90 Percent of Sea Salt Contains Plastics

Is Salt Good For You?

Is sodium a part of your diet? Don't answer that just yet! Before you toss the salt you should know that salt is an important electrolyte that is lost in sweat and can prevent hyponatremia and low blood pressure, especially if you're an athlete or if you exercise a lot.  According to Dr. Mercola, your body absorbs the sodium you get from foods to create a balance and gets rid of the sodium you don't need. Furthermore, your body relies on a sodium-to-potassium ratio to stabilize your blood pressure that is not dependent on the sodium intake from foods.

Are you planning to start a Ketogenic (Keto) diet or are you already on one? If so, let sodium be your best friend on your journey of low carbs and weight loss. When you start a low-carb-keto diet, you are flushing both water and sodium out of your system and once sodium levels decline so does your potassium levels. You know that 'sluggish' feeling that has been looming over you while doing Keto--yeah, you know what I'm talking about! That sluggish feeling, also know as the 'Keto Flu,' is a result of low sodium levels. Sodium, Potassium, and Magnesium are the top three minerals needs for your Keto diet. Now you know, not all salt is bad, BUT what is the best salt option?

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The Not-So-Healthy Salt Option

According to Dr. Mercola, in a study analyzing 39 salt brands from 21 countries, researchers found more than 90 percent contain microplastics. To what extent plastic microparticles may be spread through the world is unknown but this study assessing salt brands worldwide is one of the first to analysis the spread of microplastics in sea salt and plastic pollution in our environment.  According to recent studies, researchers have found nearly 90 percent of popular water brands to contain plastic. Plastic is found in our seafood, wildlife, tap and bottled water and now salt! According to National Geographic, microplastics have been found everywhere in the ocean--from sediments on the deepest seafloor to ice floating in the Arctic. One study found some beaches on the Big Island of Hawaii to have as much as 15% of the sand to be grains of microplastic. Isn't that mind-blowing?
Researchers also estimate that the average adult consumes nearly 2,000 microplastic beads each year from salt. Most plastic particles contain known endocrine disrupting chemicals and other toxins. Trying to avoid it only makes sense to reduce exposure to your health as much as possible. Scary! Yes, salt is still good for you and no, I'm not trying to dissuade you from a healthy salt intake.

 microplastics found in sea salt

 So What is Your Healthiest Salt Option?

All salt is not created equally--as we now know with the additional elements found in sea salt. Refined table salt is no better as it is more heavily processed removing all the minerals. Table salt may also contain man-made chemicals like bleach. It's a no-brainer that Himalayan Salt may be your healthiest salt option. Himalayan salt is unprocessed and is mined from salt beds in the Himalayans in the region of Pakistan. These salt bed were created long before plastic and man-made toxins. Himalayan salt is not affected by microplastics and is your best option if you want to reduce exposure to toxins. Furthermore, it contains more than 80 trace minerals some of which include magnesium, potassium and calcium, which gives it that pink hue. 

Himalayan Salt

The right salt processed in the right manner is good for you based upon trusted and independent third-party professionals. The body absolutely needs the right salt and the right amount (much higher than most believe). We strongly suggest researching this for yourself at www.mercola.com and/or buying the book The Salt Fix by Dr. James DiNicolantonio.  You will find they believe as we do that sugar is the main culprit and not salt for our many problems. Check out Dr. Joseph Mercola's article to learn more about healthy salt option.

Now that the eliminate-sodium-out-your-diet 'myth' has been busted, how will you now incorporate the healthier salt option in your meals?

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