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The Bitter Truth About Salt

Salt is a drug and unnatural. Chemical salts are carcinogenic. Table salt leads to health problems, high blood pressure. http://dherbs.com/uploads/news/id4832/alg-salt-shaker-thumb.jpg
Salt is a crystalline mineral mainly made up of sodium chloride. Salt is used as a seasoning in foods and a preserving agent.

Humans also have a innate taste for salt. Our taste buds identify six major tastes, including salt. When we taste a food containing the mineral, our taste buds send a signal to the brain labeling the taste "salt".


Sodium, Salt and the Body

Sodium is a required mineral for bodily function. Sodium is one of the eight alkaline minerals and one of the 102 minerals in the elemental chart. Sodium can be found in nature. We need sodium for proper health, especially to balance our sodium-potassium balance levels.

It helps us to hold and properly use water, especially in hot weather. Too little sodium can lead to dehydration. Sodium is also important for proper muscle function in addition to stabilizing imbalances in blood pH.

Salt, on the other hand, is not crucial to the body. Salt is largely made up of sodium schloride, so many people believe they need salt. In reality, they need sodium chloride.

Too much salt throws the body out of balance, and can contribute to the development of disease. Some health conditions associated with excess salt include:
  • High blood pressure
  • Fluid retention
  • Red eyes
Adding salt to food in one way people are consuming too much of it. Most of the processed or canned foods today have tons of added salt. This helps preserve the food and enhance the flavor. Some of us add even more salt to the food! The result is often high blood pressure.


Sea Salt

Sea salt is the salt nature naturally produces in water. This is the only salt you should use. Since it is natural and unrefined, it is not harmful to the body. Remember, all salts should be consumed in moderation, like everything else.

Sea salt is naturally brown in colors and somewhat resembles beach sand. It is coarse and comes in a variety of sizes. Three main sizes of sea salt exist: fine, coarse and granulated.

If you have any question whether a salt is natural sea salt or not, remember that all sea salt will dissolve in water.


Natural Ways to Maintain Sodium Levels

Celery is one of the best natural ways to consume sodium. The vegetable helps lower blood pressure as well. Juice or eat the vegetable raw for the maximum health benefits.

Maintaining a balance of sodium and potassium in the body can be done very easily too. Drink a glass of water with a pinch of salt and a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar. Drink this everyday for the best benefits.

Remember that diet ultimately determines health. Consume a healthy plant based diet to keep your body functioning as it should. Avoid added synthetic salt and instead focus on wholesome, pure flavors.

Thank you for reading!

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    Q: I just wanted to know about the causes and treatment of hypertension?

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    Please read my article entitled THE BITTER TRUTH ABOUT SALT on our website under Articles in re hypertension causes and effects.

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    Q: Thanks for the great web site! MY question is what's the best way to get sodium. I thought un-refined sea salt was the best, but the salt article says "eat this salt only if you must." The great thing about pure sea salt is that it all or almost all the minerals the body needs! So what's the best way to get all the mineral and to stay in balance? Also is there a way to get Epsom salt that is sodium sulfate not magnesium sulfate? Is it a good idea to bath in the "good" Epsom salt.

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    You're welcome, Beloved!

    The best way to get sodium is via vegetables (i.e. celery).

    Sea salt is great source of sodium, but its a secondary source as it has to be processed from ocean water. Absent the process, it would not be available.

    But it does provide minute amounts of trace elements.

    In re Epsom salt, I haven't been able to find the sodium one.

    I stopped using Epsom salt many years ago.

    You could bath in the good Epsom salt, but sea salt is far better and more natural.

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    Q: You are way off in the use of Salt. Like anything, salt can be over used. Where did you get your research to back up your claims?

    A:

    NO MY FRIEND, IT IS ONLY YOUR OPINION THAT I AM WAY OFF ON SALT. CHANCES ARE YOU CONSUME SALT AND THUS DEFEND WHAT YOU CONSUME AND/OR LIKE TO CONSUME, BUT TO EACH HIS OWN. IF I AM WAY OFF ON SALT: SIMPLY PROVE IT! I AM ALWAYS OPEN AND AVAILABLE TO DEBATE YOU WHENEVER YOU ARE READY TO DEBATE ME ON SALT OR ANY HEALTH OR MEDICAL SUBJECT UNDER THE SUN. SEE, HERE'S THE DIFFERENCE IN YOUR LOGIC AND MINE. YOUR ARGUMENT IS THAT SALT CAN BE OVER USED. YOU ARE FOCUSED ON "OVER USE." MY ARGUMENT IS THAT SALT IS A DAMN "TOXIN" AND "POSION," PERIOD! BECAUSE WE ARE DEALING WITH POISON, YOU DON'T OVER USE POSION NOR DO YOU UNDER USE POSION. THE INTELLIGENT THING TO DO PERTAINING TO POSION IS TO OUTRIGHT AVOID IT. THIS WOULD BE COMMON SENSIBLE BUT THEN AGAIN, COMMONS SENSE IS NOT SO COMMON TODAY. DOES IT REALLY MATTER BASED UPON THE ABOVE? MY RESEARCH RESOURCES ARE VOLUMINOUS. THE FACT OFTHE MATTER IS: SALT IS A TOXIN AND THERE'S NECESSARY RESEARCH TO PROVE IT (LIKE I DID IN MY ARTICLE). YOU WILL NOT FIND WHITE TABLE SALT IN NATURE. IF IT'S WHITE IT ISN’T RIGHT, PERIOD! THIS INCLUDES: WHITE FLOUR, WHITE RICE, WHITE BREAD, WHITE EGGS, WHITE SUGAR, AND WHITE SALT.

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    Q: I was reading your article about vinegar being harmful to the body because of its acids and I was curious to know what you think of the Organic unpasturized, unfiltered apple cider vinegar with mother? I saw that at the end of the article it stated that "if you must" use vinegar to use the organic apple cider vinegar but, I have read many places that it has many health benefits such as reducing bad cholesterol, regulating blood pressure, eliminating toxic waste from the body, fighting fungal and bacterial infections, helping relieve joint pains, breaking down fat which helps in natural weight reduction.

    A:

    I approve of apple cider vinegar for health purposes. Some good stuff!

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    Q: Dasani water, if I remember correctly, was banned from the U.K. It contains salt as well as potassium chloride. Essentia contains calcium chloride, as well as sodium bicarbonate, magnesium sulfate, dipotassium phosphate. Are all the ingredients in Essentia safe? One would have do an independent test on the water. Dasani is crap and I no longer drink Essentia but it would be my brand of choice of bottled water if I was to purchase water again.

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    Personally I have an alkaline-antioxidant water machine (Neptune brand) that produces alkaline, antioxidant, oxygenate, mineralized water that is made in Asia.

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    Q: I heard you say the cardiovascular regimen was good for high blood pressure. Will it also help with the water retention?

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    Yes, it will help remedy but nothing is better to remedy a thing than change of diet. For water retention, take KIDNEYS AND BLADDER formula and leave sodium chloride (salt) alone! Eat celery!

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