Visiting the beautiful island of Bonaire, in the Caribbean, I couldn’t help but notice the massive Salt Flats. Unfortunately I was unable to get an interview with the factory but I had done some research and I learned that they are a huge supplier to the rest of the Caribbean, North America, Europe and Africa.
So what are the benefits of sea salt, which one to buy and what can it be used for?
The benefits of sea salt, the good quality ones of course, are super important to the human body. From blood and fluid regulation to improving brain function and regulating absorption of glucose, this electrolyte is an important one in the diet. Yes yes, we have all heard of horror stories about salt and stroke and cardiovascular disease, but mainly refer to iodized salt that has been processed and has no nutritional content. Many studies have also shown that there is no link between salt and high blood pressure. While salt affects us all differently, as there are no two bodies alike, making sure you choose the right salt is very important.
Unprocessed sea salt for example is a good way to go. It is naturally sourced and contains minerals that your body needs. Many people have even made sea salt themselves. Ofcourse you have to be living close to salt water to be able to make it yourself. It is a long process but a rewarding one.
Sea salt can be used in a variety of ways and not just for consumption.
- Your skin loves the scrub of the grainy texture of salt mixed with a nice natural oil such as jojoba, almond or rosehip for example. Not only does it leave your skin glowing, but it is also fantastic for exfoliating dead skin cells and encouraging the natural flow of circulation.
- Sea salt contains fluoride, which is great for oral health. Regular rinsing and gargling help ward away oral problems and can even clear a sore throat.
- Dead sea salts are also great for joint aches and pains. So adding some into your bath can really bring about relaxation and ease.
- In India, we used Jala Neti as a form of cleansing our bodies. Nasal irrigation with salt water. Ancient technique used to relieve nasal and sinus problems, can ward away colds and allergies, calms the nervous system and the mind, etc.
- May prevent hair loss. By conducting a sea salt scrub on your scalp, you are improving the circulation of blood which strengthens the hair follicles and stimulates hair growth.