A 2009 Cochrane (Cochrane Library) outline concluded that there is meagre’s proof to work out whether or not salt therapy in treating an asthma attack is effective in which a lot of analysis is needed; mainly randomized controlled trials (Beamon SP et,2009). Every day the miners make their long slow journey down 1500 meters (4921 feet) deep underground, beneath the Khewra foothills. Their mission is to bring forth one of our planets most potent minerals…a mineral formed over many thousands of years ago when light and energy from the sun-dried up the primal ocean.
Salt has gotten a bad repute over the last few decades. It has been pegged as the culprit for hypertension and so many people are on a low salt diet. Some food companies are so dedicated to producing low salt foods. Gluten-free processed dinner like a hamburger was tasted and it was terrible until a teaspoon of salt was added into it. Then it was excellent in taste.
Low salt not only means low flavour, but too little salt can lead to death quicker than an adequate salt intake.
A study published in 2006 in the American Journal of Medicine tells us that, sodium intake less than 2300mg was associated with a 37% increase in cardiovascular disease mortality and a 28% increase of all-cause mortality. Salt has mainly two minerals, sodium, and chloride. It is found in seawater and in mineral deposits within the earth, which are from the ancient seas, therefore, all the salt is really “sea salt” at its origin.
We all know our bodies are mostly made up of water, but you know its saltwater, with a very similar composition of the ocean water. That’s why when someone is ill, they receive saline, or saltwater, solution, directly into their bloodstream.
Salt for life
Salt is necessary to retain hydration, the reason why salt is in things like Gatorade and other electrolyte drinks doctors use to treat patients suffering from dehydration, diarrhoea, etc.
Salt is key to carrying babies to term, it regulates blood sugar, Important for diabetics not to have low salt intake;
salt contributes to a healthy thyroid due to iodine, salt acts as an antihistamine. It’s even a sleep aid, a few grains in a glass of water before bed helps us sleep more soundly, and to a certain extent protects us from heart attack. It is certainly important to maintain that many people, processed food eating Americans in particular, get too much sodium and the wrong kind. Salt, like many other foods, has a real or whole food way to find it and a “fake” or “processed” version.
Types of Salt
If the salt is the ultimate “sea salt” what’s the big deal with the million kinds of salt one can find in a speciality store.
Some salts are different simply for their flavour or texture, intended for the gourmet cook to be able to choose the right salt for a given dish.
However, on the nutritional spectrum, there are three main categories of salt worth exploring?
The common white salt we use in our day to day life. table salt is only sodium and chloride, usually mined from himalayan rock salt or seawater. It then has the other naturally occurring minerals stripped from it, which are often sold to vitamin companies at a premium price.
This refining results in a bitter taste which is one reason for the fillers, including dextrose.
Anti-caking agents are also usually added and it is sprayed with synthetic iodine to make up for minerals taken out. Any anti-caking agent serves to prevent the absorption of water, which defeats the salt purpose to help our bodies retain water. They are not good for us.
The label” sea salt” is a marketing campaign strategy to convince people to pay a high price for healthy food than a helpful statement of truth.
Again since all sodium and chloride came from the sea at a point, all salt is sea salt. The common sea salt sold 2-3 times more than the price of iodized salt.
The iodized salt is refined in the same way as the table salt, removing minerals in the process. White sea salt is not healthier than common salt and it lacks the iodine that our body needs.
Unrefined Sea Salt
Harvested sea salt that is not refined has 84 minerals in it instead of two. As usual, when we take something out of a natural food product, we end up with problems. Unrefined salt will always be colourful with shades of pink, brown, or grey depending on the source of the salt.
Some brands that make us sure that we are getting real unrefined sea salt, including Celtic sea salt and Khewra salt.
The bottom line is that real sea salt provides natural benefits of minerals that keep us healthy instead of making us sick.
Not everyone buys a healthy salt, here is an alternative view from Mayo Clinic, ‘sea salt is made from the evaporation of seawater, usually with little processing which leaves behind trace minerals and elements depending on its water source. This insignificant amount of minerals and elements add colour and flavour to the sea salt, which also comes in a variety of coarseness levels.
Importance of iodine
Iodine was started to be added to the salt simply because the people had goitre problems due to the deficiency of the iodine and the salt was the only thing that people can be stuck to for long. Unrefined salt also contains iodine in it. other sources of iodine include eggs, yoghurt, strawberries, and cheese.