Salt -- Friend or Foe
an important mineral, is vital to human life. Without
it, you would die. Most people are aware that too much
of it causes water retention, high blood pressure and
kidney and heart problems. According to Chinese
Physiology, there is a relationship between salt and the
health of the kidneys, urinary tract, adrenals, bones
(including bone marrow, teeth), fluid metabolism, hair,
and sex organs (including libido).
has the most grounding and centering nature of
all the flavors. The right amount and quality can
strengthen energy; build healthy bones, improve
digestion; moisten dryness; detoxify
poisons from poor quality foods; enhance your ability to
focus more clearly; and, yes, help your body lose
excess weight. However, there is great potential for
its misuse. Poor quality salt and too much of it
creates the opposite effect.
symptoms of salt (and other mineral) imbalances
include: bone problems, anemia, metabolic imbalances,
depressed mental activity, weak digestion, gas,
bloating, poor circulation, feeling cold, difficulty
losing excess weight, frequent fatigue, arthritic pain
in hands, arms, feet, knees, lower back and shoulders,
and many emotional imbalances from anxiety to extreme
What Your Salt Cravings
are Telling You
Sodium, a major element in salt, is plentiful in eggs,
seafood and all meats and some vegetables.
Naturally occurring salt is found in many foods, both
animal and vegetal. Processing removes much of
these natural salts, and manufacturers add more salt
(sugar too) for flavor. Nearly all canned and packaged
foods have salt added to them.
your diet consists of high amounts of processed foods,
meat, dairy and eggs, and rich, greasy foods, you are
likely getting an excessive intake of sodium.
Eating more than is necessary of these foods and then
adding salt to them sets the stage for insatiable
cravings for sugar, coffee and/or alcohol.
These are depleting foods and will help your body
eliminate excesses of salt and other minerals.
Some of you may be familiar with the vicious cycle of
ingesting high amounts of salt or heavy, rich foods and
then experiencing insatiable cravings for sweets, coffee
or alcohol. Then, after eating them, the cravings
reverse and you find yourself unable to resist salty
snacks or more animal food. Choosing extremes to
balance opposite extremes will leave you frustrated,
overweight, and in poor health.
Your body has an innate wisdom and is always seeking to
create balance. It speaks to you through your
cravings. The problem is most people don’t know how to
accurately interpret these messages in healthy ways.
For help in understanding your cravings, binges, and
schedule a session.
Use of Salt
people abuse salt, eating nearly 6x the recommended,
thus giving salt a bad name. Most of today’s commercial
salt is the highly refined chemical variety that is
99.5% or more sodium chloride, with additions of
anti-caking chemicals, potassium iodide, and sugar to
stabilize the iodine. The common table salt that most
people use is refined through heat processing, bleached
with chemicals to make it white, then aluminum stearate,
another chemical, is added so the salt doesn’t clump.
Most salt is denatured and highly refined as are most
foods in the modern diet.
common refined sea salt has been stripped of nearly all
of its sixty trace minerals. You can buy good quality
sea salt in which sunshine alone has been used to
extract it. Some good brands include Lima, Muramoto,
and Mexican “Si” sea salt. You may have to go out of
your way to find it, and it is well worth the effort for
the health benefit.
labeled sea salt is typically the refined pure white
variety. Whole natural sea salt is in larger crystals,
granules, or a powder. All salt originates from the
sea. Whole salt from the sea has a mineral profile
similar to that of your blood, and when used properly,
helps to maintain good health and eliminate cravings.
Stone Ground "Si" Brand of sea salt is my
favorite available at this link:
STONE GROUND "SI" BRAND SEA SALT
is a tendency to overeat when foods are highly
refined. It’s your body’s attempt to get the nutrients
that have been lost in the processing. Salt cravings
are often a craving for the many minerals that are
lacking in chemically grown food and lost in food
processing. Your body craves more salt in an attempt to
capture the wholeness that it instinctively knows should
Alternatives to the Salt Shaker
Vegetables from the sea have been used for thousands of
years for their ability to prevent disease, prolong
life, and impart beauty and health. Eating small
amounts of them on a regular basis is a balanced way to
include the salty flavor in your diet. Sea Vegetables
are the most nutrient dense group of foods available.
Just as there are many varieties of vegetables that grow
in the earth, there are many varieties of sea vegetables
that grow in the ocean, each with a distinctive nutrient
profile. Some general common properties they exhibit
include: detoxifying, diuretic, remove residues of
radiation in the body; act as lymphatic cleansers;
alkalize the blood; benefit the thyroid; improve water
metabolism, moisten dryness, and resolve phlegm.
Sea vegetables are useful for weight loss and for
resolving cholesterol and fat in the blood. They
help your body metabolize sugar and fat more quickly and
Some people are unwilling to try sea vegetables fearing
they will have an unpleasant taste. I assure you that,
when cooked properly, they can be quite tasty, and are a
good compliment to many foods you are already eating.
Click here for
recipe for Arame sea vegetable, which
has a milder flavor than some of the others.
Another common sea vegetable is Kombu which aids
the digestive system when eaten in small amounts
consistently. It greatly increases the nutritional
value of all food prepared with it, and is
considered the most completely mineralized food.
It is available at Natural Food and Specialty stores,
packaged in dry strips. Simply break off a 1-2 inch
piece and put it in the pot when you are cooking beans,
grains, soups, and some vegetable dishes. After it is
cooked, chop it in small pieces and stir back into the
dish you cooked it with. Kombu has no taste—just great
people prefer to use sea vegetable condiments which are
loaded with minerals and flavor. Here are a few:
Maine Coast Sea Vegetables Organic Kelp Granules Salt Alternative
Sea Seasonings - Dulse Granules
Sea Seasonings Triple Blend Flakes
Eden Shake Furikake- Eden Foods Condiments
human development begins in a saline solution in the
womb and we are nourished by blood that has almost the
same composition as sea water. It makes sense to
eat foods that comes from the sea.
True Super Food -- Miso
is an extremely nutritious and health-supportive food
and an effective way to include the salty flavor in your
diet. There is much confusion about the use of soy
foods. Science has a very fragmented approach to
analyzing food values and has convinced many people
whose health would improve from using miso, that all soy
is bad. All soy is not created equal. Some are
extremely beneficial (especially for cancer) while
others are harmful and should be avoided. I’ll be
discussing the truth about soy in my
Menopause, Naturally TeleSeminar this fall.
Miso is a fermented soybean paste made by combining
soybeans, a culture (koji, salt and various grains,
beans or vegetables,
then fermenting for 3 months to 3 years. The longer it
is aged, the stronger the taste. You may be familiar
with miso soup if you’ve eaten in a Japanese restaurant,
and soup is the most common use for miso. I’ve found
that miso soup in restaurants is far too salty. If you
make your own, you control the amount of miso you add
which should be ½ to one tsp. per cup of liquid. Many
popular websites and cookbooks use 5-10x that amount which which will
create many health issues.
Miso contains healthy bacteria and enzymes which
aid digestion and food assimilation. Studies show that
those who regularly use miso suffer significantly less
from cancer and heart disease.
contains Amino acids, B12, minerals (including calcium,
iron). Miso helps protect the body against
radiation and heavy metal poisoning. Miso has 25x more genistein (a potent anticancer agent) than unfermented
soy foods such as tofu and soymilk. Miso reduces the
risk of coronary heart disease; protects cells from free
radicals and aging. The lactobacillus fermentation
increases the quantity, availability, digestibility and
assimilability of nutrients.
Miso is effective in reducing chronic pain. It breaks
down and discharges cholesterol, neutralizes the effects
of smoking and environmental pollution, alkalizes the
blood, prevents radiation sickness, neutralizes the
effects of chemicals, medicines, and a poor diet, and
strengthens blood quality. Miso contains lactic acid
bacteria and enzymes which aid digestion and food
Studies have shown those who eat miso soup daily have
fewer cases of certain types of cancer and heart
disease. Researchers have found that women who east
miso soup daily reduced their incidence of breast cancer
by 40-50%. The findings are published in the online
edition of the U.S. based Journal of the National Cancer
Miso may be used instead of salt or soy sauce as a
seasoning and it’s best to buy unpasteurized miso. It
is a live food and prolonged cooking destroys the
beneficial organisms. Add unpasteurized miso to
preparations just before removing from heat. Like salt,
miso is better assimilated when combined with foods due
to its concentrated nature. My personal favorite is
South River brand. It comes in glass jars and is in the
refrigerated section of Natural Food stores or can be
ordered from South River's website.
Smart Use of Salt
Get in the habit of using a small pinch of good quality
sea salt in cooking only. Avoid adding salt to the
food on your plate. Eat small amounts of sea
vegetables regularly--daily is not too often.
Incorporating miso soup 3-7x a week is an excellent way to improve your health and longevity. Of course, eliminating processed foods, salty snacks,
and commercial salt is important.
you're overweight, sea vegetables, miso and other good
quality salt used in cooking only can help you get rid
of the excess.
you consumed far
too much salt in the past and are suffering the health consequences
Generally speaking, I would still use sea vegetables and
miso soup for their detoxifying abilities, and limit use
cultivate the mindset that there is no good or
bad food--only cause and effect. There is no
one-size-fits-all approach to good health. One
man's medicine can be poison to the next. Please eat for
your constitution and condition rather than following
the ever-changing popular trends of the day.
You'll experience greater health in every way.
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