Shake a little - salt and pepper

When I was a young boy it seemed to be the done thing, as soon as the main course was laid on the table (on a plate of course)

that people would automatically reach for the salt. “How did they know the food needed salting?” I would wonder.

As did my mother, who took it as a bit of a slight on her cooking. She was after all a highly experienced cook and

had worked in service for many years. Dad would pile on the pepper; he just so loved pepper!

 

So I learned at an early age to first sample the food and if I felt it needed some seasoning, only then would I politely ask,

“Please would you pass the salt?” If the “please” wasn’t included, I would be asked for the magic word!

 

Over the years, for health reasons, I would cook with no salt, sometimes just a little salt, or other forms of natural flavouring such as herbs and spices.

 

Common table salt

 

What we think of as common salt, that which is used in most processed and home cooked foods, is a combination of both sodium and chloride. In fact, table salt is composed of 97.5% sodium chloride and 2.5% chemicals like iodine and absorbents, and even sugar. It is dried at more than 1,200° Fahrenheit, a process which kills many of the natural chemical structures. So, it is highly refined, processed, and gives few health benefits being void of nutritional value, lacking beneficial trace minerals – though it will make your food taste, well, salty!

 

But the body cannot dispose of such salt in a natural, healthy way which then can lead to irritation of the body tissues, water retention, or high blood pressure.

 

 

But this is not a plea to ignore salt! As was once the fashion.

 

Sodium, salt, is a critical mineral and electrolyte within the body and is essential to the body’s good functioning.  In small, flavouring amounts it can: -

 

  • aid in the reduction of the amount of insulin needed for people with diabetes

  • alkalise the body, negating acidity

  • boost the immune system

  • help stabilise and regulate heartbeats

  • maintain proper cell hydration

  • minimise the effects of stress by maintaining proper melatonin, serotonin, and tryptamine levels in the brain

  • strengthen bones

  • support proper muscular function.
     

So in recent years I have researched and taken to replacing table salt with: -

 

 

Himalayan salt, also known as “pink salt”, is millions of years old, pure and untouched by many of the

toxins and pollutants that pervade ocean salt.  Known in the Himalayas as “white gold,”  it contains the

same 84 natural minerals and elements found in the human body.

 

Natural Celtic Sea Salt, very different from the many refined salts on the market, including those from

the sea, supplies all 82 trace minerals needed by the human body for optimal health and longevity.

 

Consuming such healthy salts can produce many health benefits which can:

 

  • Aid the absorption of food elements within the intestinal tract

  • Aid vascular health

  • Control water levels within the body, regulating them for proper functioning

  • Create a healthy libido

  • Encouraging excellent blood sugar health

  • Encourage healthy sleep patterns

  • Help reduce the common signs of aging

  • Increase bone strength

  • Promote kidney and gall bladder health

  • Promote stable pH balance in the cells, including the brain

  • Reduce cramps

  • Reduce sinus problems, and promote over-all sinus health

  • Support circulation

  • Support healthy respiratory function

 

For taste and flavouring I also use

 

  • Turmeric  (curcumin)

  • Herbs and spices

  • Kelp powder

  • Black Pepper

 

Is it time you weaned yourself away from toxic table salt? It doesn’t take much!

 

A little bit of natural seasoning won’t kill you, it’s what gets added – or taken away – that matters.

 

"Let yourself be open and life will be easier. A spoon of salt in a glass of water makes the water undrinkable. A spoon of salt in a lake is almost unnoticed.”

Hindu Prince Gautama Siddharta, the founder of Buddhism, 563-483 B.C.

 

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