Misinformation About Salt: This Is The Truth!
When we salt our food, we rarely think of salt as a crucial aspect of our body in many ways. In particular we think it has absolutely nothing to do with anything other than taste and we certainly do not think of hormones. In this short post I would like to enlighten and clarify a few myths about salt and salt types and also hint at their importance and hormonal connection.
There are hundreds of literature on the Internet about the benefits of sea salt over table salt. This is myth #1. I would like everyone to know that there is only one salt on planet earth: sea salt. The fact that it may be called table salt simply suggests that some time ago it was clearly understood by all that all salt came from the sea. There was no need to place the word “sea” in front of salt; we all knew what it was. Somehow we have forgotten that salt comes from the sea and now many designer salts have showed up with the word “sea” in front of the word salt and sell for much more than table salt. Don’t be fooled: all salts come from the sea! Preferences of course may mean you pick a designer salt over table salt but I would like to make sure you know that in terms of “salt” they are the same for the body.
You may ask: how can they be the same for the body if one contains all kinds of other elements as well as pure salt itself. The answer is very simple. In the body salt molecules (NaCl) break down into ions (Na+ and Cl-) and only these two ions participate in what is called voltage activated sodium pumps (Nav1.1-1.9) where 1.1 to 1.9 indicates that there are 9 such pumps and Nav stands for voltage activated sodium pump. Thus for the body only ions matter. Na+ is inside the cell and is positively charged. Cl- is outside the cell and is negatively charged. The two create the voltage necessary for the cell to function. Some of these pumps also have additional functions—such as sending pain message when a pump opens and does not close properly. The influx of Na+ and Cl- can cause… read more
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