The Salt of the Earth and the Sea
Incorrect information of the American Heart Association
Salt has been getting a very bad rap for a long time, doctors telling their patients to cut down or even eliminate it completely from their diets. This bad reputation is justified if we are talking about Refined Salt, the plain old refined table salt which is stripped of all the good things it originally had.
The American Heart Association tells us that the sodium in salt raises blood pressure and increases the risk of stroke and heart disease.
Science has come up with contrary evidence. A new study in The Lancet shows that a low-salt diet heightens the risk.
Data of some 133,118people was analyzed. The researchers wanted to see if they could find a link between high sodium and heart attack, stroke, and death.
Those people on a “healthy” low-salt diet were more at risk than the people on the moderate sodium intake in their diets.
We, humans, need salt and too little of it can even cause heart disease. But we do not need the refined type which often contains harmful anti-caking agents, some have even been related to heavy metal toxicity and kidney problems. Sodium Acetate added as a preservative can elevate blood pressure.
An excellent book for your library
The book by Dr. James DiNicolantonio explains very well how we have been misled for so long. It explains the reasons why salt got a bad reputation and instead of going salt free, you do need it for your health.
Good Salt versus bad Salt
We need to add the unrefined sea salt, which is good as it regulates your metabolism, boosts your immune system, keeps your bones strong just to name a few. It is filled with nutrients and minerals.
Over 80 trace minerals can be found in naturally filtered saltwater. It contains magnesium, potassium, selenium, copper, iron, and zinc, etc. Salt is filled with electrolytes important in maintaining your fluid balance.
Changing your diet to keep track of your salt is important. Men-made foods have hidden salt, and it is of the bad sort. Take care of bread, frozen meals, pizza, cured meats, and things in a tin like soup, sauces, etc. The more natural you eat, the better.
It is quite amazing everything Mother Earth offers us. If you want to inform yourself of the many salt types that exist you should check the salt list of Wikipedia. When you see this extensive list once again it is hard to understand why we have this need to better nature, but then the end product is harmful to us.
The Healthy Himalaya Salt
The Himalayas, the tallest mountains in the world, might be more than 450 million years old. That is what a new study of 2003 states. Previously it was assumed that the mountain range was created by the collision of Asia and India some 55 million years ago. Some 250 million years ago, that place was a primordial sea. This sea evaporated and its minerals crystallized, forming the salt.
Himalayan salt is rock salt, which is mined in Pakistan in the Punjab region. Its composition is similar to table salt with 98% sodium chloride. Then there are trace minerals like calcium, magnesium, and potassium, which give the salt a pinkish color and also a different flavor. It usually does not contain additives.
Have a look at this YouTube video and make an amazing tour of the second largest salt mine in the world.
I have been taking Himalayan salt with lemon juice the first thing in the morning for quite a long time. Professional athletes and Olympians also do this, as it has multiple health benefits.
Himalayan salt can also be used for a soothing bath.
It is important to eat salt, but be careful in your choice of which type of salt you add to your diet.
It improves your digestion, decreases uric acid to fight inflammation, it increases your immune function. It aids in proper water and food absorption. Your body’s acidity (pH) is balanced as the combination of lemon and salt has an alkalizing effect.
It is a great detox for your cells pulling out the toxins and in doing so your risk of chronic disease is reduced. It clears up the skin. Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius doctor used salt for skin diseases, according to Science Tribune (1999) It is used for psoriasis and eczema.
Himalayan salt lamps
You might consider introducing a Himalayan salt lamp in your life. You can have it standing on your desk where you work on your computer and perhaps also have a TV standing. It is said to have positive influences on your health as the negative ions released by the lamp help counteract the positive ions emitted by electronic devices. A blog by Dr.Axe goes into more detail.
Here, in this YouTube video, the health benefits of having Himalayan salt lamps standing in your house are explained. Personally, I am especially interested that it seems to neutralize the negative effects of EMFs. 5 G is here and you cannot do enough to protect yourself.
As long as you do not have a higher intake than 2.5 teaspoons of salt a day, all seems to be good. Have a look at this scientific study.
Introduce the right kind of salt in your life like that, you will have the benefits. Stay away from the bad salt, as that has serious effects on your health. When it is your health it really is worthwhile to do some investigation and not always blindly believe what is the norm. Sadly, a lot of big companies do not give priority to your health. They often have money interest behind it and not your wellbeing.
Recently another disturbing issue has surfaced. This is something that we have caused and it is getting worse by the day. You all will know about plastic pollution in our world. Plastic can be found nearly everywhere.
Did you know that nowadays most salts are contaminated with microplastic? It is getting more and more difficult to take care of your own health. The best you can do is to investigate really well before choosing which salt to buy.
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