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Sea Salt is Healthy

Salt has been long revered as the foundation of civilization, being known as the most valuable commodity on earth, for both its inherit health benefits and its ability to preserve food. Salt played such an integral role in the development of the modern world, that most civilizations, beginning at the Bronze Age, created Salt Roads just for its very transportation. Then why has salt taken on such a demonic connotation, making it to almost every “Foods to Eliminate” list put out in the past couple decades?

The answer is that salt is completely misunderstood and completely misrepresented. In fact, sea salt is healthy. The salt that you know of today as “Table Salt,” is not the salt that has been historically known. Much like everything else sold today, table salt is completely refined, processed and unnatural, and should not even be able to be labeled as “salt.” It is therefore, this refined table salt that should be labeled as harmful, not the actual TRUE salt that is both essential and healing to every human and animal form.


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Then What is Table Salt if it’s not TRUE Salt?

Table salt is 97%-99% sodium chloride, and mostly devoid of any natural mineral content. It is typically heated over 1,000 °F, which damages the molecular structure of the minerals and causes stress in the human body. Table salt also contains anti-clumping agents, some which include aluminum, fluoride, and even chlorine (for bleaching), which have been shown to be quite toxic to our bodies.  Finally, table salt is ground using a nickel screen which leaves heavy metal residues that interrupt normal functioning in the body.

After undergoing processing, table salt can no longer blend or combine with human body fluid, which invariably undermines the most basic chemical and metabolic processes in the body. It prevents the free crossing of liquids and minerals, thereby causing fluids to accumulate and stagnate in the joints, lymphatic ducts and lymph nodes, and kidneys. Therefore, table salt can lead to a host of health problems including high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, edema, gout, dehydration and kidney failure. This is not your TRUE salt.


What is TRUE Salt?

TRUE salt is unheated, air-dried sea salt, which contains over 90 trace minerals and contains no flowing or anti-clumping agents. It has not been ground with a nickel plate and has not been bleached. Therefore, you will find it is often grey or pink in color. TRUE salt is mined from unpolluted, pristine ancient seabeds, and is composed of tiny mineral-rich crystals formed millions of years before pollution contaminated our present oceans.


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Why is TRUE Salt so Important, Even Essential, to Health?

Without adequate TRUE salt, the body will not function properly, leading to a host of symptoms and even diseases. Replacing table salt with TRUE salt is one of the easiest ways to improve health and is so often overlooked. With adequate water (half your weight in ounces of water daily), TRUE salt can benefit you in the following ways:

  • Essential for Digestion- salt aids in HCL (hydrochloric acid) production in the stomach, needed for digestion, normal Bowel Movements and Acid Reflux Prevention
  • Stabilizes Irregular Heartbeat and Regulates Blood Pressure
  • Creates an Alkaline Environment- pushes excess acidity from cells
  • Needed for the Absorption of Nutrients through the Intestinal Tract
  • Helps Balance Blood Sugar Levels
  • Needed for Nerve Transmission 
  • Essential for Normal Fluid Balance- Prevents Edema, Excess Water Weight
  • Clears Mucus and Phlegm- especially in sinuses
  • Prevents Muscle Cramps and Twitching
  • Makes Bones Strong– 27% of the body’s salt content is in bone
  • Essential for Kidney Health– helps prevents gout, kidney stones and kidney failure
  • Plays a Role in Sleep Regulation
  • Keeps the Body Hydrated- Clear, Glowing, Soft Skin
  • Prevents Chapped Lips
  • Aids in Prevention of Rashes, Eczema, Psoriasis 
  • Plays a Role in Spider and Varicose Vein Prevention
  • Essential for Adrenal Health- Aids in Normal Inflammation Response, Stress Relief, Antihistamine
  • Often Aids in Asthma Relief, especially in Children
  • Combats Parasitic Infection in Animals
  • Combats Pinworms


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How do I Use TRUE Salt?

I recommend using 1/2 tsp of TRUE sea salt daily, either on your food or in your water or juice. I usually add about 1/8-1/4 tsp of salt in my water and juice daily and then use it on all my meals. TRUE salt actually contains a much cleaner taste and most everyone finds it to be way more pleasing than regular table salt. In fact, I did not even think I liked salt until I switched to TRUE salt.


Sun Fire Salt

Where can I Find TRUE Salt?

While there are many brands of sea salts in health food markets, many of them still use nickel grinders or source their salt from less-than-pristine sources. Therefore, I always purchase Premier Research Lab’s Pink Salt because I have spoken to their manufacturers and know without a doubt that they are the best. If you currently have a salt, such as Celtic or Himalaya, I would urge you to contact the company directly to ask about their manufacturing process and salt sources to make sure you are getting the best. Remember that salt can be detrimental to your health if it is not up to TRUE salt standards, so it is always best to be informed.


If I have High Blood Pressure can I use TRUE Salt?

TRUE salt is essential to everyone’s health even if you have high blood pressure but I would start very slowly. I would only use a pinch of salt a day and slowly work up to the 1/2 tsp over a period of a month or so. Please be mindful of your blood pressure daily and always consult with your doctor.

Including TRUE salt into your diet is one of the most basic ways to improve your health instantly. This is your foundation, as important as drinking purified water and eating your fruits and vegetables, and should not be overlooked. Switching from Table Salt to TRUE salt is one of the first steps I always make with my clients, and has been undoubtedly, one of the most successful. So get started today, and honestly, I am asking you to eat salt… could be worse!!

By the way, if you are interested in learning how you can use sea salt to cleanse the colon, check out the THK Salt Flush!




Mortiz, Andreas ” The Liver Gallbladder Miracle Cleanse.”

(French) Arhives-ouvertes.fr ArchæDyn – Dijon, 23–25 june 2008 Dynamics settlement pattern, production and trades from Neolithic to Middle Ages

“Tesco Table Salt 750g”. Tesco. Retrieved 5 December 2010. “Nutritional analysis provided with Tesco Table Salt states 38.9% sodium by weight which equals 97.3% sodium chloride”

^ Table Salt. Wasalt.com.au. Retrieved on 2011-07-07.






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  • Reply Travis December 30, 2013 at 8:13 pm

    When contacting a manufacturer/retailer/seller regarding the manufacturing process and salt sources, are there any additional questions to ask or key responses to look for. For instance, you mention that if using Celtic or Himalaya salt to inquire as to the salt source. Aside from having to take whatever answer I am given as truth, I wouldn’t know what region or salt mine is best compared to anywhere else.

    Also, what form of grinding is preferred over using nickel plates?

    Any other questions that are important to ask?

    • lauren
      Reply lauren January 11, 2014 at 3:19 pm

      Hi Travis, I would ask what their testing methods are for microbiology (biological organisms), heavy metals, and if it is irradiated. As long as they are not grinding with Nickel, it should be okay. Also, make sure they are not bleaching the salt or adding any preservatives or anti-clumping agents. Thanks!

  • Reply mark March 1, 2016 at 12:42 pm

    hi lauren, do you know if you can buy this pink salt in the uk as i am somewhat confussed
    of what to buy when looking and reading about pink salt,could you recommend a pink salt for me to buy from the uk many thanks…mark

    • Lauren The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren The Holy Kale March 2, 2016 at 9:05 pm

      Hey Mark – look for a salt that sources from the Mediterranean, Himalaya and Hawaiian areas. It should not be refined or bleached. It should not have anti-caking agents either. Hope that helps!

  • Reply Zach May 25, 2017 at 1:54 am

    Hey Lauren,

    This may be a stupid question, but I’m having trouble finding purified water in my area. From what I understand, this is different from distilled water and filtered water (like through a brita). Is this something you can typically purchase in grocery stores like Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s?


    • Lauren The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren The Holy Kale May 25, 2017 at 1:53 pm

      Hi Zach, purified water is filtered water. So that would be any water that is filtered. Brita would do, or any bottled filtered water from whole foods or trader joes as well.

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