Hey! I hope you’re enjoying your weekend!
We had a long day at the soccer fields yesterday watching our son Christian play two games in a large Tampa Bay area tournament. He did great and at the end of day one our team is number 1 in our bracket! We have another game to play today to see if we make it to the final. I’m excited!
As I was out there feeling the warmth of the sun I realized that we are soon to be on the verge of summer weather where we will all be sweating more and losing sodium. This makes the topic of today’s newsletter even more important.
If you read last weeks article about the new research that is finding that lower sodium intake can actually lead to an increase in cardiovascular disease, than you’ve probably felt some relief about some of those “guilty pleasures” you may have had over the years. The extra dash of salt on the potato, the bloody Mary, the snack foods. Well don’t get too excited just yet because unfortunately, even though sodium is not nearly as bad for you as we’ve all been led to believe, table salt is still very bad for you.
Regular table salt is refined, processed salt heated to extremely high temperatures and stripped of virtually all its nutritional value. It is processed differently by the body because of its concentration of sodium to other minerals and it is not a good choice for adding flavor to your food.
In recent years Sea Salt has become more popular, but sadly because of loose regulations on how food is labeled, even normal table salt can be packaged and sold as Sea Salt even though it is essentially the same thing.
Whats a salt lover to do??
Enter Himalayan Salt. Himalayan Salt is mined from salt caves and is minimally processed before it gets to your kitchen. It has tremendous health benefits worth reading about so I copy and pasted an article from the Global Healing Center that outlined it well.
“Himalayan crystal salt is far superior to traditional iodized (table) salt. Himalayan salt is millions of years old and pure, untouched by many of the toxins and pollutants that pervade other forms of ocean salt. Known in the Himalayas as “white gold,” Himalayan Crystal Salt contains the same 84 natural minerals and elements found in the human body. This form of salt has also been maturing over the past 250 million years under intense tectonic pressure, creating an environment of zero exposure to toxins and impurities.
Himalayan salt’s unique cellular structure allows it to store vibrational energy. Its minerals exist in a colloidal form, meaning that they are tiny enough for our cells to easily absorb.
Himalayan Crystal Salt: The Health Benefits
The health benefits of using natural Himalayan Crystal Salt may include:
Controlling the water levels within the body, regulating them for proper functioning
Promoting stable pH balance in the cells, including the brain
Encouraging excellent blood sugar health
Aiding in reducing the common signs of aging
Promoting cellular hydroelectric energy creation
Promoting the increased absorption capacities of food elements within the intestinal tract
Aiding vascular health
Supporting healthy respiratory function
Lowering incidence of sinus problems, and promoting over-all sinus health
Increasing bone strength
Naturally promoting healthy sleep patterns
Creating a healthy libido
Promotes kidney and gall bladder health when compared to common chemically-treated salt
Table salt: “The Health Destroyer”
Many people are unaware that common table salt contains chemicals and even sugar! Salt is necessary but can be dangerous if taken in this chemical form.
Table salt is composed of 97.5% sodium chloride and 2.5% chemicals like iodine and absorbents, and sugar. Common salt is dried at more than 1,200° Fahrenheit, a process which zaps many of the natural chemical structures.
The table and cooking salt found in most homes, restaurants, and processed foods is void of nutritional value, lacking beneficial trace minerals. Processing salt turns it into sodium chloride, an unnatural salt the human body actually sees as a toxic invader! The body cannot dispose of it in a natural, healthy way which can lead to irritation of the tissues, water retention and high blood pressure.
Processed salt crystals are also energetically dead, as their crystals are completely isolated from one another. For the body to metabolize chemical table salt, it must waste tremendous amounts of energy to keep the body at optimum fluid balance. This creates a burden on the elimination systems in the body. Water is removed from other cells in attempt to neutralize the unnatural sodium chloride.
Studies show that for each gram of table salt your system cannot process, your body will use over twenty times the amount of cellular water to neutralize the sodium chloride in chemically-treated salt. This can lead to cellulite, rheumatism, arthritis, gout, as well as kidney and gallbladder stones. The average American consumes 5,000 mg of sodium chloride a day, the issue is serious and needs to be addressed.
Proper salt intake also helps muscles function better too, as they rely on optimal nerve conduction to get their messages. Not getting enough sodium can lead to decreased muscle contraction and strength which can contribute to orthopedic problems.
I recommend that right away you buy Himalayan Salt and throw out your iodized salt. You can find it here- http://www.amazon.com/Sherpa-Pink-Himalayan-Extra-Fine-Incredible/dp/B00IZL255O/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1457235069&sr=8-1-spons&keywords=himalayan+pink+salt&psc=1
Enjoy the flavor!!
Chris Vercelli MATm, RTS, CPT
Founder: Non-Fiction Fitness