Is Salt Good of Bad?

Doctors and dietitians, along with the USDA dietary guidelines, and the American Heart Association (AHA) recommend eating a diet low in sodium to prevent hypertension, risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke; most allopathic doctors place their patients on low-salt diets, they have since the 1970′s.

Not all salts are created equal. Many in the “Raw Food” movement (which has some great ideas to offer) shun salt away and even call it a poison. They fail to differentiate the different types of salts, table salt might be thought of as poison (or unhealthy) while other salts that are healthier do exist. Some salts actually increase mortality as I will show below.

Salt is an essential nutrient, unlike sugar, people ate salt for eons. Historically, humans recognized it’s importance enough to use it as currency. Its reputation is found in phrases like “Worth his/her salt,” or “Not worth his/her salt”  since people were often paid in salt. In fact, the word salt is derived from the Latin salarium, or salary. In fact, you could die without salt. Like I said, you need salt, “the right kind of salt”.

Mainstream, table, restaurant, shaker and processed food salts are often mixed with anti-caking agents, many avoid salt all together in order to avoid these added chemicals. Salt takes a large portion of the mainstream American awareness. People think it is an unnecessary additive, and guided by their allopathic doctors and government dietary guidelines they seek products that are salt-free. The situation with salt is very similar to that with fat, most Americans seek fat-free products failing to recognize that not all fat is bad.

Like fat, salt is an essential nutrient to life. The food industry might have transformed most of the salt into an unhealthy form of salt, but this is not to say that salt is bad. This is the case with fat, protein, rice, etc.. Many foods that are very healthy and essential become denatured and poisoned when commercially processed and packaged.

 

Table salt: is unhealthy, it is refined (a refined product, stripped of its natural constituents) and has added chemicals to it such as anti-caking agents. Table salt is stripped of important minerals and contains additives such as ferrocyanide, silicates or aluminosilicates. Alluminosilicates contain aluminum which is toxic. These additives are only there to provide a convenient, non-clumping, easily pourable salt.

 

Unrefined salt: is better. Unrefined salt, such as a real sun dried Celtic Salt is contains a large variety of mineral salts, it actually aids detoxification. It also can make a big difference for some people with dry skin increasing hydration.

Iodine & Salt: Iodized salt does not have enough iodine in it for optimal health, only enough iodine to prevent goiters. Those supplementing with iodine and experiencing detox symptoms can be helped by “salt loading”.

Salt and mortality:

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Salt restriction, according to a review of about 100 studies (Alderman, 2004), lowers the blood pressure a few points. But that generally doesn’t relate to better health. In one study (3000 people, 4 years), there was a clear increase in mortality in the individuals who ate less salt. An extra few grams of salt per day was associated with a 36% reduction in “coronary events” (Alderman, et al., 1995). Another study (more than 11,000 people, 22 years) also showed an inverse relation between salt intake and mortality (Alderman, et al., 1997).

Source: http://raypeat.com/articles/articles/salt.shtml – You can also read this article archived as PDF “Salt-energy-metabolic-rate-longevity” here. I recommend you read it.

 

For Hair Loss?

I believe consuming good unrefined salt improves your health, increases longevity, reduces coronary disease, helps keep the skin hydrated, helps detoxification, provides essential minerals. All of these correlate positively to better hair health.

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Dental Health:

Another good use of salt, right after eating food (especially processed foods) is to rinse the mouth/teeth with salt water and/or baking soda immediately afterwords. This changes the pH in the mouth and kills bacteria (without the use of carcinogenic alcohol or chemicals often found in mouth rinses).

Preventing cavities and oral infections goes a long ways in keeping you healthy and preventing the burden of an infection, which indirectly can contribute to hair loss. I have for a while been suspecting a link between oral infections and hair loss.

History:

Many think sugar is a nutrient not knowing that sugar is relatively new, it is refined from plants. Prior to refining it, there was no such thing as sugar. Salt on the other hand is ancient. It was used as currency due to it being valued by human cultures as a healthy nutrient.

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SALARY / Webster Definition for:– “salary”Cross references:–sal.a.ry \’sal-(*-)re-\ n [ME salarie, fr. L salarium salt money, pension, salary, fr. neut.]ofsalarius of salt, fr. sal salt – more at SALT : fixed compensation paid regularly forservices

Source: Salt made the world go round: http://www.salt.org.il/frame_intro.html

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The Roman word salarium

Similarly, the Roman word salarium linked employment, salt and soldiers, but the exact link is unclear. The least common theory is that the word soldier itself comes from the Latin sal dare (to give salt). Alternatively, the Roman historian Pliny the Elder stated as an aside in his Natural History’s discussion of sea water, that “[I]n Rome. . .the soldier’s pay was originally salt and the word salary derives from it. . .” Plinius Naturalis Historia XXXI. Others note that soldier more likely derives from the gold solidus, with which soldiers were known to have been paid, and maintain instead that the salarium was either an allowance for the purchase of salt or the price of having soldiers conquer salt supplies and guard the Salt Roads (Via Salarium) that led to Rome

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salary#The_Roman_word_salarium

Other Topics:

When talking about salt and hair loss, other topics tend to come up including: minerals, sodium to potassium ratio, magnesium, hypertension, insulin resistance, skin hydration, de/calcification, the salt used in Finland, salt studies..

Hold On! There’s More  to add. I will add more to this article in the future.. Coming up next: “Wright Salt” & The Finland Salt Study, scientifically proven to lower cardiovascular incidents.  Comparing Wright salt to Celtic Salt. etc..

Last updated: 6/8/2011






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