Here are my five favorite superfoods. My list includes cacao, coconut oil/milk, macadamia nut pâté, sauerkraut, and sea salt. I’m highlighting sea salt in this blog because on my radio show I talked about the problem that many patients face when they try to tell their cardiologist about sea salt.
As we all know, salt has been demonized by allopathic medicine as one of the causes of hypertension and heart disease. That may be true, to some extent for table salt – sodium chloride – but not for sea salt that contains 72 trace minerals. Many of these trace minerals haven’t even been studied in regard to optimum health, yet doctors tarnish sea salt with the same brush as sodium chloride.
Here is what one 81-year old customer recently wrote:
“A friend is into her 2nd year of recovery from a heart attack and congestive heart failure. Her cardio guy is making her follow the Mayo Clinic dietary guidelines of low sodium diet and reduction of fluid intake resulting in a fear of salt and water. She does not drink water unless she’s parched, mostly on the golf course, and only a sip here and there. In spite of all that her ankles are often swollen and she has chronic exhaustion and depression. She is only 62 years old. She is on a disability pension and is overweight. She was vibrant and healthy until her heart attack.
I have been trying to encourage her to follow your advice, but because your Himalayan salt and water intake regime is opposite to her cardio guy, she tunes me out. I am finding it difficult to watch her slowly, in ignorance, destroy the very life she wants so hard to cling to.”
I’ve written before about The Solution for Dehydration, which includes adequate water intake and sea salt. Specifically, I recommend: Drink half your body weight (in lbs) in ounces of water. Add 1⁄4 tsp of sea salt (for its 72 minerals) in every liter of drinking water.
In the 2017 edition of The Magnesium Miracle, due out in June 2017, I write:
“It’s a sad misconception that table salt (sodium chloride) and sea salt are the same. Nothing could be further from the truth. Sea salt is replete with 72 different minerals and table salt is just plain sodium chloride. You could call sodium chloride a drug for the damage it does to the body. Sea salt was a valued commodity in the past, so valued that it was at one time used as currency. Proper hydration, sea salt and well-absorbed minerals are the keys to efficient and effective cellular function. When you have the proper amount of minerals in the cell – the cell automatically pulls in water to create the perfect electrolyte balance and allows the cell to function efficiently.
If you don’t take enough minerals, water can’t find its way to your cells and begins to collect in extracellular tissues, especially feet, legs and hands. You can develop “sausage fingers” and swollen ankles. If you have edema and symptoms of heart disease, like chest pain and an irregular pulse, your doctor may diagnose you with heart failure. It’s probably why they are so aggressive about treating edema with diuretics. But if they could only review basic fluid dynamics and cellular function they might learn the truth.”
The problem with not enough fluid in the cells can also affect the brain, which I write about in The Magnesium Miracle (2017). My concern is that much of the dementia experienced by the elderly is, in fact, simply dehydration and mineral deficiency!
“A journal case study reported that an elderly woman’s Serum Magnesium level became depleted due to a diuretic she was taking for hypertension. She was admitted to the hospital with severe weakness and developed an overt psychosis with paranoid delusions. Fortunately, her magnesium deficiency was identified, and following large intravenous doses of magnesium, her symptoms disappeared within twenty-four hours. However, her symptoms returned as long as she was taking the diuretic. No other abnormalities were found to explain her condition. People who are prescribed diuretics should check with their doctor about taking at least 600 mg a day of supplemental magnesium in divided doses. In that way, many of the side effects of diuretics can be avoided.”
Please consider the importance of using sea salt in your drinking water and do your own experiment to see how you feel with this simple trace mineral approach. Then be sure and add ReMag and ReMyte for the dozen most important minerals that your body craves.
Carolyn Dean MD ND
The Doctor of the Future®
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