Monthly Archives: July 2011

Natural Sea Salt VS Table Salt

Tim Walton

Tim Walton

Salt is an essential nutrient to animal (human) life. It’s present in the tissues and cells of our bodies and facilitates muscle contractions, nutrient transport to cells, and conducts nerve impulses.  It extracts excess acidity from inside cells, including brain cells.  Salt is vital for the kidneys to clear excess acidity and pass that acidity to the urine.  There are other benefits and claims attributed to salt.  But are all salts equal?

            The two forms of salt to be discussed are common table (iodized) salt and natural grey sea salt.  So what are the differences and the pluses and minuses of them?
            Table salt is normally rock salt that is mined, heat blasted, sometimes chemically treated (bleached for whiteness), and then ant-caking agents (calcium silicate) and iodine are added to it.  These additives could be up to 15% of regular table salt.  This processed salt can cause bloating and water retention which can put the body’s systems out of balance.  The added iodines were introduced to counter the incidences of diseases related to iodine deficiencies, specifically goiter.  150 micrograms is the daily requirement of a human being.  One teaspoon of iodized salt contains 400 micrograms.  Because of it’s fine grain due to processing, one teaspoon of table salt has more salt than a tablespoon of natural sea salt.
            In natural sea salt, the minerals retain some moisture and are grey in color.  Many salts labeled “Sea Salt” are washed and boiled which strips them of minerals and trace elements.  If your sea salt is grey in color, it has not been processed and will have the correct balance of sodium and chloride as well as contain calcium, potassium, and other trace elements and nutrients.  If your sea salt is white in color and free flowing, it’s been processed and most likely stripped.  Natural grey will not pour like table salt because of its moisture content.
           If the ONLY plus to table salt is the added iodine content, consider this:  I just looked at the label of a popular multivitamin and it lists an iodine content of 150 micrograms.  My advice is to try and use natural grey sea salt for all of the benefits it can provide and get your iodine from a vitamin supplement to avoid the drawbacks of regular table salt.

Live In The Moment

JoniLive In The Moment.  Why is it we are always thinking about what we could have done differently in the past or how we are going to live in the future?  Why not focus on today and live in the moment?  Some things have happened lately that have made me realize how lucky I am for what I have, who I have in my life and where I am at in my life.  

Living in the moment is all about living like there’s no tomorrow.  It takes practice but in the end, you’ll lead a fuller life.  To do this you must realize beauty in every moment, and in everyday activities.  

Take notice of the world around you.  Try and find something beautiful around you. View the sunrise, boats on a lake, a pretty garden.  Be thankful for the little things.

 Focus.  Focus on what is, not what was or what could be.

 Smile when you wake up: Set the tone of your day by simply smiling when you wake up. 

 Commit random acts of kindness: Even the smallest thing like complimenting someone, can bring joy.  The most spontaneous and unexpected acts of kindness produce the greatest impact.

 Zone In, Don’t Zone Out: Do things that are active, and encourage you to look around and engage the world. 

 Be Thankful For What Is:  When you find  yourself wishing for something you don’t have or wishing life were different, start to think about being thankful for what is already in your life. 

 Here are a couple of quotes which I feel really sum things up:

 “You can clutch the past so tightly to your chest that it leaves your arms too full to embrace the present.”  Jan Glidewell

 “If you spend your whole life waiting for the storm, you’ll never enjoy the sunshine.” Morris West

 This is your life, start living!

Joni