Salt is an essential mineral that the body needs in order to remain healthy. It is essential for helping the body to digest food, retain a healthy fluid level, and prevent many diseases and common ailments.
Salt is available in all grocery and health food stores. It is added to processed foods, snacks, and during cooking and baking. However, obtaining salt in this manner is not the healthiest way, as it can lead to a high intake, which in turn can cause serious side effects. Therefore it is best to obtain salt naturally whenever possible to prevent consuming too much.
Ocean waters contain high amounts of sodium and other essential minerals, and thus anything that grows in those waters will naturally be rich with salt and other minerals as well. Sea vegetables such as kelp, dulse, nori, laver, wakame, arame and hijiki are only a few of the popular vegetables available. These can be found at most health food stores in one form or another.
Fruits and Vegetables
Fruits and vegetables are easily obtained, and also contain low amounts of sodium. Dark green vegetables such as kale, spinach, beet greens and celery, as well as carrots, beets and turnips are excellent sources of sodium. You can eat them as they are, or mix them up into a salad, or make yourself lots of green juices.
Unrefined Sea Salt
Unrefined sea salt is also natural, as it has not been through any heating processes. The salt is sold in its natural state, just the way the ocean waters left it behind. However, when adding additional salt to the food you always run the risk of adding too much. Therefore you should take care and add it in moderation.
The only time it may be necessary to add additional salt to the diet is when not enough fruits and vegetables are consumed. But when your diet consists mainly of raw foods, especially leafy greens, then you will be able to obtain all the salt that you need from those foods.
But What About Iodine?
Many people use table salt in order to obtain Iodine, but what most do not know, is that iodine is also naturally found in plant-based foods. Any fruit or vegetable that is grown in iodine rich soil will contain traces of iodine.