Saturday, June 8, is World Oceans Day. Their slogan for this year is, “Protect What You Love.” So, I thought it would be appropriate to express my personal deep gratitude for the salt found in our oceans, to talk about the importance of including sea salt in your hydration program, and to recommend a book to help you understand why I am committed to my view of sea salt.
Don’t Be Afraid of Salt
Our ancestors lived near the ocean or waterways that connected to the ocean. So, they were exposed to the benefits of saltwater in their environment on a daily basis and were quite expert at using salt for food preservation, rinsing out wounds, etc. So, fear of the effects of salt is a very modern development.
As Dr. Dean said in her 2017 Edition of The Magnesium Miracle, there really is no reason to disparage salt:
As we all know, salt has been demonized by allopathic medicine as one of the causes of hypertension and heart disease. That may be true, to some extent for table salt – sodium chloride – but not for sea salt that contains 72 trace minerals. Many of these trace minerals haven’t even been studied in regard to optimum health, yet doctors tarnish [sic] sea salt with the same brush as sodium chloride.
She further explains that there is a difference between table and sea salts:
It’s a sad misconception that table salt (sodium chloride) and sea salt are the same. Nothing could be further from the truth. Sea salt is replete with 72 different minerals and table salt is just plain sodium chloride. You could call sodium chloride a drug for the damage it does to the body. Sea salt was a valued commodity in the past, so valued that it was at one time used as currency. Proper hydration, sea salt and well-absorbed minerals are the keys to efficient and effective cellular function. When you have the proper amount of minerals in the cell – the cell automatically pulls in water to create the perfect electrolyte balance and allows the cell to function efficiently.
The Salt Fix
Dr. Dean and I would like to see people let go of their fear of salt by educating themselves about its benefits. Therefore, this month, we are going to recommend that you read The Salt Fix by Dr. James DiNicolantonio. Dr. DiNicolantonio is a cardiovascular research scientist at Saint Luke’s Mid America Heart Institute. Dr. DiNicolantonio is the author or co-author of over 200 medical publications and serves as the Associate Editor of British Medical Journal’s (BMJ) Open Heart. Dr. DiNicolantonio is on the editorial advisory board of several medical journals including Progress in Cardiovascular Diseases. So, you can see that Dr. DiNicolantonio is well-qualified to talk about salt use and cardiovascular performance.
Here are some words that Dr. DiNicolantonio uses to introduce this book:
The truth is, our most hallowed health institutions cling to outdated, disproven theories about salt — and their resistance to the truth is putting our public health at risk. Until the low-salt dogma is successfully challenged, we’ll be stuck in this same perpetual loop that keeps our bodies salt-deprived, sugar-addicted, and ultimately deficient in many critical nutrients. Many of us will continue struggling with insatiable hunger and hold on to weight around the middle despite following recommended lifestyle changes.
He goes on to describe what he wants you reading the book to accomplish:
In these pages, I’m going to set the record straight and upend everyday myths about the supposed negative effects of salt. I’ll tell you the story of how humans evolved from the briny sea, how our biology shapes our taste for salt – and how this taste is actually an unfailing guide….I’ll examine how many of the negative health effects that have been blamed on salt are really due to excess sugar consumption — and how eating more salt can be instrumental in breaking the sugar addiction cycle.
Please Join Me
I would like to invite you to join me in reading this book. To make things more interesting and fun, please write me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know what your response to reading the book is. You can address your email to Melody-Rose. In that way, I’ll get your email personally. Then, when I review The Salt Fixat the end of the month, I’ll include some of the best comments in the review.
Dr. Carolyn Dean