Well, like so many questions – it has both a yes and a no answer. Why? There is a vast difference between table salt, sea salt and mineral salt….let’s look at each one individually and figure what we need:
Table salt is sodium chloride. This sodium chloride is found not only on the kitchen table but in:
- prepared and processed foods
- snack foods
- sandwich meats
- condiments, relishes and sauces
- fast foods and pizza
- smoked and cured meats
- canned juices
The sodium component helps to transmit nerve impulses and to contract muscle fibers. You only need a miniscule amount of salt to achieve this, i.e., 1/10th of a teaspoon.
The body can usually get rid of the excess sodium. However, there are some people for whom the extra sodium will work to hold onto people. Which keeps the blood thick. Which increases blood pressure.
Chloride on the other hand, is cohesive with the amount of water. A small percentage of about 15% of chloride in the body is located inside cells, with the highest amounts in red blood cells. Chloride is also present in very small amounts in bones.The body requires a ratio of both. The body works at keeping the concentration of each remains basically constant. Each working at keeping the balance.
The digestive system utilizes the chloride content to form the structural base of the stomach fluids, hydrochloric acid. This hydrochloric acid combats any germs that may have been ingested while eating food. When it combines with the pepsin enzyme, it breaks down the proteins in the food, which is necessary to disperse the nutrients throughout the body systems.
Chloride, also works in the immune system, fending off the germs that are virtually everywhere in life. Chloride increased the production of hypochlorite, which then fights off or attacks the offending germs. It also activates the other agents of the body that play back up to the hypochlorite. Chloride is found in almost everything people eat and consume. If the body requires additional amounts, it can be found in table salt, in tablets and in fluid replenishing drinks through electrolytes.
Deficiency of chloride: Hypochloremia can occur however, for a variety of reasons that include :
- heavy sweating, as large amounts of sodium and chloride can be lost in perspiration
- excessive fluid loss due to prolonged diarrhea or vomiting, or overuse of coffee or laxatives or diuretics
- congestive heart failure
- certain kidney disorders
- Addison’s disease
- most often seen in infants on chloride-deficient formulae
Chloride toxicity: However very high intakes of more than 15 g a day for instance, usually in the form of salt, may lead to symptoms such as acid-base (pH) imbalance, fluid retention, and high blood pressure. (Although the problems can be attributed more to the excessive sodium than the chloride.)
Hyperchloremia may therefore be due to :
- excessively high intake of sodium chloride (table salt) or potassium chloride
- reduced urinary excretion in certain cases of cancer, gastritis, and kidney disease
- intake of certain drugs
Other benefits of iodized table salt are:
- Iodized salt helps prevent certain types of brain disorders and mental retardation, as well as cretinism, stunted growth, apathy and other impaired movements.
- Iodized salt also helps prevent hypothyroidism, goiter, impaired thyroid function, abnormal weight gain and other thyroid problems.
- Salt containing iodine also helps prevent stillbirths, miscarriages and congenital growth abnormalities.
- Adequate iodine intake can prevent certain gastrointestinal and skin problems.
- Iodized salt is also believed to treat and prevent constipation, dryness of skin and fatigue
Detriments for table salt are:
2. Salt intake is closely linked with blood pressure problems, such as hypertension, which increases one’s risk of stroke.
3. Insomnia is linked to eating salt in excess. The exact link between insomnia and salt intake is not known, but studies have shown that people who eat more salt experience insomnia more often than those who consume low amounts of salt.
4. Intake of salt above the recommended daily limit is associated with arthritis and osteoporosis. It has been observed that sodium reduces bone density and leads to joint problems.
5. Obesity has been linked with excessive salt intake. Excessive salt in the body disturbs the digestive system and leads to the storage of undigested fats and carbohydrates in the body. This cycle can eventually lead to obesity.
Sea salt is quite different: Sea salt has 84 trace minerals – a lot different than just sodium and chloride.
Sea salt is the world’s oldest antibiotic, and has great anti-viral properties.
In addition, it can help with:
Acne: during the teens and even after try sea salt
- The sulfur in sea salt helps to synthesize oxygen which helps your skin to breathe.
- The potassium in sea salt helps with water balance for cell metabolism and also aids in absorption of nourishment to help get rid of waste and impurities.
- The calcium cleans your pores and makes your cell membranes stronger.
- The magnesium rids the skin of dirt and toxins.
All of these key elements are found in high concentrations in the Dead Sea salts which is you find that many products claim to have dead sea salts: salt soaps, masks, toners, and cleansers
Skin: hot spring or mineral baths?
It is very soothing to both the body and the skin, to have a sea salt bath: add about 1/2 cup to 1 cup of sea salt into your warm bathwater. Soak for about 20 minutes, and let the sea salt soak in. The sea salts will draw toxins out of the body…a good addition to a detox process.
By bathing in sea salt you have increased detoxification, enhanced circulation, reduced stress and improved skin integrity. That’s a lot of benefits just from one hot bath.
Sleeping Aid: drool on your pillow? drink some sea salt before bed.
Salt is vital in the prevention of excess saliva production. Excess saliva is an indication of a salt shortage in the body. When the body is lacking in salt, which also means a shortage of water, the salivary glands sense the salt shortage and are obliged to produce more saliva. By simply drinking sea salt before bed, you are preventing the production of excess saliva.
Even if you are not a drooling sleeper, sea salt itself is a natural hypnotic. In addition, Celtic sea salt at bedtime generally results in longer, uninterrupted, more refreshing sleep.
Asthma? Trouble breathing? Sea salt is also known to be a great help for asthma, bronchitis and hay fever to name a few.
Sea salt lamps are gaining much popularity these days and are pretty darn cool to look at if you ask me!
These lamps emit healthy negative ions into the air, which feed our cells. Back in the 1800′s, a polish physician proved that by breathing the ionized air in salt mines cured respiratory illnesses. The same can be said for breathing the refreshing salt air near the ocean, for a calmer, relaxing feeling.
Salt lamps in your bedroom, living room, or kitchen can bring some great energy into your life. Put a salt lamp near your computer/tv/ etc to get rid of the excess positive ions. Another way to get rid of the excess positive ions is to have a cool refreshing shower.
Putting sea salts in their diet can dramatically improve their arthritic conditions. It provides the wonderful minerals that they may be deficient in and provide a detox.
Mineral salts is different again.
Himilayan Mineral Salts the same 84 natural minerals and elements found in the human body. This form of salt has also been maturing over the past 250 million years under intense tectonic pressure, creating an environment of zero exposure to toxins and impurities.
Himalayan salt’s unique cellular structure allows it to store vibrational energy. Its minerals exist in a colloidal form, meaning that they are tiny enough for our cells to easily absorb.
The following is a short list of the benefits found from Himilayan mineral salts:
The following is a list of health benefits of using natural Himalayan Crystal Salt taken from http://www.globalhealingcenter.com/natural-health/himalayan-crystal-salt-benefits/
- Controlling water levels within the body, regulating them for proper functioning
- Promoting stable pH balance in the cells, including the brain.
- Encouraging excellent blood sugar health
- Aids in reducing the common signs of aging
- Promoting cellular hydroelectric energy creation
- Promoting the increased absorption capacities of food elements within the intestinal tract
- Aiding vascular health
- Supporting healthy respiratory function
- Lowering incidence of sinus problems, and promoting over-all sinus health
- Reducing muscle cramps
- Increasing bone strength
- Naturally promoting healthy sleep patterns
- Creating a healthy libido
- In combination with water, it is necessary for blood pressure regulation
- Prevents cellulite, when compared to table salt
- Reduces chances of developing rheumatism, arthritis and gout, when compared to common chemically-treated salt
- Reduces chances of developing kidney and gall bladder stones when compared to common chemically-treated salt
The following is a short list of foods and the sodium chloride concentrations found in them.
Taken from: https://sites.google.com/site/energizeeverett2010/salt-information we have the following concentrations of salt.
|Recommended Daily Intake of Sodium||< 2,300 mg|
|Spaghetti sauce||120-1,440 mg|
|Potato salad||1,300+ mg|
|Baked beans||1,000+ mg|
|Slice of Pizza||300+ mg|
|Hot dog||200-800+ mg|
|Canned soups||600-1,000+ mg|
|Serving of Pretzels||1,000+ mg|
|Beef jerky|| 400+ mg
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