The chemical and mineral composition of our blood and saline fluids have an amazing similarity to sea water. Sea water contains 84 mineral elements. These same 84 mineral elements are found in our bodies in almost the same quantities. 24 of these elements are known to be ‘essential’ for life (i.e., you will die if any are missing). Whenever a dietary deficiency of any of these essential elements occur, the cells in our bodies lose ions. A loss of ions in our cells causes imbalances, a breakdown of the cell regeneration and growth process, and loss of the cells themselves, which does lead to nervous disorders, brain damage, muscle damage or illness.
Therefore, it is vital to your health to have the proper mineral balance in the saline and ion composition of your blood, and these compositions must be maintained within very precise limits. Illnesses and conditions which have been traced to a deficiency of the minerals which are found in sea salt include cancer, low energy, loss of memory, unnecessary aging, obesity, immune system disease, water retention and edema, ulcers, hyperactivity, fragile teeth and bones, Addison’s disease, rheumatism, low sexual vitality, impaired thinking, impaired adrenals, neuralgia, impaired sexual organs, deformed breasts, kidney and liver illness.
The Modern Salt Making Process: The salt which we consume today is made by several large industrial companies. They sell the same salt for both industrial use and human consumption. 93% of their production goes for industrial purposes, 7% for food use. They start with salt which they have mined from large underground salt deposits which were left behind when inland seas evaporated many years ago. They also process salt which has been extracted from sea water. They then refine this salt. This is where things go wrong, at least in terms of health. The salt is refined to remove impurities, to make it attractive and uniform in appearance, and to extract most of the mineral elements. When they have finished refining the salt, it looks great, and flows easily out of your salt shaker, but 82 of the 84 mineral elements have been removed.
Why do they do this? The largest customers, industrial processors, only require a salt which has sodium and chlorine. Also, several of the minerals which are extracted have great commercial value. These chemicals are removed from the salt to be sold to other consumers. For example, Boron is sold to make anti-knock gasoline additives and chemical fertilizers, Magnesium is sold to makers of light metal alloys and explosives, and other chemicals and minerals are removed to make plastics. As a result, the salt we buy at the store is only sodium chloride. All of the other beneficial elements have been removed.
In addition to taking out useful minerals, chemical additives are used to bleach the salt whiter, prevent water absorption while the salt is in the box and to help it flow freely in your salt shaker, and iodine and iodine stabilizers are added. The chemical additives which prevent the refined salt from absorbing water while it is in the box also prevent the refined salt from being properly absorbed and processed in the human body. As a result, deposits of refined salt build up in our bodies. Deposits in the joints of bones increases the chances of arthritic problems. Deposits along the walls of veins, arteries, lymph system ducts, or in the brain, urinary tract, sexual organs, or glandular system can lead to brittleness of these areas, loss of function, and impairment of the body’s vitality.
Many of us use too much salt in our diet. We crave it. Our bodies need part or all of the 82 missing elements which are absent from our table salt, and our bodies send the message to consume more salt. The kidneys are greatly affected by the long term consumption of refined salt. Natural salt assists bodily liquids to freely pass through all body membranes, including the kidney’s blood vessels and glomerulus. Refined salt however, restricts the flow of fluids, causing edema and chronic kidney problems. Eventually, insoluble crystals of hemoglobin form in the kidneys which can lead to kidney failure.
Natural unrefined sea salt comes in precise dosages that are perfectly matched to the mineral composition of the body. They are in an organic form that is completely processable by the body and it isn’t possible to take an over-dose, since all salt in excess of the body’s need is expelled from the body rather than accumulating in harmful deposits throughout the body.
Where can unrefined salt be found? Forget the grocery store. Only refined salt there. The health food store is next, but use caution there also. Much of the salt sold as sea salt in health food stores and elsewhere is often at least partially refined, and therefore not desirable. Read the label carefully. Search for salt that is unrefined and unprocessed. It is worth the effort. Foods cooked with natural salt taste better, you will be supplying your body with necessary minerals and trace elements, and your salt cravings will be satisfied. .