We all know that a little salt makes everything taste better. But many of us hesitate when reaching for the saltshaker because we have been told that it is bad for our health. Salt has been blamed for leading to a wide range of health problems including high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke.
The primary source of salt in the American diet is processed food. Therefore, people that eat a lot of processed and fast food are indeed eating a lot of salt. The health problems that are correlated with salt are most likely due to the processed foods and all the goodies (food coloring, preservatives, artificial flavors, corn syrup, trans fats, etc.) that are in them.
Did you know that sodium, which we get from salt, is needed in the human body to conduct nerve impulses, contract and relax muscles, and maintain the proper balance of water and minerals? Recent studies have actually confirmed that that consuming too little sodium increases your risk of heart attack and death.
That being said, the source of your sodium does matter. There is a huge difference between refined table salt and real, unprocessed natural sea salt. Table salt is striped of all its natural minerals and then is mixed with chemicals, such as moisture absorbers and iodine. Table salt is difficult for the body to break down and throws off the fluid balance in the cells.
Unrefined sea salt, on the other hand, promotes health through providing the minerals and elements that are necessary for regulating the water content in your cells, leading to healthy blood pressure and an overall better functioning body.
My favorite salt to use is Himalayan sea salt. This salt is unique because it was created 250 million years ago when the environment was pristine. It is sourced from deep within the Himalayan Mountains and is rich in essential minerals, giving it a pretty pink color.
In addition to promoting good health, Himalayan salt tastes AMAZING on everything. I admit that I am a bit obsessed with it and have even been bringing it with me when I travel.
When you are using a high quality sea salt, like Himalayan, there is no need to worry about limiting your salt intake. Just listen to your body and your taste buds.
Craving something salty? Sprinkle on a bit of this pink fairy dust. 🙂
If you are looking for a good brand I like HimalaSalt. You can find it at Whole Foods Market and most health food stores.