When you look at sea salt vs table salt it will become obviously clear which salt is healthier. After all, salt is essential to the life of ALL animals on our planet. Shouldn't we chose wisely? First let's look at the salt you think you know best.
SO WHAT IS TABLE SALT?
Table salt is sodium chloride (NaCI), one of the essential macrominerals needed for life. Unfortunatly your getting a little more than sodium when you buy common table salt.
Let me explain. Table salt is a mass produced product that is mined on a huge scale. The quality of the salt doesn't matter because after the raw salt is mined it is refined. The term "refining" means to remove certain coarsenesses or impurities by a purification process. Everything is removed including any other minerals. When this process is complete you have pure sodium chloride. Sound OK? Stick with me a minute.
Now that they have pure salt, potassium iodide is added. This is a source of iodine which is an important mineral for health. Now we have iodized table salt. Great, you say? Hold on.
Now that they've added the potassium iodide it needs to be protected so it doesn't break down into iodine and evaporate before it's ingested. A stabilizer is added in the form of glucose, sodium bicarbonate (baking soda), sodium carbonate or sodium thiosulfate.
But they're not done yet! People can't stand clumping salt so they add an anti-caking agent. Depending on the brand it could be calcium silicate, ferric ammonium citrate, silicon dioxide, sodium ferrocyanide, magnesium silicate, magnesium carbonate, propylene glycol, aluminum calcium silicate, sodium aluminosilicate (also called sodium silicoaluminate), and/or calcium phosphate.
Now it's ready for the grocery store shelf. Yum! Pass the shaker, please!
Since we're comparing sea salt vs table salt let's check out some other types.
Sea Salt vs Table Salt - SO WHAT IS SEA SALT?
Sea salt is produced through the evaporation of sea water with very little processing.
You should be aware though, that more and more refined and iodized sea salts are coming on the market so if you want natural sea salt look for unrefined on the label. Read labels carefully on everything you put in or on your body. Speaking of bodies, click here to learn a salt bath recipe!
Most basic, untreated sea salt has the natural mineral composition as follows:
Chloride (Cl-) 55.03%
Sodium (Na+) 30.59%
Sulfate (SO42-) 7.68%
Magnesium (Mg2+) 3.68%
Calcium (Ca2+) 1.18%
Potassium (K+) 1.11%
Bicarbonate (HCO3-) 0.41%
Bromide (Br-) 0.19%
Borate (BO33-) 0.08%
Strontium (Sr2+) 0.04%
Everything else 0.01%
The mineral content in sea salt gives it a slightly different taste and color than table salt. Depending on the region it came from salts vary greatly in color and mineral content. Remember there is NO mineral content in table salt! What are your thoughts so far when looking at sea salt vs table salt?
Here's a brief look at few salts from specific regions:
CELTIC SALT OR GREY SALT - This salt is hand havested in France usually by a traditional celtic method. It is grey or light purple in color because of the clay areas it comes from. It has a very rich mineral content.
BLACK SALT - Black salt is mined in the volcanic regions of India and Pakistan. It is called kala namak or sanchal in Hindi. This salt is high in sulfur (which gives it a strong flavor) and iron. Ayuvedic medicine uses this salt for its many therapeutic benefits. It is said to be great for gas and heartburn.
HIMALAYAN PINK SALT - This salt is mined from deep in the Himalayan Mountains where a primordial sea was evaporated by the sun, leaving absolutely pristine crystalline salt. It is said to have 84 minerals essential to health.
HAWAIIAN SEA SALT OR ALAEA - Alaea is the traditional Hawaiian sea salt used to season and preserve. Alaea Hawaiian Sea Salt is non-processed and rich in trace minerals, all of which are found in sea water. A small amount of harvested reddish Hawaiian clay (‘Alae) enriches the salt with Iron-Oxide. Hawaiians use this salt in ceremonies and healing rituals also.
There are many different types of gourmet sea salt to try so don't stop here when comparing sea salt vs table salt!
SEA SALT HEALTH
Salt is an essential nutrient. Interestingly, our blood contains the same salty solution as that of the primal sea, a fluid consisting of water and salt.
In addition to restoring and balancing the body's electrolytes, sea salt also helps to increase energy, restore the body's ph balance, and increases the immune system. It is also said that unrefined sea salt can improve respiratory, circulatory, organ, connectivity tissue and nervous system functions. The mineral content also assists in the absorption of nutrients.
Sea salt is not only beneficial as a food. The rich mineral content can be absorbed through the skin and makes a wonderful therapeutic bath which can treat conditions ranging from psoriasis to rheumatoid arthritis.
THE SEA SALT CLEANSE or SEA SALT FLUSH
This salt therapy is used mainly as a laxative but is said to have many other benefits as well. A sea salt cleanse may clean your digestive tract, relieve muscle pain, remove toxins, parasites, old fecal material and bacteria. It may also help with chronic headaches, balance electrolytes, improve sinus functions and menstrual irregularites.
WOW! Pretty impressive, huh? Just don't forget to always ask the advice of a health care professional before trying any new treatment or therapy!
The sea salt cleanse (also called a sea salt flush) is simple. Just dissolve 2 teaspoons of food grade sea salt in a quart of warm water and drink. Stay close to home because you should see results in 30 minutes to two hours!
I hope you enjoyed this comparision of sea salt vs table salt! If you have any wisdom to add about salt or have tried the flush please comment below. Sharing our knowledge is what healing-from-home-remedies is all about!
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