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The World’s Diet – Dangerously High In Table Salt

For the past five weeks, we have been sharing the reasons why the ‘World’s Diet’ is such a dangerous diet.

In this Health Tip we are going to examine a substance that contains no fiber and is extremely toxic to the body, yet is consumed by almost every man, woman and child each and every day on The Standard American Diet: table salt.

Controversy and Confusion

Did you know that the Bible talks about salt? In Matthew 5:13 the reference to salt comes directly from the lips of Jesus as He addresses His disciples in the Sermon on the Mount:

“Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt has lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? It is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.”

Biblically, the believers in Jesus Christ is referred to as the “salt of the earth” because they are the preserving force on earth withholding God’s judgment upon this earth and the people that inhabit it.

Salt has also been used in the human diet for thousands of years as a preservative as well as for the seasoning of foods.

Up until recently, we have been led to believe that all salt is a deadly poison and that there was no place for it in our diet.

These beliefs were once my beliefs and possibly yours, but these beliefs have been challenged in recent years and need to be revisited for our health’s sake.  

Table Salt

Table salt is a refined, processed, and bleached salt, consisting of 100% sodium chloride, with toxic substances added.

When sodium chloride is consumed in this manner, it becomes a very addictive and toxic substance that does great harm to the body. Yet, the compound is essential for cellular health and the proper functioning of the body.

How do we explain this paradox?

In this health tip we will attempt to show why one form of salt, table salt, is a toxic and dangerous substance when placed into the body, while several other forms of salt, as found naturally occurring in nature, are essential to the health.

Refined salts, as found on grocery store shelves, on restaurant tables, and in most manufactured and restaurant foods, is a toxic and dangerous substance that needs to be avoided as much as possible.

Here’s why.

The refining process removes 82 of the 84 naturally occurring minerals, while having chemicals added to prevent it from absorbing moisture. This enables it to flow freely from the salt shaker. It is then bleached similar to the process used to whiten refined sugar and flour.

Dr. Esterban Genao, a Florida pediatrician stated in an interview, “I am convinced that the refining of salt, the refining of sugar, and of oils, is going to be shown to be responsible for a great majority of our physical problems.”

What’s Wrong With Table Salt

(1) Mineral Depletion
Table salt leads to a poorly functioning immune system along with the initiation and acceleration of chronic illness. It depletes calcium, potassium, and magnesium and is directly related to cardiovascular disease.  The ingestion of large amounts leads to mineral deficiency.

(2) Acid Formation
Due to its lack of buffering minerals, it becomes an acidifying substance within the body, and joins the other acidifying substances found in the “World’s Diet.” All animal products (both flesh and dairy), all refined sugars, and refined flour are acidifying, making it difficult for the body to maintain its alkalinity.

(3) Fluid Imbalance
Table salt is toxic to the body and responsible for upsetting the fluid balance, debilitating the circulatory system, and aggravating a number of salt pathologies.

One ounce of ingested table salt will cause the body to retain 3 quarts of water (6 pounds of excess bodily fluids), in an attempt to dilute this extremely toxic substance.

A seriously overweight person once told me they lost 22 pounds their first week on The Hallelujah Diet. How? The body was releasing the water it was retaining to keep that toxic sodium and chloride in suspension.

(4) High Sodium Intake
The average person consuming the Standard American Diet (SAD), consumes anywhere from 4,000 to 10,000 mg of sodium daily. Sources for table salt would include:

  • diet soda – 550 mg
  • 6 oz serving bottled vegetable juice – 555 mg
  • 2 slices of bread – 1090 mg
  • 1.5 oz natural cheese – 593 mg
  • 1 tbsp salad dressing – 333 mg
  • 10 oz canned soup – 1547 mg
  • hamburger – 800 mg
  • scramble egg and sausage – 1411 mg
  • quarter pound cheese burger – 1950 mg
  • 4 oz frozen fish – 1080 mg
  • 2 oz ham – 1578 mg
  • 1 oz potato chips – 300 mg
  • Mexican style frozen dinner – 2,300 mg
  • ¼ frozen pizza – 1389mg

(5) Addiction
Table salt is highly addictive and disease promoting. Even with all the table salt contained in manufactured foods, many people will add more salt to their food from a salt shaker.

Often, when people first adopt The Hallelujah Diet they consider the food tasteless. That is because their taste buds have been dulled by their previous use of table salt. Fortunately, on a basically living foods, plant-based diet, the cells of the taste buds will rebuild in about 2 weeks, and the plant-source foods will start to taste wonderful.

(6) Disease
Table salt either causes or aggravates a host of salt sicknesses – including but not limited to: edema, obesity, hypertension, coronary heart disease, myocardial infarction, angina pectoris, stroke, congestive heart failure, kidney failure, PMS, manic-depression, and the list goes on.

(7) High Blood Pressure
Table salt is a contributing cause of high blood pressure. Many people could be off blood pressure medicine, and experiencing normal blood pressure, if they would simply eliminate table salt from their diet.

The Importance of Essential Minerals

Though we have severely condemned table salt, it cannot be emphasized strongly enough that the body needs salt (sodium and chloride) to function properly and both can be found naturally occurring in the living plants God placed in garden.

Yes, the very foods God told us we should eat for the proper nourishment of our body in Genesis 1:29 contain both sodium and chloride, and these garden foods should be the primary source of these essential minerals.

Sodium Chloride

Salt (sodium chloride) is an absolute necessity for optimum health. Sodium chloride is responsible for maintaining fluid balance, regulating the circulatory system, and normalizing nerve impulses.

Sodium/Potassium Pump

Every cell within the body has both an extracellular fluid and an intracellular fluid within the cell membrane acting as a sodium/potassium pump to transport ions back and forth across the membrane into and out of the cell.

The extracellular fluids have higher concentrations of sodium chloride and bicarbonate ions. Intracellular fluids have higher concentrations of potassium, phosphate, and magnesium ions.

Maintaining proper mineral balances and proper fluid volumes is vital to optimal functioning of each cell. (“Human Anatomy and Physiology”, 5th edition, John W. Hole Jr., page 796).

The Nervous System

The human body operates on electrical impulses by way of the nervous system. These impulses are controlled by sodium ions. When sodium levels are out of balance, abnormal electrical signals may occur. Dr. Brownstein tells us that “Without an optimal balance of the various vital minerals, it is impossible for the brain to function optimally.”

The Adrenal Glands

The adrenal glands monitor energy levels, blood sugar, blood pressure, muscle strength, and more. By secretion of other hormones the adrenals keep these functions in check.

A diet deficient in salt or a diet deficient in other minerals can lead to suboptimal adrenal function and eventual adrenal exhaustion. Some possible consequences of adrenal exhaustion would include: fatigue, impaired immune system, thyroid disorders, arthritis, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, autoimmune disorders etc.

What’s The Difference?

Sodium and chloride as found in plant foods differ greatly from the sodium and chloride found in table salt in the following ways:

(1) Sodium chloride, as found in the living plant, is an unrefined and non-toxic (organic) form.

(2) Sodium chloride is found naturally occurring in fresh fruits, vegetables, seeds, and nuts, and has received no processing.

(3) Sodium chloride is totally usable by the body and is in an easily assimilable form when derived from living plants.

(4) The body needs only about 250 mg of sodium each and every day in order to carry out necessary functions.

(5) Chloride controls diffusion and the exchange of new and worn-out material in the cells.

(6) Organic sodium occurs naturally, and in adequate amounts in the LIVING plants and vegetable juices of The Hallelujah Diet. Following is the amount of sodium found in a 3 1/2 ounce serving of:

  • beets – 60 mg
  • celery – 125 mg
  • figs (dried) – 35 mg
  • kale – 75 mg
  • sesame seeds – 60 mg
  • sunflower seeds – 30 mg
  • red peppers – 10 mg
  • radishes – 18 mg
  • raisins – 27 mg
  • spinach – 70 mg

(7) Plant-source (organic) sodium chloride contributes to our health.

Unrefined Sea Salt

The most natural source of sodium after plant sourced sodium is unrefined sea salt, which boasts over 80 minerals and other elements that are useful to the body and that are missing in refined table salt.

Celtic Sea Salt, which is one of the unrefined sea salts recommended by Hallelujah Acres, is harvested in Brittany, near the Celtic Sea, in the northwestern part of France. Here the sea water is evaporated and the resulting grayish color salt is hand raked. The method used follows a 2,000-year-old Celtic tradition.

The sodium chloride content of natural unrefined sun dried Celtic Sea Salt is as low as 84% in the Light Gray variety (compared to 100% in refined earth and sea salts), water about 14%, and the remaining 2% is a vast array of approximately 80 naturally occurring trace minerals.

“Celtic Sea Salt has the ability to keep all bodily fluids, including the blood, in a balanced state. When a body exists in this state of equilibrium, known as homeostasis, the immune system will be strong, the metabolism will be healthy, and bodily organs will be able to easily function.”
Dr. Esteban Genoa

Hallelujah Acres offers two varieties of Celtic Sea Salt – the light gray, medium size crystals, which are slightly moist since they are just sun dried, and the Fine Ground Celtic Salt, which is ground on granite stones and then sifted. Eden Foods also offers an unrefined sea salt harvested from Brittany which appears equal to Celtic Sea Salt.

We believe either of these to be a good option for those who desire to conservatively use some salt on their foods and in their food preparation. These salts will not only improve the flavor of the food but also offer some benefits to the body at cellular level.

If we want to have a healthy, properly running physical body, it needs salt, but let’s make sure it is in a form that promotes health (unrefined sea salt) rather than in a form that harms our health (refined table salt).

Join us next week as we discuss another substance that is necessary for health and the proper functioning of the body — but can be detrimental in the wrong form.

Comments

  1. We us the brand called Real Salt.

  2. We us the brand called Real Salt.

  3. Great information about salt. I grew up in a family who added salt to everything Funny how our tastes change. I no longer use the salt shaker!

  4. Can you get any good sea salt in the regular stores?

  5. Great article. I am wondering about the differences between Himalayan Salts and Celtic Sea Salt. From articles that I have read, I understand that Sea Salt can no longer be trusted as there is just too much toxicity built up in our sea waters, from environmental causes such as the dumping from the large ocean freighters?

  6. What about Himalayan Crystal Salt, Rev Malkmus? Let us know what you think…………………………

  7. Thanks for all the great information about this often-misunderstood mineral that is essential for our health. But, as you say, it’s only good if it enters your body through the whole plant vehicle. In our 4-Leaf Program, we strive to get over 80% of our calories from whole plants, keep fat calories below 20% and and avoid products that have more mg of salt than there are calories per serving.

    Personally, I don’t purchase ANY salt and never add salt to anything that I am eating; but I am sure that I am still getting plenty of sodium. I see it all as very simple — all we have to do is eat God’s diet (mostly whole plants) and God will take care of the rest; including all the vitamins, minerals and fiber that we need. For more on our 4-Leaf Concept, see the link below. Be well and God bless you, J. Morris Hicks, author of Healthy Eating – Healthy World.

  8. It is true vegetables contain adequate salt. And this form of salt is organic. It is wise to know only organic salt from plant foods are of benefit to the body. For those who desire more and want true organic salt as a seasoning, I recommend dry powdered celery salt. Celery salt is the only proven salt of benefit to your lympathic system. Unrefined Celtic sea salt and all forms of sea and table salt, regardless of mineral content, are still 100% sodium choride, and all have the negitives listed in the article. All will constrict the arteries just the same as regular table salt, raise blood pressure and speed the ageing process. It has been well said, knowledge is power. So be careful and choose wisely.

  9. Himalayan Crystal salt is still 100% sodium choride and has all the health problems associated with its consumption. Real Salt like Himalayan salt is still 100% sodium choride and is harmful to the body for the same reasons. Only plants contain organic sodium, and only in this form is there benefit to your body. Beware of sales hype. 95% of what is sold today in health food stores and on the internet is for pure profit. Support your body and don’t be misled by color flyers and those who sell these products. Minerals are always best consumed in living plants. If you are consuming green living plants, you are obtaining adequate mineral. Only consume plant minerals. Use celery salt to season your foods. Try this and note the difference in how you feel. This is because living enzymes must be attached to minerals to carry them into the cell. All other minerals are considered inorganic and of little use except to line the walls of your arteries and sit in your organs. Choose wisely and hold on to your hard earned money. For the best in ” State of the Art “holistic education, Check out the Hippocrates Health Institute. They are the largest holistic educator in USA. A place where more people have healed of catastropic disease than any other place on Earth. Listen to free video on their website and find them on youtube.

  10. Most salts in the grocery store do not contain iodine which is extremely necessary for the thyroid gland to function properly. I was debilitated, had extreme lack of energy, was gaining weight and felt blah because I didn’t have enough iodine. I started taking an iodine supplement plus am using a salt with iodine. I lost 12 lbs without trying and have energy. There was an epidemic of thyroid problems and that is why iodine was added to salt. Does the Celtic salt have a high level of iodine. Also, women sometimes loose hair because of a lack of iodine. My thyroid test showed I was within normal levels and I had a goiter. I found a traditional/wholistic doctor online named Dr. Dave Jones of the Women’s Health Institute of Texas and bought his mixture called Iodine Plus 2 has iodine, sellenium and B2 and that’s what helped me. He said the thyroid test margins are too wide and you could test normal and your thyroid could be working 40% too low. His supplement is not expensive and I will not go a day without taking it. I just tried his estrogen cream and progesterone cream which is biodentical to the human body. He states that the prescription type, unnaturally made estrogen is harmful. My hot flashes have gone away.

  11. Liviu Neagoe November 30, 2011

    what you now about Himalayan crystal salt,Rev Malkmus?

  12. Dr. Joe J. November 30, 2011

    I read Nollusa’s written account and decided to help. My grandmother suffered from lack of iodine and had a goiter. Nollusa and those who would read this letter, you don’t have to morgage your health by purchasing inorganic salt spiked with iodine. There is a better way. Go plant based instead. Use Sea vegetables instead. Brown algae (including the commonly eaten sea vegetables kombu/kelp, wakame, and arame may be unique among the sea vegetables in their iodine content. Some species from the brown algae genus Laminaria are able to accumulate iodine in up to 30,000 times more concentrated a form than sea water!
    Sea vegetables may be a unique food source not only of the mineral iodine, but also of the mineral vanadium. As part of their natural defense mechanisms, sea vegetables contain a variety of enzymes called haloperoxidases. These enzymes all require vanadium in order to function. Although this mineral is not as well known as some of the other mineral nutrients, it appears to play a multi-faceted role in regulation of carbohydrate metabolism and blood sugar.

  13. Michael D November 30, 2011

    Celtic salt contains small amounts of other minerals and traces of many minerals that occur in sea water in very small amounts. All of these minerals likely have a role in the human body. If the trace minerals are supplied then a person will have better health. Some of these minerals exist in land plants only in very, very small amounts, if at all. Conventionally grown crops have even fewer trace minerals than biodynamically grown crops. Unrefined sea salt is one of the few sources for these minerals. Refined salts have none of these trace elements.

    Selina Naturals has published a mineral analysis of their sea salts.
    http://www.selinanaturally.com/Celtic-Sea-Salt–C564.aspx

    The body can and does use ionic electrolytes (inorganic minerals) all of the time. Saying that there are only organic and inorganic minerals is a false simplification of the world of minerals. There are ionic minerals, organically bound minerals, coordination complex minerals, and some mineral forms that do not dissolve in water at all.

    An easy test to see if a fluid has ionic minerals is to use a light tester that is commonly used to show the purity of distilled water. If the light turns on, the solution conducts electricity; if not, then there are no ions in the solution. Sugar water does not conduct electricity, but salt water does.

    All body fluids, carrot juice, and juice from other plants all conduct electricity very well. They all contain ions. The body uses ions and absorbs ions quite well. God created the body to absorb ionic minerals.

    So, the use of natural salts like Celtic sea salt, or Real salt, or Himalayan salt can be helpful as Rev. Malkmus has pointed out. If you use it in the same amounts as people generally use refined salt you may still have some of the same issues you would have with refined salt. But a small amount of unrefined salt can be very healthy.

    Michael

  14. Sharonhall01 December 3, 2011

    We have not used table salt for over 1 year. After starting the HA Diet my husband went off his blood pressure medication, but… his blood pressure went to a very low 85 over 55 and had blurry vision and dizziness. We called the heart doctor and said to eat something salty and drink lots of water. So there always needs to be a balance in what we do and not be extreme to the point where we make ourself sick. This is were each person needs to monitor there own blood pressure, sugar levels or what ever to know how their body reacts to dietary changes.

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