Did you know that sodium and salt are not entirely the same thing? In fact, in its natural form, salt is found as a crystalline mineral. However, when we think of salt, we defer to sodium – or sodium chloride to be more precise. Salt IS composed primarily of sodium chloride, but in its natural unprocessed state. Therefore, not all salts are created equally (much like sugar.) Let’s explore the major differences between sodium and salt and how they impact our overall health, as well as, wellness goals.
In today’s society, most people consume about 3,400 milligrams of sodium per day. That’s more than TWICE the recommended amount by the American Heart Association. Approximately 75% of the sodium we eat comes from sodium added to processed foods and in restaurants. This is a huge obstacle when it comes to moderating or reducing your sodium intake, as it is already added to the food before you buy it. The second largest contributor to excessive sodium intake is contributed to our salt shakers. Common table salt consists of 100% sodium chloride, 40% sodium and 60% chloride. Only one-quarter (1/4) of a teaspoon equates to nearly 575 milligrams of sodium! What’s the alternative? Natural salt.
Salt is a mineral composed of mainly two elements; sodium and chloride. However, natural salt is unrefined and unprocessed sodium chloride PLUS eighty-two other natural occurring mineral elements. The major elements are calcium, sodium, potassium, chlorine, phosphorus, sulfur and magnesium. A few of the trace elements include: iron, fluorine, copper, zinc, chromium, iodine, manganese, cobalt etc. These are the same elements found in our bodies for maintaining optimum health. Our bodies contain the same salt fluid (water and natural salt,) as that found in the primordial sea. No manufacturing company can create a substance that matches the healing and health properties of natural salt.
For example, deficiencies in these trace elements can cause cells to lose the ability to manage their ions. Ion imbalance is the bursting of the body’s cells, which in turn causes a whole host of health problems. The body’s ability to balance and manage ions is essential to preventing conditions like muscle spasms, nervous disorders, and brain damage. Additionally, preventing ion loss helps maintain a proper PH balance which helps prevent other toxin induced diseases. Maintaining ion balance is fundamental to ensuring cell regeneration and growth. Simply put, natural salt contains minerals needed by the body to function properly. The solution is up to you. Moderate your sodium intake, shop smart, read your nutrition labels, and avoid eating out regularly.
Here’s a helpful guide to sodium related terms found on food packaging
to help moderate your daily sodium intake:
Sodium-Free: less than 5mg of sodium per serving (contains no chloride)
Very Low-Sodium: less than 35 mg sodium per serving
Low-Sodium: less than 140mg sodium per serving
Reduced or Less-Sodium: at least 25% less sodium than the original product
Light: “low-calorie” and “low-fat” and at least 50% less sodium than the original product