Replace What's in Your Salt Shaker


| 7/23/2015 11:10:00 AM


It seems like everyone is watching their salt intake these days. But, should they? Maybe not. Here’s why you should fill your salt shaker with natural sea salt, and why you should be eating more, not less, of this wonderful mineral.

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What You Need to Know About Refined Salt

Salt is sodium chloride. Commercial refined salt has had all, or nearly all, of its minerals stripped and is ground into tiny particles. Because heavily ground salt has a tendency to stick or clump, manufacturers add anti-caking agents so that it flows freely. Food-grade salt is 97 percent sodium chloride, with a small amount of iodine added.

Years ago, iodine deficiency was identified as an epidemic, so salt manufacturers began adding iodine to their table salt. It was a successful public health initiative and an important step toward minimizing iodine deficiency—something that results in hypothyroidism, mental retardation and other health problems.

Benefits of Eating Salt

Salt has many benefits for the body. For example, if you don’t consume enough salt, you may suffer from chronic, low-grade, inflammation. The body requires about 1.5 teaspoons of salt per day, or 8 grams. If this isn’t part of your diet, your body shifts into a sort of “emergency mode,” sparing sodium so that it can maintain fluid balance and blood pressure.



When this doesn’t work, an enzyme called renin and a hormone called aldosterone rise. This is what starts various chronic inflammatory processes.



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