sea salt vs table salt

  • Nutrition Tip Tuesday!

Here’s a quick little tid-bit about why sea salt is superior to table salt:

Every good story begins with a little drama so let’s start with the table salt

How is table salt made?

Table salt is mined in underground salt deposits and then processed in processing facilities killing any of the magic it may have once contained.

What’s in it?

Goodbye minerals!  Hello anti-clumping additives, MSG, aluminum derivatives, sugar (it’s everywhere), bleach (this is how it gets its color), and chemically enriched sodium and iodine which our body sees as toxic invaders.  The sodium in processed foods plus the addition of table salt keeps layering on the internal toxic load.  The body works really hard fighting against these invaders, so hard that organs, cells, hormones, the gut, and heart health pay a huge price.

Health impacts:

  • dehydrates the body
  • rapidly increases blood pressure – the body works hard to keep the toxic “no’s” listed above away from the heart
  • induces asthma attacks
  • thickens blood vessel walls – no Bueno
  • depletes minerals in the body
  • increases risk of developing diabetes
  • increases chance of heart attacks and stroke
  • damages stomach lining
  • impacts adrenal health
  • impacts nerve function

But don’t worry.  Just throw away the table salt (easy) and replace it with sea salt!

The magic of sea salt!

How it’s made:

It’s made through the evaporation of water in its natural source.  That sounds nice.

What’s in it?

Sea salt is full of electrolytes and is mineral rich.  The beautiful thing about sea salt is you can get different minerals from different parts of the world depending on where your salt came from so having a variety on hand can add a rich diversity of minerals to the body.

  • Sodium –  maintains hydration in the body,  controls blood pressure, facilitates nerve impulses
  • Potassium – healthy function of your body’s cells, tissues, muscles, and organs
  • Phosphorus – builds strong bones and teeth
  • Calcium –  fights infection, develops and protects bones and teeth, critical in heart and muscle health
  • Iron – transports oxygen through the body
  • Iodine – thyroid health, anti-bacterial, anti-viral
  • Manganese – pituitary health (important for the sex hormones)
  • Zinc – prostate health, heals infection, boosts immune system

Sea salt also helps to heal the adrenals because when your adrenals are fatigued electrolyte imbalances occur…. we will talk more about adrenals another day.

One thing to remember:  Even though sea salt is healthier, it still contains the same amount of sodium as table salt.  If you have issues with your blood pressure and your Dr. says to cut back on sodium you better listen to what he says.

Tip within a tip! Bring your own sea salt!

This reminds me of when I used to smuggle in ranch dressing to pizza places in NY when I was young and crazy….. ok, it’s not really the same.

My favorite sea salts rich in so many fancy minerals are:

Natierra, Himalania Fine Grain Himalayan Pink Salt Shaker, 6 Ounce

Celtic Sea Salt Fine Ground, (1) 8 Ounce Shaker, Great for Cooking & Baking, Pickling or Finishing, Gluten Free, Kosher, Paleo-Friendly

Coarse Salt – Sea Salt – Natural, Unrefined Sea Salt – More Minerals Than Himalayan Pink or Rock Salt – Substitute for Iodized Sea Salt – Unprocessed & Hand Harvested By Artisans – 100% Satisfaction Lifetime Guarantee

Garlic!

Nutrition Tip Tuesday

Here’s a little tid-bit on the small but mighty garlic!

Back-in-the-day garlic was called “the poor person’s antibiotic” because it was readily available, cheap, and could treat all the things.

Here are all the things:

Garlic as an antimicrobial

  • garlic fights the nasty’s in the gut such as bacteria (the bad ones), candida, yeast, and worms (gross)

Garlic as an antibiotic

  • for centuries is has been used to treat common cold and flu symptoms
  • eliminates mucus

Garlic as an energy booster

  • garlic increases the availability of insulin for better blood sugar regulation

Garlic as a detoxifier

  • digestive cleanser, it fights toxic bacteria in the digestive tract – hiy-ya!
  • cleanses the blood
  • increases the body’s ability to flush toxins from the lymph

Improves circulation

  • lowers blood pressure

Garlic reduces your risk of cancer

  • garlic fights bacteria, lowers blood pressure, increases the immune response, and aids in detoxification…. yeah, I’d say all of that helps!

Next time you have garlic breath, wear it like a badge of honor and breathe these garlicy tid-bits on anyone that will listen.  Your aggressive breath might just save a life!

Garlic Soup Recipe

Dry Brushing, everyone’s doing it

Come on, you know you want to.

Dry brushing is hands down the easiest detoxification technique you could ever learn and incorporate into your daily routine no matter where you are. I always travel with my dry brush especially when I’m working as a flight attendant because taking care of the largest organ on my body and removing toxins is of huge importance.  Your skin is the first line of defense against invaders therefore dry brushing is a way to keep this organ working efficiently and effectively…. plus it feels really good y’all!

Why?

Our lymphatic system works to flush cellular waste out of our body and when the lymphatic system becomes clogged it can cause inflammation and lower the immune response.  By dry brushing you are stimulating the lymphatic flow under the skin and also detoxifying the body making your defenses stronger against all the muck.

Other benefits:

Exfoliation: This is a wonderful way to remove dead skin cells and encourage the growth of new ones. Younger looking skin…. yes please!

Increased circulation:  After traveling or sitting for long periods of time dry brushing will increase blood flow and reduce swelling in the ankles and limbs, the increased circulation will also give ya a little boost after being stagnant….and we all love to feel all the fancy feels.

Inflammation support: With your vascular circulation increased and the lymphatic system flushing toxins from the body, one can expect increase support in the inflammation response.  If you would like to read about the hormones involved in inflammation click here.

It just feels really good, it’s waaaay better than the pat downs you get at security.

What kind of brush to use:drybrush

A brush with firm natural bristles is best.

How to dry brush:

Always brush towards your heart on dry skin and use a firm circular motion when doing so. I like to start with the bottoms of my feet, work my way up to my heart and then move on to my hands and work towards my heart again.

Who should dry brush?

If you are reading this, you should dry brush.  Our daily lives are full of stress and toxins from the foods we eat and the environments we are in. All of the little things add up, and by adding this to the “little things” your life can become just a little bit healthier.

This can be a  beneficial therapy for athletes or anyone who struggles with chronic pain.  Combining dry brushing with a nutrient dense diet will support the inflammation response which is always crucial in injury recovery.

Aah brush it. Brush it real good!

Sorry I pictured my dry brush next to a cactus, it looks pretty and does not imply dry brushing feels like cuddling my little cactus friend.