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Is high blood pressure linked to salt, or sugar?

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A certified nutritional therapist, Craig Fear, recently wrote a blog post we liked so well, we asked him if he’d like to share it on the Real Salt blog as well. If you’re into nutrition you’ll want to check out Craig’s website, and if you’re into being healthy (who isn’t?), take a few minutes to read this post!

Why Sugar Will Raise Your Blood Pressure More Than Salt

By Craig Fear, NTP – Certified Nutritional Therapist

To salt or not to salt, that is the question.

According to your doctor, your government, just about every major health organization, and probably your mother (at least mine) salt will raise your blood pressure.  This thinking is so pervasive that it’s taken as a fact by just about everyone.  Read More

Meditating in the Real Salt mine

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If you’ve ever had a crazy day and wished you could just escape from it all by meditating in  an ancient salt deposit, we know a guy you can envy.

Zen Master Hung, Chi-Sung, is one of the most famous meditation teachers in Taiwan, practicing and teaching mediation for over 30 years. He has taught at several universities, companies, organizations, and government offices and authored more than 100 books, and he recently dropped by the Real Salt mine to meditate.

Are you curious what he thought of the experience? Master Hung said the energy in our mine is “amazing” and “a powerful cleanser of the body and mind.” Maybe that explains why our miners are so darn content all the time!

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Real Salt, iodine, and radiation

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The recent earthquake in Japan has affected millions of people directly and much of the world emotionally.  Beyond the heart-wrenching images coming from Japan, damaged nuclear reactors have released radiation into the surrounding area, leading to speculation that unusually high levels of radiation will soon follow weather patterns around the globe. As a result, many people are looking for ways to supplement their body’s supply of iodine, and several have contacted us here to ask if the iodine in Real Salt will help.

Iodine and Radiation

Your thyroid gland uses iodine to make hormones, so it tends to concentrate iodine whenever it is introduced into your body.  One substance released during nuclear accidents like the one in Japan is radioactive iodine called I-131.  Your thyroid can’t distinguish between natural iodine and I-131, so if you were to be exposed to nuclear radiation your thyroid could potentially stockpile enough I-131 to lead to cancer some years later.

The thyroid is particularly good at absorbing iodine, but if it is already saturated with iodine–say, from potassium iodide tablets or naturally occurring sources–it is less likely to absorb the damaged I-131. That is why the Japanese government issued potassium iodide, and it also explains why so many people the world over are suddenly interested in the supplement today.

Real Salt and Iodine

The trace amount of iodine found in Real Salt is not sufficient to saturate thyroid tissue with natural iodine and prevent the absorption of I-131. In fact, even artificially iodized table salt would be insufficient–you would have to eat so much you’d be sick.  There are natural foods rich in iodine that certainly wouldn’t do you any harm — kelp is the iodine superstar, but yogurt, cow’s milk, eggs, strawberries, and mozzarella cheese are also high in iodine. (You can read more about the iodine in Real Salt.)

Chance of Exposure

The destruction in Japan is spectacular and visually arresting, so it’s easy for us to imagine the worst possible global scenario. But despite what you may have read in that forwarded email,  experts agree that radioactive particles from the failing reactors will not reach the United States–not even the islands of Hawaii, which are far closer to the failing reactors than most of the country.

What Can We Do?

The United States has 104 nuclear power plants, and if you live within 20 miles of one you might consider stocking up on potassium iodide tablets.  For most of us in America and around the globe, though, perhaps the best thing we can do is donate what we can to ease the suffering of the victims of this horrible destruction.

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The Standard Examiner and Real Salt

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We kind of like it when salt gets bad press in the media, because it gives us a chance to explain that not all salt is bad for your health.  And of course, sometimes the media do a great job talking about things like salt.

The Standard Examiner pulled together a very nice piece about salt, and we like it enough we decided to share it with you. It’s called, “Salt of the Earth. Uh, Sea.” Read More

Real Salt and Radiation

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Real Salt users like knowing that our product comes from an ancient sea bed, because we can all see the value of eating sea salt from a deposit left long before humans were around to pollute the water with chemicals and gushing oil. But every now and again, we hear from a customer wondering whether the Real Salt deposit was protected from a very different kind of pollution: radiation from nuclear tests in Nevada 60 years ago.

In the 1950’s, the United States government carried out a series of nuclear weapons tests in the Nevada desert.  A generation of residents exposed to the fallout experienced serious health problems, so it makes sense to wonder how the tests may have affected natural resources in the West.  We care about our health (and we put Real Salt on just about everything we eat) so we asked these same questions ourselves.  Here’s what we learned. Read More

Who uses Real Salt?

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A lot of our customers use Real Salt because of the health benefits they get from using a natural salt with 60+ trace minerals, but it isn’t only health food shoppers who love Real Salt.

Chefs and Food Lovers

Real Salt has a unique taste that complements and enhances the natural flavor of foods. Chefs in world-class restaurants insist on Real Salt because it helps their creations taste their best, and celebrity chefs with health-conscious clients love Real Salt!

A Real Salt customer shared a picture of Melissa Costello, personal chef to Tony Horton (fitness coach of P90x fame), explaining why she likes using Real Salt.

Patients (and Doctors!)

Despite salt’s bad reputation, we receive a steady stream of emails from customers who credit Real Salt with helping control blood pressure, water retention, and other health problems.

“I love your salt. It’s really helped with my high blood pressure. Thank you!”
James in Michigan

“My neighbor said all his muscles were cramping and his feet felt  like balls of fire. I gave him a teaspoon of Real Salt and told him to follow it with two glasses of water. He found me 20 minutes later to tell me the pain was completely gone!”
Dr. Walter Peterson

Athletes

Here’s a Real Salt tip we learned from our customers: If you’re on a long run, hike, or bike ride and your legs begin cramping, rip open a Real Salt sample packet, dump it on your tongue, and chase it down with a little water. Your cramping will stop in mere seconds! (Scientists have observed similarly impressive cramping control with pickle juice, but we think it’s easier to keep a few 1.4 gram packets of Real Salt in your jersey.)

Food Producers

“Vital Choice customers are extremely health conscious, and include many nutritionists and physicians who look to us to provide the healthiest possible foods. We use Real Salt in many of our products for its superior flavor and nutritional characteristics. Our custom packed canned albacore tuna with Real Salt is among our most popular products, with customers constantly telling us it’s the best they’ve ever tasted. While we use great care in selecting premium fish, I have no doubt that Real Salt deserves some of the credit for this product’s great taste and commercial success.”
Randy Harnell
President, Vital Choice Seafood

Is salt really bad for me?

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It’s been decades since we started hearing about salt’s damaging effects on our bodies, and it seems salt is only getting less popular as time goes by. Recently, state senators in New York flirted with legislation that would even make it illegal for restaurants to salt their food, treating salt as if it were on par with second-hand cigarette smoke.

Is salt so bad that we need laws to protect us from its effects? Well, you’re reading this on the website of a salt company, so you can probably guess what we think. But being predictable doesn’t mean we’re on the wrong track, so if you have a few minutes, let’s examine the salt myth in context and see what all the fuss is about.

Salt is essential for life

Let’s take a big step away from the salt debate and look at things from a distance. If you are admitted to any modern hospital in the world, chances are very good that one of the first people you meet will be very interested in finding the biggest vein in your arm so they can stick you with a needle and introduce saline solution (salt water) directly into your body. Since hospital workers are generally in the life-preserving and health-improving business, it’s probably safe to assume that salt, itself, is not something we need to keep out of our bodies.

I know, there’s a difference between eating salt and getting an IV, and you’re still wondering whether you can trust a salt company when we tell you salt is good for you. I guess it’s a good time to break out the sources. A 2006 study published in The American Journal of Medicine tells us that “sodium intake of less than 2300 mg (the daily recommended allowance) was associated with a 37%  increase in cardiovascular disease mortality and a 28% increase of all-cause mortality.” Mortality is a rather polite word for dying, so in other words, people who consume too little salt are more likely to die than other people. Other peer-reviewed journals have released similar results in 2000, 2004, 2006, and even 1960, and several authors and health experts complain loudly when they hear people dismissing salt. (Scroll down to the bottom for links directly to the reports.)

So why does salt have such a bad reputation? Well, to go back to our hypothetical hospital visit, you can be sure your nurse isn’t simply dumping bleached table salt into the drinking fountain water to prepare those IV bags — hospitals and health care professionals understand that all salt isn’t the same.

All salt is not created equal

Did you know that all salt could technically be considered “sea salt”? Some salt is harvested from current oceans, some from dead seas, and some is mined from ancient sea beds, but the sea is (or was) ultimately the source of all salt. Sea water usually contains more than 60 essential trace minerals, but most salt producers today remove these high-profit minerals and sell them to vitamin manufacturers before selling the remaining salt to you and me to dump on our hash browns.

That would be okay, but when you remove the trace minerals that used to accompany sodium chloride, you typically get a bitter flavor that many producers try to mask with chemicals or even sugar. (Go ahead — grab your salt shaker and read the ingredients. See any dextrose? Yep, that’s sugar!)  Even worse, when you consume chemically treated or de-mineralized salt, your body’s mineral balance doesn’t always respond gracefully. When people started consuming chemically altered salts 100 years ago, we started seeing high blood pressure and water retention that had never been associated with salt before. Interestingly enough, our customers tell us these are the same problems that go away when natural salt replaces “table salt” in their diet.

In other words, salt can be bad for your health, but real salt is actually a crucial part of good health! That’s why, more than 50 years ago, we named our brand Real Salt: Your body knows the difference between what is real and what has been chemically altered. Real Salt is salt exactly the way nature made it.  You can taste the difference on your tongue, and you can feel a difference in your health.

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