|The Importance of Salt
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courtesy: Monte Wolfe
CELTIC SEA SALT -
Salt is paradoxical. The Bible lists
nearly 50 references to salt - many of them, positive references, such as the
requirement of adding salt to a grain offering (Leviticus 2:13). Yet in our
contemporary culture, salt is generally regarded as a health-robbing food
additive linked to cardiovascular and other diseases. Historically salt has
often been a medium of exchange, due to the high esteem in which it was held.
Yet I personally have regarded salt as a "junk food" to be avoided
since writing my first book in 1976. Animals, no matter how much mineral content
they may derive from the vegetable matter they graze on, instinctively seek out
natural salt licks to complete their diet . . . Or they die. So, we're
confronted with the simple question: Is salt good or bad?
The answer is "both." - it depends on what kind of salt we're talking
about. Just as there are different kinds of sugars (good and bad) and different
kinds of flours (good and bad), there are both good and bad kinds of salt.
Although it should have been obvious, I missed an important health truth for 25
years by failing to apply one of my own definitions to salt.
JUNK FOOD DEFINITION -
In my booklet, The Junk Food Withdrawal Manual, I
describe "junk food" as dead (as opposed to being living), refined (as
opposed to being whole, and adulterated (as opposed to being pure). By this
definition there is both a natural food salt and a junk food salt. From a health
and nutrition point-of-view we have an "evil trinity" of three
"whites" - white sugar, white flour, and white salt - all of which fit
the junk food definition of dead, refined, and adulterated.
SALT REFINING PROCESS -
According to the Diamond Crystal Salt Company table
salt goes through an eight step refining process:
1. Brine enters a series of heaters which elevate the temperature to 290 degrees
under high pressure.
2. Heat supercharged brine goes into a "graveler" filled with
cobblestones to remove impurities.
3. Pressure is lowered via a series of "flashers," cooling the brine
to 226 degrees, allowing crystallization to begin.
4. Salt crystals form in a large evaporator pan with the wet salt being
automatically raked into a large well.
5. This wet salt then goes into a centrifugal separator removing remaining
6. The salt then goes into a rotary dryer, making the salt perfectly dry.
7. Magnetic screens are then used to separate the salt into different sizes.
8. After screening, different sizes of salt are stored in their respective bins.
High heat processing kills the salt; removing 82 of the 84 minerals found in sea
water refines the salt, and the addition of harmful additives to prevent
moisture absorption and caking adulterates the salt. Regarding this last step in
the making of a "junk food," the most commonly used additives are
alumino-silicate of sodium or yellow prussiate of soda. Aluminum compounds are
highly toxic, having been associated with Alzheimer's Disease and other
conditions. Corn sugar (dextrose) has also been a typical additive to salt to
keep it free-flowing - kind of a "double whammy" - adding sugar to
your salt - just what you need!
MOTIVATION FOR SALT
It's not too hard to see that the processing of salt
renders it a "junk food." To understand the motivation, however, one
need only follow the money. The primary use of salt is not as a food additive,
but for industrial purposes. Only 7% of salt manufactured goes for food; the
other 93% goes to industry. Industry requires chemically pure sodium chloride
for manufacture of explosives, chlorine gas, soda, fertilizers and plastics.
Since refined table salt is formulated specifically for industrial and chemical
usage, scant concern is given to its toxic effect on human biology.
Of course the trace minerals originally in salt are quite valuable.
Manufacturers can sell off the other 82 elements found in sea water, leaving
only sodium and chloride, and make a lot of extra money. The resulting refined
table salt still tastes salty, though like white sugar or white flour it is
missing most of its original nutrients.
Many people think they've solved the salt problem by
buying "sea salt" at their health food store. For all practical
purposes, "sea salt" is essentially the same as regular table salt -
it is a refined salt. All the term "sea salt" really means is that the
salt was derived from sea water. In almost all cases, it is totally refined!
Furthermore sea salt is:
1. Mechanically harvested from dirt or concrete containments with bulldozers and
piped through metallic pipes.
2. Exposed to very high heat which cracks its crystalline structure.
3. Refined of virtually all its essential minerals.
4. Adulterated by chemical additives used to make it flow freely, bleached to a
white color, and iodized to unnaturally high levels.
"Sea Salt" sold in health food stores generally comes from the same
salt refineries as the regular supermarket table salt. It is 98%+ sodium
chloride. The term "Sea Salt" is a deceptive misnomer. However, there
is a natural, healthful sea salt without these problems.
CELTIC SEA SALT -
Celtic (pronounced kel-tic with a hard "c")
Sea Salt has been produced by the same hand methods of "salt farming"
off the Brittany Coast of France for centuries. It is naturally air and sun
dried in clay ponds and gathered by hand with wooden tools such that it has a
living enzyme content. It is unrefined so it contains all 84 elements found in
sea water. It is unadulterated with no anti-caking additives or bleaching. This
is the historic way salt has been produced for thousands of years. This is the
kind of salt spoken of so favorably in the Bible.
Unlike table salt, which is 97.5% sodium chloride and up to 2.5% chemical
additives, or "sea salt" that is 98% + sodium chloride and up to 2%
other minerals, Celtic Sea Salt is only 84% sodium chloride and 16% other
minerals. This dramatically changes the effect of the salt in the body.
UNREFINED SALT'S EFFECT
ON THE BODY -
Our bodies possess three "internal oceans"
that closely resemble the content of sea water: blood plasma, lymphatic fluid,
and extracellular fluid. Celtic Sea Salt has that same mineral content as the
oceans and these bodily fluids.
The salty amniotic fluid produces growth of the human embryo by 3 billion times!
Life is dependent upon the presence of sodium, BUT not by itself. The sodium
must be balanced out with other minerals like magnesium, calcium, potassium, and
various trace minerals. Salt activates the salivary enzyme in the mouth - the
very first enzyme in the digestive process. Sodium is required by the parietal
cells of the stomach wall to make hydrochloric acid for digestion. From the
moment of conception humans are never without a need for salt. But understand
that we don't need toxic, refined table salt, but living, unrefined, and
unadulterated salt like Celtic Salt.
CELTIC SALT AND HEALING -
Celtic Sea Salt can profoundly affect healing of
various ailments - simply by balancing out the body's intended mineral levels.
Here are some examples:
1. Sinus or Bronchial Congestion - Celtic Salt has an affinity for mucous. It
literally draws it out of the body. When you use Celtic Salt, particularly doing
the Salt Cleanse below, you will greatly increase the mucous blown out the nose
and coughed up.
2. Nourishing the Adrenals - Your adrenal glands run on sodium, but what they
need is not the toxic refined sodium chloride table salt, but a whole, unrefined
salt. A significant part of immune response comes from adrenal hormone
secretions. But if your adrenals are weak and stressed out, they have nothing to
give when you feel that cold or flu coming on.
3. Preventing Illness - More heavily salting food at the first signs of sickness
can counteract the illness. Celtic Salt stimulates cellular energy and enhances
resistance to infections. This may be due in part to Celtic Salt's beneficial
effect on the adrenal glands.
4. Better, Longer Sleep - I've discovered from personal experience and that of
clients that taking Celtic Salt at bedtime, as when temporarily doing the Salt
Cleanse, generally results in longer, uninterrupted, more refreshing sleep.
5. High Blood Pressure - Everyone thinks high blood pressure is aggravated by
salt. That's true and false. Refined, toxic table salt is an irritant to the
body that can cause high blood pressure. Many people experience a lowering of
blood pressure by using Celtic Salt.
6. Fluid Retention - Did you ever in your wildest dreams think someone would
tell you that a special type of natural salt would reverse fluid retention?
Using Celtic Sea Salt many people lose fluid weight from the proper balancing
out of the minerals in salt. Eat refined sodium chloride only salt and you'll
get fluid retention as the body tries to neutralize this toxin. Eat Celtic Salt
and the body can be properly balanced out on its electrolyte minerals and
release that retained water.
7. Trauma - Extra Celtic Salt can be beneficial for shock, severe burns (not
externally), hemorrhage, surgery and physical trauma.
8. Other Conditions - This type of natural salt is also reported to help correct
excess acidity, relieve allergies, relieve skin diseases, and restore better
digestion through stimulating hydrochloric acid secretions.
THE SALT CLEANSE -
While undergoing a severe respiratory infection I was
encouraged to try a Salt Cleanse with Celtic Sea Salt to stimulate cleansing of
mucous from the body. I recommend doing this from a few nights in a row up to
perhaps a couple of weeks. It results in a major elimination of mucous both from
blowing the nose and expectorating. Your sinus and respiratory passages will
feel much clearer.
To do the Salt Cleanse take 1 teaspoon of Celtic Salt in 8 oz of warm distilled
water. Drink this at bedtime.
Some observations -
1. This amount of refined, toxic table salt in a glass of water would act as an
emetic - you would vomit. With the Celtic Salt it tastes great - like a salty
broth - and feels perfectly all right on your stomach.
2. Drinking a glass of this salt water at bedtime won't necessarily cause you to
have to get up during the night to urinate. I've found the opposite is true -
you'll tend to have uninterrupted sleep.
3. Drinking this won't tend to make you particularly thirsty the way regular
refined table salt would. Remember, regular salt is dead, refined, and
adulterated . . . and therefore toxic to the body. Celtic Salt is food - it is
nourishing to the body.
4. Though not 100% of the time, most of the time I've used the Celtic Salt this
way at bedtime I've slept longer and woken up feeling great. The right kind of
mineral balance in the body can do amazing things. With it's mineral content
largely identical to blood serum and lymphatic fluid, it really is "the
salt of life."
5. How long should one do the Salt Cleanse? Maybe only a time or two - maybe for
two weeks or more in a row as I have done during a particularly rough
respiratory infection. Listen to your body and you'll probably know if it feels
right. If the Salt Cleanse doesn't feel as stimulating and refreshing as it did
originally, you've probably had enough. If the phlegm coming up and out starts
to taste and feel salty, you've had enough of the Salt Cleanse.
Salt has been treasured since the beginning of time for its life-giving
properties. Begin experiencing the benefits of natural salt.