Relax with this one easy exercise


It’s that time of year again – Christmas! And while it can be a magical time of year filled with excitement, family and anticipation for what Santa might bring, it can also be a time of stress.

It’s less than a month until Christmas; how are you feeling? Do you feel like you’re running out of time? You still haven’t organised the dinner menu for the big day? You haven’t had a chance to buy everyone’s gifts yet? Has your ‘favourite’ (cue sarcasm) uncle just told you his extended family will also be coming to yours for lunch? Do you just feel like there is no time for you?

Did you know, stress has been linked to a myriad of health issues, including insomnia, depression, high blood pressure and mild cognitive impairment (MCI – a precursor to Alzheimer’s)?

Unfortunately, our typical way of relaxing (e.g. zoning out in front of the TV or tucking into a big bowl of comfort food – pasta, chocolate or ice-cream? or maybe all three anyone?) is doing little to reduce the damaging effects of stress.

What really helps – and only needs to take 5 mins – are deep breathing exercises. And bonus: it’s free and can be done anywhere, anytime!

Deep breathing increases the supply of oxygen to your brain and stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system, promoting a state of calmness. Breathing techniques help you feel connected to your body—bringing your awareness away from the worries in your head, quieting your mind and letting you focus on the now.

So how do you relax through deep breathing?

Visualisation combined with deep breathing is a powerful tool to halt stress in its track. You can do this exercise anywhere, but we really like to do it laying down (and, maybe a little bit over the top, but with our feet facing in the direction of a window or door – read on to see why). release stress breathing

(1) To start, imagine all of the tension in your shoulders floating away.

(2) Now imagine two holes in the soles – one in each.

(3) Take a deep breath. As you do so, visualize hot air flowing through these holes moving slowly up your legs, through your abdomen and filling your lungs.

(4) As the hot air moves through your body, relax each muscle it ‘touches’ (e.g. as you visual the air moving up through your shins, visualise your calf muscles relaxing).

(5) Now, as you exhale, reverse the flow of the hot hair – you should be visualising the hot air moving down through your body and exiting (taking with it the tension in your body) the holes in the soles of your feet (and, if like us, you have your feet facing a window or door, you can take it a step further and imagine the tension and stress flowing out of the window or door).

The best part about this exercise is that you can do it anytime you feel like you need to relax and calm down…even in the middle of that shopping mall as you rush around buying last minute gifts (because, let’s face it, everyone else is too stressed also trying to buy those last minute gifts that they won’t even notice).



Foods that reduce cortisol

foods that lower cortisol

When your adrenals are healthy they produce the correct level of cortisol. Cortisol is often called the “stress hormone” as it is usually released by our body in times of stress – think of that adrenalin rush we get when we’re in a flight-or-fight mode.

More often than not, we are told that we need to reduce our levels of cortisol. However this can be problematic for someone suffering from an autoimmune disease, especially a thyroid problem. Correctly functioning adrenals and thus good cortisol levels, neither too high nor too low, are essential to healthy thyroid function. Cortisol raises your cellular level of glucose which works with your cell receptors, ATP (our energy source) and mitochondria to receive T3 from the blood into the cells (you can read more about how to test your cortisol levels here).

When an autoimmune disease is severe, any small changes in cortisol levels can have a detrimental effect on how we feel. Furthermore, foods that are often touted as healthy, can actually further lower our cortisol levels and make us feel even worse!

This is the case for many adaptogens. In particular matcha, licorice root, maca powder and ginseng can actually work against us by lowering cortisol. So whilst these foods are often categorised as “superfoods”, they can do more harm than good!


Grab the 2017 bull by the horns

Happy New Year! As our weekly readers will know, Healed by Bacon is dedicated to helping you overhaul your health and optimise how you feel – and January is the perfect time to start!

This week’s article is a repost of one we wrote at the start of last year – 5 health tests to start the new year. We’ve chosen to repost this article as we think it’s important to create a baseline for your health by providing you with the necessary health checks you need to do.

Health Tests for the New Year

Ok, put your hand up if one of your New Year’s resolutions is to improve your health or lose weight? And put your hand up if you know how you are going to do this?

Well done for taking the time to set a health goal, but let’s take a step back. Obviously you have made this resolution because you’re not happy with something, in particular, the way you feel. But how do we really measure how we ‘feel’? Is it by the number on the scales? Is it by the number of times we laughed today? Below are the top 5 health checks to help you create a baseline for your health.

  1. Tests for thyroid dysfunction

Are you struggling to lose weight? Feeling low or depressed? Struggling with everyday functions – like thinking clearly? If yes, then your thyroid might not be functioning efficiently.

If you have read our Initial Tests page, you will know that the most important thyroid function tests are:

  • TSH,
  • Free T4 and Free T3,
  • Reverse T3,
  • Thyroid Antibodies,
  • Iron,
  • Adrenal Cortisol Levels,
  • Sex Hormones and a number of other blood tests.

These blood tests will help you gain a full picture of your endocrine health. However it is important that the doctor who completes these tests for you has a deep understanding of the thyroid. If we had a dollar for every time a doctor said our bloods were ‘in the healthy range’….

Thryroid Brain Fog

  1. Tests for Adrenal Fatigue

Autoimmune diseases, like hypothyroidism, go hand in hand with Adrenal Fatigue (AF). AF is becoming increasingly common as a result of the stressful western lifestyle; we are constantly stressed from study, work, family, money and never take the time to de-stress, relax and heal our bodies. So if you are struggling to even get up in the morning, your adrenal health might be compromised.

In the early stages of AF the blood tests you should be having include:

  • Insulin,
  • Cortisol (although a Saliva test is much better than serum),
  • DHEA,
  • Sex hormones, and
  • Blood sugar levels.

In order to interpret your bloods and understand what stage of AF you are suffering from, read our 4 Stages of Adrenal Fatigue post.


  1. Tests for sufficient stomach acid

Stomach acid – let’s face it, it’s not really something you give much thought to. Yet stomach acid is actually one of the most important aspects of our digestive system. Low levels of stomach acid means the body can’t protect itself against bad forms of bacteria which can cause inflammation in our stomach.

A quick and easy test you can do at home to test your stomach acid levels is the baking soda test.

  1. Gluten Sensitivity/Intolerance

Without sounding too extreme – wheat and other gluten containing grains really should be avoided at all costs for us suffering from autoimmune diseases. However if you have previously been able to tolerate them and only recently developed gluten sensitivity symptoms you can have a doctor run a number of blood tests, including:

  • IgA anti-gliadin antibodies,
  • IgG anti-gliadin antibodies,
  • IgA anti-endomysial antibodies,
  • Tissue transglutaminase antibody (IgA and IgG in questionable cases),
  • Total IgA antibodies, and
  • HLA DQ2 and DQ8 genotyping for celiac disease (used occasionally to detect genetic susceptibility).

Why you shouldn't eat gluten

  1. Triglyceride levels

We all know how the story goes – eating foods high in that horribly bad saturated fat leads to high cholesterol which leads to atherosclerotic plaques that causes a clot which then results in a heart attack or stroke. And that’s why most doctors like to test our LDL/HDL cholesterol levels to make sure they are sufficiently low.

BUT we really shouldn’t be worrying about our high cholesterol, instead, we should be focusing on lowering our triglyceride levels. High triglycerides are a good predictor of a very high risk for cardiovascular disease and the more processed, high-carb foods we eat, the higher our triglyceride levels go.

Therefore, in order to gain a good picture of your heart health, you should have your doctor test your triglyceride levels – a healthy range is below 1 according to your doctor, however below 0.6 is the goal.

Good luck on your path to optimising your health!!

MTHFR and the Thyroid

As you will know from our other posts on this topic, the MTHFR gene is responsible for producing the MTHFR enzyme. When the gene is mutated, the enzyme produced does not function correctly. This incorrect function has an impact on our thyroid health and our ability to heal (because managing hypothyroidism or any other autoimmune disease isn’t tough enough!).

Conversion of T4 to T3

The Thyroid System

Unfortunately the relationship between MTHFR and the thyroid, once out of whack, can be a vicious cycle of negative impacts.

At its most basic level, hypothyroidism means low levels of thyroxine (T4) in the body. When we have a MTHFR gene mutation, it becomes more difficult for the body to convert T4 into T3.

But that doesn’t matter right? The doctor will just prescribe T3 to address the problem of an underactive thyroid…Unfortunately, this is not the case. Taking T3 in isolation ignores the body’s problem with producing T4. It’s almost like a band aid affect, as T4 is important for a number of bodily functions (but you need to make sure your body can convert the T4 to the right T3. If it converts to reverse T3 you could experience even worse problems).

T4 is responsible for producing our body’s active form of Vitamin B2, FAD (or flavin adenine dinucleotide if you want to get technical). In order for our body to use Vitamin B2 it must be converted to FAD, but if we don’t have enough T4 then we can’t convert it. Consequently the levels of FAD in our body is reduced.

FAD is important because the MTHFR enzyme relies on adequate levels of FAD to do its job properly! When FAD levels are reduced, the MTHFR enzyme slows down. A sluggish MTHFR enzyme leads to low levels of methylfolate and low SAMe.

SAMe is responsible for maintaining immune responses. Therefore when SAMe gets low, the immune responses start to get out of control. And the cycle starts again.

Adrenal HealthWhat is Adrenal Fatigue

Adrenal health, thyroid problems and methylation are all interrelated. When one doesn’t function properly, the others also won’t function properly.

As we discuss above, T4 is required to convert Vitamin B2 into FAD. And FAD is important because it controls the functioning of the MTHFR enzyme. When you can’t convert Vitamin B2 into FAD, you can become Vitamin B2 deficient.

Vitamin B2 is important for adrenal health as it helps to support the strong functioning of them in the face of thyroid issues. So not only does MTHFR impact thyroid health, it also has an impact on adrenal health.


Methylation is also important for the production of glutathione. Glutathione is our body’s protector – it is responsible for controlling the level of inflammation in our body and detoxifying any toxins we have come across. It also helps to regulate our body’s nitric oxide cycle which is essential for a healthy functioning immune system.

When there is a MTHFR gene mutation, synthesis of glutathione is compromised. As a result, the level of glutathione required to maintain its optimum functioning is reduced. Lower glutathione means a reduced ability to detox and fight inflammation, which all have an impact on thyroid health and our ability to heal and manage autoimmune diseases.

Copper Toxicity and Adrenal Fatigue

Copper and Adrenal Fatigue (AF) are deeply intertwined. Even a slight imbalance in the copper to zinc ratio can set up a positive feedback loop between copper, stress and AF.

Using technical, scientific language:

Zinc is required for the production of adrenal cortical hormones. Therefore, if zinc levels are too low, or copper levels too high, the production of these hormones decreases – and quite rapidly!

Copper is needed for our body to form ATP (aka energy). However, in order to do so, it has to bind to either metallothionein or ceruloplasmin. These two substance though, are only produced when our adrenals send a signal to our liver to do so. When our adrenals aren’t working properly (in the case of AF), they get a little bit slack (slackness depending on your stage of AF) and don’t do their job. Consequently, instead of being used by the body, copper accumulates in the blood and/or tissue.

But copper stimulates our nervous system and brain function increasing the response of our fight-or-flight mode. As we become more sensitive to stress we lose zinc quickly and our adrenal glands become even more depleted. But as our adrenal glands become more depleted less copper is utilised, perpetuating the problem!!

Furthermore, excess copper impacts the functioning of our liver causing it to not be able to produce the copper binding substances. When these aren’t produced, we have trouble forming ATP and fatigue entails.

If that got a bit confusing, here is a diagram to show the feedback loop between copper toxicity and adrenal fatigue.

Copper Toxicity and Adrenal Fatigue



Wait – I can eat salt?


This post follows on from our article Why I Love…Celtic Sea Salt and compares regular table salt to Celtic sea salt.

Now you may have realized I named our other article is called ‘why I love Celtic sea salt’ not ‘why I love all salt’. This is because regular table salt does not have the same nutritional properties as its Celtic relative!

Every day ‘Table’ salt is processed at extremely high temperatures and during this process, the chemical composition is completely altered, destroying the nutritional benefits. In the end, generic table salt ends up being 97.5% sodium chloride and 2.5% anti-caking chemicals, iodine, monosodium glutamate (MSG) or white sugar to stabilize the iodine and aluminium – delicious.

Ultimately, this every day table salt turns out to be a chemical concoction of all sorts of nasty things, and it is this salt that puts you at risk of heart attack, stroke, bloating and thirst – not Celtic sea salt.

In addition, iodized salt (such as table salt) is particularly bad for autoimmune thyroid disorders, as over-iodization leads to an abnormally enlarged thyroid which contributes to poor thyroid function or worsens pre-existing conditions .

In comparison, Celtic sea salt is about 80% sodium chloride, with the remaining 20% being magnesium, digestive enzymes and other trace minerals that support sodium-potassium balance, healthy adrenal and thyroid function, hydration and electrolyte balance.

But won’t salt make me bloated?
Well yes, everyday table salt will make you very bloated and thirsty, given the extremely high level of sodium chloride it contains. However, Celtic sea salt will not!

Celtic sea salt promotes healthy electrolyte balance and hydration, so drinking a glass of water with ½ – 1 teaspoon of Celtic sea salt will restore your sodium-potassium balance and rehydrate you! It is actually the dehydration that causes you to bloat and feel thirsty.

Feeling thirsty, and craving salty food, is actually the body’s mechanism to try and get you to drink more water; the body wants you to feel thirsty from the salt so then you will drink more water. If you have ever had a hangover (don’t lie I know you have) you will know that all you want is bacon, bacon, bacon and then water, water, water. This is because your body is dehydrated and needs salt and water to restore proper electrolyte balance.

So in answer to your question, Celtic sea salt will not make you thirsty or bloated but every day table salt will!


How to Detox from Copper


Detoxing from excess copper is a long and difficult process…and it is important to understand as much as you can about the condition because taking the wrong steps can exacerbate the condition.

If you have read my initial post, you will know that with pretty much everything I have tried, I have felt worse before I have felt better. This is because as your body is detoxing, the copper is mobilized and exits through many of the body’s detox pathways. As it does this it can cause a wide range of symptoms including:

  • Headaches,
  • Racing thoughts,
  • Anxiety,
  • Mood swings,
  • Digestive problems,
  • Very orange poo(!),
  • Skin conditions, and
  • Increased fatigue.

Be aware of your detox symptoms and if they are too severe, you may need to slow down the detox process.

So how do we actually detox from copper?

1. Eliminate the source of copper

Whilst this is the most important step, it is also the most difficult. To do these, you need to identify all possible sources of copper in your life (diet, lifestyle, environment etc.) and get rid of as many as humanly possible (because you probably aren’t going to be able to eliminate your exposure to some xenoestrogens when you’re out and about).

2. Supplement with zinc

Zinc is the most natural way of removing copper efficiently. As we have talked about in our previous post, zinc and copper have a close relationship, working together to help our body function. It is not the amount of copper and zinc in our body, but the ratio that matters. The optimal ratio of zinc to copper is 8:1, therefore supplementing with zinc can help bring this ratio back into balance. (Make sure to check with a practitioner about how much zinc to take – more is not always better).

Drink more water

3. Drink water

Ok so we know we should be drinking 8 glasses of water a day, but how many of us actually do this? When trying to detox from copper it is important to not only drink the recommended amount of water, but more. The water in our body helps to get the copper mobile and moving through the detox pathways.

4. Increase copper antagonists

These are minerals that help rebalance copper (excrete copper). The main copper antagonists are manganese, vitamin B, C and E, sulphur, selenium and molybdenum.

5. Sweat

Using saunas, steam baths and anything that increases sweating is helpful in removing copper from your body. Steam baths with added clay and Epsom salts also help to pull out toxic metals (and the Epsom salts help you to relax too – just be careful not to swallow any…unless you can get to a toilet very fast). We like to body brush before the bath too, not only does it open your pores, it also has a relaxing routine too it.

6. Coffee enemas

Coffee enemas are used to help eliminate toxins, not just copper, from our body. There is some controversy surrounding enemas and their health benefits, but if you are at your ‘wits end’, like us, trying to find answers, anything is worth a try!

7. Reduce/eliminate foods high in copper from your diet – Check out our copper toxicity and diet post for what foods this includes.

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8. Eat foods high in zinc – Again, check out our copper toxicity and diet post.

9. Address your adrenal health

This is easier said than done. In our previous post we mentioned the relationship between adrenal fatigue and copper toxicity is more like a catch 22. Read our post on adrenal fatigue and copper toxicity here.

10. Practice meditation

Meditation, among its other benefits, can help turn off your overstimulated sympathetic nervous system (caused by excess copper) and help you to relax (which will also help in step 9).

11. Identify if methylation and gene mutations are an issue

We suggest reading Dr Amy Yasko’s book Autism: Pathways for Recovery (downloadable free from her website).

What Causes Elevated Copper?

In today’s world copper-zinc imbalances are rather common. However, many people do not suffer from copper toxicity as their livers are able to detox the excess copper effectively. The problem occurs when our body’s liver is not functioning properly – this happens especially in people suffering from autoimmune diseases because we can’t clear heavy metals very well.

copper causes

There are numerous causes of copper toxicity, including:

1. Zinc deficiency – As we said in our previous post, copper and zinc have a very close relationship which act together in our body. Zinc is required to form ceruloplasim and metallothionein which bind to copper and carry it into our mitochondria. While the actual amount of copper and zinc doesn’t matter too much, it is the ratio of zinc to copper that has the most significant impact. Ideally, we want a zinc to copper ratio of 8:1.

However, the push by the public health system to eat less meat, eliminate fat and cholesterol from our diets means we are not getting enough zinc in our diets (animal protein is the highest form of concentrated zinc). But not only that, because of over farming, antibiotics and environmental toxins, our soil has now had its zinc sources depleted.

2. Copper plumbing – Copper can leach from copper pipes into our water sources causing copper toxicity. In some instances, copper sulphate is also used in our water supply to prevent and control algae contamination.

3. Other vitamin and mineral deficiencies – Elevated copper in our bodies can also result from deficiencies in vitamin C, vitamin B, iron, chromium, manganese and selenium.

4. Other heavy metal toxicity – This is especially significant for us suffering from autoimmune diseases as our liver is unable to detox heavy metals effectively. As a result, there may be a build-up of toxic metals such as cadmium and mercury. When our copper binding proteins are busy trying to clear these metals, they are unable to transport copper, leading to an excess in our body.

5. Lifestyle factors – This includes contraception (especially birth control pills and IUDs which increase retention of copper in the kidneys), copper cookware, jewellery, swimming pools and some prescription medications.

6. Xenoestrogens – Today we are exposed to countless more chemicals in our environment than our grandparents. Estrogenic compounds, commonly found in plastic, cosmetics, petrochemicals and pesticides disrupt our endocrine system causing our bodies to retain copper.

7. Imbalances in copper binding substances – An imbalance in ceruloplasim and metallothionein (due to reasons other than low zinc) can cause copper toxicity.

8. Inherited – Unfortunately this one can’t be avoided if you have inherited excess copper from your mother. This can occur if your mother had high levels of copper and passed them through the placenta to you (gee, thanks mum! But we still love you to the moon and back!).

9. Genetic Disorders – In particular Wilson’s Disease and Pyroluria.

10. Diet – We have dedicated a whole blog post to the role of diet in copper toxicity (still to come), but the key point is that eating foods with high copper to zinc ratios (and vice versa) can lead you to accumulating copper.

11. Impaired methylationMethylation is one of the pathways our body uses to detox heavy metals. When we can’t methylate properly this can lead to the build-up of heavy metals in our bodies. In particular, a defected MTHFR gene mutation (an no, we are not swearing….although when suffering from copper toxicity you most definitely want to, this is actually the name of the gene) can result in the body not being able to break down heavy metals effectively, leaving them to accumulate in our body.

12. Adrenal Fatigue – Because it wasn’t causing us enough problems anyway. We have written another post dedicated to copper toxicity and adrenal fatigue (still to come), but the main take away is that copper and adrenal fatigue is a catch 22.


Copper Toxicity – Why Should I Care?

Copper is an essential trace element that our bodies need for vital functions. It works with zinc to:copper-zinc-scale

  • Produce ATP for cellular energy,
  • Produce and repair connective tissue,
  • Form collagen,
  • Metabolise iron,
  • Produce optimal immune function,
  • Enable our reproductive systems,
  • Provide a healthy nervous system,
  • Enable cardiovascular function, and
  • Develop neurotransmitter production and function.

This list is not exhaustive of the functions zinc and copper work together to achieve – but as you can see, the relationship is responsible for some serious systems in our body!

What happens with the copper-zinc balance gets out of whack?

There are 3 kinds of copper-zinc imbalances: insufficient copper, excess copper and copper bio-unavailability (there also exists a rare genetic disorder – Wilson’s Disease – where the body is not able to effectively excrete copper, leading to brain and liver damage).

The first 2 are self-explanatory. Copper bio-unavailability occurs when there is excess copper in our bodies, but it isn’t easily accessible. This occurs when copper binding proteins are deficient and may lead to both a copper deficiency and copper excess at the same time!

When someone is deficient in copper they may experience:

  • High blood pressure,
  • Depression,
  • Chronic fatigue,
  • Miscarriage,
  • Chronic fungal infections,
  • Loss of libido,
  • Heart disease,
  • Food cravings and compulsive overeating, and
  • Addiction.

Copper toxicity occurs more often than insufficiency. When someone is suffering from excess copper they may experience a wide range of both physiological and psychological health problems, including:Stages of adrenal fatigue

  • Anaemia,
  • Brain fog
  • Hair loss,
  • Candida,
  • Impaired digestion (e.g. fat intolerances, feeling queasy after eating animal protein, bloating, gas),
  • Insomnia,
  • Autism,
  • Bipolar,
  • Schizophrenia,
  • Anxiety,
  • Depression (generally from the anxiety and insomnia),
  • Adrenal fatigue (though this is a chicken-and-the-egg problem, more on this in later posts),
  • Light sensitivity (sometimes so bad that you need to wear sunglasses inside),
  • Burn easily by the sun,
  • Fluid retention,
  • Anorexia,
  • PMS,
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Candida, and
  • Many, many more….

Excess copper stimulates the nervous system, having a profound impact on the neurotransmitters in our brain and causing a similar effect on the body as caffeine or amphetamines. The excess copper tends to accumulate in the liver, brain and reproductive organs. When excess copper accumulates in the thyroid it can lead to hypothyroidism and Hashimoto’s disease.

The copper-zinc relationship has such an important role to play in our bodies. Copper has a very narrow range for optimal function – both too much and not enough, is associated with an increase in oxidative stress. The key is to try and keep the two minerals in balance (which is easier said than done in today’s society), as too far in either direction leads to trouble.

Why I Love…Celtic Sea Salt


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)!