In March 1930, Lawyer, Peace activist, philosopher, and future Nobel prizewinner Mahatma Gandhi led a 239 mile (385-kilometer) march across India to protest the British tax on salt. The non-violent resistance leader and other marchers were brutally beaten and arrested by the police. Eventually, the protesters helped to eliminate the tax on salt as well as secure India’s Independence from the British.
Why did the protestors risk physical injury and worse? It wasn’t just for national independence. They recognized the value of salt sea water is almost identical in composition to that of human blood. So from the beginning of history, humans have instinctively gravitated toward a food that contains all of the minerals of the body.
Salt is critical for life. It assists in brain development. It aids digestion. — the body to make hydrochloric acid, needed for protein utilization. Salt helps overcome adrenal exhaustion. And it allows nutrients to enter the cells and waste materials to leave. No civilization can develop without salt.
In many countries, most of what passes for salt is adulterated junk. Real salt grows in a crystal shape, sometimes as large as one millimeter. These crystalline particles harvested from the sea contain almost one hundred trace minerals, among them, are calcium, boron, magnesium gallium, germanium, gold, lithium, manganese, molybdenum, potassium, selenium, silicon, silver, sculpture, vanadium, and Zinc.
When trace minerals exist in sufficient quantities, the relatively large amounts of chloride and sodium in a salt crystal are beneficial. In sea salts hidden powers, Jacques de Langre explains how commercially processed salt is stripped of its valuable trace minerals:
Because table salt comes from the same batch as vacuum-refined industrial salt, it is related with caustic soda or lime to remove all traces of magnesium salts. These vital magnesium salt are taken out because they keep the salt from flowing out of the dispenser spout… The practice brings more profits to the chemical market.
Yet this magnesium salts … fill important biological and therapeutic roles. Further to prevent any moisture from being reabsorbed, salt refiners now add alumino-silicate of sodium or, yellow prussiate of soda as desiccants, plus different bleaches to the final salt formula. But since table salt chemically treated in this way, will longer combine with human body fluids, it invariably causes problems of edema (water retention) and several other health disturbances.
Even if salt is not contaminated by toxic foreign chemicals, the processing alone (refining) renders it useless because it is stripped of valuable minerals. This includes industrial salt, presumably edible grocery store salt, and even most “sea salt” sold in health food stores, Any salt that’s dried by intense heat and then re-crystallized, has no vitality or nutritive value.
Denatured salt is not a real food
Ironically, people who work for commercial salt companies are very proud of the “purity” of their denatured salt. They don’t understand that denatured salt is not real food. It is like calling a cat that has been killed, preserved in formaldehyde, and stuffed by a taxidermist a “real” cat.
When food is isolated from its matrix, the body instinctively knows that something is missing.
This explains why someone can binge on an entire bag of salted potato chips, pretzels, or corn chips at once. It’s not only the carbohydrates that are addictive; so is the salt. The person is seeking the minerals that were removed during processing. But continuing to eat ordinary commercial salt produces an even greater mineral depletion, which in turn creates more carvings.
Our need for salt is a normal, instinctive biological need. What is abnormal is the commercial white crystals that the food industry promotes as real. Denatured salt has been linked to a number of diseases, including high blood pressure and heart attacks. Several salts are now on the market in their unaltered crystalline form. My personal favorite is Celtic, Sea salt from France since it closely matches the body’s mineral content.
– Nenah Sylver, PhD
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