Salt: The Good, The Bad, and the Toxic
Salt can actually be good for your health—if you sprinkle the right kind!
There are times when many women go cray-cray for everything salt, acting like it’s a Barney's sample sale and all items are on may-jor clearance. Try to pry it from our (perfectly manicured) hands and we will fight you to the death. Popcorn, potato chips, nuts, or straight shots of salt (don’t judge) the fact is, sometimes a girl needs her fix.
But of course we all know that salt lands on the list of foods to avoid. It can hinder weight loss. And we’ve seen firsthand the results of too much salty goodness when our skinny jeans just won’t zip.
But we are here to share some very good news: Not all salt is created equal. Yes, you can have your salt and eat it too… Huh?
Truth be told, “We cannot live without salt. The human body was designed to require and crave salt,” says Dr. David Brownstein, author of Salt: Your Way To Health. “Salt is the second most common substance in our bodies.” (Water, of course, being the first.)
Hallelujah and puh-lease pass the potato chips!
But before you go sprinkling more salt on your french fries, Dr. Brownstein offers a reminder: The key to getting your salt fix and reaping its touted health benefits is to stick to unrefined salt (as in, not the stuff you see on most tabletops in America).
So what’s the big dealio? “Refined salt contains no minerals and also has toxic additives from the manufacturing process—aluminum silicate and chlorine derivatives (to make it white),” Dr. Brownstein says. Think about refined salt as we now have come to think about refined white sugar: the processing has made it white poison. It’s the refined salt that is responsible for those negative side effects like bloating.
Unrefined salt provides electrolytes, which maintain water balance in the body and assist in nerve and muscle function. In fact, adding a pinch of Celtic sea salt to your water can provide a natural dose of electrolytes. Unrefined salt also supplies minerals which aid the immune system. Adding this amazing “right” salt to your diet can help battle fatigue, adrenal disorders, headaches, thyroid disorders, and lower cholesterol levels and high blood pressure.
So while we should banish the refined common table salt all together like we did our moccasins, Dr. Brownstein says one half to one teaspoon a day of unrefined salt is good!
You can find unrefined salt, like Celtic or Himalayan sea salt, at most health food and grocery stores. Happy salting!
xx, The FabFitFun Team