Healthy Salts and Hydration

Salts

Ordinary table salt, sodium chloride, a mineral, is not supporting the body’s overall health, the public awareness information has been relentless on this, but the body does need a balance of minerals.  Only part of the message has been loud and clear. Ordinary table salt is bad for you because it is heated to very high temperatures, fracked and all other minerals are removed except sodium chloride. Then, the sodium is bleached and anti-caking agents containing aluminum are added. This is why you are told to stop eating salt. Your tears and sweat is salty though! You need a balanced sodium with other salty tasting minerals. Magnesium is salty tasting – Epsom Salts; Potassium is salty tasting – it is used as a salt replacement in salt products. Calcium is salty, it is used in IV’s to restore hydration and electrolytes.

The best salts that provide a balance of trace minerals, in a raw, ready for the body are Himalayan sea salt (pink salt), celtic sea salt (gray salt) and RealSalt (from the ancient seas in Central Utah) They are the most natural and support the body’s overall health for lowering acidity, blood pressure and providing over 80 trace minerals. substitute salts are better for you than regular table salt and they don’t have to be used so cautiously as regular salt.   For instance, low sodium salts like Morton Lite Salt  (50% less sodium than table salt) and Diamond Crystal Salt Sense (33% less sodium) contain potassium chloride for the flavor of salt and the benefit of extra potassium, however, not the full spectrum of trace minerals found in the sea salts I’ve mentioned.

Most individuals get too little potassium in their diet that protects against high blood pressure, stroke, heart rhythm and kidney problems. This is also true for magnesium that is needed to utilize potassium, calcium and sodium. Magnesium has over 400 biochemical actions to support body functions. Healthy, unprocessed sea salt can give you a perfect balance of your primary and trace minerals. This gives you balanced electrolytes.

Sodium –free substitutes contain 100 percent potassium chloride while the lite salts replace up to half of the sodium. These are still bleached and heated at high temperatures in a process to make them look like table salt.

For more flavor and tremendous health benefits, add more herbs and spices to your meals.  There is a generous list of the most common herbs and spices the tab section of this website, explaining how they support good health and what dishes they are best with.

Commercial salt substitutes include Chef Paul Prudhommes Magic Salt-free Seasoning, Salt-free Spike and Mrs. Dash, The Zip Blend by Spice Hunter.

A popular hybrid sea salt/herb product is Herbamare, a blend of sea salt and 14 organic herbs.

Don’t forget iodine.  Humans need iodine for normal metabolism of cells, the process of converting food to energy and also for the production of thyroid hormones and normal thyroid function.  So if you are using a replacement for table salt be mindful of a source with iodine.  Look for a label that reads “iodized”.

Hydration

DON’T go crazy on the salts and then forget to drink water!  For an easy plan to support good hydration, fill a pitcher and put it in your refrigerator and make sure it’s gone before you go to bed at night.  Better yet, make the alkaline water on the recipe tab on this site.  This will detox the body while supporting the blood and fluids.

An easy way to monitor the body for dehydration is, in the morning, with the first urine elimination of the day, if it is light yellow like lemonade you are hydrated, if you have dark urine and urinate frequently, you are dehydrated.

Another healthy choice for the kidneys and  pH balance is a cup of warm water with a squeeze from a lemon before going to sleep.  It’s relaxing and nourishing at the same time.

Dehydration is typically a condition in a body experiencing accelerated aging and illness, stay mindful of the body’s needs and develop good hydration habits.