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Himalayan Salt  

Posted by Raynbogrl (Bend, Oregon, Usa) on 03/04/2010


I'm new to this site, I started the fibromyalgia borax treatment and the baking soda/lemon juice for restless leg, Blackstrap molasses for my monthly periods and ACV for everything else, I'm on day four and when I woke up this morning it was the first time in years i was able to just simply get up and get going, I'm not 100% yet but much much better! (Thank you all so much!)

I have a question about Himalayan crystal salt , it sounds very benificial but I havn't been able to find any place that tells if it has Iodine in it.. My Grandmother suffered from a goiter for years before being told to use Iodized salt, after she switched the goiter went away so I would like to keep that in my diet but I dont want to over do it by buying supplements if its already in the Himalayan salt.

if any one knows much about it I would love to know more. It seems most online sites are just fancy ads trying to sell it with out much detail about it. Thanks for your time!

Replied by Bill
San Fernando, Luzon, Philippines

Hi Raynbogri...Iodine is not generally found in either Himalayan Salt or natural Sea Salt.

Here are the 84 constituents of Himalayan Salt:

hydrogen, lithium, beryllium, boron, carbon, nitrogen, oxygen, fluoride, sodium, magnesium, aluminum, silicon, phosphorus, sulfur, chloride, calcium, scandium, titanium, vanadium, chromium, manganese, iron, cobalt, nickel, copper, zinc, gallium, germanium, arsenic, selenium, bromine, rubidium, strontium, yttrium, zirconium, niobium, molybdenum, ruthenium, rhodium, palladium, silver, cadmium, indium, tin, antimony, tellurium, iodine, cesium, barium, lanthanum, cerium, praseodymium, samarium, europium, gadolinium, terbium, dysprosium, holmium, erbium, thulium, ytterbium, lutetium, hafnium, tantalum, tungsten, rhenium, osmium, iridium, platinum, gold, mercury, thallium, lead, bismuth, polonium, astatine, francium, radium, actinium, thorium, protactinium, uranium, neptunium, and plutonium.

I live in the Philippines and use their naturally-made sea salt -- sold in the local markets, which tends to clear up mucous problems well and is a mild antibiotic in itself.

I also take Ted's alakaline remedies, and his Lemon/Lime and baking soda remedy is what cured my candida. I still take it regularly.

Regarding your restless leg syndrome, magnesium supplementation or taking magnesium transdermally would certainly help cure this problem. I used to get sudden leg cramps for no reason while sleeping at night(another sign of magnesium deficiency) and started to take magnesium gluconate, but it wasn't until I started to spray my body with a concentrated solution of Epsom Salts (Magnesium Sulphate) after my shower, using just a simple garden flower srayer, that my cramps rapidly disappeared. I also found that it helped me to sleep much better than before. You can also just take a hot bath and add 3-4 cups of Epsom salts(or Magnesium Chloride crystals) to the bathwater, and just soak in it for 1/2 hour. This is the fastest way to raise your Magnesium levels.

Magnesium is also involved in over 300 enzyme processes in your body and is very beneficial to the bones and heart. Another side-effect of my taking magnesium transdermlly was that my own episodes of sudden racing heart also just disappeared.

I also use iodine foot painting, this seems the easiest way to take iodine -- just paint the soles of your feet and heels everyday with either iodine tincture, lugol's or Betadine and the iodine will be absorbed into your body transdermally. And if you paint your feet everyday over a period of time -- when your nose suddenly becomes runny and liquid -- then you will have enough iodine in your body, so stop the foot painting for a while. You will have to find your own frequency of painting your feet to maintain your own body's iodine level. I now paint the soles and heels of my feet once every 4 or 5 days, which is my frequency. This is also a great way to avoid athlete's foot and verukas...

Replied by Donna
Boston, Ma, Usa

To Raynbogrl: I have a 2.2lb jar of Himalayan Crystal Salt and checked everywhere on the jar. It does not say anywhere that there is iodine in it. The only ingredient listed is sodium. It also says that it is pure 100% natural. I thought that salt naturally does not have iodine in it. It has to be added. Hope this helps

Replied by Marissa
San Diego, Ca

Iodine is highly contraindicated in Hashimotos hypothyroid as it can exacerbate the autoimmunity. This is likely what was happening with your grandmother if she found relief once taking the iodized salt out of her diet. Loads of literature out there showing the science stating NO iodine with autoimmune hypothyroid.

Replied by Charles
Perth, Western Australia

Didn't Raynbogrl from Bend say that his grandmother's goiter disappeared after switching to iodized sea salt?

Replied by Charles
Perth, Western Australia

Sorry, I meant iodized salt, not iodized sea salt.

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Posted by Thisisthetruth (Find Me In America) on 01/12/2016
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This is important. If you take half a teaspoon of Sea Salt or more in water, don't leave the house, and if you do, don't let out any air, it will not be just air. Sea salt gives very little warnings on the way out. Someone forgot to tell me that.

Posted by Debbie (Jacksonville, Florida) on 01/29/2012
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Hi, I tried to do a salt flush today & was only able to drink 2 cups of the salt water before I became nauseated. (1Tbsp pink salt & 1 qt warm water). Each morning I drink 1 tsp salt water. I'm not sure what caused the illness. It passed after a few minutes. Does anyone have any ideas why I would feel sick? thanks for your help. D from Fl.

Replied by Curious
Albany, Ny

It is half a teaspoon of salt to 2 quarts of water or one teaspoon per gallon of water?

Replied by Cl Millsap

Sometimes our body are toxic and anything that makes us sick may be from the body trying to cleanse out the toxins, so at first it is better to start slow and increase gradually this usually goes away in a short time.

Posted by Katherine (London, Uk) on 08/20/2009
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Sea salt intestinal cleanse

I used 1 quart filtered water. I boiled it for 10 minutes with 5 teaspoons of pure unrefined sea salt. An hour or two later I headed to the washroom this flushed me out completely and I highly recommend it for clearer skin, mind, clean bowels and more energy.

Replied by Dot
Sydney, Australia
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I have tried the sea salt flush for long-standing constipation and it has always worked as long as I take 2 teaspoons of salt with 4 glasses tepid water. I have tried adding a large glass of probiotic mixture grown overnight from capsules and a little xylitol and filtered water. I take this about 10 minutes after the salt water. It seems to be resetting my bowels so they are working so far, but it has only been a week. I tried it again today. I just figured the probiotic could flush through too and be more thorough if it didn't need to go through the digestive process. I have raynauds and autoimmune Sjogrens, so I would like to clean up the bowel to see if that works.

Replied by Tarah
Orem, Utah

When you do not have a bowel movement, this means that you will need to adjust the salt content, less or more. Also if you have chronic constipation you may want to try just drinking as much water as possible, to flush the system. Parasites or Candida could be the cause of constipation, in either case the salt water flush is needed, along with any other process to eliminate.

Replied by Lewis
Circleville, Ohio

Use 2 tsp. of epsom salt for fast.....but only for emergancies. Only do it about twice a month.

Replied by Nadine
QC, Illinois

try baking soda and vinegar, I took this and for some reason it runs right through me cleaning as it goes, try 2-3tbl spoons vinegar, to 1 tablespoon baking soda in half cup water.

Replied by Trisha
Berkeley, California

In response to Angel's constipation problem: Try coffee! It may seem obvious, but in case you haven't tried it, a cup of coffee will get you going in no time at all! I drink it black every single morning and I am very regular. It always prompts digestion when I've eaten too much as well, and makes my stomach feel calmed.

Replied by Shaun
Pasadena, Ca

After reading about your problem and the responses. It seems your point of attck may be the problem. If someones blocking the front gotta go to the back door! You can either go to the local RXall and purchase a bottle of saline solution with the long nozzle and apply up the rectum, or you can pour out the solution and make your own. A mixture of Garlic, coffee & warm water jet streamed into the rectum will do the trick. If not! you need a colonic for parasite evacuation.

Replied by Leo Pike
Pittsburg, California

Two teaspoons of Homozon in 6oz of warm water followed immediately with 1/2 squeezed fresh lemon juice in warm water.

Replied by Tina
Halifax, Nova Scotia

milk of magnesia is the fastest way to get relief without awful cramps. if it's really bad follow the maximum dose directed.

Replied by Susan
Dublin, Ireland

Hi, I have recently tried a sea salt flush. the first time I took it was in the evening, after I had eaten a light supper. I had a bowel movement, but nothing serious. Then I repeated it in the morning on an empty stomach with te same results. Both times I used 1 tablespoon of sea salt and a litre of water.

The next morning upon rising, I mixed two tablespoons of sea salt in warm water and added the juice of half a lemon. App. 60 - 90 minutes later it was working like a charm.

I read that if it doesn't work, you may need to use more sea salt. Make sure you drink plently of plain water as well, to keep yourself hydrated. I was extremely thirsty after drinking 2 tablespoons in the warm water.

Replied by John
Greenport, New York, Usa

If you're still constipated after the sea salt flush, then your diet is too acidic. You need a macrobiotic diet that is free of acidic processed foods. Stay away from sugar and white flour, corn syrups, artificial sweeteners, processed oils, soybean products, synthetic vitamins, and margarine, to name a few of the bad foods. Try to eat organic as much as possible: meat, fish, eggs, butter, dairy, salads, and plenty of raw plant foods (use a blender to make smoothies out of fruits and raw veggies, etc. ), with the missing ingredient: enzymes. Basically, your body is suffering with enzyme and mineral depletion from eating mostly cooked and processed foods. You need mineral and enzyme supplements at each meal, and a lot of omega 3 oils (cod liver oil). Also, a good probiotic is very important as well.

Replied by John
Greenport, New York, Usa

It helps to drink a glass of water mixed with a teaspoon of pure baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) before bed every night. Be sure it's pure baking soda (no aluminum).

Posted by Lynn (York, PA) on 01/01/2008
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I tried the sea salt flush, 32 ounces warm water, two teaspoons uniodized sea salt (I added a dash of lime juice and baking soda) this morning and it is very effective. It's challenging to drink that much water first thing in the morning on an empty stomach, but it is worth the effort. Will take acidophilus later today with garlic to keep digestive track healthy. Took the day off from work (you probably won't want to go anywhere else, either). Wondering if anyone has tried colon hydrotherapy and the side effects they experienced -- it's pretty expensive and not covered by insurance. Will most likely keep using this remedy as a mini detox about 2-3 times a month on the weekends. Other remedies make work well, but can cause problems when working full time and can't go to the bathroom several times a day.

Replied by Suzanne
Port Orchard, Washington
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I have had colonics and they are wonderful.... Except you need to find the right person to do it.... The one I had in California had me lie on my left side with my one leg up and it was very effective... The others before that one just had me lie on my back.... Not nearly as effective!

Posted by Wayne (Longmont, Colorado) on 09/19/2007
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Resounding YA, Finishing my 4th day of a water fast and became a little worried not having a single BM since the fast began. Cruising the web and came across Sea Salt as a laxative and descided to give it a try. I can tell you it worked for me ! It took about an hour as predicted - awesome! I didn't measure properly and pretty sure I added too much salt - i felt the need and drank another liter of water soon after. Next time I will get the spoon out - and I WILL use this cleanse again. I can continue with the fast now with a clearer mind (and bowel). Hopefully I'll make it the full 10 days, feel good so far. DO stay close to the bathroom.

Posted by Jaja (Dayton, Ohio) on 03/24/2007
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i discovered sea salt while trying to do the master cleanse. i could only do the cleanse for 2 days because of bad headache. So i decided to just do the sea salt. i seen a reduction in my stomach. i like the sea salt because because it works quickly, unlike a laxative. i informed several people about it and they love it. they also quit taking the fiber colon cleansers. Because the sea salt removes good bacteria, it is a good idea to eat yogurt afterwards to replace the good bacteria.

Posted by Ted (Bangkok, Thailand) on 01/15/2007 384 posts

When the bowels clears itself up, from the sea salt, it actually has the tendency to reduce blood pressure, but only AFTER the bowels are cleared.

You can confirm this observation before and after. Once the sea salt is taken with the baking soda (it helps make it more effective, really), it will flush out the system. Baking soda added to the mix will definitely help from the increased alkalinity.

If you want to know whether your sea salt works or not, a good natural sea salt pH is actually between 7.5 - 8.5. Bad quality sea salt will be below 7, and are of doubtful quality, in my opinion. It is the alkalizing effect of sea salt that helps. Just to be sure, add some baking soda to raise the pH of the sea salt solution. The pH of the resultant solution will often be about 8.0-8.5, which is the standard pH I am looking for. It is better than an edema, which I call it the push method. The sea salt edema is the pull method. Pull method detox better than some water pushing against your bowels and therefore detoxify the body better.

Posted by Krystal (Memphis, TN) on 01/11/2007
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I have been going through a healthy lifestyle change for sometimes now. I've eliminated some things from my diet and added healthier things. While on this transition I decided I wanted an, and tried to find a simpler more cost effective way to do it. I came across a website for a salt water flush. I add 2 teaspoons of un-iodized sea salt to 1 quart of warm water (you can add a little lemon juice to mask the taste) and immediately drank the whole quart. Not to much longer after I finished the quart of water, I was headed to the bathroom. It cleansed me out thoroughly. I don't want to get graphic, but it did the job so good, it was scary. So if you need a good cleanse try it. I would like to advise you that If you have high blood pressure and cannot use salt, talk with your doctor before doing it, but It worked GREAT!

Replied by Phillip
Harvey, Il

If your body doesn't respond to any of the items mentioned Angel, go and get a sea salt colonic from a reputable someone or clinic and if you do, follow each one up by replenishing your body with the nutrients and vitamins especially the good bacteria that is flushed out of your system.

Posted by Angel (Sinking spring, PA)
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Hi, I have been suffering from constipation even though I drink over 8 glasses of water and take fiber. I decided to try the sea salt flush I read about. It says 2 teaspoons of sea salt and 1 quart warm water and no sooner then you drink it you will be going. Well nothing happened. I just felt even more bloated. Any cures that work fast? I would like to do a cleanse that works fast. Thank you Angel

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Posted by Matt (Millbrook, Ny) on 10/22/2009
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Sea Salt CURED my Lyme Disease in DAYS!

I had suffered for six months with Lyme Disease before I was diagnosed. It was absolutely horrible. I was going completly insane. I was at the point where I just wanted to die. After the blood work showed I was Lyme positive, I went on doxycycline for one month. That did nothing but make me sick to my stomach, and led me to developing a bad case of candidiasis (which was cured by raw garlic and restriction of sugar, another story for another time). Through this site, I found out about the miracle of sea salt. I bought unrefined sea salt from a local health food store, and when I got home, took a teaspoon (about 5 grams) of it with a glass of water. Within a few hours of ingesting the sea salt, I felt better than I had felt in months - it was incredible! The next few days, I took a teaspoon three times a day every day, and I'd say that within three or four DAYS, my now seven month episode of crippling Lyme Disease was GONE. GONE!!! For a few weeks after, I continued to take a teaspoon once a day, just to make sure that it wouldn't come back.

EVERYONE should be made aware that pure, unrefined Sea Salt, CAN cure Lyme Disease very quickly. Many people are infected with Lyme and don't even know it.

There are a few things you should know about using high doses of sea salt....

-Make sure you drink PLENTY of water.
-It WILL cause diarrhea, so I highly suggest using probiotics to replace the flora that are lost.
-Make sure you get enough potassium to balance out the salt (potatoes, orange juice, bananas..)
-Make sure it is unrefined, raw sea salt (healthy for you, as opposed to refined sodium chloride)
-Stay away from MSG! Ted said that when he took sea salt with MSG, his blood pressure went skyrocketing. I had the same result when I took a spoonful of salt before eating a prepared dinner (lots of MSG).

I'm very positive that this is possibly the best treatment for Lyme.

To sum up everything, taking about 15 grams (about 1 tablespoon or 3 teaspoons) of sea salt throughout the day, for several days, cured my Lyme. It should also be noted that a SINGLE dose of salt (about 5 grams) did more for me than an entire month of doxycycline.

Replied by Eegirl
Charlotte, Nc

Thank you for sharing! I have Lyme disease, and I believe very much in the sea salt, but I have NEVER thought about it being helpful against Lyme! I will be trying this remedy right away. Thank you again! Oh, and here is a quick note for those who think salt should be avoided: I have been using sea salt for at least 3 years in all my cooking and my blood pressure is always right around 100/60. I salt everything generously, and the unprocessed sea salt has never affected my blood pressure.

Replied by Derekchaunessey
Los Angeles, California

When you add unrefined sea salt to water, should you be able to taste the salt, and is this similar to a salt water flush? Is diarrhea essential everytime in order for it to work, and if so, should this be done in the morning or at night? In other words, you mentioned needing to get probiotics or fermented foods in order to restore gut flora, but wouldn't this affect our absorption of nutrients in normal food while we're doing this?

Will just adding salt to food have the same effect? Would raw grass-fed milk work instead of water?

I may have Lyme disease. I have various symptoms of it, but no flares. Just constant cognitive dysfunction. And nothing's been diagnosed, though Lyme disease is notorious for being undiagnosed.

Replied by Laurie

Hi everyone with Lyme:) I also began the salt and Vitamin C cure. I had to start slowly. I made the mistake of starting the full dosage right off and experienced such a terrible headache and other ill feelings. I believe that it was die-off. Please start slow and increase as you go. The remedy I read about on the internet said to calculate the dose this way. For every pound of body weight take one gram of salt and one gram of C. So, if you weigh 150 lbs. you take 15 grams of salt per day and 15 grams of C per day. This is divided into 3 doses. That would be 5 grams of salt and C three times a day. I started with 1/4 tsp. salt and 1 gram of C. I am almost at full dose now. No discomfort, except the odd small headache.

Lyme can come from other sources than ticks. It can be transmitted from person to person. I researched this extensively. Lyme has co-infections. Other pathogens enter the body when we are bitten. These can be few or many. Babeosis; Erlichia; Rickettsia and more. Each of these cause varying symptoms. There is worse news: it is believed that Lyme (borrelia) causes all manner of neurological diseases...Alzheimer's; dementia; ALS; MS; Parkenson's and more. Anyone with those conditions should seek a treatment to eradicate Lyme and parasites. Lyme (borrelia) can hide in biofilm. In chronic Lyme cases the antibiotics will not kill the borrelia. That is where the salt comes in. It will break down the biofilm.

Also, enzymes on an empty stomach 3 times a day are very effective. Try serrapeptase. Research it. A wonderful supplement made from Cat's Claw is highly recommended. It is called samento or non-TOA Cat's Claw. Also, highly recommended to kill co-infections is artemisinin, a powerful supplement from artemisia. There are many ways to get at this. I think persistence is the key. I saw a great protocol by Dr. Cowden. I hope I can mention him. He is on Youtube. I would like to try it myself. I am experimenting with the things I mentioned..but awaiting the artemisinin and samento.

Research, research, research. That's the key. I hope everyone recovers! This is a terrible disease! I have been sick for 18 years, because the blood tests here in Canada are inadequate.

Replied by Ali

Hmm. I think that should have read 'for every TEN pounds of body weight take 1 gram of salt' in Laurie's comment above!

(Taking ONE gram of salt for every pound would be 150 grams! Please don't do that. That could be catastrophically unhelpful! ). it's a good job it was clarified by the info that followed it, otherwise it might have caused a few problems......

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Posted by Tiraya (Bangkok) on 10/31/2006
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Sea Salt cured the wound in my mouth (accidentally bit my mouth.. hehe) *makes the gums healthy. I think I really got better when I drank salt and hot water when I was sick. I love this website : )

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Posted by Eddie (Nyc, Ny) on 12/10/2009
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I had to post my results to sea salt in the hopes that it will help others. First, I had planned to cleanse my colon using sea salt, however, I was concerned due to un-medicated high-blood pressure. Thus, I used two-tea spoons the first day in 6 ounces of water. Next day I used a normal spoon size and the third day I used almost two spoon size in the same amount of water. An hour later, i was in the bathroom numerous times and thereafter I was urinating non stop. Also, after inspecting the bowl, I found 5 sandy-crystal like bulbs with green particles floating
in the water. I later realized that legs and hands were not swollen and my blood pressure went radically down. no more pressure. It was amazing. I did more research and spoke to a medical person who said that the sea salt dryed my colon and forced the water in my legs, hand, hearth, and blood to the colon where I eventually let out. Also the green powder glassy was bile and gall stones that the sea salt forced out.

I was not aware of the blotted feeling that I have had for the past year and the blood presssure.

It has been 15 days and I feel great. I am 45 and did not think of the water problem was causing the blood increase due to the extra weight in body. I also reviewed other sites that state liver clense which use salt to flush gall stones.

Thank you EC for your site and all who participate. Please forward any related information to my situation.

Replied by Lisa
Thousand Oaks, Ca, USA

Good for you Eddie! Glad you had such great results. Next step- start eating lots of veggies to keep yourself from returning to that state again. Best in health, Lisa


Posted by Shaun (Olde York, North Yorkshire) on 10/10/2011

Could Ted, Bill (... Or indeed someone else) please try to explain how refined/ common table salt loses its pH (from 7.5 to 5) when seemingly refined. I am a firm believer in the all-round benefits of pure sea salt, but it seems such a HUGE difference/ loss in pH. Also, who gets the benefit in actually refining table salt? Thanks.

Replied by Ali

Because the abundant micro-elements that accompany the sodium and chloride in sea salt act as buffers and support. Sea salt contains 80+ other trace elements, many of which help to keep the salt within relatively neutral parameters. Processed salt is just sodium chloride and nothing else. There is nothing to buffer the salt within the body, or help the body be able to use it properly. The plethora of micro-elements are extremely necessary. They may only be a very small part size-wise, but are vital. If a bridge had 80 bolts missing, would you be happy to drive across it.....?

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Posted by Rv (Huntington Beach, Ca, USA) on 12/14/2009
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Sea Salt for Pneumonia

I have (usually) mild asthma. I visited a dusty wildflower area and contracted fungal pneumonia. The doctor did not apply effective antibiotics, because the infection was fungal, and he initially misdiagnosed it. The infection continued for weeks, and hardened into chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Over the next year I tried many remedies. Then I found an interesting fact. The ocean has millions of antibacterial virions per liter. This is why there are so few bacteria there: predation. I live in an oceanside city, and have no problem getting clean, fresh seawater. I spat some infected sputum into a bottle of seawater and diluted it to invisibility. The idea was that any virus would rapidly multiply by killing and eating the bacteria of my infection. Then over a week, I sprayed the water and inhaled it. My coughing got worse, but then air began to penetrate past the blockages and I began to cough them up; some looked like french fries. I'm now healthy.

I think a similar effort might work with artificial seawater made from organic sea salt. The idea is that it must be organic so that the antibacterial virions would need to be preserved in the salt.

Replied by Ingrid
Wilmette, Il.
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I have been in the Alternative Health Industry for more than 25 yrs. I have worked with Many Natural Health Practitioners who've seen Wonderful results with treating sodium caused conditions like Hyper tension/HB, bloating, etc., with a prescription of 1-2 teaspoons of Natural unrefined sea salt a day. The whole concept is that, the human body must leach needed nutrient stores to compensate for the deficiencies caused by the metabolism of Refined table salt. Thereby causing dis-ease!

In my experience, The best, and least Expensive Sea salt is called 'Real Salt' by Redmond. It seems that being indigenous to your native soil is pretty important. A word to the WISE: Don't tell too many people about 'Real Salt', or else that company could get sold out (compromise), filter and process their sea salt just like all the rest (Morton etc) to grab a piece of the "HYPE" God Bless! Ingrid