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More on Salt
April 21, 2015

Last week's tip about salt generated feedback and questions. Here is my response:

As for which brand of salt to use please do some further research. There are many brands and I haven't tried most of them. My current brand is Salt of the Earth. Like me, you may have to go with what's available in your area. Of course, you could also buy salt online. The main thing is that it should be an unrefined salt, such as natural sea salt. This is to provide you with certain minerals that are likely to be lacking in your diet.

Several readers emailed regarding the iodine added to ordinary table salt, suggesting this is why you should continue using this salt. Although iodine is necessary for the glands in your body, such as the thyroid gland, there are other, better sources of iodine such as kelp, which I take in capsule form. Kelp is an excellent mineral supplement for most people. Only certain brands are recommended though - more on this in a future email.

The issue with ordinary table salt is the refining process strips it of virtually all trace minerals leaving it almost pure sodium chloride. One missing, important mineral from table salt is magnesium, which among its many, many functions in the body, has a balancing effect on sodium. I am told this is why common table salt raises blood pressure - there is no (or not enough) magnesium to balance the sodium.

The bottom line for me is if there are other, BETTER ways to get iodine (like kelp) why use iodine-enriched table salt which has been stripped of virtually all nutrients and has chemicals added to it to make it flow better and look better?


All the best,

Matthew

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