Salt is bad for your body. But why?
A high intake of salt raises your blood pressure. High blood pressure means a burden to your arteries, your brain, your heart and your kidneys — which can lead to dementia, heart attacks, kidney disease and strokes.
Half truth is that salt is salt and therefore all salt is bad for you.
See, the table salt so many of us use to season our food only contains sodium and chloride. The important minerals have been taken out during the refining process.
Whole truth is that:
Sea salt, in its purest form, is not bad for us. To the contrary!
Research has proved that sea water contains many important minerals such as calcium, magnesium, potassium and manganese. The concentration of these elements in sea water is in similar proportions to that found in the human body. …
Although these elements (sodium and chloride) have been implicated in hypertension, recent research shows that the condition improves when patients supplement their diet with calcium, magnesium or potassium — the additional elements found in sea water. …
Unfortunately, some sea salt has been processed to near uselessness. … Most brands of “sea salt” contain only sodium chloride (NaCl). A few brands retain all of the nutrients…
(What the Bible Says About Healthy Living by Rex Russell, M.D.)
Again, it’s the unrefined sea salt — in its natural state — that is good for us. So look for the one that says 100% natural or unrefined sea salt. You might not find it right away but don’t give up. If you cannot find it in the local supermarket, check some online shops.
By the way, the real sea salt is often sold coarse and is moister than the refined salt — that’s why you will run into some trouble grinding it with a salt mill. But that shouldn’t keep you from using it 😉
- To grind, use a mortar and pestle instead. This will give you the advantage of adding other spices, herbs and even oil/s along with it.
- Instead of using a grinder, take the coarse salt and dissolve it in a small amount of hot water. In salads, let cool down before adding to food.
For further reading (Salt)
- What the Bible Says About Healthy Living — According to the Divine Design — 11. The Spice(s) of Life — The Savor of Salt (by Rex Russell, M.D.)
- The Difference Between Refined Salt and Unrefined Salt (by Dr. David Brownstein)