Salt has influenced human existence virtually from the beginning of recorded history and before. Neolithic settlements were at salt springs. Greek slave traders would often barter salt for slaves and where salt was scarce it could be traded for gold on par. Roman legionnaires were at times, said to have been paid in salt-salarium, the Latin origin of the word “salary”. African tribes would go to war with one another over salt, minor campaigns were fought during the Civil War over salt mines. Many cultures share the tradition of offering bread and salt to visitors. Because salt prevents decay, it was believed it could protect from harm. Evil spirits detest salt. Jews and Muslims believe salt protects from the evil eye and the book of Ezekiel mentions rubbing salt on newborns to protect them from evil spirits.
Most people are unaware that there are important differences between regular ‘table salt’ and natural sea salt’. All of the negative information on salt is actually pertaining to the standard refined white table salt that everyone is familiar with.
All regular table salt starts off as ‘natural sea salt’. It then goes through a refinement process, which is often referred to as having been ‘chemically cleaned’. It is heated to 1200 degrees, which strips it of its vital abundant minerals and trace minerals. The final product is 97½ % sodium chloride and 2½ % chemical additives such as iodine (which was added beginning in the early 1900’s as an attempt to counter-act thyroid problems in the population as a whole) and anti-caking agents, which include ferric ammonium citrate, silicon dioxide, sodium ferrocyanide, magnesium silicate, magnesium carbonate, propylene glycol, aluminum calcium silicate, sodium aluminosilicate (also called sodium silicoaluminate), and calcium phosphate.
The refinement process creates an unnatural chemical form of salt, which over time results in health issues. This is also the form of salt that is in almost every preserved processed food product that we consume. This is important to know because on average, over 90% of the money people spend on food is for processed foods. It becomes easy to understand how table salt can be considered harmful to our health.
When there is a news report regarding how bad salt is for us; there is never a mention of natural sea salts, as being a healthier alternative.
To begin with, there are various types of sea salt, in which we will give a brief description of a few of the more popular ones.
Celtic Sea Salt – Light grey, it is hand harvested on the costal regions of Brittany, France, by salt farmers & is sun and wind dried.
Fleur de Sel de Guerande – The Flower of the Ocean…. is the premier quality of Grey Sea Salt from France. Before the evaporation process is complete a light film of salt forms on the surface, which is then harvested and sold as Fleur de Sel.
Utah Pink Salt- various hues of pink…. This is a ‘crystal’ type of salt, which comes from a 250,000,000-year-old ancient seabed in Utah, USA. It is also a pure salt with anywhere from 50-70 minerals and trace minerals. Unlike Sea Salt it has been covered by volcanic eruptions, which has protected it from pollutants and toxins of today’s environment. It is most commonly bought under the brand name ‘Real Salt’ at most health food stores.
Himalayan Salt – various hues of pink… this is a ‘crystal’ type of salt’ which comes from a 250,000,000 year old ancient sea bed found deep in the pristine Himalayan mountains. It also has not been exposed to the toxins and pollution of today’s environment. This pure salt has 84 minerals and trace minerals and is considered by many to be the best salt on the planet. It is usually marketed as ‘Himalayan Crystal Salt’ & can also be bought at most health food stores.
These two types of Pink Salt are regarded as being highly therapeutic, relaxing and have healing properties.
Natural Sea Salts can also be used for Moon Phase Bathing as well. Studies have shown that you can achieve optimum therapeutic results soaking in bath salts or a sole solution of 1 to 4 %, in rhythm with the full and new moon phases.
During a Full Moon the body’s healing potential is at its peak. The minerals and energies stored in the salt water bath can optimally be absorbed.
During a New Moon the cleansing effects are optimized because the body’s capacity for detoxifying is at its peak.
*Health Canada recommends that adults do not exceed 2,300mg of sodium per day.One teaspoon of salt contains about 6 grams of salt6 grams of salt contains about 2,400 mg of sodium.
Daily amounts can vary from person to person. People who live in hot climates and especially if they do physical labor, need more salt because much more is lost in sweating. This is why the slaves in the West Indies were fed salted food (ex: salted cod). People, who do not sweat excessively but eat fatty red meat, seem to meet their daily requirements of sodium. In fact, cravings for salt disappear when eating a paleo (meat based) diet. Where as vegetable based diets, rich in potassium, need to be supplemented with salt.
Always choose ‘whole, natural’ food products, when possible..
By: Food For Thought Store.com