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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

12 Things You Didn’t Know About Salt



In the 1900’s a shift in cultural values was all that took to depreciate the tremendous value of nature-made salt. Machine-production was simply better than hand-made was the mindset in those days. Refining salt further cheapened the supply and rendered salt a dirty word to be avoided for the sake of health. Today, perceptions of salt, influenced by refined salt, is a far cry from the days of yore. Salt making was an art and craft of local artisans positioned globally. It was used to preserve food by brining and curing. The possession of salt was so highly prized, economies were based on it and whoever controlled salt-making had the upper hand. It was a symbol of power and a means to achieve it. Today, the organic food movement has revived the forgotten health food that is salt. Today, we are re-discovering salt in a way our ancestors couldn’t appreciate. With our nutrient-deficient soil and foods, salt, unrefined, can fulfill those missing minerals and trace elements we can’t get by eating whole, organic foods. We can maximize our nutritional standpoint, by fermenting with wholesome salt. It is only now we see the wisdom of the use of salt by our ancestors, as we (the organic movement) can appreciate the old time preservation of food with salt. Here are twelve facts about salt you probably didn’t know…


1. Table Salt and Unrefined (raw) Salt are not the same.

Comparing table salt and unrefined salt is comparing apples and oranges. Think of it as comparing a multivitamin supplement (table salt) to whole foods (raw salt). Raw salt is minimally processed and contains their full mineral profile. Often times both qualities of salt get lumped into the same definition. They should be considered separate and unequal.

2. Raw Salt is a health food. 

Salt contains sodium chloride and trace elements to balance it out, in raw form (full mineral profile). Our bodies use the sodium and minerals in salt for many essential functions in the body, such as fluid regulation, nerve/muscle function, and digestion.

3. Salt is the only mineral we eat. 

In comparison, we consume vegetation, animals and various forms of sea life.

4. Salt is the only universal ingredient. 

While it is the only universal ingredient, it is the most varied. Nature-made salts come from all regions and reflect the uniqueness of a specific area.

5. Salt taxation funded the Great Wall of China.1

6. Refined salt contains up to 99% of pure Sodium Chloride (NaCl). 2

7. Out of a million ton of refined salt that is manufactured, only 6% is used in food. 

The rest is used in chemical manufacturing processes from plastics to medicine.2

8. Our blood is .9 salt. 

Our blood, plasma, extracellular fluid and lymphatic fluid are salted.1
Seawater contains every element in the earth’s crust.1

9. Nine of the top eleven elements in our bodies are among the top eleven elements of the sea.  

Eight elements make up 99% of the ocean. Water: Oxygen (85.700%), Hydrogen (10.800%) Trace Elements: Chlorine (1.900%), Sodium (1.050%), Magnesium (.135%), Sulfur (0.089%), Calcium (0.040%), Potassium (0.038%), Bromine, Carbon (74+).1 I’m convinced there are more elements that science has not accounted for.

10. Salt and water are a harmonic duo that balances each other out. 


We use sodium in salt to regulate how the water operates and we use water to balance the concentration of salt in the body.1 

11. Our thoughts are salt. 

The 100 billion neurons in your brain contain approximately a million chemical pumps, each capable of transporting hundreds of positively charged sodium and potassium ions. The influx and efflux of sodium and potassium ions make up the electrical activity of your brain and nervous system.1

12. We cannot live without salt. 

You can become a vegetarian and live without meat. You can omit grains and dairy in your diet and be just fine, but salt is an essential mineral our body cannot exist without.

Tips for Choosing the Right Salt

Choosing the right salt can be confusing! Words like "sea salt" and "natural" do not necessarily mean that the salt is raw. Technically, all salt comes from the sea. The exception being Himalayan Pink salt which is mined from caves that originally was a salt bed of the sea. The word "natural" is not regulated by the FDA so any company selling salt can define "natural" to their own standards which may not agree with yours. Look for salts that explain common sense, natural manufacturing processes on the label. 

Unrefined or raw salts usually are:
⧫An off-white color. They come in varying hues, such as gray, pink, red etc.
⧫They usually retain moisture.
⧫Their granules are not consistent shapes.
⧫Softer salty taste. 

Table salt, on the other hand, is pristine white (minerals have been stripped). 
⧫Their granules are consistent and fine. 
⧫They usually will not have any moisture. 
⧫They are extremely salty due to their high sodium chloride content. 

Contact me if you want to transition to a healthier lifestyle and need product recommendations. 

I highly recommend the book “Salted”, the inspiration behind this article. It is well written and a captivating read that includes recipes and just about every aspect of salt that boggles the mind. Speaking spiritually and personally, if salt doesn’t prove that each and every one of us is connected to the earth in a way that is humbling and honorable, I truly don’t know what will. Here’s a quote that I feel aptly reflects the dilemma of today’s refined salt – a “savor” that has been lost.
“Salt is good: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be seasoned?” - Luke 14:34

Sources:

1. Bitterman, Mark, Salted: A Manifesto of the World’s Most Essential Mineral With Recipes, Ten Speed Press, New York, 2010
2. Wikipedia – Salt

***The article was originally published 8/14/15 and has been updated***

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Friday, February 16, 2018

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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Infographic: Holistic Fasting for a Superior Cleanse

Last week I wrote an article on holistic fasting for a superior cleanse. It summarizes the power of fasting for detoxing and biogenesis benefits. Here's an infographic summarizing the fine points of the article. I highly recommend you read the piece through if you have some time, but if you are in a rush, check out the infographic for the main points! If you're interested in the nutritionally-supported, plant-based, 3-day fast, visit the shop here. I'm offering 30% off of your order of Miessence FAST for a limited time only! Contact me for the code!




Holistic Fasting Series:

Holistic Fasting for a Superior Cleanse
Before the Fast: Tips and a Fasting Plan
Fasting vs. Dieting: The Skill of Fasting

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Monday, February 12, 2018

Fasting vs. Dieting: The Skill of Fasting


Fasting is hard. And even harder when you have an emotional connection to food. I suppose this is why those who promote "fasting" advice, books and consults include the consumption of food as a way to ease the blow of fasting.

I've had to correct this seemingly new "theology" of fasting repeatedly. Fasting means no consumption of foods for an extended period of time. Period. It's misleading to indicate otherwise. The abstinence of food has been utilized for centuries - for spiritual and health purposes - it hasn't changed until now...the age of consumerism.

Any advice, messages, memes or books that encourage the eating of food and calling it a fast are not doing you service. The truth is fasting addresses the spiritual component of your relationship with food more than it does the physical. And that is really hard!

It's hard if you're not mental or spiritually ready to face the realities of your subconscious. When you assess the real nature of your relationship with food, you'll need to utilize something that everyone seems to be afraid of...accountability.

What you've been eating, knowingly, or unknowingly, good or bad can be a painful or affirming! I've always believed that accountability is a lost art. I state this fully aware of my own failings and wins, but the beautiful thing about accountability is the power it gives you. When you own your failings and wins, you are empowering yourself to lead the life you were meant to live. There is nothing more fulfilling than that!

If you want to fast, then do that! It is a blessing. If you want to diet, do that! The road to health needs to start somewhere! But for the love of all that's holy, please don't call a diet (consumption of food) a fast, it's an oxymoron at best.

Fasting induces autophagy, the body's innate cleansing system which works when the digestive system is not digesting. Nutrient deprivation creates cellular stress initiating the process. If fasting for a few days seems daunting, here are a few tips you can consider before you fast. Try intermittent fasting. You can skip a meal or two and go a few hours without eating to prep for a full fast of a few days. You can also support your fasting period with low calorie, nutritionally-supported drinks to ease the hunger pangs. This way your digestive system still gets to rest (no digesting whole foods with fiber content) and the transition to fasting is a lot smoother than a water fast.

There are really no shortcuts to the true benefits of fasting, but take it from me, it is truly worthwhile. And like with any developing skill, it gets easier with time. Make no mistake, fasting is undoubtedly a skill for life.

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