The Absolutely Essential Salt of Life
The Salt of Life
Salt, or Sodium Chloride (NaCl) - an ionic compound of the metal sodium and the gas, chlorine.
Salt is the stuff of life and without it we would die. What is the first thing that happens if we are seriously injured and carried off to hospital? Well, they stick an intravenous saline drip into a vein to feed an aqueous crystalloid solution of mineral salts into the body that closely resembles the concentrations in our blood.
Refined table salt, the pure white stuff that pours easily and is found in most kitchens and all processed and convenience foods, is not the complete salt that nature intended for us. This highly refined, denuded substance is devoid of essential mineral salts and contains only 0.1 percent of the 92 or so minerals found in naturally occurring ocean salt. Common table salt is completely unbalanced and much too high in sodium which the body cannot handle leaving deposits in tissues and joints eventually manifesting as health problems. Refined table salt reduces the body’s ability to maintain the correct salinity inside and outside our cells, inhibits the production of enzymes needed for digestion and diminishes the production of electrolytes, the sparks that send messages throughout the body.
Salt refiners use a process that removes all the minerals leaving a pure form of sodium chloride. The dozens of extracted minerals are harvested and subsequently sold separately as health supplements or for industrial applications resulting in vastly more profit to salt producers than the remaining table salt.
As if removing all the minerals wasn’t bad enough, salt refiners add aluminium silicate to prevent table salt absorbing moisture and to make it flow freely. Unfortunately this additive also hinders absorption of fluids from our body and corrupts the entire osmotic function of the sodium-potassium ion exchange upon which cellular health depends. Refined salt inhibits the free crossing of liquids and minerals between cell walls and membranes, will cause the build up of fluids in joints, particularly the lower joints, and will ultimately harm the kidneys which regulate the body’s water/salt ratio.
The inability to utilize salt properly is implicated in a wide range of chronic diseases including diabetes, high, and low blood pressure, irregular heart function, stroke, acidosis, slow neurotransmitter function, low gastric acid with poor digestion, muscle cramps, low sexual drive and osteoporosis.
Cutting down on salt is fashionable and much recommended by the medical profession in recent years; but it is not the answer. Seawater is of a strikingly similar composition to that found in the amniotic fluid surrounding the unborn baby in the womb. Salt is a vital component of blood plasma and lymphatic fluid. It is necessary for the production of hydrochloric acid in the stomach to break down proteins and to balance critical pH (acid/alkaline) levels in our bodily fluids. An acidic environment (acidosis) cannot fight off disease.
Ocean salt is rich in the mineral magnesium which is known to play a wide role in brain biochemistry and in calcium/magnesium exchange in the mitochondria, the ‘powerhouse’, or 'life-force' of cell function. Minerals work in synergy and rely on the correct ratios. Too much of one mineral can quickly result in the deficiency of another. To take one example, over-consumption of calcium without increased magnesium intake may result in irritability, anxiety, loss of short-term memory, depressive disorders, heart failure and accelerated aging. Over $2.5 billion is spent annually in the US on 64 million prescriptions for drugs such as Procardia and Cardizem which are essentially nothing more than calcium blockers. It is interesting to note the composition of unrefined ocean salt contains proportionally more magnesium than calcium.
Even a tiny loss of dynamic equilibrium in the extra-cellular liquid that bathes our cells will cause them to explode, inducing brain damage or muscle spasms as well as a breakdown of the cell-regenerating process. If you have ever experienced muscle cramps at night – you most likely have a magnesium deficiency.
Alexis Carrel, Nobel prize winner and surgeon demonstrated that warm-blooded cells taken from the heart tissue of a chicken embryo could be kept alive ad infinitum in a solution of diluted seawater - changed daily to remove wastes. The experiment was eventually terminated after twenty six years on Carrel's death in 1944.
Ocean fish will not survive in a solution made of water and refined table salt. But they will live long and happy lives in a correctly diluted solution of water and ocean salt with all the macro and trace elements remaining. Why does modern medical wisdom imagine humans can thrive with only two components of sea salt – sodium and chloride?
Seawater, a sick dog, and a pioneering scientist
The precise composition of ocean water remains unsolved and to this day defies analysis. With all our technical and scientific know-how it cannot be replicated in a laboratory. As far back as the early twentieth century a French biologist, Rene Quinton definitively demonstrated and published the therapeutic benefits of seawater in healing. In what can only be described as an extraordinary experiment, he drained almost the entire arterial blood supply of an abandoned, sick dog and replaced it with an isotonic solution of seawater. Isotonic simply means a dilution resembling that of blood plasma. The dog not only survived but went on to develop healthy white and red cell counts and bounced around with all the vigour and enthusiasm of a puppy. Quinton and his team named the dog ‘Sodium’ in memory of the experiment.
Fifty years later, in May 1969 Quinton’s experiment was successfully repeated by another French team at the Delalande Medical Research Center.
Is it not truly amazing to realize that elements of ocean water have a ‘living’ quality that the body is able to transmute into elements of blood plasma? Clearly the sum total of the minerals and nutrients found in the sea is greater than the individual parts
Over-industrialized farming methods and regular dowsing with pesticides and herbicides has de-mineralized our soil to the point where we can no longer expect to obtain adequate essential organic minerals from food simply by eating sensibly. Don’t be fooled by labels. All supermarket and health food shop ‘sea salt’ is not naturally occurring ocean salt. It is refined salt. Natural salt is not white and it is not dry. It is a greyish colour, feels damp to the touch, and if correctly harvested, contains the full range of over ninety essential and trace minerals (we know of) in perfect balance. We need salt for survival but it is becoming increasingly clear we do not need excessive amounts of harsh, inorganic sodium chloride in the form of refined table salt.
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