For years I avoided salt because we have been told that it is bad for us but I didn’t think to find out why.
In the UK ‘less salt or no salt’ has become common place on processed food packaging. In my opinion though our body needs salt to stay healthy, it is the second most important thing the body requires after water.
The human form mirrors the earth. We are 70% fluid, and so is the earth. We have rivers of blood flowing through our veins and the earth has rivers of fluid flowing through hers. The human form has mountains and valleys of flesh, and so does the earth. The tides are in sequence with the planets and so are we, ask any A & E mental health department, and our oceans are full of salt so it makes sense that we require some too.
Natural salt contains sodium which is an electrolyte required for many of the body’s biological needs. Sodium regulates our fluid levels so if it becomes low then fluid levels in and around the cells increase and in turn contributes to various health conditions, including blood pressure issues.
Table salt is chemically produced and demineralised. It has no trace nutrients and has been heated to 648 deg C at which time its structure alters and it is turned into a food that is indeed bad for our health. It is this salt that is added to most of our processed foods and has been the cause of the salt debate, until fairly recently that is.
So, what should we be using? In first place it’s the Pink Himalayan Salt as it contains dozens of minerals along with sodium chloride. If the pink stuff is hard to find then Celtic Sea Salt or Black Lava Salt will do the job nicely. Real salt tastes different, it enhances the taste of food and it doesn’t smother it – enjoy salt again but make sure it’s the good stuff!