My son can take one look at a plant and tell you most everything about it; what minerals it needs, if it is being watered properly, and if the lighting conditions are right. How does he know? By how it “looks!” Not too long ago, doctors did not have the plethora of clinical tests when treating patients. For one thing, a patient may have traveled by horse and buggy for a day to reach a doctor. There was not a “follow up” appointment, nor was there a 30 day supply of prescription medicine given for a refill for the rest of your life. The means of diagnosis were simple; symptoms, pain, hair, skin, nails, tongue, eyes. A doctor could look at a patient and know what might be going on internally. How does this relate to salt? Our condition of dis-ease in the US is directly related to the lack of minerals in our diet. According to Dr. Joel Wallach, in “Dead Doctors Don’t Lie” there are 91 minerals required to keep our bodies in perfect working condition…and plants only require 3!
Dr. David Brownstein reports, in his book “Salt Your Way to Health” that we have an epidemic of thyroid disorders from a lack of iodine and other minerals. The thyroid is extremely prone to balance issues with the the imbalance of minerals. Since the introduction of processed salt, we have seen an increase in mineral deficiencies and the dis-ease associated with it. (And I love that word dis-ease, because it truly describes the condition of the body that is struggling to survive).
So what is the key to consuming salt and not experiencing high blood pressure, and other dis-ease typically associated with salt? The key is to take in your salt in its natural, mineral rich, form. Sea salt! Typical processed table salt has had all the minerals removed, additives that can be toxic added to make it easy to pour and less likely to clump, and creates a dangerous imbalance between magnesium, potassium, and sodium.
Dr. Sircus writes:
Sodium is an energy carrier. It is also responsible for sending messages from the brain to muscles through the nervous system so that muscles move on command. When you want to move your arm or contract 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 and the muscle contracts. This is known as the sodium-potassium ion exchange. Therefore, without sodium, you would never be able to move any part of your body.
Excess sodium (such as that obtained from dietary sources) is excreted in the urine. Most of the sodium in the body (about 85%) is found in blood and lymph fluid. Sodium levels in the body are partly controlled by a hormone called aldosterone, which is made by the adrenal glands. Aldosterone levels determine whether the kidneys hold sodium in the body or pass it into the urine.
Dr. David Brownstein weighs in heavily on this matter saying, “Nobody makes a distinction between unrefined and refined salt. They ‘lump’ all salt together as a bad substance. This is a terrible mistake. There are two forms of salt available in the market place: refined and unrefined. Refined salt has had its minerals removed and has been bleached to give it the white appearance that we are accustomed to seeing with salt. It is the fine, white salt that is available at almost any restaurant or grocery store. Refined salt has been bleached and exposed to many toxic chemicals in order to get it to its final product. It has aluminum, ferrocyanide, and bleach in it. I believe this refining process has made it a toxic, devitalized substance that needs to be avoided.” (reference: http://drsircus.com/medicine/salt/real-salt-celtic-salt-and-himalayan-salt)
I look forward to the day where women carry their Celtic or Himalayan Sea Salt grinders in their purse for use at restaurants who have not heard the word, and to restaurants that switch to the unrefined, nutritionally superior salts available everywhere!
To your health…finding beauty naturally! Here’s to the salt shaker back in your life!
Dianna Sabo, Great Body Organics creator
Resources for additional information:
- “Salt Your Way to Health” by Dr. David Brownstein
- “Overcoming Thyroid Disorders” by Dr. David Brownstein
- “Dead Doctors Don’t Lie” by Dr. Joel Wallach
- “Magnesium the Ultimate Heart Medicine” by Dr. Mark Sircus