What Are the Benefits of Using an Unrefined Sea Salt?
Article at a Glance:
- Refined salt lacks minerals that the body needs in order to function optimally.
- Sodium is best paired with potassium, which occurs naturally, along with about 60+ other trace minerals in Redmond Real Salt.
- The naturally occurring minerals in Real Salt not only provide nutritional benefits but give it a sweet and subtle flavor that is unlike any other salt on earth!
Unrefined sea salt has become increasingly mainstream in the past few years, and its fans rave constantly about its delicious flavor and impressive health benefits.
That may come as a surprise to you, especially if you’re familiar with salt as that thing that you’re supposed to limit. But as it turns out, your health could really be elevated by including unrefined salt in your daily diet.
A basic course in nutrition will teach you that many micronutrients don’t work well alone, they need a partner to make them most effective. Sometimes these partner nutrients work symbiotically to become something greater, sometimes they keep each other in check, sometimes they compete, and sometimes they cancel each other clean out. It just depends on the pairing.
For example, calcium’s buddy is Vitamin D (suddenly those fortified milks make more sense), vitamin B12’s is folate, and the antioxidant lycopene’s is fat. This is one of the reasons we are encouraged to get as many nutrients as possible through a varied diet instead of vitamin supplements.
Similarly, sodium is best when paired with potassium—which occurs naturally, along with about 60 other trace minerals, in Redmond Real Salt. Potassium helps mitigate some of sodium’s more potentially problematic effects by encouraging the kidneys to excrete excess sodium. It’s a check and balance put in place by nature.
That’s one of the reasons we leave Real Salt’s full mineral profile in place—we really do think that when it comes to salt, nature got it right. Conventional refined table salt (the white salt most of us grew up using) simply doesn’t give your body the minerals it needs to most effectively use sodium.
Is Refined Salt Really That Bad?
Just as we’ve come to understand the pitfalls of refined white sugar, more and more people are beginning to see that refined white salt is also not the best choice. Dr. David Brownstein, author of Salt Your Way to Health, advocates the use of unrefined salt, saying, “What conventional doctors and most mainstream organizations have failed to grasp is the difference between refined salt and unrefined salt…Refined salt lacks minerals and causes acidosis (lowered pH). Our bodies were meant to function optimally with adequate mineral levels and adequate salt intake. Only the use of unrefined salt can provide both of these factors.”
Because it is unrefined, Real Salt contains several essential mineral electrolytes that improve hydration, without the refined sugar and questionable food dyes found in the sports drinks on the supermarket shelves. Electrolytes also assist in muscle contraction and nerve impulses due to the electric energy they create in the body. That's why we add Real Salt to our Re-Lyte formulas to aid in providing ideal hydration to the 75% of American's who are walking around dehydrated on the daily.
Savor the Flavor
In addition to potential health benefits, the minerals in Real Salt add to its taste, giving it a subtle, sweet flavor unlike any other salt on earth. Cardiologist and chef, Michael S. Fenster, MD, says, “Salt is necessary for life. It is essential to create properly seasoned and delicious food. I love the complexity and richness that Real Salt adds. With over sixty trace minerals, they do not need to add or remove anything; it is perfectly balanced by Nature. Real Salt makes real food real scrumptious.”
Even when incorporated into a recipe, the taste difference Real Salt provides is apparent, as the makers of CLIF discovered. They taste-tested Real Salt in their Margarita Bloks and CLIF SHOT Brand Manager Chris Randall said, “Real Salt stood out from the crowd. In side by side tests with Margarita Bloks made from other sea salts, those made with Real Salt literally won unanimous approval from our internal taste panel. The taste difference is that apparent.” Don't just take our word for it, try the Real Salt Taste Test for yourself.
It’s not often that something good for you actually tastes better than the alternatives (we’re looking at you, kale), but with Real Salt, the dream is reality. Try it in place of your old table salt and see what good it can do for you.