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All About Salt

By Archive, March 21, 2007  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Archive
This episode is all about specialty salts. We'll check-in with our experts on what's available, how salt affects our health and how to jump in and explore new ways of salting your foods. Got a comment after listening to this podcast? Use the comment section to let us know!
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Neil Jaeger says ...
My friend gave me two salt blends for Xmas; Durango Hickory Smoked Saltworks, and Mediterranean Salt Blend. Any suggestions for how to use these? NDJ
02/14/2009 9:03:30 PM CST
Brittney Howard says ...
[OFF TOPIC - NN] SO like I bought some salt at like the store and like i spilled it all over my self at whole foods. it was like sooooo embarrassing. but like, lol! but omg i just lurrrvvve my salt. damn girl!
10/15/2012 12:31:00 PM CDT
Ron Lobo says ...
Good Unrefined Sea Salt Vs Bad Iodized Refined Salt Have you wondered why there is so much negative info about salt as most people are advised to reduce salt even though you are never given the full facts about unrefined salt that is full of minerals vs the bad iodized refined table salt that is sold in most shops. As soon as I wake up, I drink a large glass of water with 1/2 to 1 tsp. of this white powder in it. NO, it's not cocaine... do you think I'm some kind of crazy rock star? I'm talking about this pure unrefined sea salt Why would I add so much salt to my morning water and make it taste terrible? One word... ADRENALS. Your adrenal glands are two little organs on top of your kidneys that manage your stress hormone cortisol, but also a hormone called “aldosterone”. This hormone is responsible for the sodium balance inside your body. When you consume too much sodium, it flushes it out. When you don't consume enough, it adjusts your body's functions accordingly. But if you're under a ton of stress -- like me these days with everything that’s going on with our online business -- your adrenal glands stop producing aldosterone. Before you know it, your body needs extra sodium and is never able to get it! And that's part of the reason you may feel very fatigued in the morning, even though you sleep just fine. So my advice is... If you're under a lot of stress with everything that's going on in your life, try my new morning ritual. But one word of advice... NEVER use refined salt. It wouldn't have the same effect as pure unrefined salt, and would expose your body and adrenal glands to toxic additives. Can Refined Salt Kill You? Click Here To Find Out You see, most salts are bad for you. In fact, they’re downright poisonous and toxic to your health. But here’s the funny thing. When I say “most”, I’m talking about iodized table salt, commercial salt often labeled as “sea salt” and even... kosher salt. Moderation is the key. When you use salt, use just enough, not too much, and make sure it is the best salt you can buy. How Many Toxins Are You Willing To Put In Your Body? Problem is -- anti-caking agents have ingredients which may be toxic to your body. Just take a look at their scary-sounding names: sodium ferrocyanide, ammonium citrate and aluminum silicate. Now, the government has deemed these chemicals "safe to eat"... and they're low in toxicity... The same government also says it's safe to put Red #40 and Yellow #5 in our children's cereal too. And as we know, many ingredients deemed safe in the past (like cigarettes), were called unhealthy later. Why do the big name salt makers do this? In two words: “shelf life.” In one word: “profit.” What’s more -- the FDA allows them to have as much as 2% of your table salt be anti-caking and free-flowing agents! But that’s not all... The worst part is -- some of them have caught on to America’s “health craze” and now put the “sea salt” label on their boxes. But it’s all just a marketing ploy. Commercial “sea salt” may come from the sea… the question is -- has it been refined? Now, you may also be wondering -- what’s wrong with “99.7% purity”? Isn’t that good? That’s something else I discovered. When you strip salt of its minerals... and you eat it, your body doesn’t “get it”. Trace minerals interact with one another, sometimes in ways that can trigger imbalances. Too much of one can cause or contribute to a deficiency of another. Your body doesn’t know how to use it properly. Here are the facts about good salt: Our Body NEEDS Salt Salt, in its most basic form, is sodium and chloride. Sodium is an essential mineral. Our body doesn’t know how to manufacture sodium by itself. Sodium keeps the fluid levels in our bodies balanced. From the water in our cells, to our blood pressure... to our lymph nodes. Without salt, our heart cannot contract normally, which would damage our valves. Chloride, on the other hand, keeps our acid-base balanced. It helps stomach acid, raises our pH levels and aids in absorbing potassium. In short, salt regulates a lot of things in our bodies. There’s a reason why we’ve eaten salt for thousands of years. There’s a reason why we put patients on an IV saline solution when they can’t drink fluids. (Our blood is 0.9% salt). There’s a reason why it’s in our genetic makeup to crave salt. Click Here To Find Out about all the Trace Mineral Benefits:
04/11/2015 3:23:59 AM CDT