Ditch the Table Salt
Regular table salt contains 97% salt, but it also has anti-caking agents, MSG, chemical additives and aluminum derivatives. It’s not natural (although it does have iodine), and it has been shown to increase blood pressure and contribute to weight gain.
Shake the Sea Salt
There are several good reasons to include unrefined Celtic Sea Salt or pink Himalayan salt, in your diet. It can improve hydration, support kidney function, help cleanse the colon, support brain function and heart health, transport fluids throughout the body, and help improve overall energy levels. Adding 1/4 teaspoon sea salt to your meals is a simple way to boost your health. Sodium and potassium work together throughout your body, so it is important to keep them balanced. In addition to adding sea salt to your diet on a regular basis, be sure to include lots of potassium rich foods such as avocado, spinach, swiss chard, sweet potatoes, lima beans, pinto beans and lentils.
Rich in Trace Minerals
High-quality sea salts typically contain between 60 and 84 different trace minerals (potassium, chloride, magnesium etc.). Our soils are becoming more and more depleted, making it harder to obtain trace minerals from the foods we eat.
Helps Balance Fluids
Sodium is a regulator of water within your body and within your body, water likes to follow salt. This means, if you take in too much salt, water retention will occur. At the same time, the opposite is also true. If you don’t take in enough salt, you won’t be able to retain enough water and you will urinate too frequently. Essentially, a loss in sodium results in a loss in water. Consuming sea salt daily, will help to maintain sufficient sodium levels, which will help balance sodium-potassium ratios. Sodium and potassium are two electrolytes that work together to ensure that there is proper fluid balance in your body’s cells as well as your blood plasma and extracellular fluid.
Excellent Electrolyte Source
The minimal processing of unrefined sea salt enables it to retain much of its natural mineral content. Electrolytes have so many important functions, from regulating your heartbeat to allowing your muscles to contract properly. Enjoying sea salt in moderation can help to prevent an electrolyte imbalance.
Supports Brain, Muscle and Nervous System Function
As a provider of sodium, sea salt is not just good for you, it’s essential for proper brain, muscle and nervous system function. Sodium is required for the transmission of electrical signals in the body. Without this communication system working as it should, the brain, muscles and nervous systems are inclined to suffer. Both too much and too little sodium can cause cellular malfunction. Many people have become “salt-a-phobic.” While it is important to make sure that you do not get too much salt in your diet, it is equally as important to make sure you get enough.
Not getting enough salt in your diet can actually negatively impact your digestive health. If you don’t get enough salt in your diet, it can lead to your body not producing enough hydrochloric acid (HCL) in your stomach. If you have low stomach acid, it can seriously throw off your digestive system. Consuming the right amount of sea salt helps your body produce proper amounts of HCL since sea salt provides chloride, which is the building block of stomach acid.
Enhances Nutrient Absorption
Having enough stomach acid also helps our bodies to absorb vitamins and minerals like calcium, zinc, iron, folate and B12. Consuming a high-quality sea salt regularly can help your body absorb more nutrients from the foods that you eat. It’s not only what you eat, but how your body processes what you eat, that gives your body the nutrients it needs on a daily basis.
So go ahead and shake the sea salt. It’s good for your health!
It was too hot to turn on the oven today, which meant it was the perfect day to make this rawlicious zucchini pasta. Full of fiber, nutrients and healthy fats, this “pasta” was a cinch to make.
2 zucchini, ends trimmed (I used 1 green and 1 yellow)
3 cups spinach
2 cloves garlic
1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
hemp seeds to garnish (optional)
Use a spiralizer to turn zucchini into noodles, or use a vegetable peeler to slice zucchini into ribbons. Place zucchini noodles in a large bowl.
For the pesto, in a food processor, consume spinach, garlic, pumpkin seeds, olive oil and sea salt. Process to desired consistency, adding more oil if needed. Add pesto to the zucchini noodles and stir well.
Sprinkle with hemp seeds if desired and enjoy as an entree or a salad.
Recipe from Joyous Health: Eat and Live Well Without Dieting by Joy McCarthy.