Sea salt is kosher salt that is formed by the evaporation process of seawater. It's used for preserving food, cooking, baking, cosmetics, and even as a flavoring in many foods. It's also known as rock salt, granule salt, or marine salt. Like other naturally occurring salts, the production of sea salt dates back to prehistoric times.
The recommended daily allowance (RDA) for sea salt is 2 grams per kilogram of body weight. But while most health experts agree on this limit, there are some who suggest limiting the intake of this salt to prevent high blood pressure. High blood pressure is a condition where the heart pumps harder than normal and chambers become filled with blood, thereby diluting the heart's capacity to pump blood to all parts of the body. Salt contains a substance called "sodium chloride," which is considered beneficial to the heart. It actually lowers the "salt pump" enzyme in the heart.
However, people who take in a lot of sea salt may not be getting enough sodium in their diet. Over time, the build-up can cause water damage and taste unpleasant. This is why it's a good idea to limit your salt intake and to choose kosher salt over refined table salt when cooking or baking. Refined table salt is often high in sodium, as well as other additives and preservatives, which deplete its nutritional value.
When using sea salt on your food, it's important to note that its texture can vary. In addition to its various textures, there are also varying amounts of sodium content in different varieties. For example, rock salt contains the highest amount of sodium of any salt in the world. Meanwhile, table salt may contain up to two milligrams of sodium per one teaspoon. You should be sure to read the label on the bag or container to be sure you're getting the right amount of salt per serving.
Certain types of sea salt are lower in sodium than others, though there is a trade-off. Higher quality varieties will cost more, but they may be worth the extra investment because they offer a higher concentration of nutrients, which nourish and detoxify your body at the same time. Natural sea salt comes straight from the sea, unrefined, and without any additives or preservatives. These minerals are then naturally replenished in the environment through evaporation.
Evaporated sea salt goes through two evaporation processes. The first is called transesterification. Here, excess water is bound with organic material in the salt crystal while it is being dissolved in the water. The salt crystal is then sent to a cold room and the organic solids are released, along with the water.
The second process is called crystallization. In crystallization, salt ions are bound together with a particular chemical structure known as a microplastic. Crystallized sea salt tends to have a higher concentration of microplastics because larger crystal particles are more easily suspended. A higher concentration of microplastics also means that a higher concentration of minerals can be absorbed by the body.
The trace amounts of microorganisms and minerals that occur naturally in sea salt are quickly consumed by food. As a result, people tend to eat less than is healthy. Because of this, people tend to gain weight and their skin becomes ragged. On the other hand, the mineral-rich foods and liquids, including sea salt, provide a sustained source of nutrition and prevent the accumulation of toxins and other pollutants in the body. This contributes to better overall health.
While we would all love to consume foods and drinks with as much sodium as possible, there are practical limits as to how much you can safely take in. Ideally, the safe daily intake of sodium is between two and three grams per day, but this amount can vary widely based on your body type. Those who are very active may need to increase their sodium consumption, while those who are sedentary may need to reduce it. For those who regularly take prescribed medications that control blood pressure, you should also consider limiting salt to lower blood pressure.
The recommended dietary guidelines for reducing hypertension include eating no more than two grams of sodium per day. For many people, this amount is difficult to achieve because they frequently eat table salt and other forms of processed salt. If you have difficulty consuming sea salt, there are other alternatives that may work. In addition to table salt, there are many other naturally occurring substances that may help lower blood pressure.
In addition to being difficult to find, black lava salt is also challenging to obtain. Although it has a nice salty texture, it does not have the same taste like sea salt. Unfortunately, black lava salt is not the only type of natural substance that makes people gag. Some people actually have an allergic reaction when exposed to certain types of berries or seeds. Fortunately, sea salt and table salt are among the least likely of all dietary restrictions to cause health issues.