Thursday, February 16, 2012

Salt-Has it lost it's savor?

About a year ago I read a book called Salt: A World History by Mark Kurlansky. It was so so interesting. It talked about just how important salt has been to human civilization... not just as a food, preservative, and rock with important minerasl but also as a currency. How different it is from now. We hear a cacophony of voices telling us that salt is unhealthful and something that we want to do away with! I suppose that could be true of the salt you buy in grocery stores, you know that white, iodized stuff. But a sea salt with minerals, that is unprocessed is very good for you.

Still don't believe that salt is necessary and good for you? Just get sick and dehydrated. Do you know what they give you in the hospital for dehydration? A saline (salt) drip. Yep. They re-hydrate you with salt water. Now I know this is simplistic but you get my point. You do need salt to be healthy.

So what is the difference between salt that is good for you and that white salt that is processed with chemicals? Salt that is processed with chemicals and heat not only removes those good minerals that your body needs but it also leaves bitter chemical taste behind. Then because they have depleted any nutrition they have to add Iodine back into the salt. They also add anti-caking agents. Do you really want to be putting this into your body? You are being robbed of the minerals and nutrition that natural sea salt has to offer. Natural sea salt that is produced in traditional ways is the best for your body. It contains mineral that are inherently occuring in nature such as natural iodine, magnesium, iron, and many many others. Your body needs these minerals in order to function properly. If nature has given us such a perfect gift why do we go and try to change it?

We have changed the salt in our house to Real Salt. It was found in an ancient sea bed in the middle of Utah. I feel confident using it because I know that it hasn't been polluted with all the bad things that are in our seas and oceans.

the other salt that I can feel confident recommending is Hymalian Pink. It, like Real Salt, is from an ancient sea bed. Celtic sea salt has been recommended to me also but because of the current polution in our oceans I am uncomfortable eating it myself.

I think the most important thing to remember is that even if you buy your sea salt from the health food store, if it is white and free flowing you have just picked up a processed salt.

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