• Christiane Panesar

Is Salt really Bad for you?

Natural wholesome salt and table salt have a completely different impact on our body


We are salt based creatures - tears, blood and sweat are all salty. Eating a salt free diet can actually be detrimental to our health. Salt has played a critical role in our nutrition for ages. The modern notion that a salt-free diet is better for us is actually founded on flawed science which has unfortunately been promoted widely.



Is salt healthy?
Is Salt Healthy?


A meta-analysis of over 6,250 patients found there was no actual link between salt intake, high blood pressure and risk of heart disease.


Also there is a big difference between table salt and natural salt. Table salt (chemical sodium chloride) is the refined version of whole salt and highly processed, like sea salt or pink Himalayan salt. It's just as detrimental to our health as refined sugar, which is stripped from its natural nutrients.


Wholesome unprocessed salt (with all its minerals and trace minerals) can actually help to stabilizes blood pressure and to cleanse our 'transmission lines', our veins and arteries. Salt is crucial to recharge our batteries (electrolytes!), prevent muscle cramps, support a healthy nervous system, to make important hydrochloric acid for digestions, to repair cells and rejuvenate our body, and much more. Did you know that by adding sea salt, you increase the nutritional value of your vegetables by 7 times? Salt helps to break down raw vegetables so that we can absorb their nutrients.


I recommend using whole sea salt (like Celtic sea salt), pink Himalayan salt or Herbamare (sea salt with dried spices and vegetables) for your meals. Be careful: even sea salt from the health food store could be refined. Look for sea salt that is somewhat moist and brownish, which shows that the magnesium hasn't been removed.


You can even add a small pinch of natural salt when drinking water (filtered or spring water) as it restructured the water and adds minerals, so you actually get more hydrated this way.

Of course, everything in moderation. Even too much of a good thing can throw things off balance. It is difficult though to overeat on real salt though, since out body naturally will be opposed to an overly salted meal. The danger lies in consuming processed foods, like canned soups, microwave dinners, potato chips etc. which contained highly processed salts and other unhealthy additives. Furthermore these highly processed foods are engineered to turn our natural sensors off and make us overeat.


By the way, also seaweed (like dulse, kelp, nori) is a great source of natural salt and amazing for flavouring and enhancing nutritional value of your diet. Sea vegetables are superfoods high in minerals (esp. calcium, magnesium, iodine), essential fatty acids, high quality amino acids, chlorophyll, B vitamins and can help remove toxins from the body.


Studies:

1. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/21731062/

2. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/28545886/

3. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/28414302/

4. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/28414295/

5. https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/fullarticle/1105553

6. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/16431193/

7. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5328355/

8. https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/its-time-to-end-the-war-on-salt/