Salt is essential to life and to good health. It provides the elements sodium and chloride. While sodium is present in various foods, all the chloride ions only come from NaCl – salt. These two elements are absolutely necessary for the infinite metabolic processes occurring in the body at any given time. Your body needs salt, but you have to make sure to get a superior brand.
While salt is an essential component of our body (the body contains about 8 ounces of salt) it has been demonized almost as much as cholesterol. Current USDA Guidelines call for lowering the amount of salt Americans should consume to as low as 1500mg a day in at-risk people. As with cholesterol, we have a guideline for lowering a substance that is totally necessary for good health, but health officials ignore this and recommend the opposite.
We are born with salt receptors for a reason — we crave salt for a reason. We need it.
Traditional cultures placed an extremely high value on salt. In fact, those that were in control of salt, were healthier and richer than those who were not. Salt was one of the first substances to be traded due to its high value. To quote Sally Fallon Morrel,
A certain political pattern emerges: where salt was plentiful, the society tended to be free, independent and democratic; where it was scarce, those who controlled the salt controlled the people. For example, along the shores of the Mediterranean and the North Sea, where salt was plentiful, farmers and fishermen nourished free societies. In contrast, areas of the world that had to import most of their salt or obtain it from small, isolated sources show a more autocratic pattern, a history of frequent conflict, monopoly and all-powerful rulers. In the ancient river valley civilizations of the Nile, Babylon, India, China, Mexico and Peru, the kings and priests maintained their rule and obtained their income through their monopoly of salt, on which the population was hopelessly dependent. (Source)
Of course, today, we have access to plenty of salt that has been highly processed, with other substances added or substances removed. Typical conventional salt has all the trace elements removed and is “pure” salt — except for the flow agents and possibly iodine added.
If you are eating fresh whole foods you will need to add salt to your meals. However, use a good sea salt that has all the trace minerals in it and one that is minimally processed.
Redmond Real Salt
I use several brands of salt, but Redmond Real Salt is my favorite. I love the various colors that I can see in the mixture which assures me that there are lots of different trace minerals in the salt. I also love that it doesn’t clump up in the shaker.
But I mainly love the fact that it is harvested in the United States, in Utah, from ancient sea beds that are protected form the surface and have not had any contact with the toxins of modern living.
How Real Salt was Discovered
In a story that parallels the discovery of oil on US soil, in 1959 Milo and Lamar Bosshardt were struggling to keep their farm viable when they noticed some deer eating what they thought was some soil. It turned out to be a salt deposit that extended beneath their land.
They became selling the salt to their neighbors and it has blossomed into the Redmond company today.
Remnant of an Ancient Sea
The Redmond Real Salt deposit begins about 30 feet below the surface of the earth and is covered by a layer of bentonite clay. This clay has protected the salt deposit from erosion and modern toxins.
The Real Salt deposit emerged from an ancient sea called the Sundance Sea – which dates it in the Jurrassic Period. I can just see those dinosaurs slopping up the salt can’t you?
Presently, Real Salt is harvested 300 feet below the surface of the earth. They harvest the salt using carbide-tipped equipment that scrapes the salt off the walls of the mine. The salt is then screened and crushed and given a final screening to make sure there are no contaminants before packaging.
Nothing is added to the salt and nothing is removed.
The Sea is the Source of All Salt
Salt comes from the sea – either modern oceans, dead seas or ancient sea beds. Most conventional salt has been de-mineralized and chemically processed. You want to avoid those types of salt.
A quality sea salt is unrefined, has no additives and contains naturally occurring trace minerals.
Some salts are evaporated from modern seas. These can be good, but they may have been in contact with modern contaminants such as mercury, lead, toxic waste, sewage, radiation and oil spills.
Real Salt is harvested from below the surface of the earth and is protected by a layer of bentonite clay from an ancient sea bed that has not had contact with the modern world or it’s pollutants.
Stay Away From Additives
Surprisingly, (or not), there are many additives in conventional salt. These will be listed on the label and may include, silicon dioxide, calcium silicate, dextrose (a form of sugar), potassium glutamate, fumaric acid, polysilicate and several others. You get the idea.
You want to choose a salt that has NO additives. Even many brands calling themselves sea salt have lots of additives. You need to check the labels or buy only from a trusted source.
Look for Color
Color is good in salt. It indicates that there are trace minerals. There are 60 + trace minerals in Redmond Real Salt.
Interestingly, when trace minerals are indicated by the “less than” sign (<), this means that the equipment used could not detect any of that particular element at all. What it actually means is that there was none found in the sample.
Salt is essential to life. Eat salt, and get the best salt you can.
Disclaimer: I have received these products for review, however, I have been using Redmond Real Salt for years and love it! See more disclaimer here.
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