Salt is something that everyone has an opinion on. I personally don’t use it all the time but I am not judging you if you love the stuff. If I do use it, I use Himalayan pink crystal salt to ensure that I am getting the most nutrients. Trav has some interesting facts on common table salt in his blog about nutrition, you can read it HERE.
Common table salt is composed of 97.5% sodium chloride and 2.5% chemicals like iodine and absorbents. So, excellent for cleaning wounds, not so great for ingesting. White table salt is devoid of the full spectrum of minerals and other nutrients that protect and enhance your health. The table and cooking salt found in most homes, restaurants, and all processed foods, is empty of any nutritional value. It is lacking in the precious trace minerals that make salt good for us. After processing, salt is basically sodium chloride, an unnatural chemical type of salt that our body actually sees as a foreign toxic invader! When we ingest this type of salt, our body cannot dispose of it in a natural, healthy way. This can lead to inflammation of the tissues, water retention and high blood pressure over time.
The term “sea salt” is essentially meaningless. White processed salt can still be called “sea salt” even though it is devoid of full-spectrum sea minerals. The way to tell if your salt is really full-spectrum salt is to look at the color. If it’s pure white, it’s not full-spectrum. White salt is just like white sugar: It’s missing the key supporting minerals and nutrients your body needs.
Full-spectrum salt always has a non-white color. Celtic Sea Salt, for example (which is really good salt) has a brownish sandy color. Pink Himalayan salt is a sort of sandy rose color. All the truly natural full-spectrum salts are sandy or brownish in color.
Himalayan Pink Salt has a rich mineral content that includes over 84 minerals and trace elements such as: calcium, magnesium, potassium, copper and iron. This salt is recognized for its beautiful pink color, high mineral content, and its therapeutic properties. Regular consumption of Himalayan Pink Salt provides essential minerals, trace elements, balances electrolytes, supports proper nutrient absorption, eliminates toxins, balances the body’s pH, normalizes blood pressure, and increases circulation and conductivity. It can also assist with relief from arthritis, skin rashes, psoriasis, herpes, and flu and fever symptoms.
So, if you are going to use salt, at least try and go for something that has some sort of nutritional value as well as adding flavour to your food. I like Mark Sisson’s take on it HERE .Rant end. Over and out :)