Salt has been used as flavouring for thousands of years and not only does it make food taste delicious, it is also a critical micronutrient that our bodies need. In fact, salt is so crucial to our existence that there is a special portion of our tongue dedicated to its taste!
Although salt is required for us to live, we have been led to believe salt, like cholesterol, should be avoided like the plague for optimal health! If you have ever listened to these recommendations, you will realise how bland food really tastes when the salt is removed from it! I had to fast from salt for a blood test once and it really made me realise how terrible food tastes without a sprinkle of salty goodness!
So lets get the shaker out and get started on why I love Celtic sea salt!
What is Celtic Sea Salt
Celtic sea salt is a salt (obviously) naturally harvested in Brittany, France near the Celtic Sea. The salt fields of Brittany are naturally rich in clay and trace minerals which is what makes Celtic sea salt so nutritious.
Apart from its greyish hue, Celtic sea salt is comparable to its better known cousin, Himalayan salt, in both composition and nutritional benefits.
Apart from making food taste incredibly delicious, Celtic sea salt contains over 80 trace minerals and elements and has a number of nutritional benefits, helping to:
- Balance electrolytes
- Regulate heartbeat and blood pressure
- Alkalise the body
- Increase immunity
- Improve brain function
- Promote restful sleep
- Balance blood sugars
- Reduce sugar cravings
- Prevent muscle cramps and spasms
- Reduce mucus build-up
- Increase energy and vitality
- Reduce bloating
- Support proper adrenal function
How should I take Celtic sea salt?
Well, apart from sprinkling it all over your food, I find the best way to get my salt in is by drinking it!
Yes I know you probably think I’m crazy (or a mermaid) but I find adding a ½ – 1 teaspoon of Celtic sea salt to my water bottle and drinking it throughout the day supports my adrenals, reduces muscle cramps, regulates my heart beat and increase my brain function!
People with adrenal problems will find that slightly salty water actually tastes better to them anyway! It will definitely not cause you to retain water but it will make you feel clear and level headed!
If you have perfectly healthy adrenal function, you can begin by just adding it to your food and then build up from there depending on how you feel! So go on, sprinkle some Celtic sea salt on your next meal and see how good you feel (and how good your food tastes with salt)!