Salt & Our Bodies
Salt often gets a bad rap. We worry that seasoning our food will lead to high blood pressure and think of salt as a “bad” food. And in some ways, that’s true. The high sodium content of canned and processed foods is a bad thing.
But did you know salt is essential to your body? As in, without it, you’d die. Salt acts as a conductor for the electric impulses between our nerves and our brain. It also keeps our blood volume at proper levels and balances the water levels around cells and tissue. It prevents dehydration and improves the body’s absorption of potassium as well. In fact, it plays a critical role in many of our body’s functions.
That’s why choosing high-quality salt, rather than the kind found in prepackaged foods, is an important part of a healthy diet.
The Real Salt Difference
Many salts available in the grocery store today have a mixture of ingredients, including dextrose (sugar) and iodine. They’ve also been stripped of all trace minerals, giving them the pure white color you’re used to.
Real Salt is mined from an ancient sea bed in Utah, and it’s unrefined, meaning it still contains all 60 of the trace minerals that are found in that salt deposit — including calcium, potassium, sulphur, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, manganese, copper, iodine and zinc — as shown by this independent analysis.
Those trace minerals give Real Salt its distinctive speckled pink color and also work together to help your body absorb and use the salt.
What About Iodine?
If you’ve ever bought regular sea salt at the grocery store, you’ve probably noticed that there is a warning on the label that says it does not include iodine, which the government has determined is an essential additive to salt. Well, the same is true for Real Salt. Although there is naturally occurring iodine among the trace minerals, it’s not at the daily recommended intake. So should we be concerned about that?
Well, in reality, humans excrete 90% of the iodine they consume, which means your body’s not getting most of the iodine in your salt anyway. Iodine was added to prevent goiter, especially in the Midwest, and it plays an important role in preventing that and other conditions; however, it can be added to your diet through a number of other tasty foods as well, including seafood, yogurt, eggs, ice cream and cheese.
Most Importantly…How Does It Taste?
Our family has been buying and using Real Salt for several years now, although I didn’t fully realize all the benefits until I began working with Redmond Trading Company (the makers of Real Salt, Redmond Clay and more).
What I did know was that Real Salt has a distinctive — and yummy — flavor! It’s been described as “sweet salt”, but more than that, it lacks the harsh, bitter taste of refined salt. In addition to fine and kosher salt varieties, Real Salt also makes a variety of flavored salts, including garlic salt, onion salt and seasoned salt, all of which are unrefined and 100% natural.
In short, it’s not only better for your health, but it tastes great too!
For more information about Real Salt and a list of FAQs, visit RealSalt.com.
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|Mandi Ehman is the blogger behind Life Your Way. She and her husband have four beautiful girls plus one baby boy on the way, and together, they live, work and homeschool on a little slice of heaven in wild, wonderful West Virginia. She loves coffee, chocolate, easy meals, beautiful things and minimalist spaces.|