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How Salt Helps Your Mind-Body-Soul Connection (and Some Common Types)

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 below.
 
  • 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 results.
 
  • 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 emotionally.
 
Here are just a few of it’s many uses:
 
1. Detoxifies/Replenishes 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.
 
2. Purifies 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 these benefits.
 
3. Soothes 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 optimally.
 
4. Balances 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 problems.
 
5. Improves 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!

 

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