There are so many myths and misunderstandings about salt, and these myths are contributing to the major health crisis that we are facing as a nation.
Every 90 seconds, someone will suffer from a heart attack.
In that same time, 2 people will have strokes, and 1 will die of cardiovascular disease.
Heart Disease is the #1 cause of death in the United States, and growing numbers of us are literally ticking time bombs!
This ‘no salt’ craze that you see and hear about has been from the efforts of the public health community to solve the heart disease epidemic.
But there is nothing more dangerous for your health than going on a no salt diet…In fact, it’s one of the quickest ways to kill yourself.
But after 30 years of being told that salt is bad for us, and at the same time more and more salt being added to more and more foods, it’s no wonder why there’s a lot of confusion out there.
Just like there are good fats and bad fats, the same holds true for salt.
There are salts that HEAL, and salts that KILL!
For you to be healthy and full of energy, salt is a necessity…
But it has to be the RIGHT kind of salt, and that is where the problem lies.
So today, I want to clear up 5 misconceptions about salt so you can actually use salt as a tool to improve your health, rather than harm it.
Misconception #1: We don’t need salt to be healthy.
Sadly, this idea is a side effect of misinformation about health in the last 30 years.
Your body doesn’t run on calories or proteins, fats, and carbs for that matter. Your body is ELECTRICAL and it runs on salt.
Salt is essential for life. It’s responsible for…
- carrying nutrients into and out of cells
- being an essential component in blood plasma, lymphatic fluid, and even amniotic fluid
- maintaining and regulating blood pressure
- helping your brain communicate with your muscles so you can move
Misconception #2: Salt is salt.
When you hear doctors and health experts talk about low salt diets, moderating your salt intake, or the amount of salt you should be eating, that’s a COMPLETELY different animal so to speak than the mineral salts that we talk about.
Your doctor wants you to have less Sodium Chloride, otherwise known as “table salt.”
I agree with this advice, as most Americans consume way too much of this refined salt, which is very bad for your health.
I said it before, and it is important enough to say it again…
There are salts that kill, and salts that heal.
Refined table salt is harmful in ANY amounts and should always be replaced with unrefined mineral salt like a Celtic Grey, Himalayan, or Redmond Real Salt. .
All three contain essential trace minerals that it’s unlikely you’re getting from other sources.
Misconception #3: Salt is bad for the heart.
Yes, too much table salt as part of a processed, carbohydrate and preservative-filled diet that too many Americans eat is bad for the heart.
However, the science is unclear on whether salt itself is the culprit. On the SAD diet (standard American diet) 80% of the salt people consume comes from processed foods, so it’s hard to separate the baby from the bathwater, so to speak.
What is known is that sodium is actually necessary for maintaining proper blood pressure.
The fact is, the type of salt you choose to use matters.
The research shows that mineral salt does not increase your blood pressure because it is not the same as table salt, the type that you have to be careful about.
Misconception #4: Sea salt or kosher salt is the same as mineral salt.
Sea salt is very trendy right now, and it’s getting added to all kinds of foods, some good for you and some not, in an effort to make the food seem less processed.
Many home cooks use kosher salt, thinking it’s better for you than table salt.
The truth is, neither are as good for you as mineral salts.
Kosher is very similar to table salt, only it does not contain iodine, which is added to table salt to prevent iodine deficiency. Sea salts can contain some naturally occurring minerals like potassium, iron, and zinc. Unfortunately, it can also contain trace heavy metals due to oceanic pollution.
And over 90% of the sea salts and kosher salts you find in the marketplace are bleached which is bad!
Misconception #5: Daily Minerals includes sodium, so I shouldn’t take it if my doctor told me to cut salt.
The mineral salts that we use in our Alkamind Daily Minerals are different than Sodium Chloride, or table salt, which you SHOULD be avoiding like the plague.
We use Sodium Bicarbonate, NOT the same sodium that is in table salt.
In fact, this type of salt is very healthy for the body, as your body is electrical and runs on mineral salts.
The sodium in Sodium Bicarbonate makes up only 28%, and the remainder is Bicarbonate, which is crucial in maintaining a healthy blood pH.
In fact, when your body is in an acidic state, the stomach, pancreas, and kidneys will create Bicarbonate to help neutralize your acid. That is the same exact salt we are using.
If you are taking a mineral salt supplement and it does not taste salty, there is something very wrong with the supplement you bought. It’s most likely using artificial flavors to mask the taste, which is acidic and not good for your body.
We use a dehydrated lemon powder, which gives it a lemon taste and is very alkaline forming to your body, plus gives you extra vitamin C, which enhances the function of your immune system.
The other 3 mineral salts in Alkamind Daily Minerals are calcium, magnesium, and potassium, which are just as important for helping reduce the acidity levels in your blood, and replenishing your mineral supply which is always decreased by high acid levels in the body.