Have you ever heard of such a thing? Gross, right? Voluntarily drinking salt water?!
A few posts ago, I wrote on the topic of proper hydration and the many important roles water plays in our bodies. Water is essential to your health, but as I mentioned previously, we also need minerals to hold on to the water. I don’t mean that in an edema/retention sort of way though.
If you find yourself peeing way too much while trying to hydrate more, adding this pinch could really solve that problem. Urinating too often can be a sign you don’t have enough minerals to hold your water, causing it to go “right through you”. Adding a pinch of sea salt to your water provides your body with a plethora of minerals, at least 60 in Celtic sea salt.
It is very important that you add a good quality sea salt. I am not talking about regular table salt. That kind of salt (about 97% sodium chloride) is a highly processed product, stripped of natural minerals, refined, bleached, and filled with anti-caking ingredients (which could be derived from things like corn). This is the stuff linked to high blood pressure, and is added to most processed foods. It’s the overabundance of sodium chloride in a highly processed form that causes problems. It throws off the balance of minerals in the cells and that balance is important. Dr. Batmanghelidj explains it well in his book, Your Many Cries for Water. He says, “Basically, there are two oceans of water in the body: One ocean is held inside the cells of the body and the other ocean is held outside the cells. Good health depends on a delicate balance between the volumes of these two oceans. This balance is achieved by the regular intake of water, potassium-rich fruits and vegetables that also contain the vitamin needs of the body, and salt. Unrefined sea salt, which contains some of the other minerals that the body needs, is preferable.” Minerals need to be in balance with each other. So the idea that “salt is bad” does have some truth to it. It’s the processed salt you’ll want to avoid. Including a good sea salt, however, can be very healthful.
Just like with anything today, quality matters. According to the book, Nourishing Traditions, “Even most so-called sea salt is produced by industrial methods. The best and most health-promoting salt is extracted by the action of the sun on seawater on clay-lined vats. Its light grey color indicates a high moisture and trace mineral content. This natural salt contains only about 82 percent sodium chloride; it contains about 14 percent macro-minerals, particularly magnesium, and nearly 80 percent trace minerals.”
The product I’ve been using and loving is Celtic sea salt. One apprehension I had before trying it in my water was, “Will it taste like ocean water?” 😱 The answer: Not at all! I tasted no difference. Obviously if you add a ton, you may experience a bit of an ocean-like beverage, but you only need a small pinch.
I even purchased a small container to keep with me so I can add my own sea salt to water (or even food for that matter) when I’m out or traveling.
Minerals, in general, have many really important roles in the body. Without getting into specific jobs of each, they:
Sea salt is the way to go. And adding it to water is such an effortless way to get some of these minerals info your diet.