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Many health authorities advise against eating salt. Our experience, however, is that if one eats a diet of natural foods high in magnesium and only uses sea salt, most people will not have difficulty with salt at all.  In fact, natural sea salt is a very healthful product that most people need more of to supply many important trace minerals.

 

This article discusses the differences between refined and natural salt, salt and magnesium, metabolic types and their sodium needs, salt and high blood pressure, monosodium glutamate and what to do if you are salt-sensitive.

 

WHAT IS TABLE SALT?

 

Common table salt is a highly refined product and one of the worst junk foods.  Virtually all its the trace minerals are missing, so that it is almost pure sodium chloride. The trace minerals are removed and sold separately. This profits the salt company and leaves our bodies impoverished. This product should be banned completely, and our health would be far better.

 

Its unbalanced mineral content actually causes more mineral imbalances, as it is too high in sodium and very low in calcium and magnesium, two vital minerals today that can be obtained to a degree from salt.

If mineral depletion is not bad enough, common table salt often has aluminum, a toxic metal, added as a flowing agent.  It is also often bleached for whiteness with other toxic chemicals.  It is an unbalanced, toxic product that should be totally avoided.

 

SALT AND MAGNESIUM

 

One of the most important minerals missing from refined table salt is magnesium. Magnesium is required for over 1000 enzymes in our bodies, and is deficient in most people's diets.

Magnesium is sadly missing from most refined foods. Milling wheat to make white flour removes 85% of the magnesium.  Refining sugar cane to make white sugar removes 98% of the magnesium.  White flour, white sugar and refined table salt are unfortunately “staples” of the American diet and more and more common in other nations as well. Magnesium has a balancing effect on sodium. Magnesium has a relaxing influence on the heart, which is one reason a shot of magnesium it is often the first “drugs” given during a heart attack.

 

Magnesium and blood pressure. The blood pressure-raising effect of table salt can be due to its high content of sodium with not enough magnesium to balance it.  This has a magnesium-lowering effect that can constrict the arteries and raise blood pressure.

Sea salt contains plenty of magnesium, which is why it usually does not affect blood pressure at all, or does so much than table salt and should be eaten by most people. Also, If one's magnesium status is adequate because one has other food sources of magnesium, salt-eating will have less effect or no effect on blood pressure.  However, other food sources of magnesium are rare, which is why everyone on a nutritional balancing program receives a magnesium supplement.

 

WHAT IS NATURAL SEA SALT?

 

History. Humanity has been eating unrefined salt for thousands of years. The word 'salary' comes from the same root as the word salt because it was such a valuable commodity it was used for currency.  Salt is more important in hot climates, where significant amounts of sodium are lost in sweating.

 

Sources. Most unrefined sea salt usually comes from salt mines.  It is washed and strained.  It is called sea salt as the mines were usually former sea beds.  A few brands such as Celtic Salt are harvested from the sea.  This is a good product, but products harvested from the sea are much higher in some toxic metals such as mercury that is found in the oceans today, but was not in the oceans as much millions of years ago when the salt beds were formed.  Therefore, we do not recommend salt that is harvested from the oceans today.

 

Effects. Natural salt is generally a very healthful product. Unrefined sea salt is an important source of minerals. This is especially today, as the food supply is mineral-deficient due to hybrid crops, modern agriculture methods and food processing and refining.

Unrefined salt has little or no effect on blood pressure. It helps maintain electrolyte and osmotic balance. It also has an alkalinizing effect on the body and is an extremely yang food in Chinese medical terminology.

The sodium it contains is critical for osmotic balance and to solubilize other minerals in the blood. Deficiency of sodium causes other minerals to become biounavailable and precipitate into the soft tissues and elsewhere.

All the above are very positive reasons to eat salt on food. Avoiding a quality unrefined sea salt is rarely necessary, and often harmful since it is a source of vital minerals. we recommend quality sea salt for almost everyone. Most tolerate it well with no adverse effects, when used properly in moderate amounts only. Those with very high blood pressure may need to wait until their pressure drops, although a quality sea salt may actually assist in diminishing their blood pressure.