I have recently come across a plethora of articles in health magazines and blogs that promote switching from processed table salt to a “full spectrum” salt. It has been noted that white table salt is to full spectrum salt what white table sugar is to dehydrated cane juice or coconut sugar, since both table salt and refined sugar lack the full spectrum of minerals and other nutrients that the natural products they are derived from contain, which also happen to be essential for protecting and enhancing health & vitality.
Most of us think of salt as sodium chloride — a thoroughly refined, processed white consistently grainy substance that hardly has any nutritional or health-related benefits. Most people are unaware that table salt contains many chemicals as well as absorbents and sugar. Since table salt is dried at more that 1200 degrees Fahrenheit, most of its natural chemical structures are destroyed. Some theories state that this processed substance is actually seen as the body as a toxic invader, which is why the body struggles to metabolize it, which can lead to inflammation of tissues, water retention and high blood pressure. Interesting huh? This heat process also ensures that processed salt crystals are energetically dead and as such, for the body to metabolize processed salt, it must waste extreme amounts of energy to keep the body at optimal fluid balance which creates a burden on your body. Often, water is removed from other cells in attempt to neutralize the unnatural sodium chloride. Some research suggests that for each gram of table salt that your system cannot process, our bodies use over 20x the amount of cellular water to achieve a required equilibrium. This can lead to cellulite, arthritis, kidney stones and gallbladder stones. In fact, that in the early 20th century, doctors noticed that people who ate white table salt started to suffer chronic degenerative diseases such as goiter, which is caused by a lack of iodine in processed salt. Interestingly, iodine deficiency is the No. 1 most preventable cause of mental retardation in children. As such, salt manufacturers began adding one mineral back to salt — iodine. But what about the other 80+minerals that were stripped in the process of processing salt?
Enter full spectrum salts. Let’s use Himalayan Pink Crystal Salt as an example since it contains the full spectrum of 84 minerals and trace elements that are found inside the human body naturally. It is known in the Himalayas as “White Gold” and is an unrefined, unprocessed “raw” salt that’s hand-mined from abundant salt caves that were formed 250 million years ago as ocean salt settled in certain geologic pockets around the earth, and as such it is untouched by many of the toxins and pollutants that infiltrate ocean salt–making it somewhat pure. Himalayan salt’s unique cellular formation allows it to store energy and its minerals exist in a colloidal form which means that they are small enough for our body to absorb quite easily. Full-spectrum salt, including Himalayan Pink Crystal salt, always has a non-white color. Pink Himalayan salt, true to its name, is a sort of dusty pink-rose color. Celtic Sea Salt, for example (which is really good salt) has a brownish sandy color.
There are many supposed benefits of switching to full spectrum salts such as:
- Controlling & Regulating water levels in the body
- Promoting stable pH balance in the cells
- Encouraging excellent blood sugar functioning
- Aiding in reducing the common signs of aging
- Promoting cellular energy creation
- Promoting increased absorption capacities within the intestinal tract
- Supporting vascular health
- Supporting respiratory health
- Lowering sinus symptoms & promoting over-all sinus health
- Reducing cramps
- Increasing bone strength
- Naturally promoting healthy sleep patterns (Salt is from the earth, this likely has something to do with circadian rhythms ?)
- Supporting a healthy libido
- Promotes kidney and gall bladder health
What about Sea Salt? Many people seem to believe that sea salt is better than regular table salt and most of those people are willing to pay more for processed salt labelled “sea salt.” The reality is, literally all salt is seal salt because it came from the sea at one time or another in the Earth’s history. White processed salt can still be called “sea salt” even though it is void of full-spectrum minerals. One way to tell if salt contains the full spectrum of nutrients is to look at its color: If all the grains are more or less equal in shape and the color is s pure white, it’s not full-spectrum.
I switched to Himalayan Pink salt about 2 years ago and altho it is more expensive I am glad to spend a little more money knowing I get so much more in terms of nutrition, as I am ambitious and want to wean myself off vitamins by eating a fully balanced whole food diet (and yes I’m a vegetarian, so what, that means nothin 😛 ). I noticed that the taste is alot stronger so I use alot less, so keep that in mind. Finally, these salts can be used exactly the same way as table salt and in fact also make great scrubs and body washes 🙂 Betcha never knew salt could be so interesting, did ya?