Unrefined Sea Salt is Essential to Our Well-Being!
by Karen Pijuan
reputation for raising blood pressure and increasing inflammation that is not seen
when people consume natural unrefined sea salt. That is why you have probably
heard recommendations in the media on reducing your salt consumption. In addition,
most people don't realize that regular table salt has been heavily refined by a
chemical cleaning process. Major table-salt producing companies dry their salt in huge
kilns where temperatures often reach 1200 degrees F. This changes the salt's
chemical structure, reducing the number of elements that are naturally found in the
salt from 84 to only a couple. This man-made product usually consists of just sodium
and chloride, along with some additives, like inorganic iodine in the form of
potassium-iodide, and often sugar and aluminum silicate to prevent clumping.
However, our body needs those other elements, including trace minerals and natural
iodine, in order to be healthy.

Perhaps this is why most macrobiotic experts regard consuming refined sea salt as
just as bad for your health as ingesting white sugar. Fish from the ocean will die
quickly if placed in a solution of refined salt and water. This sodium chloride is
poisonous to them, so it's no wonder that it seems to be harmful to humans as well.
However, our bodies need some salt -- blood, sweat and tears all contain salt, and
both the skin and the eyes seems to be protected from germs by the anti-bacterial
effect of salt. The only kind we can honestly recommend as a salt to consume on a
day-to-day basis is natural unrefined sea salt.

Unrefined Sea Salt High in Trace Minerals

Unrefined sea salt that is evaporated from the ocean is higher in vital essential
minerals (especially magnesium) than even the mined unrefined salts that we have
seen. This pink or grey sea salt contains all the minerals and micro-nutrients that are
found in the sea, including iodine. Almost all processed foods, even those found in the
health food store, contain regular, refined table salt, including soy sauce. (Even if it
says "sea salt," that is probably refined sea salt, that has been robbed of its nutrients
just like common table salt.) That's another reason why you need to eliminate or
drastically cut back on all packaged foods.

If you chose to buy another salt besides unrefined pink or grey sea salt, you need to
ask where the salt comes from, how it was harvested, whether or not it has been
refined, and what types of nutrients are contained in it. Truly natural sea salt should
be hand harvested and left out to dry by solar evaporation. The grey sea salt from
the salt marshes of Guerande, France, in the Brittany region, has been naturally
collected for over 1200 years. There are some brands of pink salt from Hawaii and
the Mediterranean that are excellent as well.

Bathing in Mineral Rich Waters Also Beneficial

If you are deficient in minerals, like most of us are, using unrefined sea salt can help
you to replenish those minerals. Another way to help increase your mineral stores is
by bathing in mineral and salt-rich waters. You can either go take a cure at a mineral
spa, as people have done for hundreds of years, or use products at home in your
bath, such as bath salts from the Dead Sea, which are rich in minerals as well as
sodium chloride. Our bodies absorb minerals through our skin, which is why many
people swear by mineral bath soaking, whether at a spa or in the comfort of your
own home. Mineral-rich salt baths, salt scrubs, rubs and polishes all work to replenish
minerals in the body, exfoliate dead skin, stimulate circulation and relieve stress. Just
make sure and get one that uses natural sea salt and pure essential oils if you want
some fragrance, not synthetic.

About The Author

Karen Pijuan is the owner of several health-related websites and has written
numerous articles about nutrition, vitamins, healthy living, whole food supplements,
natural body care and cleaning products, natural weight loss and more. Find out
more about what to look for in a truly healthy vitamin, as well as resources for
where to find the whole food vitamins she recommends at

Many truly natural, healthy and organic products including excellent whole food
nutritional supplements can be found online at
Salt actually has many important
functions in the body, including:

Processed Table Salt Is Bad for
your Health.

Highly processed table salt has a bad
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