Get Your % DV of Nutrients... Plus Sea Salt?
Most food products contain a label on their packaging that shows "Nutrient Facts" - the daily percentage value of nutrients consumed from that package or bottle in a single serving. Those nutrients we most commonly eat in abundance are listed on top. Those more closely associated with preventing disease are listed in the second section, like Dietary Fiber, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, etc. The 100% these percentages refer to are what we need for minimum health.
For great health, we need more. For great health we also need trace minerals and salts that spark our nerve endings and metabolism. These minerals and salts come from the earth, are what we are made of, and are as essential to a well-functioning body as are vitamins and fats. Many of them are never listed on labels.
Well known environmental advocate, Rachel Carson, in her book The Seas Around Us says, "Fish, amphibian, and reptile, warm-blooded bird and mammal - each of us carries in our veins a salty stream in which the elements are combined in almost the same proportions as in sea water."
This gives us a clue as to where we can get the trace minerals and salts our bodies crave. Sea salt, especially when processed organically, contains all the trace minerals and salts we need in a way that can be easily digested. Three of them are believed to be directly related to "weight gain" and "weight loss": chromium, iodine, and zinc. Chromium aids in glucose metabolism and regulates blood sugar. Iodine is needed by the thyroid to support metabolism. Zinc is an essential part of more than 200 enzymes, many involved with digestion and metabolism.
Because table salt has been stripped of every element but sodium and chloride, switching from it to a healthy sea salt ,may provide an essential, subtle boost to your health and wellness. That boost may be the very thing overweight bodies need most, the underlying spark that activates a healthy metabolism with a good balance of trace elements (missing on FDA food labels) that change a body's health from minimal to great.
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