A Pinch of Salt

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Salt is a topic close to my heart (and tongue). Simply open my kitchen cupboard and you’ll find a large collection of sea salts: Maldon, Hawaiian, Celtic, Kelp, Himalayan, Black Lava sea salt and the list goes on. However, the one salt you will never find in my house is nasty old-fashioned iodized salt. If you’re now thinking salt’s salt right? …it’s all sodium. And hang on, isn’t it bad for you? - you’d be very wrong.

Human beings need salt to stay alive. The human body is 75% water, all of which is maintained as a salt-water solution. Salt helps maintain the fluid in our blood cells and is used to transmit information in our nerves and muscles. It is also used in the uptake of certain nutrients from our small intestines. The body cannot make salt and so we are reliant on food to ensure that we get the required intake. The recommended daily intake of salt (sodium) is around 250 mg/day. Individual needs, however, vary enormously based on a person’s genetic make-up and their lifestyle.

Table salt (iodized salt) is potentially health damaging. It is mined from underground salt deposits. Table salt is heavily processed to remove all minerals but sodium chloride and usually contains an additive to prevent clumping. Some table salts are even bleached. Sea salt (Hawaiian, Celtic, Kelp) on the other hand is produced through evaporation of seawater, usually with little processing, which leaves behind over 80 trace minerals and elements depending on its water source. These minerals add flavor and color to the sea salt.

Health benefits of sea salt:

Alkalizing – Sea salt is alkalizing to the body, as it has not been exposed to high heat and stripped of its minerals, nor does it have any harmful man-made ingredients added to it. Thus it can help you to prevent and reverse high levels of acids in the body, which in turn eliminates the risks for serious and life-threatening diseases.

Weight Loss – Believe it or not, but sea salt can also help you in weight loss. It helps the body to create digestive juices so that the foods you eat are digested faster, and it helps to prevent buildup in the digestive tract, which eventually can lead to constipation and weight gain.

Skin Conditions – A sea salt bath can help to relieve dry and itchy skin as well as serious conditions such as eczema and psoriasis. The bath naturally opens up the pores, improves circulation in the skin and hydrates the tissues so that your skin can heal.

Rehydration – Doctors often recommend replacing water and salt lost in exercise and when working outside. Wilderness hikers know the importance of salt tablets to combat hyperthermia. Oral rehydration involves replacing both water and salt. A pinch of sea salt in water will do the same.

Muscle Spasms – Potassium is essential for helping the muscles to function properly. Sea salt not only contains small amounts of potassium, but it also helps the body to absorb it better from other foods. Thus it is effective in helping to prevent muscle pains, spasms and cramps.

*When buying sea salt always check that it is unrefined (refined sea salt lack any essential minerals). I recommend Maldon Sea Salt and Celtic Sea Salt available at most leading supermarkets and wholefood stores.

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New Zealand based Nature Bee was born in 1997 when Jeff and Ben Cook joined forces. The father / son team discovered a special process developed by Canterbury University, still considered to be ground breaking today, that unlocks the nutrients of bee pollen, making it far more digestible than normal bee pollen. This proprietary process was later to be named the ‘potentiation process' and is continually used only by Nature Bee on their New Zealand bee pollen. Nature Bee is now available in almost every country in the world.

One Reply to A Pinch of Salt

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