Real Salt, Celtic Salt and Himalayan Salt
Feb 5, 2013 | International Medical Veritas Association | Dr. Mark Sircus
This is what real salt looks like - we all know what regular white salt
looks like - and we mistakenly think it is real salt when it is not. The
fact is that refined white salt, such as commercial table salt is bad,
very bad stuff. Unrefined natural salt on the other hand is good, very
good stuff providing many health benefits.
Unrefined sea salt is healthy. The blood-pressure-raising effect of
table salt can be due to its high content of sodium with not enough
magnesium to balance it. This has a magnesium-lowering effect that can
constrict the arteries and raise blood pressure. Real salt (of
various kinds) contains plenty of magnesium and other important
minerals, which is why it usually does not affect blood pressure in a
Sodium is an essential nutrient required by the body for maintaining
levels of fluids and for providing channels for nerve signaling. Some
sodium is needed in your body to regulate fluids and blood pressure, and
to keep muscles and nerves running smoothly.
Without appropriate amounts of sodium, your body may have a difficult
time cooling down after intense exercise or activity. When the body is
hot, you sweat. If you do not have enough sodium, your body may not
sweat as much and you may then become overheated. This could result in a
stroke or exhaustion as well as dehydration.
Sodium is an energy carrier. It is also responsible for sending messages
from the brain to muscles through the nervous system so that muscles
move on command. When you want to move your arm or contract any muscle
in your body, your brain sends a message to a sodium molecule that
passes it to a potassium molecule and then back to a sodium molecule
etc., etc., until it gets to its final destination and the muscle
contracts. This is known as the sodium-potassium ion exchange. Therefore, without sodium, you would never be able to move any part of your body.
Excess sodium (such as that obtained from dietary
sources) is excreted in the urine. Most of the sodium in the body
(about 85%) is found in blood and lymph fluid. Sodium levels in the body are partly controlled by a hormone called aldosterone, which is made by the adrenal glands. Aldosterone levels determine whether the kidneys hold sodium in the body or pass it into the urine.
Dr. David Brownstein weighs in heavily on this matter saying, "Nobody
makes a distinction between unrefined and refined salt. They 'lump' all
salt together as a bad substance. This is a terrible mistake. There are
two forms of salt available in the market place: refined and unrefined.
Refined salt has had its minerals removed and has been bleached to give
it the white appearance that we are accustomed to seeing with salt. It
is the fine, white salt that is available at almost any restaurant or
grocery store. Refined salt has been bleached and exposed to many toxic
chemicals in order to get it to its final product. It has aluminum, ferrocyanide, and bleach in it. I believe this refining process has made it a toxic, devitalized substance that needs to be avoided."
"Unrefined salt, on the other hand," Brownstein continues, "has not been
put through a harsh chemical process. It contains the natural minerals
that were originally part of the product. Its mineral content gives it a
distinct color. The colors of unrefined salt can vary depending on
where it is taken from. This is due to the changing mineral content of
the various brands of salt. It is the minerals in unrefined salt that
provide all the benefits of this product. The minerals supply the body with over 80 trace elements needed to maintain and sustain health.
Furthermore, the minerals elevate the pH (correct acidity) and lower
blood pressure. Our maker gave us salt to use in our diet - unrefined
salt - with its full complement of minerals. It should be the salt of
choice. It is a vital ingredient that needs to be part of everyone's
Dr. Brownstein says, "Years ago salt manufacturers decided that pure
white salt is prettier than off-white salt and that consumers prefer
pretty white salt. So they started bleaching it. They also added
anti-clumping agents to increase its shelf life. The problem is that the
chemicals added to keep salt from absorbing moisture on the shelf
interfere with one of salt's main functions: to regulate hydration in
your body. The sodium chloride in table salt is highly concentrated,
denatured, and toxic to your body. Ever put salt on an open cut? It
burns!!! Refined salt has the same effect on internal tissues and causes
a negative reaction: your body retains water to protect itself, and
your cells release water to help dilute, neutralize, and break down the
salt. This loss of water dehydrates and weakens your cells and can even
cause them to die prematurely. Natural sea salt is far superior to
chemically-treated iodized table salts as it contains all 92 trace
minerals, and it's only 84% sodium chloride while table salt is almost
All this adds up to one thing. Table salt, whether marine or not, is
toxic - it's poisonous to the body and is responsible, in great part, to
the onset of many terrible diseases including thyroid and metabolic
In addition to sodium and chloride, Celtic Sea Salt® provides other
nutrients that naturally occur in salt beds, including trace amounts of
calcium, magnesium potassium, iron and zinc.
In accordance with standards set by The World Health Organization and
the Food and Agriculture Organization, independent analysis indicates
that levels of heavy metals are non-detectable (e.g. arsenic, cadmium,
mercury) or well below published safe limits in Celtic Sea Salt®.
Perhaps most importantly, Celtic Sea Salt® is not exposed to refinement
and bleaching used to manufacture typical table salt and there are no
additives. Celtic Sea Salt® is harvested from the ocean using the sun,
the wind and shallow clay ionizing ponds, a method passed down through
Many Americans over consume refined salt by eating processed foods, fast
foods and canned foods with salt added. Celtic Sea Salt® is a good
alternative as part of a healthier diet. Recommended use is a half
teaspoon per day.
Himalayan crystal salt that is mined 5,000 feet deep below the Himalayan
mountain range was subject to enormous pressure over millions of years
and is over 99% pure. The higher the amount of pressure the more
superior or excellent the state of order within the crystalline
structure of salt. Many Himalayan salts are sold cheaply but are
collected from higher up near the tops of the Himalayan Mountains
instead of from the deeper mines. These salts contain more impurities,
do not have the same structure and are not as easily assimilable by the
Himalayan salt contains 84 minerals and trace elements in ionic state
and is a delightful pink color. People often state that they use less of
this salt than of other types. Many sizes are available from 3 oz in a
salt grinder to larger 1-kg bags (2.2 lb). Salt chunks are also
available for making your own "sole," which is a saturated solution of
purified water with Himalayan salt. A specific recipe (see below) must
be followed to make sole and results in a solution that has much less
sodium than just adding salt to water would have. Daily use of
sole is believed to stimulate the peristalsis of the digestive organs,
balance the stomach acid, support the production of digestive fluids in
the liver and pancreas, regulate the metabolism and harmonize the
Start Each Day with a Healthy Sole
The ideal way to use Himalayan Crystal Salt is in the form of a sole
(so-LAY). Drinking the sole when you awake each morning is like getting
up on the right side of the bed. It provides the energizing minerals you
need daily to recharge your body, and it helps set the stage for a day
Essentially, a sole is water saturated with Himalayan Crystal Salt. The
sole contains about approximately 26 parts of salt to 100 parts of
water. Prepare the water and salt combination in advance (see directions
to the right). Each morning place a teaspoon of the sole mixture in a
glass and fill with 8 ounces of pure spring water. Drink it immediately
or sip it while getting dressed, checking emails or preparing breakfast.
The water helps transport the electrolytes throughout the body to all
the many places they are needed.
How to Prepare Sole
Sole is a mixture of water and salt. The object is to saturate the water
with dissolved salt so it can't hold anymore. You'll know that you've
created sole when there are undissolved salt crystals in the water. You
can't oversaturate the water with salt. The crystals will simply drop to
the bottom of the container.
Place several Himalayan Crystal Salt stones or Himalayan Crystal Salt
granules about an inch deep in a glass container. (A canning jar works
Cover the salt with two to three inches of pure, spring water. Let the salt dissolve for 24 hours.
If all the salt dissolves in 24 hours, add more salt to the container.
The sole is finished when the water can no longer dissolve the salt and
the salt crystals drop to the bottom of the container. There will always
be salt crystals in the jar. It doesn't matter if you have only a few
crystals or many. The water is saturated and is now sole.
Cover the container to prevent the water from evaporating. Since salt is
a natural preservative, the sole will keep forever. It can't spoil or
The vibrational energy of the Himalayan Crystal Salt remains in your body for 24 hours.
A teaspoon of sole contains 480 mg of sodium, or 20% of the Daily
Reference Value of 2400 mg based on a 2,000 calorie per day diet.
Redmond Real Salt
Redmond Real Salt
is mined in the United States and is another good unrefined salt that I
also recommend. It can be used as a table salt and for cooking and is
available in coarse and fine grinds and in a variety of sizes.
Real Salt comes from a mineral rich salt deposit formed by an ancient
sea in Utah. It contains 62 trace minerals, and is without additives,
chemicals, or heat processing of any kind. Real Salt's unique pinkish
appearance and flecks of color come from the more than 60 naturally
occurring trace minerals. The result is a delicate "sweet salt" flavor
that you may not have experienced before.
 These processes in the body, especially in the brain, nervous
system, and muscles, require electrical signals for communication. The
movement of sodium is critical in the generation of these electrical
signals. Too much or too little sodium therefore can cause cells to
malfunction, and extremes in the blood sodium levels (too much or too
little) can be fatal