We do not suffer from pharmaceutical deficiencies, but from a lack of the building blocks that our bodies require to function.
My goal is to help you understand how to listen to your body's language of symptoms, and empower you with the insight to restore your body to vibrant health.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Salt Cravings

What does it mean when you crave potato chips?  Is that a request for more salt? 

 No!  But it is a request for minerals.  

What’s a good way of obtaining minerals?  Definitely not processed foods.  That will just give you sodium.  Which contributes to high blood pressure and retained fluid.  

Sodium pulls water toward it.  So increased sodium in the blood means more volume, and therefore increased pressure on the walls, raising blood pressure.  And more retained fluid in the tissues causes swelling of soft tissues.  The lymph fluid has increased sodium as well, as it is the waste removal system. This draws more fluid out of the tissues and potentially organs, compromising function.  Fluid can also be retained in the abdomen, not a pretty sight, and not good for the organs. 

When you crave salt, what is your body asking for is an assortment of minerals your body needs to function properly.  

Some, like potassium you have heard of.  Some are needed in much smaller amounts, like Boron, Sulfur, and Manganese.  But they are all needed by your body.  Boron helps strengthen bones.  Sulfur is important in joints, and for healing inflammation.  Chronic inflammation is now considered to be the cause of most major health concerns.  Low potassium levels are linked to high blood pressure.

Mineral deficiency associated with acidity of the body.   Enzyme reactions can only occur in a narrow pH range.  Life can only occur with blood in a narrow pH range.  The greater the mineral deficiency, the lower (more acidic) the pH.  Generally the lower the pH, the more dis-eased the body.  It is very difficult to overcome any chronic disease in an acid environment.  Cancer cells proliferate in an acid environment.  The more H+ atoms, the greater the acidity.  These are all free radicals looking to damage normal cells.

A low refined salt diet can cause abnormalities of adrenal function, insulin elevation, brain dysfunction (schizophrenia, delirium).  There was a 4-fold increase in heart attacks when those with the lowest salt intake were compared with those with the highest salt intake (Hypertension, 1995).  Calcium, magnesium, and potassium deficiency is directly related to development of heart disease.

Minerals are colored.  Not pretty according to the food industry.  If the salt is white, it is devoid of the important, healing minerals.  Even if it is labelled sea salt.

Processed food is devoid of trace minerals, and high in sodium, which is used as an appetite stimulant.  

Unrefined salt is rich in minerals.  

Reliable brands are Redmond’s Real Salt, Grey Celtic Sea Salt, and Himalayan Crystal Salt. These vary in coloring, but are not white.   If the salt is white, the trace minerals have been removed. 

Do a taste test:  taste one of these unrefined salts, then taste the white stuff.  The difference is between tasting a symphony, versus a single note.  I currently like the Grey Celtic salt better, as it is tastes slightly sweeter to me.  See what you think!