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!


Thai Beef Salad

Thai Beef Salad Recipe

One of our favourite places to travel to is Thailand. This recipe (minus the generous amounts of palm sugar the Thai chefs like to add) takes us back to our holidays and satisfies our cravings for something exotic. This salad is perfect for getting that crunchy, spicy, tangy, salt kick with a decent serving of protein.

Serves 1

Thai Beef Salad

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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)!


Pickles Recipe

Pickles, who doesn’t love them? Crunchy, salty, vinegary, sometimes spicy…the perfect combo. Plus, don’t forget the benefits from pickling for our gut health!

Fermented pickles encourage the growth of probiotic bacteria, which helps to replenish our digestive system and restore our gut health…and we all know how important our that is!

Here at Healed by Bacon, we make a batch of these pickles each week to eat with our lunches, dinners or just as a snack.


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What to eat for Hashi’s

Following on from my blog post ‘How to Eat for Hashi’s’, where I briefly covered meal timing, I have created ‘What to Eat for Hashi’s’ to outline the foods that should form a staple part of your diet and foods that should be avoided for optimal thyroid health.

Whilst there are some special considerations for Hashi’s, most of the foods I will tell you to avoid should really be avoided by everyone and not just those with thyroid issues!

If you have ever done any research on diet and thyroid health, you have probably read that you need to be using iodised salt, eating brazil nuts for their selenium and replacing all saturated fats with ‘heart healthy’ omega 3 and 6 fats. Well I am going to go completely against the grain and tell you to throw out your iodised salt shaker, put down that packet of brazil nuts and use that bottle of canola oil for your car as you will never need these ingredients again… EVER! Especially the canola – don’t you dare touch it ever again.

If you want to help your Hashi’s, replacing these foods with the foods I have listed below and further avoiding the ones I have listed below is a fabulous start!

Foods to eat in abundance

  • Coconut Oil: Anti-inflammatory, increases body temperature and thermogenesis, supports healthy thyroid function.
  • Egg Yolk: I am lucky enough not to be allergic to eggs so I think they are a tremendously nutrient rich food, however, eggs are typically avoided on an autoimmune diet. Yet many do not know it is the whites that contain the allergens which cause egg allergies, not the yolks. Caution is still advised when eating the yolk, however I believe they are a great dietary addition as they contain all of the nutrients required to raise an animal; if that’s not cool I don’t know what is. Oh and they help leaky gut (bonus)!
  • Organ Meats (Especially Liver): Organ meats are the most concentrated and bioavailable sources of vitamins, minerals, essential amino acids and essential fatty acids. Liver is just about the most nutrient dense food out there; it delivers a heap of B12 and vitamin D3 (people with Hashi’s are often deficient in both of these).
  • Bone Broth: The high levels of glycine and proline contained in bone broth aid in the healing of leaky gut and combat stress and whole body inflammation.
  • Saturated Fats: Help combat sweet cravings, assist in weight loss, help keep hormones healthy and functioning, reduces cholesterol.
  • Grass Fed Red Meats: The most bioavailable source of iron (people who suffer from Hashi’s are often deficient), a rich source of Conjugated Linoleic Acid which assists in satiety and weight loss, a good source of Omega 3’s (help fight inflammation – just make sure the meat is grass fed as grain fed red meats contain an undesirable Omega 6 to Omega 3 ratio.
  • Sauerkraut: Eating fermented food improves the balance of good bacteria in our gut which helps to promote digestive enzymes. This is important for anyone suffering from an autoimmune disease as it can help in the absorption of the nutrients in our food.
  • Celtic Sea Salt: Supports adrenal function which can be affected by a poor thyroid.
  • Turmeric: Helps to combat the chronic inflammation caused by autoimmunity.
  • Grass Fed Gelatin: Rich in the amino acid glycine which helps detoxify the body, improve digestion, heal leaky gut and promote hormonal balance.

Hashi Food Pyramid

What to eat with AF

Given the hypoglycaemia that occurs with adrenal fatigue, it is important that carbohydrates are not consumed in isolation, as this leads to a rapid blood sugar rise and fall, leaving the body starving again. Eating carbs alone enhances stress placed on the adrenals and can actually induce an Addisonian Crisis in those with Addison’s! Meals should ideally be a combination of protein, fats and maybe some starchy carbs, however I feel best eating purely fats and protein.


Salt, particularly Celtic sea salt, in an imperative addition to each meal. Electrolyte imbalance (sodium is wasted and potassium retained) is a common symptom associated with adrenal fatigue and salt cravings are simply the body calling out for what it needs most. So if you have a salt craving, get the salt shaker out and use it! I even add 1tsp of Celtic sea salt to each 750ml bottle of water I drink!

If you are worried about your salt intake, please don’t be; when we are having enough salt, our bodies will tell us by dulling our cravings and losing our taste for it.

Conversely, foods high in potassium should be avoided (especially in the morning – this means no more fruit for breakfast, sorry)! High potassium foods worsen adrenal fatigue by enhancing already existing sodium-potassium imbalances. If you are going to eat a high potassium meal, it is important that an adequate amount of salt is consumed with it. For example, if you are going to have a piece of fruit, make sure you sprinkle it liberally with Celtic sea salt. This may sound incredibly bizarre, but most people with poor adrenal function will find it actually tastes better!

Poor adrenal function lowers hydrochloric acid which is required for the adequate breakdown of food, particularly protein. Given protein is critical to adrenal recovery, it is best to take a HCL supplement with meals to assist in digestion. The best sources of protein are organic and grass fed meats and eggs, which all place the least strain on the digestive system.

Whilst many of us love fruit, people with poor adrenal function should moderate fruit consumption. Fruit exacerbates pre-existing hypoglycaemic issues in those with adrenal fatigue, and particular fruits such as banana, are very high in potassium, which puts our electrolyte balance further out of whack! If you absolutely love fruit and don’t want to give it up, I would recommend eating your fruit later in the day (after lunch) and consuming it with a heap of fat (coconut cream or nut butter work well here) to slow the digestion of the sugar and avoid the rapid insulin spike and fall. Any fruit (and vegetable for that matter) should be organically grown as people with adrenal problems are particularly sensitive to chemical sprays and pesticides used in commercial farming.