11th – 17th March is World Salt Awareness Week, part of World Action On Salt and Health (WASH)’s aim to get us consuming less of the white stuff. WASH is a global group established in 2005 which works with multi-national food companies and governments worldwide to promote a reduction in salt intake. The World Health Organisation (WHO) recommend a maximum intake of 5g per day, but most of us far exceed this because of the quantities found in processed and convenience foods, and the amount we add when we’re cooking. On the WASH website http://www.worldactiononsalt.com, they outline the dangers of eating too much salt including raised blood pressure (hypertension) which is a major factor in strokes, heart failure and heart disease. They also point out the increasing evidence of links between salt consumption and stomach cancer, osteoporosis, obesity, kidney stones and kidney disease.
So far, so bad, right? Well, no. Salt is in fact essential for life. The salt WASH is talking about is table or cooking salt, which is a refined form of natural salt. Table salt is 97.5% sodium chloride and 2.5% chemicals such as moisture absorbers. It is indeed a white poison with many negative effects on our health and wellbeing. It is dried at more than 1,200° Fahrenheit, a process which zaps many of the natural chemical structures. This processed salt is energetically ‘dead’, and the body has to waste energy to dispose of it, putting pressure on our elimination systems and causing dehydration. If we choose a diet made up of home-cooked food and avoid packaged, processed and convenience foods, we’re not likely to be consuming much of this stuff at all.
Himalayan crystal salt, mined from the East Karakoram range of the Himalayan Mountains in Pakistan, has been maturing for the last 250 million years and contains the same 84 natural minerals and elements found in the human body. Because of the environment in which it is created, Himalayan salt is free from impurities and toxicity.
Health benefits of Himalayan crystal salt may include:
Absorption of food particles in the intestinal tract
Regulation of the water content of the body
Promoting a stable pH balance in the body’s cells, including brain cells
Assisting in maintaining balanced blood sugar levels
Reducing the common signs of ageing
Aiding in clearing mucus and sinus problems
Supporting healthy respiratory and vascular function
Assisting in the generation of hydroelectric energy in cells in your body
Stabilising irregular heartbeats
Promoting healthy sleep patterns
Reducing muscle cramps
Maintaining a healthy libido
Firming the bones and preventing osteoporosis.
Removing of heavy metals from the body
Replacing electrolytes in the body
In her book The Fertility Diet, How to Maximise Your Chances of Having a Baby at Any Age, Sarah Dobbyn gives this recipe for making ‘sole’, an infusion of Himalayan crystal salt with water. She recommends drinking a glass every morning to mineralise the body and flush out toxins:
“By taking a half pint jar of water and spooning in the salt until it no longer dissolves fully (the pink salt crystals remain visible at the bottom of the jar), you have made a solution called sole (pronounced ‘solay’). If you then add one or two teaspoons of this sole solution to an 8oz glass of pure/mineral water and drink this first thing in the morning, you will be giving yourself a mineral infusion, replacing electrolytes and balancing your energy. The sole solution helps the body to get rid of heavy metals such as lead, mercury and arsenic that inhibit conception, since the crystal salt is able to break down their molecular structures. Our blood is saline, and the mineral composition of blood is remarkably similar to sea water.”
Books worth reading:
Cellular Awakening: How Your Body Holds and Creates Light, by Barbara Wren
Raw Magic, by Kate Magic
Honestly Healthy: Eat with your body in mind, the alkaline way by Natasha Corret and Vicki Edgson
The Fertility Diet, How to Maximise Your Chances of Having a Baby at Any Age, by Sarah Dobbyn
Himalayan Salt Crystal Lamps for Healing, Harmony and Purification Clemence Lefevre