Humans cannot live without salt because the compound helps regulate water content in the blood. But many people believe they need to reduce their salt intake in order to be healthier. Where’s the disconnect?
You see, we live in a world of sound bites and half-truths, and often the first casualty of good health is the basic, fundamental knowledge that our ancestors intrinsically knew for thousands of years. A glut of information leads to misunderstandings of bodily functions, which then leads to misinterpretations of advice like, “too much salt is bad for your body.”
As fellow seekers of good health and abundant happiness, if we can convince you of anything, it’s this: multiple things can be true at the same time. Salt is both a vital nutrient, and a potential toxin simultaneously. Learn to love the paradox and embrace the duality, because the resulting phenomenon you’ll feel in your life is called balance.
Usually the difference between positive and negative versions of the same nutrients come down to the methods in which they’re cultivated. Refined table salt has aluminum, ferrocyanide, and bleach in it. Manufacturers also add anti-caking agents to increase the salt’s shelf life. The chemicals added disrupt the salt’s ability to regulate hydration in the body. The sodium chloride in table salt is highly concentrated and toxic to your body, too. Plus, it actually tastes a lot more like chemicals than natural salt — you’re just used to the flavor because it’s all you’ve ever known.
When adding more Celtic sea salt to your diet, be sure to drink plenty of water
Celtic sea salt, on the other hand, is sun-dried and aired in clay ponds. It’s then gathered with the help of wooden tool to ensure its living enzymes are intact. As it is unrefined salt, it provides you with 84 beneficial live elements, without the addition of any preservatives or chemicals. These natural minerals balance the sodium content and help your body metabolize it effectively (which table salt does not do).
As for benefits, Celtic sea salt outpaces the competition in every possible way. It boost immune function, fights infections (ever gargled with warm salt water?), normalizes blood pressure, alkalizes the body, and stabilizes blood sugar. The composition of naturally harvested sea salt replicates the natural mineral content of the water in your body. Most importantly, it improves energy by providing the body with key electrolytes while also keeping your muscles hydrated. Many kidney stone and gallbladder stone sufferers also report substantial improvements to their health after adding Celtic sea salt to their diets.
How can you tell if the salt on the table is Celtic sea salt or something processed? Easy — Celtic sea salt carries natural moisture, which makes it clump easily and stick your fingers. It’s also more grey in color — like pale sand. Conversely, basic table salt is fine and white and scatters quickly when dropped. It tastes saltier than the natural alternative, too.