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Healthy vs. Unhealthy Salts | Sarvaa Superfood | Durango

24th Dec 2014

What is healthy salt vs unhealthy salt? Simple. Unhealthy salt is refined, bleached salt "table salt". This american standard for decades is not good for the body, and is responsible for the negative approach to salt that so many promote. But some critical distinctions needs to be understood.

Unhealthy Salt:

  1. Is 98 or 99% sodium chloride and is missing all the essential minerals and trace elements found in natural salts. 
  2. Is bleached with poisons. 
  3. Has unnatural additives such as aluminum and ferrocyanide to prevent caking. 
  4. Is dried at over a 1,000 degrees Farenheit which alters the natural molecular structure. 
  5. Contains chemically produced iodine in a form that is difficult to absorb and in quantities that are unnatural. Our bodies have evolved over many thousands of years to expect minerals to arrive at our cells in a natural form.

Himalayan Salt contains 84 minerals and trace elements

in ionic state and is a delightful pink color.

Healthy salt contains important elements such as magnesium, potassium, calcium, oxygen, zinc, and iron. This is the reason that it has none of that nasty "bite" than ordinary salt when placed directly on the tongue. People often state that they use less Himalayan salt in their dishes than of other types.

Himalayan crystal salt that is mined deep below the Himalayan mountain range, and was subject to enormous pressure over millions of years. The extreme pressure has produced a superior molecular order within the crystalline structure of Himalayan salt. It was formed prior to the massive amounts of air-borne and water-borne pollution that now exist all over the Earth.  

  • Helps regulate heartbeat.
  • Helps prevents muscle cramps.
  • Helps to maintain firmness in bones.
  • Balance blood sugar and pH acid levels.
  • Helps regulate the electrolyte balance of cells.

Why do we need salt?

Sodium is an essential nutrient required by the body for maintaining levels of fluids and for providing channels for nerve signaling. Some sodium is needed in your body to regulate fluids and blood pressure, and to keep muscles and nerves running smoothly.

Without appropriate amounts of sodium, your body may have a difficult time cooling down after intense exercise or activity. When the body is hot, you sweat. If you do not have enough sodium, your body may not sweat as much and you may then become overheated. This could result in a stroke or exhaustion as well as dehydration.

Sodium is part of the mineral complex that are responsible for sending messages from your brain to your muscles and other tissues. These minerals enable many critical processes throughout your nervous system.   When you want to use any muscle in your body, your brain sends a message to a sodium molecule that passes it to a potassium molecule and then back to a sodium molecule etc., etc., until it gets to its final destination. This is known as the sodium-potassium ion exchange. Therefore, without sodium, you would be unable to move any part of your body. Have you ever wondered why you might love to put salt on avocado? Well you just might be intuitively sensing the very high quantity of potassium in avocado, that is almost begging to be balanced by the high sodium content of salt.