I have seen a lot of talk about salt in the health scene lately. It seems everyone is promoting “healthy” salt one way or another; Miracle Salt, Celtic Sea Salt, and Himalayan Crystals to name a few. Unfortunately, I don’t see any of them telling the truth about salt. All I hear is marketing mumbo jumbo to get people to buy the latest health products, despite the copious amounts of scientific literature about how it’s bad for your body.
What Is Salt?
Let’s first dive into what table salt really is. Then we will uncover how different these “healthy” salts really are.
We have all heard salt is essential for life, but what we really need is the two components of table salt; sodium and chloride.
Sodium stabilizes water balance in our body, has an intricate role in our nervous system, and is a component of several chemicals in our body such as in our gastric juices. Natural sodium occurs in many vegetables, greens, tomatoes, and of course celery.
Natural chloride occurs in these same vegetables and fruit also. Chloride is essential for the survival of all cells in the body and health in general.
Chloride and chlorine are not the same things either. Chlorine on the other hand is extremely hazardous.When chlorine enters the body as a result of breathing, swallowing, or skin contact, it reacts with water to produce acids. These acids are corrosive and damage cells in the body on contact.
Sodium Chloride (salt)
Sodium chloride is a compound that the body cannot break apart through digestion and the liver. The only way to deal with this unnecessary compound is to eliminate it from the body. When salt can’t be excreted, it is deposited in the body where it causes cells to contract and discharge their vital fluids. Ever feel bloated after eating Chinese food? This results in dehydration of the cells, hardening of the tissues, degeneration of organs and sometimes cancer.
Unfortunately, table salt contains ingredients other than sodium and chloride, aluminum. Aluminum is an attacker and its target is your central nervous system. Studies show that toxic metals like aluminum contribute to brain diseases and mental disorders by producing oxidative stress and aluminum is one of the worst offenders.
Nothing Natural About It
Just like cigarette smoke everybody knows that it is detrimental to their health, yet there are still plenty of smokers out there. High fat diets don’t work yet people are still jumping onto the Atkins diet. Are we addicted or what?
As is the case when any poison enters our body, salt does not kill us right away. But we become addicted to salt and it lowers our defenses to not only endure the detrimental effects of this addicting substance, but to crave more of it.
Animals in nature do not consume salt. Cows and other animals are taught to eat it. Humans are the only primates that eat salt. In regards to salt licks (which is a man made product), they are given to cows and other domestic animals to increase their water weight so they can be sold for more money. No animal in nature flocks to sources of salt.
Does Salt Make Food Taste Better?
Salt does not make food taste better. It makes food taste bland and deadens any and all taste buds to be able to taste anything but more salt. In truth, salt irritates our taste buds, actually killing many cells on the tongue. The effect is much like burning or scraping some skin off our hands in pursuit of a more sensitive touch. Unlike the sweet sensation we are born to appreciate, salt sensation is acquired. Only through practice of adding salt to foods do people develop a taste for it.
In ancient Japan, samurais committed hari-kari to eliminate their dishonor. This was achieved by stabbing themselves through their own stomach. Another method of suicide, which involved a long agonizing death for the greatest dishonor, was to swallow an ounce of salt. What resulted was a destruction of the body from the inside as well as dehydration. By morning they are dead.
Drinking sea water causes dehydration and results in death in only a few days due to the salt content. Extracting salt from the water and ingesting it leads in the same direction.
And here it is, salt is a deadly poison and not something your body can use. Even small amounts do some damage to your cells and can be stored in the body, making the body more toxic each time you consume salt. Salt is not food, even in small amounts. This also applies to everything else we consume. Poisons affect our bodies and when we get more in then what we can get rid of, it will accumulate and do even more damage.
So claimed “healthy” salts are no different than table salt. Table salt is just a more refined form of these rock salts. Refined coca is cocaine and refined poppy seeds are heroine. All three cause addiction.
Salt is a learned taste, not a natural one. Just watch a baby’s facial expression of disgust when given salt for the very first time.
Do not worry about salt, our body has no need for the chemical compound salt. If we did why did nature stick it in the sea and deep underground?