Bath Salt with Wild Flower Blend
SALT from the Himalayas is more then just an extraordinary food
It dates back to a time without any man-made environmental pollution. It is more
pristine than any other food can be today. It stores information from the primeval
sea where all existence originates.
Crystal salt bears the knowledge of the ideal environment in which all creatures thrive. It helps our body cells return to a wholesome and energetic primitive state. From ancient times, salt has been an extraordinary and renowned healer. There is no life without salt.
I invite you to take an unprejudiced look at the potential of Himalayan crystal salt. I apologize for any possible errors, and I am looking forward to receiving your comments and letters about your personal success with crystal salt.
Troisdorf, April 2005
Dr. Jürgen Weihofen
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Limit Your Salt Intake? More Conventional Nonsense
by Dr. Brownstein
No one likes to say, “I told you so”. Well, maybe sometimes we do.
I have been prescribing and recommending unrefined salt to my patients for nearly 20 years. My analysis of thousands of blood tests continue to show that most patients are salt deficient. Yes, you read that correctly—patients generally need more salt in their diet!
How can that be? We have all been brainwashed that salt is bad for us—that it causes hypertension, strokes and heart attacks. In fact, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) releases ridiculous yearly edicts about how we need to limit our salt intake. The IOM states that the adequate intake level of salt is 1,200-1,500mg/day (less than ½ teaspoon) and the tolerable upper limit of salt at 2,300mg/day (about 2/3 of a teaspoon of salt). The message from the IOM and the other Powers-That-Be is that a lower salt intake is always better.
How wrong can they be.
Salt is the second most common constituent in the body, next to water. We cannot live without adequate amounts of salt in the diet. A study published April 2, 2014 (1) found that current IOM salt guidelines are too low. In fact, the researchers reported that following the IOM guidelines results in an increased risk of death. In fact, there was a 14% decline in all-cause mortality in the population consuming the average U.S. salt intake versus those consuming the IOM’s salt intake recommendations.
Can you take too much salt? Of course you can. This study found that salt ingestion above 12,000mg (about 3.5tsp was associated with increased mortality from heart disease.
Remember, this study focused on refined salt. Refined salt does provide essential elements for the body—sodium and chloride—but lacks minerals. Refined salt is also contaminated with toxic additives such as ferrocyanide and aluminum.
Unrefined salt should be the salt of choice. It has over 80 minerals in it which are necessary elements for the body. It does not contain toxic additives like ferrocyanide.
Adequate amounts of salt are necessary for thyroid and adrenal function. One of the most common causes of adrenal fatigue is a lack of salt. Fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, and other chronic illnesses characterized by fatigue often respond favorably to increasing the salt intake. Most patients do well with ingesting 1-2tsp of unrefined salt per day.
So, the next time you see a recommendation by the Powers-That-Be to lower you salt intake, do the next best thing: fugetaboutit.
One final note: If you have abnormal kidney function, you may not be able to increase your salt intake.
More information about the importance of salt can be found in my book, Salt Your Way to Health.
- Am. J. of Hypertension. 2014. Dio:10.1093/ajh/hpu028
Salt: Your Way to Health
by Dr. David Brownstein, MD www.dbrownstein.com
We publish this article with permission from Dr. Brownstein, who is a family physician and the Medical Director of the Center for Holistic Medicine in West Bloomfield, Michigan. He has authored six books including Salt: Your Way to Health.
Dietary Villain or Foundation of Health?
Low-salt diets have been recommended for many years. It is not too hard to find an article in a magazine or medical journal recommending that the readers lower their salt intake. Like dietary fats, salt has become a convenient boogeyman, responsible for all manner of health ills. Government agencies, the American Medical Association, and many dietary groups all recommend a low-salt diet.
Conventional wisdom holds that consuming less salt will lower your blood pressure and reduce your chances of heart disease or a stroke. By now, everyone knows that a low-salt diet is healthy, right? Wrong. But unfortunately, this is another one of those cases where conventional medical wisdom simply does not add up.
To develop an accurate understanding of the importance of salt in a healthy diet, we must look beyond what passes for “conventional wisdom.” A review of the research literature, as well as my own clinical experiences have convinced me that unrefined salt is vital to good health.
Hypertension and Salt
Early in my medical career, I accepted the “low salt = lowered blood pressure” hypothesis unquestionably. My medical training was clear: A low-salt diet was good and a high-salt diet was bad. In all hypertensive cases, I was taught to promote a low-salt diet. In fact, I was taught that in order to prevent people from becoming hypertensive, it was better to encourage them to adopt a life-long dietary plan of low-salt. However, my experience with promoting a low-salt diet to treat hypertension was not successful. Not only did I find a low-salt diet relatively ineffective at lowering blood pressure, but I also found a low-salt diet made my patients miserable due to the poor taste of their low-salt food.
It wasn’t until I began to look at my patients in a more holistic manner that I began to research the medical literature about salt. What I found was astounding; there is little data to support low-salt diets being effective at treating hypertension for the vast majority of people. Also, none of the studies looked at the use of unrefined sea salt, which contains many valuable vitamins and minerals such as magnesium and potassium, which are vital to maintaining normal blood pressure.
The conclusion that salt causes high blood pressure is based primarily on a couple of studies; neither have conclusively established a causal link between salt consumption and hypertension.
Although considered a part of medical orthodoxy, the idea that salt consumption causes high blood pressure is relatively recent, and is, in fact, based on questionable conclusions drawn from a handful of studies.
The first report of a relationship between salt and high blood pressure appeared in 1904. Two researchers, Armbard and Beujard, asserted that salt deprivation was associated with lowered blood pressure in hypertensive patients. Over the next 50 years, this theory was tested in various studies, which usually involved giving test animals huge amounts (10-20 times greater than normal) of refined salt, to induce hypertension. As would be expected, when the animals were no longer overdosed, the blood pressure levels returned to normal.
Given the high amounts of salt being given to the animals, the correlation to a human population should have been suspect, but that did not stop medical researchers from erroneously extrapolating the results to human salt consumption.
The most popular study cited to prove the “increased salt = elevated blood pressure” link was the INTERSALT Trial. This study looked at over 10,000 subjects aged 20-59 from 52 centers in 39 countries. The authors of the study looked at the relationship between electrolyte excretion (i.e. sodium in the urine) and blood pressure. A higher salt intake will result in a larger amount of sodium excreted in the urine. Although there was a slight relationship between blood pressure and sodium excretion, a “smoking gun” could not be found. This study showed only a mild decrease in blood pressure, even when there was a dramatic decrease in salt excretion.
The results of this study did show that various indigenous groups in South America and Africa did consume relatively little salt and had low blood pressure. But these tribes were relatively untouched by modern life as whole – they generally did not drink or smoke, they were physically active and their diets consisted primarily of whole, unprocessed foods. In all likelihood, these factors were more significant in determining blood pressure levels than relative salt intake.
Study after study has failed to establish a significant causal relationship between salt intake and hypertension. In fact, there is some research that would seem to point to a different conclusion.
Every 10 years, the government conducts the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES). This comprehensive analysis of thousands of citizens looks at various markers of health, including the relationship between inadequate mineral intake and hypertension. After reviewing the data gathered from several surveys, researchers concluded “Our analysis confirms once again that inadequate mineral intake (calcium, potassium and magnesium) is the dietary pattern that is the best predictor of elevated blood pressure in persons at increased risk of cardiovascular disease.”
The Center for Disease Control’s own data over the last 30 years clearly shows little relationship between low-salt diets and hypertension. This data unequivocally shows that ensuring adequate mineral intake is much more important to maintaining low blood pressure.
Salt & Heart Disease
Another purported benefit of a low-salt diet is a reduced risk of cardiovascular incidents, such as heart attacks or strokes. But again, the evidence is less than overwhelming. In fact, there is some compelling research which seems to indicate that low-salt diets may actually increase the likelihood of a cardiovascular event.
Eleven trials, which included follow-up from six months to seven years, were reviewed. Researchers found that there was no difference in deaths and cardiovascular events between the low-salt groups and the high-salt groups. Systolic and diastolic blood pressure declined in the low-salt group by very small amounts. The authors of this review comment that the miniscule lowering of blood pressure with a low-salt diet did not result in any significant health benefit. They also comment, “It is also very hard to keep on a low salt diet.”
In another study, researchers examined the relationship between a low-sodium diet and cardiovascular mortality. Nearly 3,000 hypertensive subjects were studied. The result of this study was that there was a 430% increase in myocardial infarction (heart attack) in the group with the lowest salt intake versus the group with the highest salt intake.
Why would a low-sodium diet predispose one to having a heart attack? Low-sodium diets have been shown to cause multiple nutrient deficiencies, including depletion of minerals such as calcium, magnesium and potassium, as well as exhausting B-vitamin stores. There are numerous studies touting the benefits of magnesium in treating cardiovascular disorders. Adequate amounts of potassium and B-vitamins are also crucial for healthy heart. Many studies have shown that a deficiency of minerals, particularly calcium, potassium and magnesium is directly related to the development of heart disease as well as hypertension.
Unrefined Salt & Health?
We have established that a low-salt diet is not very effective at significantly lowering blood pressure in most people. In fact, as salt levels have declined in this country over the last 50 years, there has been no trend toward lowered blood pressures in the population. Could mineral salt usage result in a significantly lowered blood pressure? Many minerals, including magnesium and potassium have a direct anti-hypertensive effect. As previously mentioned, the NHANES study revealed that a pattern of low mineral intake, specifically magnesium, potassium and calcium were directly associated with hypertension. Repeated measurements over 20 years have confirmed the relationship between low mineral intake and elevated blood pressure.
Unrefined salt has a wide range of minerals including potassium and magnesium, providing the body with a complex of nutrients that it needs to function optimally. The use of unrefined salt will not cause elevated blood pressure; in fact, due to its abundance of minerals, it can actually help lower the blood pressure in hypertensive patients.
Salt & Special Health Concerns
Researchers have looked at numerous studies to arrive at their recommendations for sodium intake. Hypertensive patients can improve blood pressure moderately by limiting their sodium intake to 3-7 grams (app. 1.5-7 teaspoons) per day. Too much of anything can be a problem for the body. Salt, like any other substance, should not be taken in excess. Since refined salt is a toxic substance, there should not be any refined salt in anyone’s diet.
However, there is a great difference between refined and unrefined salt. I recommend only the use of unrefined salt in one’s diet. This will supply the body with over 80 minerals that are useful for maintaining the normal functioning of the body. My experience has shown that the use of unrefined sea salt has not resulted in elevated blood pressure in my patients. The addition of small amounts of unrefined salt to food or cooking will not adversely affect blood pressure or other health parameters in someone with normal kidney function.
While there is considerable research indicating that unrefined salt can be an important part of a healthy diet, there are some situations that do require special consideration.
For example, there are some hypertensive patients who are salt sensitive. Salt sensitivity is defined as an increase in blood pressure due to a high sodium intake. Not all hypertensive patients exhibit salt sensitivity. The only way to tell if an individual with hypertension will respond (via lowered blood pressure) to a low-salt diet is to institute a low-salt diet. The research shows that older individuals with hypertension will have a modest response. A review of 56 trials showed that a low-salt diet had minimal effect on blood pressure in the vast majority of people studied.
Another special concern related to those with kidney problems. Salt is excreted in the kidneys and individuals with renal failure will have a decreased ability to clear salt from their diets. These individuals must watch their salt intake carefully. If you have renal failure, I suggest you speak with your doctor before instituting any dietary change, including a change in salt intake.
Although promoted by conventional medicine as part of a healthy diet, my experience has clearly shown the fallacy of low-salt diets. They are not associated with a reduction in blood pressure for the vast majority of the population and also have adverse effects on numerous metabolic markers including elevated insulin levels and insulin resistance. Low sodium diets have been associated with elevating total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol levels, which, in turn, has been associated with cardiovascular events.
Furthermore, it has demonstrated that mineral deficiencies are present in most chronic illnesses and it is impossible to overcome these disorders unless mineral deficits are corrected. What conventional doctors and most mainstream organizations have failed to grasp is the difference between refined and unrefined salt. Unrefined salt contains over 80 minerals in a perfect proportion for our bodies. Our bodies were meant to function optimally with adequate mineral levels and adequate salt intake. Only the use of unrefined salt can provide both of these factors.
For the great majority of people a low-salt diet does not work. Patients do not feel well when sodium levels are lowered. Their energy level drops and they develop hormonal and immune system imbalances. It is refined salt that needs to be avoided – it is a toxic, dangerous substance that fails to provide the body with any benefit. Unrefined salt should be the salt of choice.
May 20, 2013, blog by Dr. David Brownstein
Limit Salt? More Nonsensical Advice
Last week, the Institute of Medicine reported that Americans should not limit their salt consumption.
The American Heart Association (AHA) and the other Powers-That-Be (PTB) have been telling us for years to limit our salt intake to no more than 1,500mg/day—which is about one-half teaspoon of refined salt. For over 40 years, the AHA and the PTB claimed that if we lower our salt intake we will lower our risk for heart disease, stroke, and hypertension. However, there have never been any good studies showing any positive outcomes of lowering salt to 1,500mg/day—as long as there is normal kidney function.
I have been using salt as a therapeutic agent for over 20 years. During this time, I have checked every patient’s electrolyte (salt) levels. I can assure you, the vast majority of patients need and require salt. In fact, salt is the second major constituent in the body next to water. We cannot live without adequate amounts of salt. I have been lecturing and writing about salt for over 10 years. My book, was written to educate the reader about the importance of eating the right kind of salt.What happens when you lower salt to unsustainable—1,500mg/day—levels? Here’s what happens. Your risk of heart attacks increases 430%. (1) Your risk of cardiovascular death increases over 5x as compared to a high-salt intake group. (2) Low-salt diets cause increases in cholesterol, LDL-cholesterol, and insulin levels. (3) Finally, low salt diets cause elevations in hormones—renin and aldosterone—that predispose to hypertension.
So, let’s summarize the effects of a low-salt diet as it predisposes one to significant increases in:
· Heart attacks
· Cholesterol levels
· LDL-cholesterol levels
· Insulin levels
· Hypertension-causing hormones
Why would the PTB recommend that we limit our salt intake to 1,500mg/day? I can’t understand why as there is no physiological or biochemical explanation for that recommendation. Also, keep in mind that many studies have shown that limiting your salt intake does not even lower your blood pressure to any significant degree.
What can you do? Educate yourself. Take a look at my book and decide for yourself if you need to limit your salt intake. I am sure you will agree with my recommendations to eat the right kind of salt—unrefined salt–in the right amounts. How much salt should you eat? Generally, 1-2 teaspoons of unrefined salt seems sufficient to meet the body’s needs. Some may need more. A holistic health care provider knowledgeable about salt can monitor and guide you.
Doctor’s Verdict on Salt
The source is unknown to me but the content is valuable and similar to what I gathered together in my 29-day educational essays from researchers as well as from doctors who have the courage to stand up for their patients. Rose Walter, Heartfeltliving®
Please note: All statements, suggestions and ideas through all chapters do NOT substitute a visit to your physician or naturopathic doctor!
No wonder in the olden days Blood Pressure (BP) problem was never heard of. WE didn’t have the Iodised Salt!!
WE all must switch to Rock Salt for STRESS RELIEF. Is salt bad for hypertension?
What is bad for hypertension is iodized salt, which is a fake salt. It is made up of only 3 synthetic chemicals, sodium, chloride, iodine. It does not melt in water (glistens like diamonds), does NOT melt in the body, does not melt in the kidneys, gives kidney stones, and raises blood pressure. However, it is the salt favoured by the drug-based doctors who say it is very clean and sanitary, pointing to how white it is and how it glistens like diamonds. The fake salt is man-made in a factory.
The true salt, which comes from the sea and dried under the sun and commonly called rock salt, has 72 natural minerals including natural sodium, chloride, iodine. It melts in water, melts in your body, melts in the kidneys, does not give kidney stones, and best of all, brings down blood pressure and stops/prevents muscle cramps, numbness, tingling.
If you get muscle cramps in the lower legs at night, just take a half teaspoon of rock salt and a glass of water, and the cramps with its horrific pain will be gone in 5 minutes.
The highest BP that came my way was in a woman who had a BP of 240/140 and came to my house at 10:30 pm on what she said was a matter of “life and death” because the high BP was already giving her a crushing headache, especially the back of her head. She could not walk up the 6 shallow steps to my porch. Two men had to help her, one on each side, in addition to the cane that she needed to prop herself up.
I muscle tested her and found that she had her BP of 240/140 and the crushing pain in the head, her body’s water content was only 6% (normal is 75%), salt content was zero, potassium was 96% deficient, and cardiac output (blood flow from the heart) was only 40% (normal is 100%). So the blood supply to the head was 60% deficient.
I gave her one 6″ long green chili (hot pepper), 1 raw ripe saba
banana, 1/2 teaspoon of rock salt and 3 8-oz glasses of tap water. The chili was to normalize cardiac output and shoot blood to the head, the saba banana was for the potassium deficiency and to have food in the stomach because pepper will give a stomach ache if the stomach is empty, and the rock salt and the water were the first aid for her severe dehydration which was causing her arteries to be dry and stiff and her blood to be thick and sticky, because they were dehydrated.
After 5 minutes, she said, “The pain in my head is gone.” We took her BP, it was 115/75, and cardiac output was up to 100%.
She walked out of the house to her car without the men helping her and without the cane.
She has been taking 2.5 teaspoons of rock salt, 15 glasses of water, 6 Saba bananas and 3 of the long pepper daily since then (beginning September 2009), and her BP and cardiac output have been normal since then.
Two months later, in November, at a PCAM round table forum on hypertension in Club Filipino, she gave her testimony, followed by her brother who said that she grew 2″, because the salt and the water had refilled her compressed disc spaces in her vertebral column. The disc spaces had become compressed because they had become dehydrated since the fluid filling up these discs are 95% water.
Why salt? Because without salt the body cannot retain water no matter how much water is drunk. You will still be dehydrated because you will just keep urinating and sweating the water out.
This is not an isolated case. When BP is rising high but there is little or no headache but there is stiffness of shoulder and neck muscles, all you need to normalize the BP and remove the stiffness and the pain in 5 minutes is 1/2 teaspoon of rock salt and 3 glasses of water. If there is crushing pain in the head, it means blood supply to the head is lacking, and you will need the chilli to normalize it and shoot blood to the head and remove the extreme pain.
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Your Salt May Be Killing You
Sunday, November 07, 2010 by: Dr. David Jockers, citizen journalist (NaturalNews)
Heartfeltliving® has the permission from Dr. David Jockers to publish this article.
Salt is one of the most basic and ubiquitous food seasonings. Historically, salt has been an extraordinarily valuable food preservative for most cultures in the world. Natural salt contains a vast array of essential minerals and continues to be incredibly valuable for our health. Today, modern refineries have chemically altered most salt making it hazardous for human consumption.
Typical table salt is composed of 97.5% sodium chloride and 2.5% chemicals such as anti-flow and anti-caking agents. Table salt is bleached and processed with excessive heat that alters the natural chemical structure and destroys essential trace minerals. Hazardous molecules such as iodine and fluoride are added along with toxic substances like aluminum hydroxide (used as an anti-moisture additive).
This processing takes the “life” out of the salt making the unnatural sodium chloride and chemical fillers more challenging to metabolize. The body must sacrifice tremendous amounts of energy and up to 23 times the cell water to neutralize the damaging effects of the salt. The inability of the body to effectively neutralize these toxic substances results in:
Rheumatism, arthritis, & gout
Kidney & Gall Bladder stones
High Blood Pressure
Many people have turned to sea salts for their regular salt usage. Unfortunately, many of our lakes and oceans are loaded with toxic poisons like mercury, PCBs and dioxin. Oil spills can toxify a lake or ocean’s salt stores for decades after the incident. Over 85% of all sea salt producers are using a refining process for their salt production. Based on this understanding it is wise to assume that sea salt can no longer be trusted as a pure source of essential salts.
Pink salts are one of the very few varieties of salts that have remained pure and stable in nature. Natural pink salts are known for their essential trace minerals and their ability to regulate cellular fluid balance. These salts take on their color due to the presence of iron oxide and their abundance of essential trace minerals. These minerals are in a very small colloidal form and inter-connected in structure allowing for easy absorption and a nutrient synergy that exponentially enhances their effect in the body.
Pink salt is often labeled based on its geography. The most reputable type of pink salt is Himalayan Salt although it is also found in Hawaii, Australia, Peru, Utah, and Poland.
Contrary to popular belief these salts do not elevate blood pressure. Their ability to regulate fluid balance allows them to naturally stabilize blood pressure at a healthy and supportive level for the body. Some of the other benefits of pink salts include:
Promoting blood sugar health
Energy Production (hydro-electrical)
Absorption of food particles
Supports vascular & respiratory health
Promoting sinus health
Prevention of muscle cramps
Promoting bone strength
Regulating your sleep & moods
Supporting your libido
Enhances immune function
Stabilizes heart rate & blood pressure
Extracts excess acidity
Pink salts provide a great remedy for asthma and allergy symptoms as well. The salts have a unique ability to unplug the thick mucus secretions in the lungs & stop overflow of nasal secretions when water is plentiful. Taking it as a natural anti-histamine, one can drink 2-3 cups of purified water with a pinch of healthy salts.
Remember to listen to your body when it comes to the use of these powerhouse salts. Certain body types depend on more salts than others. If you crave salts, you are typically in need of trace minerals. Follow your instincts and use a bit more pink salt on your foods. If you have no craving for salts then only use small amounts of pink salts.
Life Without Salt?
With all of the advice surrounding getting too much salt in our diets, we’re losing sight of a simple fact: there is no life without salt. No cell and no organism can exist without it.
Electrolytes, which give the spark of electricity required in every one of our cells to make them perform, are a group of vital minerals. The main ones are sodium, magnesium, potassium and calcium. These electrolyte minerals must be kept in healthy balance for our bodies to thrive. Natural, unrefined crystal salt has up to 84 minerals and trace elements which the body needs to function properly.
Therefore, as with many aspects of health information, the facts should be clarified and understood before we undertake drastic changes to our diets. Pure, unprocessed salt, and not the refined sodium chloride chemical found in many canned and packaged foods, is an important part of a meal. In moderation (so as not to create imbalance) this salt, with all of its accompanying minerals, helps to promote health. Any nutrient – be it a vitamin or mineral – in excess will cause imbalance, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have them at all!
In fact, even the too-much-salt theory has been challenged. An eight-year study of a New York City hypertensive population on sodium intake levels found that those on low-salt diets had more than four times as many heart attacks as those on normal-sodium diets – the opposite of what the “salt hypothesis” would have predicted. (1995) A ten-year follow-up study to the extensive Scottish Heart Health Study found no improved health outcomes for those on low-salt diets.
(1997) An analysis of the health outcomes over 20 years from those in the massive US National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES I) documented a 20 percent greater incidence of heart attacks among those on low-salt diets compared to normal-salt diets. (1998)
Further evidence against the theory can be found. A health outcomes study in Finland reported to the American Heart Association that no health benefits could be identified and it concluded, “…our results do not support the recommendations for entire populations to reduce dietary sodium intake to prevent coronary heart disease.” (1998) Analysis of the MRFIT – Multiple Risk Factor Intervention Trial, a long-term study on coronary heart disease risk factors – using 14 years’ worth of data confirmed no improved health benefit from low sodium diets. Its author conceded that there is “no relationship observed between dietary sodium and mortality.” (1999) In 1999, the Canadian Hypertension Society, the Canadian Coalition for High Blood Pressure Prevention and Control, the Health Canada Laboratory Centre for Disease Control and the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada issued a joint statement going against the general recommendations for sodium reduction.
Salt’s role in our bodies? Salt helps maintain the fluid in our blood cells, is used to transmit information in nerves and muscles, and to uptake certain nutrients from our intestines. Since the body cannot make salt, we’re reliant on food to ensure that we get enough. Based on the requirements of a human body, an average adult requires 4.2 grams of salt per day, but some of this is naturally found in vegetables and grains without requiring added salt.
Of course, salt is’t only used internally. Bath salts have been used for centuries to mimic the properties of natural mineral baths or hot springs. Bath salts are known to have many therapeutic effects on muscles and the nervous system.
Salt also changes the balance of bathwater so that less water is absorbed by the skin; some salts soften calloused skin and aid exfoliation; high concentrations of salts in water increase buoyancy so are used in flotation therapy.
In moderation, high quality, natural, unrefined crystal salt is a healthy addition to your diet.