Would you be surprised to know that I put salt on everything I eat? Well, not in my morning smoothie, but just about on everything else!
People are often shocked. But here’s why I do that. Salt is good for you!
So for you “salt shakers,” here are some facts to consider.
The human body cannot survive without salt (which is why you get a saline drip when you are in the hospital). Sodium is an essential nutrient that your body can’t manufacture on its own, therefore it must be consumed.
Here’s the problem though. Most people are eating the wrong kind of salt. The only way to receive all the benefits of salt is to eat unrefined sea salt, NOT processed table salt.
The reason why salt has gotten such a bad reputation is because 99% of the world’s salt research has been done on commercial table salt, the only salt most people know about. Some of the best scientific research on the healthy properties of unrefined sea salt are written in French, German, and Portuguese.
So that’s the first clue; it must be unrefined sea salt.
You must add sea salt to your diet because:
- Sea salt aids in balancing blood sugar levels and is needed for the absorption of food particles through the intestinal tract.
- It can help prevent muscle cramps, is needed to make bones strong, and regulates and normalizes blood pressure.
- It increases energy levels, helps regulate the metabolism, helps maintain proper electrolyte balance, and supports the immune system.
What salt should you buy?
Look for unprocessed, unrefined sea salt. My favorite brands are Celtic Sea Salt, Redmond’s Real Salt and Himalayan Sea Salt (but any unprocessed, unrefined brand is great.) Trader Joe’s also carries a sea salt, but I once poured a whole jar of it, by mistake of course, into my blender while I was making hummus, so be careful with that one!!
And if it doesn’t mention unprocessed and unrefined on the label, assume it is not sea salt.
And yes, avoid refined white table salt.
So the next time someone tells you to take it easy on the salt, tell them Shelli just sent me this great article about the benefits of sea salt and forward them this article! They’ll be glad you did.