Salt

Refined Salt

SaltSalt, also known as table salt, or rock salt, is a mineral that is composed primarily of sodium chloride. As we all know sodium is crucial for maintaining the health of every cell in the human system.

The main function of salt in our body:

  1. Permeates the fluid between cells
  2. Main component of blood and lymphatic fluid
  3. Necessary for the production of digestive enzyme (hydrochloric acid)
  4. Proper function of nerves
  5. Contraction of muscles

With the many crucial roles sodium plays, it’s clear that if we had no sodium we would cease to exist. Obtaining adequate, easily absorbable sodium from foods then is important for maintaining health, but obtaining too much of the wrong kinds of sodium is harmful.

Excessive salt consumption contributes to the development of high blood pressure but recent research shows that it is also associated with strokes, calcium deficiency and osteoporosis, fluid retention, weight gain, stomach ulcers and stomach cancer. Too little can cause spasms, poor heart rhythms, sudden death and even increase he risk of heart attack in hypertensive patients.

According to The Sodium Counter (Pocket Books 1993) the average American’s salt intake is tow to three teaspoons a day. Our bodies are not designed to handle large amounts of  sodium, healthy individuals usually can tolerate some excess sodium if it is in a naturally occurring form. During the refining of table salt, natural sea salt or rock salt is stripped of more than 60 trace minerals and essential macro-nutrients.

Commercial refined salt is not only stripped of all its minerals besides sodium and chloride, but it is also heated at such high temperatures that the chemical structure of the salt changes. In addition, it is chemically cleaned and bleached and treated with anticaking agents which prevent salt from mixing with water in the salt container. Unfortunately the anticaking agents perform the same function in the human body, so refined salt does not dissolve and combine with the water and fluids present in our system, instead it builds up in the body and leaves deposits in organs and tissue, causing severe health problems.

Source: Refined salt

Recommendation:

  1. Read more on Salt
  2. Books on Refined food
  3. Fight the impurities with adequate Antioxidant


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