Sea Salt does not raise the blood Pressure, it is the insufficiency of other minerals in the body that normally hold on to and keep water inside the cells that causes a rise in blood pressure. Given in conjunction with other minerals, sea salt with its 84 vital minerals, will actually help to lower blood pressure to normal levels.
Salt is vital for extracting excess acidity from inside the cells, particularly the brain cells. If you don't want Alzheimer's disease, don't go salt-free and don't let them put you on diuretic medication for very long! We need the minerals in sea salt that we were meant to have.
Its all by design! As always, it is important to follow the recommendations of your doctor, please discuss this information prior to changing any prescribed medical regimen.
Really? Volumes have been written about salt, both good and bad, but what is being discovered today is far more valuable than gold! It is our good health—something money cannot buy! What doctors once vilified as an instigator of high blood pressure, heart problems and kidney woes has now been vindicated by modern medicine as we slowly emerge from the salt-free dark ages into the light of knowledge about what salt—whole, natural salt that is—and what it can bring to our bodies.
It is being noted through study after case study that whole sea salts with over 84 minerals and trace nutrients is probably the one, most important element in our diets today for good health.*
Why you ask? Well, our bodies are truly just large, complex chemical factories. Everything in us can be broken down into a chemical reaction of some sort. Each intricately tuned quality of our thinking, our breathing, the beating of our hearts, our reasoning, even our loving one another, all are examples of a successful chemical reaction. When this delicate, highly tuned reaction is thrown off balance, there is always a price to pay—we get sick, get cancer, experience pain and debilitation, we do not sleep well or think straight, we feel tired perhaps even clinically depressed and we owe all of this to an often subtle chemical imbalance somewhere. Even our beautiful immune system, that so gallantly fights bacteria and viruses to preserve our health, can succumb to poor chemistry if we do not give our bodies the necessary tools to remain armed and vigilant.
Many of these tools are well known, like eating a balanced diet with lots of veggies and fruits, get enough protein to build muscles and maintain blood sugar levels, drink lots of water and consume moderate amounts of sugar, caffeine and alcohol, and don’t forget to get plenty of rest—our body's great revitalizer! Potassium and Magnesium, for example, two minerals found in unrefined, natural sea salt, help to maintain a healthy immune system and were meant to be ingested with sodium chloride to work properly. Many enzymes and hormones in our bodies were designed to utilize salt in its whole natural form, taking advantage of all the minerals and nutrients present to work properly.
Each of these building blocks of good heath is an important piece to a complex puzzle and without exception, once thrown off balance, we can suffer, our bodies can suffer—even if we are not immediately aware of it. This is where salt comes in, the few sprinkles a day that we think of as enhancing our eating experience by bringing flavor to the front. We have been unaware the past 100 years, however, of the dangers that can lurk in the shadows, out of sight, by consuming salt that has been chemically stripped, bleached, and anti-caked with sodium hexacyanoferrate II, rendering it a completely lifeless food. We have stripped away the very elements that are required to live!
Minerals are part of these vital elements, and are necessary to perform big jobs in our bodies. The amount of these minerals that we require is incredibly tiny—so tiny that we do not miss them right away, but miss them we will . . . eventually. We have found that consuming too little salt or sodium chloride—can endanger our body’s ability to maintain a healthy blood pressure and make no mistake, low blood pressure can bring a cascade of problems with it just as much as high blood pressure!
The Salt Hypothesis—for over 4000 years we have known that salt intakes can affect blood pressure through chemical signals to the muscles of blood vessels trying to maintain blood pressure within a proper range. A minority of the population can lower their blood pressure by restricting dietary salt. Elevated blood pressure—hypertension—is a well-documented marker or ―risk factor for cardiovascular events such as heart attacks and the silent killer: strokes. It has been suggested that since salt intake is related to blood pressure, and since cardiovascular risks are also related to blood pressure, that salt must be a root of the problem. Actually doctors and researchers are finding that just the opposite is true and that certain minerals found in sea salts actually HELP maintain a healthy blood pressure, just as Mother Nature intended!
* We want to clarify that we are not offering any medical advice. Everyone’s physical condition and health is an individual case, of course, and no one should ignore their doctor’s advice on salt consumption until they have been fully evaluated.
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As with vitamins, the body also requires a range of minerals in order to function properly and maintain good health. Minerals come from the earth and are nutrients which work individually and in combination with other substances to create specific reactions in the body.
Where to Source Essential Minerals—Essential minerals needed by the body to perform a variety of functions may be sourced from unrefined sea salt with over 84 vital minerals and different foods, such as vegetables. In Nutrition in Essence, Bearden (2006) highlights where essential minerals may be sourced, to include the following:
For those who find it a real struggle to eat a health balanced diet, it is well worth discussing mineral supplements with the family doctor. A referral to a nutritionist or dietitian may then be offered, if deemed appropriate. Sufferers of certain health conditions, such as the eating disorder anorexia nervosa, are also likely to benefit from taking a multivitamin and mineral supplement, particularly in the early stages of recovery.