles through your intestinal tract
- Support respiratory health
- Promote sinus health
- Prevent of muscle cramps
- Promote bone strength
- Regulate your sleep
- Support your libido
- Promote vascular health
- Regulate your blood pressure with sufficient water and potassium intake.
Celtic Sea Salt
The Celtic Sea is part of the Atlantic Ocean off the southern coast of Ireland. The salt produced here is course, moist and typically grey in color having many of same benefits as Pink Himalayan Salt. Due to its unique flavor components, it is most often paired with steaks and root vegetables.
- Alkalize the body
- Balance blood sugars
- Eliminate mucus buildup
- Build immunity
- Improve brain function
- Increase energy
- Provide electrolyte balance
- Promote restful sleep
- Prevent muscle cramps
- Regulate heartbeat and blood pressure
My favorite of the two is Pink Himalayan Salt, but either way you can clearly see that this mineral has powerful benefits to our bodies. In terms of consuming salt the USDA recommends 2,500 mg of salt per day, whereas the American Heart Association recommends 1,500 mg salt per day. In all cases, it’s best to exercise wisdom in our eating habits and not over indulge with our salt intake. The first step is to move away from the processed table and remember small changes that benefit our health add up over time.
Tip: If you are worried about the expense of these salts there are online resources of Pink Himalayan salt and Celtic salt that are much cheaper than what you can find in the regular grocery or health food stores.