To Salt or Not to Salt?

2009 July 13

It seems everywhere I go everyone has a different opinion about salt.

In fact it’s one of the only things I hear my friends talk about when the few that actually read labels talk about what’s in that particular food. The Sodium Content.

We know that our bodies require salt… yet there seems to be a lot of misinterpretation of why or what type of salt we should be getting.

I look at salt and put it into 2 primary categories.

Table salt and Sea Salt.


As far as I’m concerned… Table salt is garbage. It is refined, processed salt that may have been bleached or treated to some degree.

In fact, when it comes to table salt…

  1. Anti-caking agents such as aluminum are used in the salt refining process. A consistent diet of table salt could lead to an overload of this potentially harmful heavy metal. Recent research links aluminum accumulation to Alzheimer’s Disease.
  2. During refining of table salt, macro- and micro-minerals, elementals, and isotopes are mostly removed, and the sodium chloride molecule is isolated from its elemental friends. When it tries standing alone, the body treats the sodium chloride molecule as a toxin, forcing it out of the cells, causing swelling and dehydration.

Those two facts alone are enough for me to say… Do away with regular table salt… It’s toxic and has heavy metals added in… GARBAGE!

Now, let’s take a quick look at Sea Salt.

  1. Unrefined sea salt is essential for survival.
  2. If properly balanced, unrefined sea salt is an effective way to keep water inside the system, helping keep bodily fluids and the pH in balance while it helps prevent the body from becoming too acidic.
  3. Salt is a vitally important component of bone.
  4. If salt levels are too low, depression, hormonal imbalances, and cancer may appear.

Sea Salt is essential for suvival… Repeat… Sea Salt is essential for survival!

Organic Sea Salt is full of trace minerals and comes complete in it’s natural complex.

We have over 72 trace minerals that are considered essential for human survival. Which means without them… You can DIE.

So back to the question… To Salt or Not to Salt?

In simple terms… To table salt… NO… To the majority of Sodium that is added to processed foods… NO…

To Organic Sea Salt with a full range of trace minerals that you add to your own fresh made foods… YES! All Day Long!

In fact… In my Wellness Way Cafe series… you will see me add Organic Sea Salt to most of the dishes… It brings out the flavors while adding essential trace minerals back into the body.

Shawn King

Wellness Coach

P.S. – I like to use all types of Sea Salts… From Redmonds Organic Sea Salt, Celtic Sea Salt, Hawaiin Black or Red Sea Salts… Tell me if you have found a good one so I can check it out.

Here is a Celtic Sea Salt that I like.

5 Comments leave one →
2009 July 14

I like the Grey Celtic Sea Salt.

Funny that I went without salt for so many years [acception being a salt flush a few times a year]and used Braggs Aminos instead. From what you are saying – I was missing something I needed.

At one time, one of my kids made a delicious dinner and I said, ummmhhh…’what is the spice I taste’? Salt was the answer.

I still treat salt like a special spice and use it sparingly.
Is there a required amount?

Thanks Shawn.

2009 July 14

This is great information King. Things I wished were taught in school, if not at home! Not a difficult change to make.

2009 July 19

I’m definitely going to be spreading around this article. Shocking.

2009 November 2
leticia permalink

I enjoyed your blog on salt. I grew up on table salt but switched to sea salt about five years ago. I am interested in the Red Sea Salts. Never heard of it.

Can I use it as a bodyscrub? Just wondering. I’m always learning from you Mr. King. Thanks for the Blog. Leticia

2010 April 27

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