As I discussed in my most recent blog post, iodized table salt is not a healthy form of sodium/salt. However, there is a healthy choice – organic sodium, which comes from natural food sources (primarily vegetables). As we know, sodium is a mineral, which comes from the soil and is found in natural, organically grown produce.
Below are several great food sources of natural, organic sodium:
Of course, we know that our soil and food supply is extremely depleted of necessary minerals, and therefore, we often need to supplement with minerals and other nutrients. The good news here is that you can purchase a pure, unprocessed and unbleached form of salt to sprinkle on your food.
One of the purest forms of salt you can find is pink Himalayan salt. Pink Himalayan salt comes from salt mines 5,000 feet below the Himalayan Mountain Range. While common table salt is incredibly processed, lacking in minerals, bleached and loaded with chemicals, pink Himalayan salt is believed to be 99% pure!
Himalayan salt is generally pink, but can be white and/or red as well. The unique color of Himalayan salt as well as the color variations is a sign of the large amount of trace minerals and electrolytes found in Himalayan salt. Many Himalayan salt companies claim there are up to 84 different minerals in Himalayan salt – it is known for sure there are at least 60 different trace minerals (minerals that your body needs in small quantities as compared to macro-minerals, which are needed in large quantities) and electrolytes!
In addition to Himalayan salt, there are other natural forms of salt, such as Celtic sea salt. Celtic sea salt comes from Brittany, France, is grayish in color and is also rich in necessary minerals.
So, what are the real benefits of consuming Himalayan or sea salt?
First and foremost, natural Himalayan and sea salt can help to balance the body’s pH level. Because salt is rich in sodium as well as other electrolytes, it has a direct effect on the body’s pH.
As I addressed in a recent blog post (The Connection Between Minerals and pH Balance: http://www.cellharmony.net/blog), life does not exist when the pH of the blood deviates from 7.4. When the body is overly acidic, it will do whatever is necessary to become alkaline. This often means pulling calcium from the bones and other alkaline minerals, including sodium, from the body to compensate for the acidity.
In addition, Himalayan and sea salt are known to be very beneficial for our respiratory system. They loosen up excessive mucus and aid the body in clearing away mucus. These natural salts clear pathogens in the air, such as pollen, and are antibacterial and anti-inflammatory.
Elizabeth Shepard, BS
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