Pass on the Table Salt 

Much talk has happened recently regarding salt. We’ve probably all grown up with a salt shaker on the table, that probably contained something called Morton Ionized Table Salt. As you got older, you mostly likely heard in your high school health classes that salt is deterimental to your cardiac health. You might of even seen your parents use Mrs. Dash on their food in attempts to use less salt when flavoring their food. When I worked in the hospital I remember countless times bringing a patient their meal tray with Mrs. Dash packets instead of salt. So it’s no mystery that although salt is necessary in our diet, it needs to be limited. Salt can contribute to water weight and high blood pressure creating potential problems and harming our health. But is all salt one in the same? Does all salt harm our health in the same way traditional table salt can?

If you’ve been to the grocery store to buy salt in the last year you’ve probably seen more than just one option. On the shelves are Sea Salt, Pyramid Salt, Black salt, Himalayan pink salt, Keltic salt, Real salt…etc. As creatures of habit, most of us probably pick what we know unless there was a reason to try something new. Hard to take chances with something like salt, it is necessary to flavor so many of our meals. Can’t eat popcorn without it!

I’ve been using Himalayan Pink salt for a few years and completely love it! It is relatively inexpensive, tastes just like the table salt that I’m used to, and it is a pretty color. I switched to this salt after hearing the lack of nutrient value table salt offers compared to other less refined salts. So let’s talk Himalayan salt benefits…

Minerals are an important part of our health. Himalayan pink salt contains 84 minerals and trace elements. The body needs minerals and trace elements to operate properly and provide balance. Table salt falls short, it consist mainly of sodium chloride and chemicals like anti-caking agents to allow salt to flow smoothly out of a shaker. Himalayan pink salt also contains less sodium than traditional table salt, which can be helpful to those who need to limit sodium intake.

According to a clinical study, Himalayan Pink salt provided benefit in “normalizing of mineralization in the human body” and was “effective in helping to stabilize pH and Oxidative Stress numbers in the human body.”

One theory claims that a proper pH balance (more alkaline) is a way of fighting disease. Supporters of this theory believe that acidity is the mother of all diseases and that we can reduce acidity in the body and promote our health when we consume alkalizing foods. Himalayan pink salt is a food that promotes an alkaline environment in the body.

According to an article on globalhealingcenter.com, Himalayan pink salt offers benefits such as decreasing signs of aging, promoting bodily water levels, aiding in respiratory and sinus function, aiding in proper sleep, promoting bone health, and stabliizing blood sugar. I’ve never heard of table salt making such claims!

But there is one good thing about traditional table salt. It has added iodine. The government added iodine to promote health. One health benefit is it decreases the number of thyroid issue i.e. Goiters, an enlarged thyroid. But since I don’t have table salt in my home, I have to make sure my family and I consume iodine in another fashion. Sea weed is one food that is high in iodine. Since it’s not likely that my husband will ever let any sea weed near his mouth, I buy Braggs Sea Kelp delight. This seasoning is high in iodine and has a mild flavor. I add it to pastas, soups and salads often.

Now go on, go flavor your food with some Himalayan pink salt and add some minerals along with color and flavor to your plate!

 

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Elderberry, The Sniffle Cure?

Not sure about you, but for me it seems recently that everyone I know is under the weather. Their symptoms are congestion, headaches, runny noses, sore throats, coughing, etc. I’m sure you’ve tried to steer clear of these people but, what happens when you can’t? What happens when, even though you take vitamin C and use hand sanitizer, someone sneezes near you? Will the germ still wins? Is there more one can do to help speed up the road to recovery? There might be!

Elderberry is a flowering shrub that grows well in the United States and Canada. It has been used for centuries to help cure those with colds. According to an article in the Journal of Dietary Supplements, research revealed that patients who had exhibited influenza (flu) symptoms found relief from their illness in less than half the time. That sounds pretty great to me! The power to promote healing in elderberry juice comes from Bioflavnoids and other proteins which inhibit the illness from infecting the host.

This berry has a strong power which promotes our immune system and is even being used for treatments beyond the cold and flu. According to Herbwisdom.com it is used in treatment for cancer and HIV patients. As a bonus, this berry can go beyond strengthening our immune system; research also supports that this plant has promise in lowering cholesterol and improving vision!
As you can see this wonderful berry has many strong health benefits and can be helpful with these pesky winter germs.

Disclaimer: You should never eat elderberries in any form other than food grade supplements that can be found on a grocery store shelf. When not prepared properly berries can be poisonous. Buy from a reliable source.

 

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