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The best evidence of why we need a good salt in our diet is that our blood, sweat and tears are salty and our bodies saline solution bears the closest resemblance to the mineral composition of sea water. When we consume a good quality well balanced Sea Salt we replenish our body with essential minerals and trace elements that have been striped from refined table salts.

At Salt of the Earth we believe the best method of harvesting Sea Salt is simply by hand. Our Salt is naturally dried by the sun and wind then collected by farmers using long wooden tools. This is the only way to ensure all of the natural trace elements found in sea water are retained. 24 Minerals present in Sea Salt are regarded essential for life. These minerals work in coaction to replenish the body and flush out any excess Sodium Chloride. Enhancing the flavour of foods and aiding digestion........ It is indeed the salt of life!

Did you know that refined salt is washed & bleached making it more attractive and uniform in appearance, it is nothing more than a harmful by-product from industries that remove the minerals for their commercial value. During this process they also add anti-caking agents (Aluminium Silicate) to avoid the salt becoming moist and sometimes artificial sources of Iodine (Potassium Iodate). When the refining process is over the salt looks great, flows more easily out of your saltshaker, but 82 of the 84 trace elements have been extracted leaving you with solely Sodium Chloride. Our bodies are not designed to absorb Sodium Chloride alone, thus contributing to a wide range of health problems today.

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Certification

Cert-logosSalt of the Earth ensures the highest possible quality products by being Certified by two of the world's most respected associations, "Nature et Progres" of Europe and the "Biological Farmers of Australia".  

This certification can only be achieved through rigorous scrutiny of the place of origin, importing/freighting methods and the repackaging areas. The B.F.A symbol is a guarantee of an organically harvested, fresh quality product. For more information visit our Celtic Sea Salt page.

 

Are you getting what you paid for?

To ensure you are getting what you paid for consider the following criteria:

  1. It is important to check the salts Mineral Analysis. If this is not available I would question its integrity.
  2. Hand Harvested Coarse Sea Salt naturally retains moisture.  If the Salt appears dry anti-caking agents have been added.
  3. If the crystals are large and clear the product has been washed and therefore is no better than refined table salts.
  4. No matter what label is given to cheap salt it is merely a by-product that contains not much more than Sodium Chloride which has been massed produced to save money.
  5. Prior to purchasing, ask if they test for pesticide residues, have they got a mineral analysis, do they have any information on sea salt?
  6. You can be guaranteed that Salt of the Earth's Hand Harvested Celtic Sea Salt contains all of the benefits throughout this website. 100% Organically Hand Harvested with no additives, just as nature intended.

Typical Analysis

Chloride - 52% Sodium - 31% Water - 5.6%
Sulphur - 0.36% Calcium - 0.12% Magnesium - 0.45%
Potassium - 0.13% Boron - 11.8mg/kg Iron - 150mg/kg
Manganese - 10mg/kg Phosphorus - 13mg/kg    
Mirco-elements and Pico-traces: Molybdenum, Ruthenium, Rhodium, Palladium, Argentum (Silver), Cadmium, Indium, Hydrogen, Oxygen, Stannum (Tin), Bromine, Antimony, Helium, Tellurium, Lithium, Iodine, Beryllium, Xenon, Cesium, Carbon, Barium, Nitrogen, Lanthanum, Flurine, Cerium, Neon, Praseodymium, Aluminium, Neodymium, Silicon, Samarium, Europium, Argon, Gadolinium, Scandium, Terbium, Titanium, Dysprosium, Vanadium, Holmium, Chromium, Erbium, Thulium, Ytterbium, Cobalt, Lutetium, Nickel, Hafnium, Copper, Tantalum, Zinc, Tangsten, Gallium, Rhenium, Germanium, Osmium, Arsenic, Iridium, Selenium, Platinum, Krypton, Aurum (Gold), Rubidium, Mercury, Strontium, Thallium, Yttrium, Lead, Zirconium, Bismuth, Niobium, Thorium, Uranium and Plutonium.

Minerals are essential for good health. The body utilizes over 80 minerals for maximum function. Like seawater that neutralizes various toxins streaming into the ocean from the land, the minerals in the circulatory system serve to maintain smooth metabolism by harmonizing the influx of excessive dietary factors. This balance is dependant on the levels of different minerals in the body and especially the ratios of certain mineral levels to each other. When we are deficient in one mineral, all of the other minerals are affected. If not corrected, this can start a chain reaction of imbalances that lead to illness.  The more you learn about the benefits of minerals, the more you will be able to take charge of your own health!

Every living cell depends on minerals for proper structure and function. Minerals are needed for the formation of blood and bones, the proper composition of body fluids, healthy nerve function and proper operation of the cardiovascular system, among others. Like vitamins, minerals function as coenzymes, enabling the body to perform its functions including energy production, growth and healing. Because all enzyme activities involve minerals, they are essential for the proper utilization of vitamins and other nutrients.

Nutritionally, minerals belong to two groups: bulk or essential minerals and trace minerals. Bulk minerals like Calcium, Magnesium, Sodium, Potassium and Phosphorus are needed in the body in larger amounts. Although only minute quantities of trace minerals are needed, they are nevertheless important for good health. Trace minerals like Boron, Chromium, Copper, Germanium, Iodine, Iron, Manganese, Molybdenum, Selenium, Silicon, Sulphur, Vanadium and Zinc.

At Salt of the Earth we care about the quality of our products and have tests performed by Australia's Leading Advanced Analytical Laboratories to ensure our salt has a balanced mineral level, is free from pesticide residues and any harmful contaminants. We believe that a constant supply of various minerals in the form of good quality unrefined Salt of the Earth's Sea Salt, whole grains and vegetables are necessary and highly recommended for daily life.

Mineral Benefits...

Chloride

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Small amounts of Chloride are essential for life; they pass through the digestive system unchanged and become part of wastewater. Chloride along with Sodium is found in the extracellular fluid and makes up approximately 0.15% of the bodies weight. Chloride works with Sodium and Potassium to help maintain the proper distribution and pH of all bodily fluids and encourages healthy nerve and muscle function. Independently, chloride contributes to digestion and waste elimination. It is a key component of hydrochloric acid, one of the gastric juices that digest foods. Deficiencies occur from excessive sweating, vomiting, or diarrhoea. Low levels of Chloride can result in alkalinity of the body fluids, dehydration and loss of potassium through wastewater.

Sources: Celery, Lettuce, Olives, Rye, Salt of the Earth's Sea Salt, Seaweed and Tomatoes.

Sodium

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 Sodium helps maintain proper water balance and blood pH levels for the efficient functioning of the stomach, nerves and muscles and is pumped out of cell membranes in exchange for potassium. Deficiency of Sodium can cause abdominal cramps, anorexia, confusion, dehydration, depression, dizziness, fatigue, flatulence, hallucinations, headaches, heart palpitations, impaired sense of taste, lethargy, low blood pressure, memory impairment, muscular weakness, nausea, poor coordination, recurring infections, seizures and weight loss.

Sources: Anchovy, Cheese, Lox, Salt of the Earth's Sea Salt, Shellfish, Spirulina, Red or Green Peppers and Wakame (Sea Vegetable).

Water

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Water makes up approximately 70% of the human body. This water content is responsible for and involved in nearly every bodily process, including digestion, absorption, circulation, and excretion. Water is also the primary distributor of nutrients throughout the body and is necessary for all building functions in the body and to maintain a normal body temperature.

Sulphur

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Sulphur is important to disinfect blood and help the body to resist bacteria. This mineral assists in protecting your body against toxic substances and harmful effects of radiation and pollution. It also stimulates bile secretion and helps slow down the aging process. 

Sources: Brussels Sprouts, Dried Beans, Cabbage, Eggs, Fish, Garlic, Kale, Meats, Onions, Salt of the Earth's Sea Salt, Soybeans, Turnips and Wheat Germ.

Calcium

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Calcium as most people are aware is essential for the construction, formation and maintenance of bones and teeth helping to reduce the risk of osteoporosis. This essential mineral also aids blood pressure, blood clotting, muscular growth, nerve transmission, cancer prevention, produces energy, breaks down fats and is believed to reduce the risk of premature heart disease. Calcium works in perfect synergy with Magnesium as Calcium contracts muscles and Magnesium relaxes them. A deficiency can cause aching joints, brittle nails, convulsions, depression, delusions, elevated blood cholesterol, heart palpitations, high blood pressure, hyperactivity eczema, insomnia, muscle cramps, nervousness, numbness of limbs, pale complexion, rheumatoid arthritis, rickets and tooth decay.

Sources: Almonds, Asparagus, Blackstrap Molasses, Broccoli, Buttermilk, Cabbage, Carob, Dandelion, Green Leafy Vegetables, Figs, Goat's Milk, Kelp, Kale, Milk and Diary Foods, Mustard Greens, Oats, Prunes, Salmon (with bones), Sardines, Salt of the Earth's Sea Salt, Seafood, Sesame Seeds, Tofu, Turnip Greens, Watercress, Whey, Fennel Seed, Fenugreek, Flaxseed, Horsetail, Peppermint, Plantain, Raspberry Leaves, Red Clover, Rose Hips and Violet Leaves.

Magnesium

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Magnesium is essential to the body assisting in the utilisation of Calcium, cardiac functioning, blood pressure, production of energy and restful sleeping. When the body is lacking Magnesium, Calcium invades the muscles causing cramps. Researchers have found that heart attack victims generally have low levels of Magnesium in the blood and heart muscles. Deficiency symptoms include; asthma, cardiac arrest, cardiac arrhythmia, chronic fatigue, chronic pain syndromes, confusion, depression, hypertension, insomnia, irritability, irritable bowel syndrome, poor digestion, pulmonary disorders, rapid heart beating and seizures.
Heart Attack Tip: did you know that if magnesium is introduced to a heart attack victim as soon as possible, they have a 60% better chance of surviving than without?

Sources: Alfalfa, Apples, Apricots, Avocados, Bananas, Blackstrap Molasses, Black- Eyed Peas, Brown Rice, Cantaloupe, Chamomile, Dandelion, Diary Products, Fish, Figs, Garlic, Grapefruit, Green Leafy Vegetables, Kelp, Lemons, Liquorice, Lima Beans, Meat, Millet, Nuts, Paprika, Parsley, Peaches, Peppermint, Raspberry Leaf, Red Clover, Salmon, Salt of the Earth's Sea Salt, Sesame Seeds, Soybeans, Tofu, Watercress, Wheat and Whole Grains.

Potassium

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Potassium assists in maintaining the balance of body fluids, transmitting nerve signals, insulin release and muscle contraction. It is common for people to be deficient in Potassium due to the high intake of refined products, as well as taking diuretics and drinking large quantities of water flushing out vital potassium. A deficiency in Potassium may produce fatigue, weakness, mental depression, low blood pressure, muscular fatigue, salt retention and an abnormal heartbeat. 

Sources: Avocados, Bananas, Blackstrap Molasses, Brown Rice, Dates, Dried Fruit, Figs, Fish, Fruit, Garlic, Legumes, Meats, Nuts, Oranges, Potatoes, Poultry, Raisins, Red Clever, Sage, Salt of the Earth's Sea Salt, Vegetables, Wheat Bran and Whole Grains.

Boron

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Boron is a trace mineral primarily needed for healthy bones and teeth, and the proper metabolism of the essential minerals calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus. Boron also enhances brain function, promotes/improves alertness, helps to prevent osteoporosis, and builds muscles. Boron deficiency also accentuates vitamin D deficiency. It is required to convert vitamin D to its most active form within the kidneys. It also appears that boron is required to activate certain hormones including estrogen.

Sources: Apples, Carrots, Grains, Grapes, Leafy Vegetables, Nuts, Pears and Salt of the Earth's Sea Salt.

Iron

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Iron is a vital component of many enzymes. It can promote resistance to disease, prevents fatigue and assists in the oxygenation of red blood cells. A deficiency can cause anaemia, low concentration levels, intestinal bleeding, brittle hair, dizziness, fragile bones, nervousness, obesity, reduced physical capacity, and decreased immune functioning.

Sources: Almonds, Avocadoes, Beans, Beets, Blackstrap Molasses, Cereals, Clams, Cockles, Dates, Eggs, Fish, Green Leafy Vegetables, Kelp, Kidney and Lima Beans, Liver, Meat, Millet, Mussels, Nuts, Oysters, Peaches, Pears, Poultry, Pumpkins, Raisins, Rice, Salt of the Earth's Sea Salt, Sea Vegetables, Seeds, Whole grains, Yeast. However, tea, coffee, bran and phytates can decrease iron absorption.

Manganese

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The mineral Manganese is essential for the proper formation and maintenance of bone, cartilage, and connective tissue. It contributes to the synthesis of proteins and genetic material, and helps produce energy from foods. It also acts as an antioxidant and assists in normal blood clotting. Manganese is an important cofactor in the key enzymes of glucose metabolism. It has been found that a deficiency results in diabetes as well as the frequent birth of offspring who develop pancreatic abnormalities or no pancreas at all. Another interesting fact is that diabetics have been shown to have half the level of manganese that normal individuals have.

Sources: Alfalfa, Avocados, Blueberries, Burdock Root, Catnip, Chamomile, Dandelion, Dried Peas, Egg Yolks, Fennel Seed, Green Leafy Vegetables, Lemongrass, Nuts and Seeds, Salt of the Earth's Sea Salt, Sea Vegetables and Whole Grains.

Phosphorus

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Phosphorus is essential for the formation of both bones and teeth, and assists in the growth of cells. Deficiency in Phosphorus is not common, however, can cause malabsorption, anxiety, irregular breathing, skin sensitivity, weakness and weight changes.

Sources: Asparagus, Bran, Corn, Dairy Products, Eggs, Fish, Fruits, Fruit Juices, Legumes, Poultry, Meat and Salt of the Earth's Sea Salt.

Lithium

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Lithium stimulates the brain assisting in the  prevention or reduction in the occurrences of mental disorders such as depression and alcoholism. It is not common to have a deficiency in this mineral.

Sources: Beef liver, Eggplant, Grains, Leafy vegetables, Legumes, Potatoes, Salt of the Earth's Sea Salt, Seafood and Tomatoes.

Salt and Your Health

CrystalsThe chemical and mineral compositions of our blood, and saline fluids have an amazing similarity to seawater.  As an embryo in our mother's womb, we are encased in a sack, filled with this saline fluid.

Seawater contains 84 mineral elements. These same 84 mineral elements are found in our bodies. Modern science has determined that 24 of these elements are essential for life, although many believe that a proper balance of all 84 elements in our bodies is necessary for good health. Whenever a dietary deficiency of any of these elements occurs, the cells in our bodies lose ions. A loss of ions in our cells causes imbalances, a breakdown of the cell regeneration and growth process, and loss of the cells themselves, which leads to nervous disorders, brain damage, muscle damage or illness.  Therefore, it is vital to your health to have the proper mineral balance in the saline and ion composition of your blood and these compositions must be maintained within very precise limits. Many illnesses and poor health conditions have been traced to a deficiency of minerals, ironically the minerals that are found in sea salt.

Read more: Salt and Your Health

Good and Bad Salt

oceanpicThere's Good Salt and there's Bad Salt. Do You Know the Difference?

"Eating the good salt, (hand-harvested Sea Salt) makes it easier for the heart to contract and pump..." Dr. Jacques de Langre PhD. (Californian Biochemist and one of the World's leading proponents of Natural Sea Salt.)

Read more: Good and Bad Salt

Buteyko Breathing Retraining

The Buteyko Institute Method (BIM) teaches people to correct the "automatic" breathing mechanism in the brain so it comes back closer to normal, gentle, nasal, day or night, awake or asleep. This results in immediate improvement in asthma, sleep apnoea, snoring, emphysema, COAD, COPD, sinusitis, hay fever, rhinitis, blocked nose, allergies, bronchitis, bronchiectasis, panic and anxiety conditions, and many other respiratory problems.

Read more: Buteyko Breathing Retraining

Using Sea Salt

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The most familiar use of salt undoubtedly is in the kitchen and on the dining table. Salt accents the flavour of meat, brings out individuality of vegetables, puts "oomph" into bland starches, deepens the flavour of delicate desserts and develops flavour of melons and certain other fruits. No other seasoning has yet been found that can satisfactorily take the place of salt.

Read more: Using Sea Salt

Summary

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The best evidence of why we need a good salt in our diet is that our blood, sweat and tears are salty and our bodies saline solution bears the closest resemblance to the mineral composition of sea water.  When we consume a good quality well balanced Sea Salt we replenish our body with essential minerals and trace elements that have been striped from refined table salts.

At Salt of the Earth we believe the best method of harvesting Sea Salt is simply by hand. Our Salt is naturally dried by the sun and wind then collected by farmers using long wooden tools. This is the only way to ensure all of the natural trace elements found in sea water are retained. 24 Minerals present in Sea Salt are regarded essential for life. These minerals work in coaction to replenish the body and flush out any excess Sodium Chloride.  Enhancing the flavour of foods and aiding digestion........ It is indeed the salt of life!

Did you know that refined salt is washed & bleached making it more attractive and uniform in appearance, it is nothing more than a harmful by-product from industries that remove the minerals for their commercial value. During this process they also add anti-caking agents (Aluminium Silicate) to avoid the salt becoming moist and sometimes artificial sources of Iodine (Potassium Iodate). When the refining process is over the salt looks great, flows more easily out of your saltshaker, but 82 of the 84 trace elements have been extracted leaving you with solely Sodium Chloride. Our bodies are not designed to absorb Sodium Chloride alone, thus contributing to a wide range of health problems today.

BEWARE of cheap imitations.  To ensure you are getting what you paid for consider the following criteria:

Read more: Summary

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