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.
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. More than 80 trace minerals can be found in naturally filtered salt water. It contains magnesium, potassium, selenium, copper, iron, and zinc to name a few. 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 with bread, frozen meals, pizza’s, cured meats and things in a tin like soup, sauces etc.
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 says. 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 a 98% sodium chloride. Then there are the trace minerals like calcium, magnesium, and potassium which gives the salt a pinkish color and also a different flavor. It usually does not contain additives.
I have been taking Himalayan salt with lemon juice as 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.
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. These things often have money interest behind it and not your well being.
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Perhaps you are interested to read my post on the health risks of sugar.