Adrianna on: The Truth About Salt

By Adrianna McDonald

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Previously in the bodybuilding industry, and still in many world organisations, salt is seen as bad but there is a major difference between processed table salt and real sea salt.

Sodium (in salt) is an essential electrolyte which carries out vital functions in the body, from maintaining fluid balance and regulating blood volume to nervous system activity ensuring healthy heart function and muscle contraction.

Depleted through sweat while exercising, it needs to be replaced for healthy electrolyte balance. If not replaced it can cause sodium levels to drop dramatically, leading to symptoms of weakness, dizziness, vomiting, headache and fatigue.

Sodium isn’t produced by our body. In severe cases, the consequences of sodium deficiency can be fatal. We should obtain it from our diet to function optimally.

There are different types of salt and this is why there is confusion.

White table salt undergoes heavy processing and contains added chemicals which are also widely used in the majority of processed “junk food”. During this extreme process, the chemical composition of salt is completely altered and all of the nutritional benefits are destroyed. This type of processed salt will cause your body to retain fluids and is so toxic that your body will operate in a fight-or-flight response to protect itself from damage when you eat it.

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Natural salts like sea salt, Celtic sea salt and Himalayan crystal salt are unrefined with minimal processing and no additives. Due to natural drying techniques, they retain their rich mineral content, including important electrolytes such as potassium, magnesium and calcium.

Himalayan crystal salt is pink and contains all of the 84 elements found in your body.

Benefits can go as far as:

  • Regulating the water content throughout your body
  • Promoting healthy pH balance in your cells (particularly your brain cells)
  • Promoting blood sugar health and can help reduce the signs of ageing
  • Assisting in the generation of hydroelectric energy in cells in your body
  • Absorbing food particles through your intestinal tract
  • Supporting respiratory health
  • Promoting sinus health
  • Preventing of muscle cramps
  • Promoting bone strength
  • Regulating your sleep
  • Supporting your libido
  • Promoting vascular health
  • Regulating your blood pressure with sufficient water and potassium intake.

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Celtic Sea Salt is comparable to Himalayan crystal salt in its composition and health benefits. It is naturally harvested in Brittany (France) near the Celtic Sea using a 2,000-year old Celtic method that is crucial to preserving its life-giving nutrition profile.

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Benefits include:

  • Alkalising the body
  • Balancing blood sugars
  • Eliminating mucus build-up
  • Building immunity
  • Improving brain function
  • Increasing energy
  • Providing electrolyte balance
  • Promoting restful sleep
  • Preventing muscle cramps
  • Regulating heartbeat and blood pressure

 

Most of the types of salt are similar, consisting of sodium chloride and various amounts of minerals. However, choosing more natural types of salt helps you avoid toxic additives and anti-caking agents that are often added to regular table salt.

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