For The Greater Goods (sm)

Sea Salt vs Table Salt: A Look At Health Benefits & Dangers

Last week we posted a blog post on sea salt recipes for beauty care.  This week we wanted to explain the difference between organic sea saltand table salt.  Many people don’t think about the little things we’re putting into our


Photo Credit: Carl Tashian

foods, but there’s a big difference between the table salt you’re used to seeing on the dinner table and sea salt.

Sea Salt Vs. Table Salt

Table Salt

Table salt is much like white sugar, highly processed and refined. There is 84 trace minerals in pure sea salt. After table salt has been processed more than 80 of those essential minerals have been removed and in their place they add back into or “enrich” with anti-clumping, anti-drying fillers like aluminum compounds. Potassium iodine is also added because the natural iodine in sea salt was removed during processing. You also might see some kind of bleaching additive too, to keep the salt nice and white. Does that sound like a salt you want to be using in your baking or adding to your meals?  I hope not!

Sea Salt

Has a whopping 84 minerals and trace elements. It is an unprocessed, unrefined “raw” and truly natural salt which is hand mined in salt caves that were formed 250 million years ago as ocean salt settled in little pockets around the earth. Pretty cool huh?!

The Truth About Salt

You are probably accustomed to thinking that salt is bad for you, period…that is true, to an extent.  But it’s table salt who is the enemy.  Eating common table salt actually causes excess fluid in your body that can contribute to many different things: arthritis, kidney and gall bladder stones, gout, cellulite. It can cause diabetes and obesity to worsen. Table salt causes blood pressure to rise quickly because the blood is working hard to remove the toxins in that salt away from the heart, that is why some doctors will tell you to limit salt in-take if you have high blood pressure.  The preservatives and additives that are added to table salt can do their own damage to our bodies over time, like:

  • Kidney, liver problems
  • Heart disease
  • Goiters
  • Stroke
  • Edema
  • PMS
  • Thyroid problems
  • Muscle cramps

That’s just to name a few!   So, if you have table salt in your home right now, I suggest you go throw it out and replace it with some natural sea salt.

The Health Benefits of Sea Salt

Like I said before sea salt has 84 minerals and trace elements and the cool thing is that  those minerals and elements are identical to the elements found in our body.  Some benefits of using sea salt daily are:

  • Builds a strong immune system
  • Helps fight acne
  • Aids in digestion
  • Promotes healthy pH balance in our body
  • Helps with nerve stimulation
  • Salt contains magnesium, which is important for producing enzymes, nerve transmission, bone formation, forming tooth enamel, and resistance to heart disease and important for babies developing brain
  • Promotes sleep naturally
  • Promotes blood sugar health
  • Anti aging
  • Regulates water content in our body
  • Helps with circulation
  • Great for your skin
  • Supports respiratory health
  • Good for detoxing
  • Helps with proper functioning of the adrenal glands

How to use Sea Salt to Stay Healthy

You can use it just as you would your thrown out table salt. 😉

  • Season your cooking
  • Sprinkle on your meals
  • Add to your favorite baking recipes
  • Use to make salt scrubs
  • Soothing bath: Add 1/2 -1c of sea salt to your warm bath and soak for 20 minutes. Helps draw out toxins and leaves your skin smooth.
  • Drink before bed to help you sleep 1/2 teaspoon to 1 glass of water.
  • Mix with warm water to gargle when you feel a sore throat coming on
  • Use to make your neti-pot solution: 1/4 teaspoon of fine sea salt to 8 oz. of distilled water.

I hope this helped convince you to turn away from table salt once and for all. What is your favorite sea salt and how do you like to use it?  Psst! My favorite is Himalayan salt!

The following two tabs change content below.
I'm a firm believer that you are what you eat and I want to be fresh, local, organic and healthy! I've spent a lifetime experimenting with natural foods, different diets and ways of eating, and have settled on the food philosophy that Michael Pollan expresses so well: Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants. I'm passionate about organic foods, natural living, cooking healthy meals, and improving my health on a daily basis.

Latest posts by Cara (see all)