Numerous salts as well as water, oxygen, acids and bases are the inorganic compounds of our body and play a vital role in cell functioning. Plants, especially vegetables like celery and tomatoes provide various mineral salts like calcium phosphate and sodium chloride just in the right amount and combination. Our body needs them in order to maintain proper water levels, to regulate blood volume & blood coagulation, to keep our PH balanced, to perform nerve & tissue function and certain hormone functions.
Extracted sodium chloride on the other hand is an irritant and toxic to our body. It numbs our taste buds, slows down digestion, destroys our critical cellular sodium/potassium ratio and leads to the retention of water in the body.
If we exercise or sweat we’re losing sodium and our body pulls potassium out of the cell to maintain a proper ratio. So in order to compensate the imbalance we have to replace the potassium within the cell by consuming potassium rich whole foods (e.g. watermelon, banana, dark leafy greens).
But isn’t sea salt supposed to be healthy?
Well, drinking sea water leads to dehydration and death. When we extract the salt from sea water and consume it with our meals, it almost has the same effect, no matter how much we dilute it. It just takes a little longer!
Simply take cucumbers as an example: If you add salt to cucumber slices, the salt pulls out the water. Now if you consume salt, it almost has the same effect to your body – it pulls out the water and makes you feel dehydrated. Our body sees it as a toxin and tries to flush out whatever is possible and whatever can’t be flushed out right away will be diluted with water and leads to water retentions in our body. So once you stop eating salts you’ll probably lose a lot of water weight and since water is heavier than fat, the initial weigh loss might be huge.
A good alternative to regular table salt or sea salt would be celery salt which is made out of dehydrated celery stalks!