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Body Cells Need Natural Salt To Attract Water

Natural Salt Replacement For Summertime Sports Enthusiasts

The Healing Light of Salt Lamps

Do You Crave Salt?

Salt is Essential to Life

Cooking With Healthy Salt

How To Order "Salt-Free" in Restaurants

Natural Electrolytes -- The Spark of Health

Natural Salt for Healthy Skin -- by Hilde Bschorr

 

Body Cells need natural salt to attract water
By Hilde Bschorr

Every function in your body depends on an efficient flow and distribution of water. This includes the process your cells use to produce energy, and the elimination of toxins.

In order to maintain life, the water in the fluid surrounding your cells remains at an almost constant level, so the blood and lymph can continue to flow without becoming excessively thick. When these fluids do not have enough water, various body conditions develop as a response, including high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, asthma and other allergies, diabetes, stress and depression. These are simply our bodies telling us they need more water. So we can see that dehydration is one of the basic causes of bad health, and hydration is essential to good health.

When there is not enough water in the body, the water level inside the cells drops because all available water is needed in the fluid surrounding the cell. This what is known as dehydration--not enough water inside the cells. When water levels in the cells get really low, they start screaming for water, and we feel this as pain.

Getting enough water into your body is one requirement, but to utilize that water, our cells also need salt.

Have you ever wondered how water gets inside a cell? It moves through the process of osmosis, and osmosis is managed by the salt concentration present in the cells. Water is always moving from a cell with lower salt concentration to a cell with higher salt concentration--essentially, water follows salt. For a cell to "attract" or "pull" water inside, it needs salt.

The broad spectrum of minerals found in "The Original" Himalayan Crystal Salt are ideal nutrients to aid the cells in attracting water. This in turns helps to absorb all other nutrients given to the body with food or supplements. Natural salt is ESSENTIAL for food and nutrient absorption!

By Hilde F. Bschorr

 

NATURAL SALT REPLACEMENT FOR SUMMERTIME SPORTS ENTHUSIASTS

Warm summer days are perfect for fun and competitive outdoor sports activities, but they also make the body sweat and when bodies sweat, they lose salt. This loss of salt can result in the dangerous and potential fatal condition of low blood sodium, known medically as hyponatremia.

For this reason, it is very important in hot, humid weather--and especially when exercising on hot and humid days--to make sure that you adequately replace the salt that your body loses in sweat.
Since sodium is lost when bodies sweat, simply replacing the lost fluid with water actually further contributes to decreased blood sodium. To see how this works, visualize a full glass of salt-water. If you pour out half of the salt-water (as is lost in sweat), and replace it with pure water, making the concentration of sodium in the water far less. The result is hyponatremia.

Studies have shown that ultra-endurance athletes can lose about a 1/4 teaspoon of salt per quart of sweat.

You can tell your body is losing salt if your sweat stings your eyes or tastes salty. The early warning signs of hyponatremia include nausea, muscle cramps, disorientation, slurred speech, confusion, and inappropriate behavior. At the most extreme, hyponatremia can lead to seizures, coma, or death.

The best way to avoid the problems associated with low blood sodium is to plan ahead. Here are some tips.
Û At the first sign of symptoms, drink a sports drink containing salt.
Û Plan ahead to estimate your fluid loss and need for salt replacement and drink your sports drink BEFORE your body goes into hyponatremia. Find out what your body's individual fluid needs are and provide for them.
Û Eat salty foods before and during exercise.
Û Increase salt intake several days prior to scheduled sports events.

While commercial sports drinks do provide the proper balance of sodium and salt, they also contain ingredients that are not so good for your body, such as polluted water, industrial sodium chloride, refined white sugar, and artificial colors. Here's a recipe for a natural sports drink you can easily make at home.

NATURAL SPORTS DRINK

1 quart good quality water
1/3 cup maple syrup or fresh sugar cane juice
1/4 teaspoon "The Original" Himalayan Crystal Salt
juice of one lemon, or more to taste

1. Mix all the ingredients together.
2. Refrigerate until you are ready to drink it.

When replacing the lost sodium our bodies need to survive, it only makes sense to use the best quality salt that will also contribute to good health.

Crystal salt mined from the Himalayan Mountains is the healthiest salt there is. It is rock salt that has been subjected to enormous pressure over millions of years, which turns the salt into crystals, similar to how diamonds are made. These crystals contain particles of essential life elements that are small enough to penetrate human cells and be metabolized.

In Europe, there has been much testing of water and salt and their relation to health in recent years. The only salt that has been tested in this way is "The Original" Himalayan Crystal Salt. Studies showed that test subjects consuming this salt experienced more physical energy and greater vitality, noticeable hair and nail growth, increased ability to concentrate, increased sexual activity, an overall feeling of enhanced well-being and other positive benefits.

Hilde Bschorr is the Owner of Himalayan Living Salt, an online purveyor of natural, unrefined, living salt products. Visit her website at www.HimalayanLivingSalt.com or call: 727-498 0061

 

THE HEALING LIGHT OF SALT LAMPS

by Hilde Bschorr


Perhaps you have seen a beautiful lamp that looks like illuminated stone--either in it's natural form or cut in to an orb, pyramid, or other geometric shape--and were drawn to the glow of it's soft, magical light. Chances are, it was a salt lamp made from a solid piece of natural salt crystal, formed millions of years ago in the majestic Himalayan Mountains.

When the mountains were formed, tremendous heat and pressure refined the structure of the salt crystals, making them translucent. Depending on the amount of iron in the mix of minerals, the crystals emerged in luminous shades of amber from light to dark, with infinite variations.

The beauty and healing power of salt crystal lamps are kindled from within by a small candle or electric bulb.


A NATURAL SOURCE OF NEGATIVE IONS

One of the benefits for which salt lamps are known and valued is the production of natural negative ions, creating an effect similar to being at a beach, standing next to a waterfall, or using a manmade ion generator. When the lamp becomes warm, it absorbs moisture and the crystal becomes damp on the surface. This binds negative ions with the excess positive ions, neutralizing the positively-charged atmosphere of a room.

The emission of negative ions from salt crystal lamps have a very positive effect on all our body functions. Here are just a few...

Circulatory System--Our blood is the transportation system to carry oxygen and nutrients through the veins into each cell of our body. Sometimes those transport lines are congested with cholesterol. The negative ions of the salt crystal lamps reduce the cholesterol content of the blood, lowering the blood pressure and the burden on the heart.

Immune System--The negative ions from the salt crystal lamp help the body's defense system by detoxifying the blood. This, in turn, helps stop inflammatory processes. Salt crystal lamps can also help with allergies because the negative ions go with oxygen into the blood and into the cells. Negative ions can also help with respiratory diseases.

Digestive System--Stomach troubles and diarrhea are often caused through stress, disappointment or anger. Constipation is caused by a blockage of the peristalsis. Those complaints can be handled with an increased supply of negative ions from salt crystal lamps.

Complaints of old age--Negative ions both slow down the deposit of pollutants in the body and encourage their release. This has a positive effect on the metabolism and animate nerve activity, in turn increasing memory, liveliness, and ability to concentrate and react. This increase in body activity can slow the aging process.

In general, our bodies benefit overall from being in an indoor environment full of negative ions, as it is more similar to the outdoor environment.

How many salt lamps do you need for effective ion generation? The amount of negative ions emitted by a salt lamp is directly related to the amount of surface area--bigger lamps give off more negative ions (and increasing the wattage of the bulb will also increase the amount of ions). But, keep in mind that the field of negative ions around a lamp drops off dramatically within a few feet of the lamp, so if the ionization benefits of a salt lamp is more important than it's beautiful light, it would be better to have a number of smaller salt lamps placed around your room rather than one large lamp.

COLOR BENEFITS BODY AND MIND

The spectrum of warm colors inherent in salt crystal lamps, each has its own influence on the wellbeing of body and mind. If you wish to choose a lamp that will give color therapy benefits, consider these choices:

Orange--facilitates a feeling of security and is helpful to our nervous system and our mind and activates the kidneys and bladder.

Yellow--encourages intellectual comprehension and stimulates the pancreas, liver and gallbladder.

Red--strengthens vitality and activates the heart and circulation.

Pink--supports the sense of partnership and love and opens the emotional body.

Brown--helps to find one's own balance and supports earthiness.

White--has a cleansing and detoxifying effect and represents the healing aspect.

Together, these colors bring a warmth to a room similar to the soft glow of candlelight.

USE SALT CRYSTAL LAMPS ALL THROUGH YOUR HOME

Salt crystal lamps are a healthful addition to any room.

In the office... A salt crystal lamp at work can help improve your concentration, and neutralize the effects of stress, artificial light and air environment.

In the bedroom... A salt crystal lamp can have a comforting and soothing effect for children and the bedridden, and can be a gentle night light (the orb lamp looks like a glowing planet!)

Near the computer...Place a Salt crystal lamp near your computer to reduce fatigue, and counter the effects of electro-magnetic pollution and monitor radiation.

Wherever you place your salt crystal lamp, it is sure to light up your life.

Hilde Bschorr is the Owner of Himalayan Living Salt, an online purveyor of natural, unrefined, living salt products. Visit her website at www.HimalayanLivingSalt.com or call: 727-498 0061

 

Do You Crave Salt?

Do you crave salt? Do you put salt on your food? Do you love salty nuts, potato chips or French fries, popcorn, pretzels, cheese puffs, or other salty snack foods? Chances are, you are eating the wrong kind of salt!

Natural Salt
Salt, as it occurs in the Earth, is a complex crystal containing eighty-four elements that are vital to life. These include hydrogen, carbon, nitrogen, oxygen, sodium, magnesium, silicum, chloride, calcium, titanium, chromium, manganese, iron, copper, zinc, selenium, zirconium, silver, iodine, platinum, gold, and many more. As salt moves through the ecosystem, salt nourishes plants and animals, supporting all life.

These nutrients are the same elements originally found existing in the "primal ocean" where all life originated, and the same elements our bodies need for good health.

Table Salt -- Industrial Sodium Chloride
What is sold as table salt for us to eat is actually a product of industrial production.

About 93 percent of salt production worldwide is used directly for industrial purposes. It is essential to make products such as laundry detergent, varnish, plastics and other products.

For these industrial uses, chemical processes require pure sodium chloride. To obtain sodium chloride, all the essential minerals and trace elements are removed from natural salt and discarded as impurities.

The remaining sodium chloride is used to preserve foods inexpensively, which is why so many ready-to-eat food products are heavily "salted" with sodium chloride. The sodium chloride inhibits the natural breakdown of the food, increasing its shelf life of foods that would naturally spoil very quickly. Since foods break down in our bodies with the same processes nature uses to break foods down outside of our bodies, sodium chloride in food products also makes them more difficult to digest.

Sodium chloride is fine for factories, but it doesn't belong in our bodies!
It is an unnatural, isolated substance that is nothing like the living salt found in Nature.

Our Bodies Contain a Living Sea
Our bodies contain the same salty liquid as that of the primal sea--a fluid consisting of water and salt. This flows through more than 56,000 miles of waterways and blood vessels, regulating and balancing the functions of our bodies.

To replenish this sea, our bodies need natural salt. While our bodies require only 0.007 ounces of whole, natural salt per day (that's about 1/25th of a teaspoon), we could eat sodium chloride--with only two of the eighty-four essential elements--all day long and still be deficient of the nutrients we need from real salt.

Nutrient-deficient Sodium Chloride Makes Our Bodies Crave Real, Natural Salt
Because our bodies need natural salt, when we eat less than 0.007 ounces of natural salt per day, a salt craving kicks in. When we eat sodium chloride, it contains none of the nutrients our bodies need. Craving the nutrients found in natural salt, we eat more and more sodium chloride and set up a vicious cycle that results in more and more cravings.

Whether or not we are aware of the dangers of sodium chloride, our bodies recognize sodium chloride as an unnatural substance--a poison--and try to eliminate it as quickly as possible. The problem is, we eat more salt than our bodies can process out. Here in the United States, our average daily consumption of table salt is between 0.4 ounces and 0.7 ounces. Our bodies are only able to excrete 0.17 ounces to 0.25 ounces a day through our kidneys, depending on our age, constitution and sex.

Our bodies then try to neutralize whatever sodium chloride is left in the body by surrounding it with water molecules in order to break it down into sodium and chloride. For this process, our bodies take water from our cells. Without water, our body cells die.

The result is edema, or excess fluid in the body tissue. This is why doctors tell us to avoid salt.

If there is more sodium chloride in a body than it can neutralize by pulling water out of cells, the body get rids of the excess sodium chloride by binding it with uric acid to form new crystals. These are deposited directly in the bones and joints and are known as arthritis, gout, and kidney and gall bladder stones.

The Natural Salt Solution
When we eat natural, living salt, which contains all it's original elements, our bodies receive the 0.007 ounces of actual salt it needs to thrive. A little goes a very long way to creating good health.

Because natural salt provides the elements the body needs, the body no longer craves salt and the natural balance of salt intake and elimination is re-established. Ills caused by excessive intake of sodium chloride disappear. You can enjoy the enhanced flavor of foods with salt that will add to your good health, naturally.

Read more about healthful salt at www.HimalayanLivingSalt.com

 

Salt is Essential to Life

Though in today's modern world we are warned about the dangers of salt, in fact, salt is essential to life.

Salt is necessary not only for humans but for animals and plants as well. Salt is required, along with water, to activate cells in all plant and animal life. Bodies are able to endure periods without food, but without both salt and water, living cells quickly perish from dehydration.

Since the beginning of human civilization, the obtaining of salt has shaped history. So important was salt that populations went to war over rights to procure salt from abundant areas. So valuable was salt that Roman soldiers were given a <i>salarium</i>--a "salt allowance"--as part of their pay. This is the origin of the word <i>salary</i>, which now applies to all of our wages for work.
The adult human body contains about four ounces of salt. Without enough salt, muscles don't contract, blood doesn't circulate, food doesn't digest, and hearts don't beat.

Our bodies lose salt all day long as water leaves the body in the forms of perspiration and urine. Low salt levels in the body can produce muscle cramps, nausea, vomiting and dizziness, and eventually, a lack of salt can lead to shock, coma and death.

And so salt needs to be replenished in our bodies on a daily basis.

QUANTITY AND QUALITY
There is no lack of salt in our modern diet. Processed foods are heavily salted, so much so that many people get more salt than their bodies really need. Too much salt can contribute to high blood pressure and other common ills.
But the salt that is commonly sold as table salt and used in processed foods is not the salt that our bodies need. Table salt is a highly refined substance containing only sodium and chloride. What our bodies need is natural unrefined salt made up of all elements of the Earth--all the minerals and trace elements that compose life. These same minerals and trace elements are also found in the human body, as both natural salt and the human body are but different forms made of the same essential building blocks of life.

In order to maintain health, we need to replenish our bodies with the substances that it needs. Our bodies need sodium, chloride, hydrogen, carbon, nitrogen, magnesium, potassium, calcium chromium manganese, iron, zinc, and many more minerals and elements, yet ordinary refined table salt provides only sodium and chloride. Without all the elements needed for health, bodies quickly degenerate and become ill. Even if our bodies have enough sodium and chloride, they can still be missing other minerals and elements that are vital to life.

If our bodies are to have good health, it is essential to include natural, unrefined, living salt in our diets, just as nature intended.

THE SECRET ELIXER OF LIFE
In ancient times, the kitchen was the domain of women. It was considered a sacred and magical place, where the alchemy of women changed the character and form of raw ingredients to fulfill their purpose as nourishment.

As a purveyor of natural living salt, I receive many letters from satisfied customers who tell me how including whole, unrefined salt in their diets have improved their health. This letter also tells the story of the importance of salt in a more traditional culture than our own.


I have been taking the salt for the past few months...incredible. I
cannot do without it. My body, spirit and mind function far more
effectively. I find, that if for some reason I miss taking it for a
spell, the balance shifts.

I spent some time in Kashmir (just before the war), and had a wonderful experience with the salt.

The women of the house I was connected to (I lived on one of the boats nearby)
came to me one evening, saying that they had a special secret they
wanted to share. They took me into their kitchen, which was considered to be sacred ground. It was an old house with earthen floors, and the whole kitchen, including the oven, was all
built of mud.

They very reverently took me through to what was
obviously a secret, special place, and into what I can only describe
as a "cave" hollowed out in the mud. I saw what seemed to be a very
large rock, covered in hessian sacks. They very slowly removed the
sacks, all the time expressing obvious veneration and revealed a HUGE
pink crystal. "This is salt," they said in broken English. "You must
have this... always. It is the elixir of life. Find it when you go
back to your world."

It wasn't until recently, as I was idly searching
the internet for something to assist me, that I very quickly found
you. Really something else. Thank you.

Anna West

Today, when our bodies become ill, we look for a remedy. But often the problem is that we have forgotten the basics. There is nothing more essential to life than salt and water. They are also essential to good health.

Visit www.HimalayanLivingSalt.com for more information on healthful salt.

*Hilde Bschorr is the Owner of Himalayan Living Salt, an online purveyor of natural, unrefined, living salt products.

 

Cooking With Healthy Salt

One of the major health benefits of preparing foods at home from fresh ingredients is that you have control over the ingredients in the dishes you prepare. You want the highest quality ingredients, the foods that will bring the most health to your body and your family, so you choose fresh, whole natural foods, perhaps organically-grown. But what about the salt you use?

How Refined Salt Affects Your Health
Salt, as it occurs in the Earth, is a complex crystal containing eighty-four elements that are vital to life. These include sodium, magnesium, silicum, chloride, calcium, titanium, manganese, iron, copper, zinc, selenium, zirconium, silver, iodine, platinum, gold, and many more. These nutrients are the same elements originally found existing in the "primal ocean" where all life originated, and the same elements our bodies need for good health.

By contrast, refined table salt contains none of its original minerals. To make refined table salt, natural salt from the sea or mines is refined to pure sodium chloride. Then sodium ferro cyanide and green ferric ammonium citrate are added as anti-caking agents. If you purchase iodized salt, it also contains potassium iodine, dextrose (that's refined sugar) to help stabilize the iodine, and sodium carbonate to preservative the color of the salt. Instead of building health, eating refined salt destroys body health.

Whether or not we are aware of the dangers of sodium chloride, our bodies recognize sodium chloride as an unnatural substance--a poison--and try to eliminate it as quickly as possible. The problem is, we eat more salt than our bodies can process out, which leads to edema, or excess fluid in the body tissue. This is why doctors tell us to avoid salt. If there is more sodium chloride in a body than it can neutralize with edema, the body get rids of the excess sodium chloride by making it into new crystals. These are deposited directly in the bones and joints and are known as arthritis, gout, and kidney and gall bladder stones. Refined salt also contributes to high blood pressure, which greatly increases the risk of developing heart disease or stroke.

About 93 percent of the salt produced throughout the world is used directly for industrial purposes. It is essential to make products such as laundry detergent, varnish, plastics and other products.

For these industrial uses, chemical processes require pure sodium chloride. To obtain sodium chloride, all the essential minerals and trace elements that make natural salt so vital to life are removed discarded as impurities.

Because sodium chloride is already being produced for industrial purposes in massive amounts, it is the cheapest salt available. Thus refined sodium chloride has become our common table salt.

Refined Salt in Food Products
Industrial sodium chloride also functions as an inexpensive food preservative. Its low cost is the reason so many ready-to-eat food products are heavily salted. Sodium chloride inhibits the natural breakdown of the food, increasing its shelf life of foods that would naturally spoil very quickly. Since foods break down in our bodies with the same processes nature uses to break foods down outside of our bodies, sodium chloride in food products also makes them more difficult to digest.

When we are cooking at home, it's important to be able to identify which foods we are eating contain refined salt.

Some foods containing refined salt are obvious, such as potato chips, pretzels, other snack foods, and salted nuts.

Processed meats, such as bacon, ham, hot dogs, and salami also contain a lot of refined salt.

Also watch out for refined salt in condiments such as catsup, pickles, mustard, mayonnaise, and salad dressings.

Canned soups and soups made with bouillon cubes are full of refined salt.

Think we're done with the list? Remember butter and cheeses contain refined salt too.

Natural Salt is Healthy Salt
The health affects associated with salt--edema, arthritis, gout, kidney and gall bladder stones, high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke--are the result of eating refined sodium chloride, not from eating natural salt.

When we eat natural, living salt, which contains all its original elements, our bodies receive the salt they need to thrive. It's easy to just use natural salt in any recipe instead of refined salt. It's healthier for your body and tastes better too.

But what about all those convenience foods that contain salt?

Here's a recipe that you can try that is very easy. You can make this chicken soup with natural salt, then freeze it in serving-size containers so you'll have it on hand to heat up just like a can of soup. Though it takes some cooking time, the preparation time is very short, so you can put it together and let it cook while you do something else. Your family will love this warm, nutritious soup.

CHICKEN VEGETABLE SOUP

1 roasting chicken
(or you can use inexpensive parts like wings and thighs)
4 medium onions
6 large carrots
6 stalks of celery
natural salt
pepper

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
2. Remove any innards that may be in the chicken cavity, rinse the chicken inside and out.
3. Put the chicken in a roasting pan and season with natural salt and pepper.
4. Roast for about two hours (depending on size), or until the juices run clear when you poke a meaty section with a knife.
5. Remove the chicken from the oven and allow to cool.
6. Pull most of the chicken meat from the bones and set aside.
7. Put the chicken bones and roasted skin into a large soup pot. Roughly chop 2 onions, 3 carrots, and 3 stalks of celery, and add them to the pot.
8. Add water to cover the chicken and vegetables.
9. Over high heat, bring the soup to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for about an hour.
10. Strain bones and vegetables from the broth. Discard bones and vegetables, and allow stock to cool. If you wish to remove the fat, refrigerate to solidify the fat, then skim it off with a spoon.
11. When you are ready to make the soup, chop the remaining vegetables and add them to the stock. Bring to a boil and cook the vegetables until tender. Then add the chicken meat and cook for a few minutes until warmed. Season to taste with natural salt.

NOTE: If the stock doesn't have enough flavor, the next time you make it, reduce the stock in volume by continuing to simmer the strained stock over low heat. The more you reduce the stock, the stronger the flavor will be. You can reduce the stock until it is very concentrated and freeze it into ice cubes, as an easy way to always have soup stock on hand.

Read more about healthful salt at www.HimalayanLivingSalt.com

*Hilde Bschorr is the Owner of Himalayan Living Salt, an online purveyor of natural, unrefined, living salt products.

 


How To Order "Salt-Free" in Restaurants

Most Americans today eat too much refined salt. While our bodies do need some sodium to survive, the amount is very little. Many health experts say that 220 milligrams (1/8 teaspoon) to 500 mg (1/4 teaspoon) per day is more than enough.

The federal Dietary Guidelines now say that Americans should eat no more than 2300 mg (just under 1 teaspoon) of sodium per day. That's just less than one teaspoon of added salt.

While it's easy to cut down on salt at home, what about when you eat out in restaurants? There you could get several days allotment of salt in a single meal. But with a few easy guidelines, you can keep your salt intake well within reason and still enjoy a delicious meal.

How Refined Salt Affects Your Health
Salt, as it occurs in the Earth, is a complex crystal containing eighty-four elements that are vital to life. These include sodium, magnesium, silicum, chloride, calcium, titanium, manganese, iron, copper, zinc, selenium, zirconium, silver, iodine, platinum, gold, and many more. These nutrients are the same elements originally found existing in the "primal ocean" where all life originated, and the same elements our bodies need for good health.

By contrast, refined table salt contains none of its original minerals. To make refined table salt, natural salt from the sea or mines is refined to pure sodium chloride. Then sodium ferro cyanide and green ferric ammonium citrate are added as anti caking agents. If you purchase iodized salt, it also contains potassium iodine, dextrose (that's refined sugar) to help stabilize the iodine, and sodium carbonate to preservative the color of the salt. Instead of building health, eating refined salt destroys body health.

Whether or not we are aware of the dangers of sodium chloride, our bodies recognize sodium chloride as an unnatural substance--a poison--and try to eliminate it as quickly as possible. The problem is, we eat more salt than our bodies can process out. Here in the United States, our average daily consumption of table salt is between 6 to 18 grams (1 – 3 teaspoons). Our bodies are only able to excrete 0.17 ounces to 0.25 ounces a day through our kidneys, depending on our age, constitution and sex.

Our bodies then try to neutralize whatever sodium chloride is left in the body by surrounding it with water molecules in order to break it down into sodium and chloride. For this process, our bodies take water from our cells. Without water, our body cells die.

The result is edema, or excess fluid in the body tissue. This is why doctors tell us to avoid salt. If there is more sodium chloride in a body than it can neutralize by pulling water out of cells, the body get rids of the excess sodium chloride by making it into new crystals. These are deposited directly in the bones and joints and are known as arthritis, gout, and kidney and gall bladder stones. Refined salt also contributes to high blood pressure, which greatly increases the risk of developing heart disease or stroke.

Why So Much Salt is Used in Restaurant Foods
About 93 percent of the salt produced throughout the world is used directly for industrial purposes. It is essential to make products such as laundry detergent, varnish, plastics and other products.
For these industrial uses, chemical processes require pure sodium chloride. To obtain sodium chloride, all the essential minerals and trace elements that make natural salt so vital to life are removed discarded as impurities.
Since sodium chloride is already being produced for industry in massive amounts, it is easily available as an inexpensive food preservative. This is why so many ready-to-eat food products are heavily salted with industrial sodium chloride. The sodium chloride inhibits the natural breakdown of the food, increasing its shelf life of foods that would naturally spoil very quickly. Since foods break down in our bodies with the same processes nature uses to break foods down outside of our bodies, sodium chloride in food products also makes them more difficult to digest.

Refined Salt in Restaurants
Refined salt is present in many foods in restaurants. Most restaurants cook with refined salt, and it is also an ingredient in most packaged prepared foods that restaurants use.

Because many people are now on low-sodium diets, restaurants are now accustomed to their customers wanting to minimize salt.

Here are four simple tips for reducing your intake of refined salt while eating in restaurants.

1. Choose restaurants that make dishes from fresh ingredients rather than "fast food" establishments that serve pre-prepared dishes. While you will spend more on the meal, you will save on medical bills.

2. Choose dishes that are likely to be prepared from scratch and ask that your dish be prepared without salt.

3. Watch out for condiments such as catsup, pickles, mustard, mayonnaise, and salad dressings that contain a lot of refined salt (ask for oil and vinegar or lemon juice for your salad or ask for the dressing to be served "on the side".

4. Watch out for ingredients that contain a lot of salt, such as bacon and ham, and avoid them. Canned soups and soups made with bouillon cubes also contain a lot of salt, so only order soups that are made from scratch in the restaurant's own kitchen.

Bring Your Own Natural Salt
Now, just because you are reducing the amount of refined sodium chloride you eat doesn't mean that you need to eat completely salt-free. The health affects associated with salt--edema, arthritis, gout, kidney and gall bladder stones, high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke--are the result of eating refined sodium chloride, not from eating natural salt.

When we eat natural, living salt, which contains all it's original elements, our bodies receive the salt it needs to thrive. Though you probably won't find natural salt in the shaker at most restaurants, you can carry a small amount of natural salt with you to use when you eat away from home. The perfect container for carrying salt is a small cotton bag (4" x 3") with a drawstring (don't use metal or plastic containers, such as a pill box, as they may leach toxic components into the salt).

By carrying your own natural salt, you can enjoy the enhanced flavor of foods with salt that will add to your good health, naturally.

Read more about healthful salt at www.HimalayanLivingSalt.com

Natural Electrolytes -- The Spark of Health

Salt has a very unique property--its atomic structure is not molecular, it's electrical.

The benefit we receive from salt is it's electrical charge, the salt itself actually still remains in its original form. If you were to take a glass of water, and dissolve salt into it, the salt would "disappear" into the water. However, when the water evaporates, there will be salt in the bottom of the glass.

This electrical charge is essential to the life functions in our bodies.

So basic is this electrical function, that salt is one of a group of elements called "electrolytes". These are made up of ions, which are groups of atoms that carry a positive or negative electric charge. An ion can be either positively charged or negatively charged, and, like magnets, opposites attract.

Sodium is positively charged and chloride is negatively charged, so they attract each other and bond tightly. Our bodies also contain other electrolytes, including potassium (+), calcium (+), magnesium (+), bicarbonate (-), phosphate (-), and sulfate (-).

Electrolytes are essential because our cells use them to transfer liquids, nutrients, and wastes across their membranes and to carry electrical impulses through nerves and muscles to communicate with other cells. Salt is even essential to brain function --without it, our brains would not even be able to send a message to lift a finger.

The kidneys work to keep electrolyte concentrations in your blood constant when your body changes. When your body perspires (from exercise or high temperature), for example, electrolytes are lost in the sweat and must be replaced to keep the electrolyte concentrations of your body fluids constant. This is why athletes drink "sports drinks" after exertion--to replace the salt they have lost.

Did you ever do the salt conductivity experiment in science class? You would have attached two ends of an electric current to a light bulb and submerged it into a glass with distilled water. The bulb would not have lit up, because distilled water has no conductivity. But when you added a bit of salt to the water, the bulb would start to glow. It's the same in our bodies. If there is not enough salt in our body fluids, the electrical charge of our bodies will be weak and the electrical functions won't "spark."

Ordinary table salt contains only sodium and chloride. Unrefined natural salt, however, contains all the other electrolytes our bodies need as well for a "full charge".

Here's a recipe for a electrolyte-replacement sports drink, which you can easily make at home using natural salt and natural sweetener. It's a great alternative to sports drinks made with industrial sodium chloride, refined white sugar, and artificial colors.

All-natural Sports Drink

1 quart good quality water
1/3 cup maple syrup or fresh sugar cane juice
1/4 teaspoon "The Original" Himalayan Crystal Salt
juice of one lemon, or more to taste

1. Mix all the ingredients together.
2. Refrigerate until you are ready to drink it.

Both sugar and salt help your body absorb and retain water to prevent dehydration, as well as replenish the salt to prevent hyponatremia (that's low blood sodium). Both of these conditions can send you to the hospital.

Different sweeteners are made up of different kinds of sugars. Since sucrose is recommended, this natural recipe uses maple syrup, or fresh sugar cane juice (this is available in some areas of the country, and contains all the nutrients and enzymes present in raw foods). Lemon, lime or any juice can be used for flavoring (if you use a sweet juice, reduce the amount of sweetener just a bit to keep the balance).

 

Natural Salt for Healthy Skin -- by Hilde Bschorr

Did you know you can use salt to give your skin a healthy glow? Salt is an ancient, natural beauty secret! But don't reach for the refined sodium chloride table salt in your saltshaker. You'll need Original Himalayan Crystal Salt, which still retains its full spectrum of beneficial minerals.

The most effective natural salt for skin treatments is that mined in the majestic Himalayan Mountains. Millions of years ago--when our planet Earth was a pristine ecosystem--a primordial sea was evaporated by the sun, leaving absolutely pure crystalline salt that contains the 84 minerals and trace elements essential to health. Today, this salt still retains the bioenergetic qualities of an unpolluted planet.

Here's how natural salt works to beautify your skin. Skin protects the internal functions of our bodies from outside influences and is our body's largest organ of purification. To function optimally, our skin needs neutral pH factors. Most skin care products from the cosmetics industry make our skin more acid. Natural salt can regulate the pH of the skin to its optimum level through its balancing and neutralizing effects.

Healing Problem Skin

Acne, unhealthy skin, and eczema can all be greatly helped by the application of salt mixed with water. This releases the healing properties of natural salt.

To make the salt solution, add enough Original Himalayan Crystal Salt Stones to pure water to fully saturate the water with salt. You can tell when the water is fully saturated because you cannot dissolve any more salt into the water, and the salt crystals will just sit in the bottom of the glass. Use a coarse ground salt or salt stones. Place them in the bottom of a glass, add water, and allow the salt to dissolve. If it dissolves completely, add more. When the salt crystals will no longer dissolve, the water is fully saturated. An 8-ounce glass of water will take several tablespoons of salt.

Once a day apply this salt solution to the troubled areas and allow it to absorb into the skin. Do not use any creams or other skin treatments.

Twice a week, mix this salt solution with powdered clay to make a mud mask. Apply the mask to your skin and let it soak in for 15-20 minutes, then remove the dried mask with a wet washcloth.

Though initial worsening of the skin is possible, once this phase passes, the skin improves dramatically.

Bathing Beauty

Though many "bath salts" made of refined salt and artificial fragrances are sold, natural salt in the bath has real beauty and health benefits.

Unlike regular baths, which pull moisture from the skin, the upper callous layer of the skin absorbs and holds salt from the natural salt bath, binding water and bringing moisture into the skin. This maintains the skin's natural protective film and keeps the skin from drying out.

In addition, toxins from the body are released into the bath water through osmosis, while the minerals from the salt are absorbed through the skin. A 30-minute bath containing natural salt has the detoxifying effects of a three-day fast!

To make a natural salt bath, you'll need two pounds of the Original Himalayan Crystal Salt for an average-size bathtub. Pour the entire contents of the bag into your bathtub. Add enough water to just cover the salt and let it dissolve for a half hour. Then fill your bathtub with body temperature water (98.6 degrees -- check it with a thermometer). Do not add any other bath products--just the salt. Soak 15-30 minutes.

If you want to optimize the benefits of the Original Himalayan Crystal Salt Bath, take a bath to absorb minerals at the new moon and a bath to detox the body at the full moon.

Bodies love a natural salt bath, for it is like bathing in a primal sea. It rejuvenates and revitalizes, using the healing power of nature.

Read more about healthful salt at www.HimalayanLivingSalt.com

*Hilde Bschorr is the Owner of Himalayan Living Salt, an online purveyor of natural, unrefined, living salt products.

 



 

 

 

 

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