Sea Salt For Alkalinity

    Did you know that about 75% of sodium does not come from the salt we add into our own food?  Because we eat so much prepackaged or restaurant made food, we are getting saturated in sodium without even knowing it.  The good news about that is as you start to eat clean, raw and alkaline, you really don’t have too worry too much about cutting out table salt if you don’t want to.  This does not mean you can get lazy when shopping, even veggie juices and canned goods can have high amounts of sodium.  Look for “low sodium” on the label and check it against a “normal version” of the product so you are sure you are not being lied to.
Salt is one of those things that people think I am crazy for cutting out of my daily intake.  To be perfectly honest, I haven’t liked the taste of salt for years, mainly because it is so overused.  Everyone knows salt enhances the flavor in foods and is found on almost every table in the world.  So how can something so common not be good for you?
    Salt contains sodium, which is beneficial to the body in moderate amounts.  Sodium regulates body fluids, maintains nerve transmission and muscle contractions.  This is why salt is so addictive, the body and brain realize you need these things to survive and develops a craving to protect against mineral depletion.  
    Long term over indulgence in sodium begins to affect cognitive processing as we age, especially in individuals who do not remain active.  Sodium helps regulate body fluids which means it works directly with kidney function.  Too much sodium can lead to an overloading of the kidney’s response, inhibiting proper kidney function and possibly leading to kidney stones.  This excess of retention can also lead to high blood pressure, swelling of body parts (feet, hands, etc.) and heart complications.
    It’s because of these findings that sea salt has become so popular.  Sea salt is generally  more natural (less processed), which means it contains more trace minerals that aid your digestive and immune systems.  It has been found to produce alkaline ash in the body, making it ideal to combat the high acid foods around us. It is typically sold in large, peppercorn like chunks to be fresh ground as needed.  When you make the swap, taste testing will be vital as the sea salt taste tends to be more potent in smaller doses than table salt.  Pink himalayan and celtic are the two most popular ones you will see, but as long as the only ingredient listed is sea salt any will do.
    Another product you will start to see a lot is alkaline salt.  This is a salt designed to be ingested but not necessarily used as a flavor enhancer.  Most people add it into smoothies, green drinks, or teas to give the body an alkaline boost.