The salt you should avoid is the refined (processed) white table salt that is commonly available and used today. This salt is over 99% sodium chloride and can be toxic to human physiology. This table salt is so unhealthy for you because all of the good nutrients have been stripped out of it through the process of salt refining.
Salt refining involves removing minerals, using high heat and pressure and adulterating chemical additives. The removed minerals are then sold for other purposes at a huge profit. It is these removed minerals that are highly valuable to your health as well as the chemical and manufacturing industries. Chemical and manufacturing companies then use this â€œpureâ€ sodium chloride for producing chlorine, plastics, explosives, agricultural fertilizers and more. Salt refining is big business as these companies use 93% of the total worldwide salt produced while people only consume about 7%.
The salt that is good for you isÂ unrefinedÂ salt. This unprocessed salt has been an important part of the human diet for centuries. Traditional sources of unrefined salt include salt from the sea, from salt flats, mined from inland sources, the ash of marsh grasses, and naturally occurring salt in meat, milk products, bone marrow and blood.
Unlike refined table salt that is mostly sodium chloride,Â unrefinedÂ salt has over 80 different minerals present. Besides sodium and chloride, there are significant amounts of magnesium, sulfur, calcium and potassium as well as lesser amounts of carbon, bromine, silicon, nitrogen ammonium, fluorine, phosphorus, iodine, boron and lithium. In addition, there are also trace amounts of copper, manganese, zinc, selenium, cesium, vanadium, and several others.
These trace minerals are not found readily in plants soÂ unrefinedÂ sea salt is a very important source of these valuable nutrients. Many of these minerals need only be present in very small amounts (parts per million concentration) for critical biological functions and cellular maintenance.
However beware of â€œsea saltâ€ labels as this only means that at some point it came from the sea. This label does not tell you about the quality of the salt. You must seek out a whole, natural source of salt that is closer to 80% sodium chloride (instead of over 99%) so you can get the benefit of the other critical minerals. Luckily it is becoming more widely available, often sold as Celtic sea salt or Himalayan salt.
Your fertility diet should absolutely includeÂ unrefinedÂ sea salt. The composition of this sea salt closely mirrors that of your own internal fluids. It is recognized by the body as a whole food. Salt and the minerals it supplies are needed for:
- Stimulating salivation
- Protein digestion
- Carbohydrate digestion
- Hormone balance
- Regulate body fluids and electrolyte balance
- Helps protect against radiation sickness
- And much more
Only when unrefined salt is added to food can saliva and gastric secretions readily break down your food. So to get all of the nutrition available in your food, you must use unrefined salt.
Salt is also needed for normal hormone balance. The adrenals, pituitary and reproductive organs of both men and women all require adequate mineral balance, which unrefined salt supplies so well.
How Do You Know if Your Salt is Unrefined and Has These Additional Minerals?
- The label will say only 77-86% sodium chloride (by weight)
- Light gray in color
- Very small, precisely cubic crystals
- Milder flavor than refined table salt
Read the label of your salt. If it does not say that the salt is only 77-86% sodium chloride, then be cautious of claims about other minerals being present in adequate amounts. If necessary contact the manufacturer and find out directly as itâ€™s that important to your health (and your future babyâ€™s health).
A light gray color indicates that many minerals are present. This is like whole grains and unrefined sugars. In contrast, a pure white color indicates a high degree of refining, and lack of nutrient content. Do not be fooled by dry, white salt that contains flecks of dark colored minerals.
Moisture indicates that the salt hasÂ notÂ been subjected to artificial heat. This heating or drying affects the ability of the salt crystal to retain many of the minerals. The moisture does make this salt harder to shake out of a traditional salt shaker, but it is worth the extra effort. Shakers with larger holes are available, as well as salt grinders.
The small, cubic crystals of unrefined salt are easily recognized. They are about 3/16th of an inch, and very regular. These crystals also have a sparkling brightness. These crystals are smaller than commercial rock salt but larger than kosher salt, which is also often a dull crystal. Some unrefined salt is ground and you will not be able to see this natural crystal structure.
Do a Taste Test
Put a few crystals of unrefined sea salt on your tongue and allow your saliva to dissolve them. Take careful note of the flavor. Rinse your mouth with water. Then put a few crystals of refined table salt on your tongue, let them dissolve, and compare. The unrefined sea salt has a milder, richer flavor. The refined table salt has a sharper, more chemical taste.
If you want optimal fertility then remove table salt from your diet and replace it with unrefined sea salt. This also includes removing processed foods from your diet and instead eating whole, fresh nutritious foods liberally salted with unrefined salt. When using unrefined salt, you can use 1-2 teaspoons per day.
This simple but important change in removing refined table salt and processed foods from your diet can make a significant difference in your health and help you bring a healthy and happy baby into the world and into your life.