Sea salt used to be called “bay salt” or “solar salt” because it is obtained by evaporating seawater. Both refined and unrefined sea salts can be purchased in grocery stores or health food stores. Refined sea salt is usually white and it will contain additives such as iodine and anti-caking agents. Unrefined sea salt, however, will be a darker color, and depending on where it was produced will be a shade of pink, gray or a light sandy color.
Unrefined sea salt has many benefits that cannot be obtained from other salts, including refined sea salt.
Unrefined sea salt contains up to 80 essential minerals such as calcium, potassium, magnesium, iron and iodine. Calcium is essential for strong and healthy bones, magnesium relieves stress, and potassium helps to regulate muscle movements, hence preventing muscle spasms.
Sea salt helps to draw out toxins and acids from the body which helps to restore the pH levels in the blood. The salt can be taken internally simply by adding it to your foods, as well as a sea salt cleanse. In addition you can use sea salt externally by adding 1/4 to 1/2 cup to your warm bath water. The salt removes toxins through your skin, and also restores minerals into the body via the skin. This helps to relieve sore muscles, cure skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema, as well as rheumatoid arthritis.
Regulates Water Content
It helps to regulate the water content in your body to help you avoid dehydration as well as fluid retention.
It helps to regulate your metabolism so that you will be able to gain healthy weight if you are underweight, and if you are overweight, it will help you to lose unwanted weight.
Improves the Immune System
Sea salt helps to clean out the body so that the immune system can function at its best and fight off common ailments such as colds, fevers, headaches and fatigue, and degenerative diseases such as cancer and Alzheimer’s.
Good for the Heart
Sea salt helps to reduce blood pressure, and helps to stabilize irregular heartbeats by restoring electrolyte levels.
Salt helps to digest and absorb foods from the intestinal tract. This helps to lower and maintain the sugar levels in the blood to reduce the risk of diabetes. Those already diabetic will be able to reduce insulin when adding sea salt to their diet.
Sea salt is a natural antihistamine which not only helps with asthma symptoms, but it can also reduce the symptoms of a cold by clearing up sinus and bronchial congestion.
Sea salt can help to reduce stress and naturally lift your moods by controlling the tryptamine, serotonin and melatonin levels in the brain. Also, lithium is naturally found in sea salt, and is widely used as an anti-depressant.
Sea salt can help you to fall into a deep sleep allowing your body to rest, so that you can have more energy throughout the day. Additionally, it cleanses your body which also increases your energy levels.
Despite of the benefits of sea salt, you should still limit your intake. One teaspoon a day is all that is recommended, as it contains as much as 2400 mg of sodium.