I have been using Hand-harvested, unrefined Celtic Sea Salt® in my home kitchen for 2 years now after reading how beneficial it is compared to regular table salt, which is a lifeless product that has had all its minerals removed and has been exposed to toxic chemicals that gives it its white color. Celtic Sea Salt® contains a higher percentage of mineral-dense natural brine (sea water). This bio-available high moisture content naturally lowers the amount of Sodium Chloride found in our salts. I’m now using Celtic Sea Salt® at the restaurant in all the foods I prepare.
Salt has earned a very bad reputation, and unfairly so. Unrefined salt has a wide range of minerals including potassium and magnesium, providing the body with a complex of nutrients that it needs to function optimally. The use of unrefined salt will not cause elevated blood pressure; in fact, due to its abundance of minerals, it can actually help lower the blood pressure in hypertensive individuals.
Too much of anything can be a problem for the body. Salt, like any other substance, should not be taken in excess. Since refined salt is a toxic substance, there should not be any refined salt in anyone’s diet.
History of idodized salt:
In the early 1900’s there was a high prevalence of goiter (swelling of the thyroid) in the states bordering the Great Lakes. Due to the earlier work of Bernard Courtois, who first discovered iodine in 1811 during the course of making gunpowder, and Jean Francois Coindel, who showed that goiter could be treated with iodine, it was hypothesized that adding iodine to the diet of people in the Great Lakes area would decrease the incidence of goiter. In 1923/1924, the State of Michigan’s Dept of Health conducted a large scale survey of goiter in four counties. Of 66,000 school children examined, nearly 40% had enlargement of the thyroid gland. In 1924 iodized salt was introduced to the area. A similar study was also done in Akron Ohio due to Akron’s high rate of goiter – 56% of school aged girls had goiter in Akron.
Due to the positive results of using iodized salt in Michigan and Ohio, the rest of the United States quickly adopted the policy of adding iodine to salt. Although the addition of iodine to the salt supply has lessened the prevalence of goiter, it is inadequate to supply the body’s need for iodine.
Iodine is not only necessary for the production of the thyroid hormone, it is also responsible for the production of all the other hormones of the body. Adequate iodine levels are necessary for proper immune system function. Iodine contains potent antibacterial, antiparasitic, antiviral, and anticancer properties.
Approximately 1.5 billion people, about 1/3 of the earth’s population, live in an area of iodine defiencency as defined by the World Health Organization.
Iodine is a relatively rare element, ranking 62nd in abundance of the elements of the earth. It is primarily found in seawater in very small quantities and solid rocks (usually near the ocean) that form when seawater evaporates. Idodine can also be found in sea organisms, such as seaweed. It is not very abundant on the earth’s crust and it is the bottom third of the elements in terms of abundance.