Salt, and its role in our diets, is one of the most debated subjects for those of us interested in taking care of our health.  Doctors make sweeping generalizations in telling us to avoid it.  Many of us jump on the bandwagon and vilify salt without a thought.  The same doctors and other healthcare professionals telling us to forgo its use fail to tell us their is a dramatic difference between high quality sea salt such as Celtic Sea Salt and regular table salt.

In cases of adrenal insufficiency and/or fatigue our bodies tend to crave salt in response to low aldosterone levels flushing kidneys of valuable minerals and necessary water leading to chronic dehydration.

Sea salt balances and nourishes our body with essential minerals. Some  health benefits of sea salt are as follows:

  • It is vital for proper muscle contraction and expansion, nerve stimulation, the proper functioning of the adrenals, and other biological processes, as well.
  • Salt also provides chloride, which helps produce acids necessary to digest protein and enzymes for carbohydrate digestion which helps those needing to balance weight, and is necessary for proper brain functioning and growth.
  • Salt contains magnesium, which is important for producing enzymes, nerve transmission, bone formation, forming tooth enamel, and resistance to heart disease, and it also contains many other trace minerals. Babies and children are in special need of salt for their developing brains.
  • It aids in stabilizing abnormal heartbeats which is contrary to the common misconception that it causes high blood pressure. In fact, sea salt in conjunction with water and in the right proportion, is essential for the regulation of blood pressure. High quality sea salt searches out the harmful sodium deposits in the body and  eliminates them. It also curbs high blood pressure.
  • Before sleeping, if taken with warm water, it helps a person get a deeper and longer sleep, which is restful and refreshing. It also helps clear mucous in the body and sinus and bronchial congestion. This is  especially important during asthma attacks and with cystic fibrosis sufferers.
  • It helps maintain the electrolytes in the body which are essential for processing information and communication of the brain cells.
  • It combats water retention in the body, which is again contrary to another misconception that salt is the cause of water retention. It has also been reported to dissolve kidney stones in the body.
  • Sea salt supplies essential minerals directly to our cells to enhance and improve the body’s immune system and increases resistance against infections and bacterial diseases. It also helps our body heal quickly from accidents, surgeries, sickness, mental disorders, cuts and burns, flu, colds and other virus, etc.
  • Sea salt helps in food absorption from the intestinal tract and maintains the level of sugar in the blood, hence reducing the risk of diabetes.
  • It acts as a strong natural antihistamine by keeping the body at the right pH. This helps by maintaining the body’s acidic level and preventing different health problems and degenerative diseases.
  • Sea salt has antiseptic properties and can be used while bathing, to control itching and inflammation on the skin. It is an incredibly detoxing ingredient for bath as it helps draw out toxins and vitalize the skin and body with trace minerals.


So what’s the difference between table salt  and high quality sea salt?

Table salt is a highly refined element.  It goes through a process that removes the magnesium and other trace minerals.  Because salt is naturally hygroscopic, (easily retaining water), aluminum compounds and other additives such as silica are added to the already refined salt.

The natural iodine is destroyed during the refining process, and is added back as potassium iodide, in often toxic levels.  Dextrose (a sugar)  is added as a stabilizer which interacts with the salt and changes its color.  A bleaching agent is used to whiten the salt.

High quality sea salt such as Celtic Sea Salt  is dried naturally in the sun.  It is unprocessed and still contains microscopic amounts of sea life which contain natural iodine. It will be slightly moist and have a natural grey color.

Sea salt has a stronger taste than table salt.  You use far less in cooking to produce the same results.

Celtic Sea Salt has 17.5% trace mineral content as compared to 4.1% of Himalayan Sea Salt and 1.68% of most table salts.

When buying canned beans or other vegetables, look for those with no added salt.  If you must buy cans, look for organic brands in BPA-free cans and add high quality sea salt to your recipes.

14 replies
  1. Erin Patrick
    Erin Patrick says:

    I have wondered about the difference between table salt and sea salt for a long time. People have attempted to explain it to me, but I still didn’t understand it very well. This was a great explanation and it’s a lot clearer now. I wish it wasn’t so expensive though.
    Thank you so much for sharing!

  2. Kathy Radigan
    Kathy Radigan says:

    Thanks for a great and informative article. I have always been a bit of a salt fiend and found the switch to sea salt a real help. I like the taste better and I don’t use nearly the same amount. Thanks again!

  3. Rosann
    Rosann says:

    This is very interesting. We use Sea Salt quite frequently and my husband loves to put it on a salad with lemon juice for dressing. I knew it was healthier than regular salt but didn’t realize there were so many benefits to consuming it.

    • thedetoxdiva
      thedetoxdiva says:

      Christina, with the edema you have, celtic sea salt can actually help you, not sure you know that. With edema comes an electrolyte imbalance and often, this can be helped with salt.

  4. Melody
    Melody says:

    Thank you for a good pots. When it comes to lowering blood pressure there are tactics that work in the short term and things you can in long term. I have a feeling that what concerns short term blood pressure control, different foods are a great help. But in the longer run people with high blood pressure should make bigger changes in their lifestyle.
    Everything starts with techniques to lower your stress level and slight increase in terms of physical activity (like walking to work). Diet and healthy eating is of course a huge part of lifestyle change.
    Best Regards

  5. Wendy G
    Wendy G says:

    I have been salt water rinsing my nose before bed to try sort the constant blocked nose at night (which then stops me sleeping) – so found your article really interesting – I will try the Celtic Sea Salt in warm water before bedtime, along with the creamy hot chcocolate! Thank you xxx Wendy

    • thedetoxdiva
      thedetoxdiva says:

      A neti pot or even nasal irrigation machine would work wonders for this! (Make sure you don’t have a food allergy though which is also a source of a blocked nose!).

  6. Mary Anderson
    Mary Anderson says:

    Briefly, I was poisoned by pesticides, developed a lot of physical health problems, including depression. I prayed a lot and God showed me to go organic. After going organic, and removing toxins from my environment like pesticides, cleaning compounds, disinfectants, air fresheners, etc., from my life, all my health problems disappeared! Yeah! However, I yet have to maintain a strict organic diet, and stay away from toxic chemicals or some symptoms will return.

    Anyway, I continue to press forward to detoxify and get even healthier/stronger. Ok. My daughter talked to me about the kind of salt I was consuming so I changed from Hain Iodized sea salt to Eden Sea Salt (hand harvested French Celtic). I used it 3 times a day with my meals, and I was getting more and more depressed plus I was developing insomnia. These are two of my symptoms when I am exposed to chemicals. However, I am wondering if Eden sea salt was actually detoxifying me. I didn’t have any physical symptoms while eating Eden sea salt (which I always do when I eat something toxic) so because I didn’t develop any other symptoms, I am wondering if the salt was detoxifying me (my brain). I highly suspect it was. The depression was pretty horrible so I don’t want to go back to consuming this salt 3x a day, but I am pondering having it once a day, or maybe 3x a week. If it is detoxying me, I would love to keep using it to keep detoxifying my brain.

    I would love to hear your thoughts on my experience.

    Thank you!

    Mary Anderson

    • thedetoxdiva
      thedetoxdiva says:

      What you are experiencing is a little bit of detox symptoms but also a sign that you have liver detox pathway issues from the toxic exposure. Your body IS trying to detox but it is not inherently the salt, rather your liver attempting to balance your pathways. You should be able to veer off your organic lifestyle at least momentarily without a full on return of your symptoms. The Eden salt is one of my favorites though and very worth using! My suggestion to you is to make sure your pathways are firing on all cylinders, so to speak and make sure your antioxidant levels are where they need to be.

      • Mary Anderson
        Mary Anderson says:

        Thank you so much for commenting on my situation!! I really appreciate everything you said, and now feel like I am going down the right path–moderation with the salt and continued detoxing–liver especially. I always think depression is in my mind, but it is probably in my liver (so-to-speak). So grateful for your help! God bless you! mea

    • thedetoxdiva
      thedetoxdiva says:

      I wouldn’t use Hain sea salt in anything as it is nothing more than Morton’s in my view. Sea salt is not terribly expensive and it would be so much better to buy the highest quality you can afford.


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