There has been a big shift in the way people approach their
health and many are searching for ways to stay well without expensive and potentially-harmful medications. As we become
more open to natural treatments for our ailments, we can't overlook something
that has been in front of us this whole time: Salt!
It is found in our oceans, our food, and our bodies. So what
is salt anyways? Mainly colorless, odorless, and crystalized, salt is composed
of sodium chloride and occurs naturally all over the world. It has been
extracted from salt mines and processed from seawater for thousands of years.
Salt (or the sodium in it) is essential to life and has been used in the seasoning and preservation
of food, the facilitation of trade, and in religious and cultural ceremonies
throughout human history. Nearly everyone has access to this invaluable
mineral, which comes in many forms.
Common types of salt:
Not all salts are made alike! From raw, unrefined sea salt, to processed,
iodine-enriched table salt, compare the benefits and drawbacks to each type
- Sea Salt- Unrefined
sea salt is an amazing tool for good health with its treasure trove of 82 trace
nutrients and minerals, including sodium, potassium, magnesium, bromide,
chloride, iron, copper, and zinc, among many others. The less processing that
is required to extract the salt, the better in terms of nutrient content, so
look for natural sea salt, Celtic sea salt, or pink Himalayan salt for best
- Pink Himalayan Salt-
The nutrient content of Himalayan salt is similar to sea salt, but Himalayan
salt contains less sodium, and a different makeup of elements that contributes
to its pink hue. This salt is effective for many health uses, but it also makes
an excellent addition to your spice rack in lieu of refined table salt.
- Table Salt- Table
salt is much more refined than raw sea salt and contains a number of additives
to address various health concerns, especially those found in developing
countries. Most refined salts include iodine, which helps to regulate thyroid
deficiencies. Table salts also commonly feature anticaking agents and some
contain iron, fluoride, aluminum, or calcium additives. Basically, the more
refined it is, the more minerals have been stripped, and the less
naturally-nutritious the salt is.
- Epsom Salt- Epsom
salt is not technically a salt, but actually a naturally-occurring pure mineral
compound of magnesium and sulfate, making it a great choice for physical
ailments, relaxation, muscle tension, and general detoxification, as both
elements are absorbed easily through the skin. Epsom salts can help your body
produce serotonin, feel more relaxed, improve sleep and concentration, and help
your muscles and nerves function correctly. Using them in baths multiple times
a week is most effective.
Health benefits of
salt: Salt therapy can provide an anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory boost
to help you conquer whatever ails you, physically, mentally, spiritually, and
Here are just a few of it’s many uses:
minerals: Soaking in a salt bath is beneficial in many ways, but mostly to
detox the bad stuff and replenish the good stuff. The negative ions in salt
help to draw toxins out of your skin, tissue, and organs. At the same time,
your body is being infused with dozens of minerals and nutrients. For best
results, add a cup of salt to a bath and soak for at least 20 minutes, three
times a week.
the air/Helps you breathe: Salt lamps and salt baths can help to purify the
air around you and clear your sinuses and congestion from your lungs and
respiratory system. The anti-inflammatory properties of sea salt are effective for
treating allergies, nasal irritation, and blocked airways. Having salt lamps
around your house, taking salt baths, and even breathing in the steam from a
pot of boiling water and sea salt are all effective ways to take advantage of
soreness/Strengthens the body: Many nutrients, but especially the potassium
found in sea salts, help the muscles to relax, curb inflammation, and fortify
bones, skin, and tissues that contribute to soreness. The electrolytes gained
from sea salt also provide a boost of energy to help your body function
pH: To be at your healthiest, you must balance the acidity and alkalinity
of your body. Ancient civilizations have used salt to accomplish this by
soaking in regular salt baths, or consuming it in a glass of water on a regular
basis. The alkaline nature of salt helps to reduce acidity in the body, helping
you avoid acid reflux, kidney stones, weight gain, and many common health
digestion, sleep, and more: The nutrients in salt actually help our bodies
to better absorb other nutrients, helping us to digest our food effectively.
Salt baths also provide a calming and relaxing effect, allowing us to more
easily fall and stay asleep. Salt also helps to regulate blood sugar, normalize
heart function, cure acne, and balance electrolytes. The benefits are endless!
What are your favorite ways to incorporate salt into your
health routine? Share your comments and ideas below!