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The Benefits Of Natural Sea Salt

May 22, 2012 by  

Natural sea salt is the elixir of life and fundamental to the biological processes.

  • It is a major component of blood plasma.
  • It carries nutrients into and out of the cells.
  • It helps the lining of the blood vessels to regulate blood pressure. (It is sugar that causes high blood pressure.)
  • It helps regulate the propagation of nerve impulses.
  • It helps the brain send communication signals to the muscles so the body moves and coordinates (sodium-potassium ion exchange).
  • Very importantly, sea salt alkalizes the pH of the body, which is very important for total health.
  • Adequate natural sea salt restricts the intake (desire) for fructose (sugar).

From the article “Critical Salt Information from Unconventional Wisdom” by Emma Ross London, March 12, 2011:

A low-salt diet may not be so healthy after all. Defying a generation of health advice, a controversial new study concludes that the less (sea salt) people eat, the higher their risk of untimely death.

The study, led by Dr. Michael Alderman, Chairman of Epidemiology at Albert Einstein School of Medicine in New York and President of the American Society of Hypertension, suggests that the U.S. government should suspend its recommendation that people restrict the amount of (sea) salt they eat.

The lower the sodium, the worse off you are.

Bob Livingston

is an ultra-conservative American who has been writing a newsletter since 1969. Bob has devoted much of his life to research and the quest for truth on a variety of subjects. Bob specializes in health issues such as nutritional supplements and alternatives to drugs, as well as issues of privacy (both personal and financial), asset protection and the preservation of freedom.

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  • Ted Crawford

    My wife and I have been using Sea Salt for a couple of years now. I believe that it enhances the flavor of our food. We were unaware of the other benifits you mention. A source of minor concern has been that it isn’t iodized. We know that fish is a good source of iodine but, if the media is to be believed, it’s also a good source of mercury. It’s clearly only a minor concern as I havn’t done any research on other natural sources for iodine.

    • Christin

      Ted,

      We have been using Sea Salt for a few years now too, but you can buy IODIZED Sea Salt if you look for it. I use the one with the iodine as it is necessary for ‘thyroid’ function which regulates your energy and metabolism…. very important.

      Thanks for the additional info on Sea Salt, Bob. My spouse would not let me put salt on my food for a few years after we married and I finally told him to knock it off… that if you use the right salt it is actually good for you and the nutrients are necessary. HE still doesn’t use much salt, but I cook with it and love adding a little extra on certain foods. I just told him that you said ‘sea salt’ was beneficial to high blood pressure which he has so maybe he will use a little more on some food..

    • Proud to be a Believer

      I never believed the hype about salt as what is the first thing that they do when you are admitted to the hospital?????? Put you on saline solution drip and what is saline???? salt.

  • LAB

    I’ve used Sea Salt for YEARS now and find it much more flavorful than “salty.” You will get iodine out of a lot of foods, not just “fish” Ted.

  • scared

    Yes I think people need to be informed that sea salt is truly healthy. It is the table salt sold as salt and used in all the processed foods that give true salt a bad name

  • oldbill

    If you take a multi-vitamin every day, RMDA for iodine is met. Sufficient iodine in the diet is not going to be met by what is put in table salt. We require ten to twenty times that amount or we risk hypothyroidism. Dried kelp tablets are cheap, and a couple a day with meals will go a long way to providing enough iodine. I put a pinch of gray sea salt on a couple of hard boiled eggs every morning to provide enough “trace” minerals in my diet. Too much salt is not good, not because of increased blood pressure, but because it dehydrates (the opposite of what the conventional theory is). If you drink sea water, the brain becomes dehydrated and we fall into dementia. Too much salt in the diet can affect our decisions in a negative way, including dietary choices. In nature, food is not spiced up to make it taste better. Food is eaten naturally because of hunger and physical need, not because it is irresistably tasty.

    • FWO21

      Thanks for the info on the salt dehydrating the brain; I didn’t know that but I have a problem with sodium in my diet as it makes me retain fluid. I too, have been using sea salt for about 3 years or so.

  • Michael

    I love jalepena peppers, but as I have aged, they began to give me unpleasant indigestion. About a year ago I began taking half a teaspoon of sea salt in a pint of water about once every 5 days and now this problem is no longer a problem for me. Glad to read it has so many other beneficial uses.

  • http://personallibertydigest Dana

    You can get your iodine by taking a kelp supplement, and I love the taste of sea salt, much better than regular table salt, the difference is amazing.

  • flajim

    Hold on: isn’t ALL salt formerly sea salt? Salt mines are just what remains after an old sea bed dries up. Iodine is just something to keep in from clumping up. Wish they’d use it on a few other spices.

    • http://boblivingstonpl.wordpress.com Bob Livingston

      Dear flajim,

      You write: “isn’t ALL salt formerly sea salt?” No.

      Best wishes,
      Bob

    • Ladyhawke

      The salt must be extracted freshly from the sea to be sea salt. The other salt, Redmond, etc., may have come from the ocean thousands of years ago, or not, only God knows that answer. The difference is that the minerals have been “washed out” over time.
      As far as “table salt”, it is a highly processed (with chemicals) product and what you buy at the store is actually a by-product of the salt which is produced for commercial uses. The iodine is not to keep it “free flowing”, it is to prevent goiter, although you would have to eat pounds of the stuff to get the necessary amounts. The free flowing agent is probably silicon dioxide which is added to many spices for the same reasons.
      If you want iodine, I understand that kelp supplements are a very good source.

      • FWO21

        My doctor prescribed potassium/iodide tablets for me because she said kelp didn’t have enough iodine in it.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003034360632 Schillie Young

      rock salt [aka table salt] may not be as good for eating as sea salt but it can be used in baths and cleaning. uncrushed rock salt can be carved and polished if you put it in your window its suppost to pureify the air[i dont know of any real eveidence for this]

  • FreedomFighter

    The medical system has learned to use the insurance system as an ATM card, the big pharma interest want you sick and on prescriptions.

    Your only hope is self education and/or getting into contact with a good doctor or organization that does not depend on big pharma exclusively. Doctors drug you, cut you, blast you with radiation, they have nothing else, but there is something else.

    The War on Nutrition with Dr. Joel Wallach

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YM4zFDjQuTY&feature=uploademail

    Laus Deo
    Semper Fi

  • Gina Newton

    Don’t forget sea salt has no iodine. Low Iodine leads to all kinds of troubles. One I felt first was fatigue.

    • Christin

      Gina,

      I have bought Sea Salt with Iodine… just look for it in many stores.

  • http://www.bloodpressurecharts.net/index.html BloodPressureCharts.net

    Sea salt still contains a large amount of sodium, it might have slightly less sodium than table salt, but only slightly… It is the sodium that is the issue with high blood pressure rather than the salt itself. I would suggest that people with high blood pressure who have been advised to limit the amount of sodium they consume, should limit their intake of sea salt the same as table salt. To say sea salt has benefits for high blood pressure only serves to cause confusion with regards salt and high blood pressure.

    • Ladyhawke

      No confusion at all, less than 1% of those with high blood pressure are “salt sensitive”. The rest need to continue to use sea salt or as “Science Diet” found out with their H/D (heart diet) for dogs, low sodium intake kills the kidneys. Everyone should stay away from processed foods as they contain too many chemicals along with high levels of sodium (not just NaCl).

      • http://www.bloodpressurecharts.net BloodPressureCharts.net

        Firstly the general opinion is that 10-20% of the population in the US are salt sensitive to some degree. For people with high blood pressure there is no way of knowing if they are salt sensitive without restricting salt in their diet for around eight weeks and seeing how it affects blood pressure. To be clear, I am not saying salt is the only cause of high blood pressure, but a high salt diet is a contributing factor.

        That said I would think that most people with high blood pressure will see a drop in blood pressure on a salt restricted diet. For some people it might be a small possibly insignificant drop but for many others (myself included) it might be more dramatic.

        With regards to the point about dogs – dark chocolate can kill dogs, so it is safe to assume we are very different.

  • C Wolz

    Take a look at the benefits of Himalayan salt. Use less and the most beneficial.

  • James

    we all need to drink more water and some good sea salt to help keep the water in our bodies

  • Harold Olsen

    I’ve eaten things that had sea salt in them and I hated the taste. The first time was a bag of potato chips. It was a brand I had never heard of but the label indicated the chips had sea salt and so I decided try them. I took a bite of one chip and immediately spit it out. It tasted terrible. I’ve tried other foods with sea salt with the same results. I’ll stick with regular everyday salt, thank you!

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