Saturday, 14 September 2013

Do you have questions about salt?

Hey, Isabel here ...

I was editing some recipes for our site the other day, working with a member of our Beyond Diet team. She casually wrote "salt" as one of the ingredients, and it hit me - sometimes I forget that not everyone knows all the things I know about nutrition and weight loss, and sometimes I take that knowledge for granted!

I'm not trying to brag here - if some of my team members or clients don't know everything about healthy eating, I consider it my fault. After all, if my job isn't to educate and support you, then I don't know what it is!

So I told my BD team member to write "unrefined salt" next to the recipe instead, and then decided to write this newsletter. You may have read about this in your program manual, or you may have read about it in one of my newsletters ... but it can't hurt to repeat the ins and outs of healthy eating. It can be complicated to keep track of it all, and sometimes (yes - even me) we all need to be reminded.

So here's the deal with salt.

STAY AWAY from plain old table salt.

This stuff is the main reason salt has such a bad reputation. Our bodies actually need salt, but most research (especially what's been published in America) has revolved around regular table salt - and the results have shown that this stuff is just plain 'ol not good for you.

Yet, in many parts of the world, it is well-accepted that salt itself is not the problem ... it's the kind of salt that's causing problems.

The bad effects of refined table salt are pretty scary, actually. It often contains harmful anti-caking agents, some of which have been linked to heavy metal toxicity and kidney problems. A common preservative in these refined salts, sodium acetate, may cause elevated blood pressure and kidney disturbances.

So what should you eat instead?

The truth is that unrefined sea salt is actually good for you. It helps to balance your blood sugar, helps keep your bones strong, regulates your metabolism, boosts your immune system and more. Natural, unrefined sea salt provides a number of nutrients and minerals, in a way that the body recognizes and knows how to use. Over 80 trace minerals found in the naturally filtered salt water used to create unrefined sea salt give it its vital grayish color, and its slight moistness keeps the salt and minerals in a form that the body can use.

You can find many kinds of unrefined salt right in the store - brands that may provide adequate amounts of nutrients. Personally, I like to use Aztec Sea Salt, which I know for a fact is high-quality, unrefined, and loaded with the good minerals and nutrients you need.

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And the number one reason I use Aztec Sea Salt? It is hands-down the tastiest salt I've ever tried.

In fact, Aztec Sea Salt is so good that they can barely keep it in stock! They can only harvest it 16 weeks out of the year, and every time they get a fresh batch it just flies off the shelves.

Luckily, I just got word that they're about to get a fresh supply in, and they are taking pre-orders for it right now ...

... so if you want to be one of the few people who get in on this next batch of nutrient-rich Aztec Sea Salt - before it disappears - head over here now.

I hope this helps!

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