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A guide to some of your minerals: Calcium, magnesium, and salt

The difference between sea salt, rock crystal salt, and table salt is in the source, the processing, and the trace minerals in various types of salt. You can buy salt processed by smoking or flavored, or salts that come from the sea or rocks and have different colors from red and orange or pink to brown and beige. Check out the site, "A Guide to Salt Varieties." You can find grey, black, or green salt, pink, red, and orange as well as smoked salt. There's also blue salt, usually called Persian salt. It's a natural rock salt with small blue crystals. French grey salt is known as el gris, and often is hand-harvested with wooden rakes.

A guide to some of your minerals: Calcium, magnesium, and salt.
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Table salt is called a health destroyer, according to the book, The Calcium Lie: What Your Doctor Doesn't Know Could Kill You, by Robert Thompson, M.D. and Kathleen Barnes. The book points out that the salt that went on people's tables beginning in the early 20th century containing only sodium and chloride is not the same as the rock or sea salt used historically which contained "the other 76 minerals" present in rock salt or sea salt.

All over the world, goiter appeared due to iodine deficiency. Then the addition of iodized salt put back some of that mineral, but left out the rest of the minerals. Some societies don't add salt to their food. They eat it as the food appears naturally with out adding salt. See, "Yes to berries, no to salt: Aboriginal man goes back to his dietary roots."

Some companies process table salt with aluminum

According to the book, The Calcium Lie, you also should not take colloidal minerals. The Calcium Lie explains that colloidal silver, for example, over time, accumulates permanently between your cells.

Colloidal forms of minerals get into your skin, in that area between the cells. Your body can't excrete colloidal minerals, and the minerals build up too much. Minerals in excess are dangerous. Instead, you need sea salt-derived ionic multiple minerals. What happens when the larger moleclules of colloidal silver or other colloidal-derived minerals get between the cells in back of your eyes, in your retina or in your organs and stay there?

Processed food and restaurant food is overdosing us on salt. From that can of vegetables to the wheat and parsley salad you get from a buffet restaurant that attracts vegetarians, salt is dumped into almost everything. And sugar is put into healthy foods such as carrot and raisin salad or cole slaw in most restaurants followed by salty dressings or mayonnaise. Can you imagine tasting magnesium in restaurant salt shakers or multiple minerals on condiment tables? (That happens in some European countries such as Finland.)

Why do some cooks dump so much salt into soups? Or eggs? Or vegetables?

When soups are on every restaurant table, why can't people have the choice of salting their own food? This is true whether you walk into a soup and salad eatery, a buffet place, diner, or you sit at a lunch counter. Same goes for the salad dressings or prepared vegetarian salads.

Why do so many prepared salads to go sold in groceries and supermarkets contain calcium chloride to preserve the color of the green vegetable leaves? Calcium chloride significantly raises blood pressure.

For every gram of added salt taken out of processed food, up to 250,000 cases of heart disease and 200,000 deaths can be prevented in a ten-year span, according to a recent analysis, I read in today's daily newspaper. But what's the name of the recent analysis?

The specific study by name wasn't cited in the news article. It's important to know who's making the analysis. We all know salt raises blood pressure in people who aren't highly salt resistant.

If chefs being trained are not told to cut down on the salt, the result is that they may dump salt into soups instead of using other spices that don't affect blood pressure. Public health agencies and medical groups keep asking restaurants and food manufacturers of processed food to cut down on the salt. What tastes bland to a chef or cook can taste too salty to someone on a low-salt diet for years.

Do we need to color code our food packages with a green dot for low salt and a red dot for high salt? The goal for consumers is choice.

You need some salt to stay alive, and there's enough salt in natural foods to do that. Before 3,000 BCE, people didn't salt their food or preserve food by salting. They used spices, honey, and plants such as fruit juices, onions, garlic, fermented grains or fruit, and raisins, nuts, and cinnamon on grains, fish, or meat. People were used to the natural taste of food for thousands of years.

Food manufacturers need to cut salt by more than 20%. But it will take years before packaging labels change. It's voluntary. The daily recommendation for Americans is a teaspoon of salt, about 2,300 grams. But that's far too much. About a 1,000 grams is healthier, especially if you have a common gene variant that makes you sensitive to salt by raising your blood pressure.

Your best source at the moment are government reports, showing that people should eat less salt than what's recommended, about 1,500 milligrams. But you need eat more like 1,000 milligrams daily. African Americans are at greater risk than whites for hypertension and need a lower salt diet than the daily recommended amount that now is too high at 2,300 milligrams daily.

The best strategy at the present time is to eat food in its natural state and spice it with garlic, onion, lemon juice, spices, or celery seed, lemon juice, limes, fruit, apple cider vinegar, cayenne pepper, scallions, and vegetables such as parsley and celery stalks which have slightly salty tastes. Get your salty flavor from various herbs, spices, vegetables, and juices.

Linus Pauling, winner of two Nobel Prizes, said, "You can trace every sickness, every disease, and every ailment to a mineral deficiency." Sea or rock salt contains all the minerals you need in the correct proportions, according to The Calcium Lie, (page 109) The book also notes on page 109 that, "Table salt essentially is zero nutrition."

Chefs could give customers a choice to season their foods when it boils down to condiments that raise blood pressure such as common commercial table salt and calcium chloride. Restauranteurs could put a choice of sea salt and rock salt shakers on the table next to a shaker of magnesium citrate powder?

At least it would bring back the salt-sensitive customers that make up nearly a fifth of the US population. About a fifth of the population might have a common gene variation that makes them sensitive to salt. The only way they'll find out about it is if their blood pressure is measured soon after they eat salt. Science claims that 60 percent of people with essential (common type) of high blood pressure is said to be salt-sensitive. But you need to find out whether your kidneys can handle the magnesium in a salt shaker.

Most health solutions books recommend that if you're healthy, you might need to take up to a tablespoon (615 mgs) daily of magnesium citrate powder. The problem is people with certain kidney conditions or heart problems may be told by their physicians not to take magnesium supplements. Others may be told to keep the salt content of food low. On the other hand, most people are told that they need to balance those trace minerals and find out where any deficiencies exist. There are tests to see in which minerals there may be a deficiency.

Some nutrition-minded individuals suggest that if you put magnesium powder in a salt shaker, a sprinkle on your fish or vegetables the mineral would taste somewhat like lemon and would be about an eighth of a teaspoon. But measure it. You never want to take too much of a mineral because you need minerals in balance. Too much of any mineral is toxic.

That's why what could go into a restaurant salt shaker would best be a perfect balance of all the minerals you need, including magnesium, in a form that looks like salt. How much magnesium are you gettting when you drink tap water or filtered water? What other minerals are you getting that your body actually needs?

Please don't put the commercial salt substitutes on the table either, chefs, as potassium chloride raises some people's blood pressure as their body's salt levels plummet. Instead, offer rock or sea salt on the table, white pepper, and perhaps magnesium citrate powder, or at least some garlic and onion powder or ground celery seed instead.

That way the fifth of the population sensitive to salt will have a choice to use the other types of seasonings such as garlic and onion powder or lemon juice, vinegar, and perhaps cayenne. If you're looking for cheap, plain garlic or onion powder is good enough. Too many restaurants put neurotoxic flavor extenders in food or on the table in a shaker.

Many restaurant workers and food processing company employees have no idea that the canned or packaged food restaurants get from suppliers already has the neurotoxin, MSG in the food. Just because it still remains on the safe foods list, doesn't mean that it will remain there forever.

Why is MSG it still permitted as an additive in food after all the cases complaining of health problems after using it ? It's being removed from some cans of soup, but is served in a lot of the buffet restaurant foods as a flavor extender. It's used to get the customer to come back again and buy more food.

Ask whether the neurotoxin, MSG has been added to restaurant food before you eat it. Was it added in the kitchen or in the factory that supplied the canned soup, cans of cooked green beans, sauces, or other foods to the restaurant? Is there MSG in your fried rice from the soy sauce dumped on it?

Instead of frying white rice, and turning it brown with soy sauce, did the buffet restaurant ever try serving the more nutritious steamed brown rice? Many people are allergic to MSG. After eating it they get sensations as if the bones in their face are poking out due to muscle contractions or they get the shakes (and other frightening symptoms). And if too much salt in foods weren't enough, there's the neurotoxin, MSG used to enhance the taste of food.

The issue is about dangers of MSG (monosodium glutamate) added to restaurant, school lunch foods, and various processed foods. It's also a big food issue as you can see in the uTube video at the bottom of this page. But to date, it still remains in some packaged and processed foods, and various restaurants and buffets use MSG to enhance the taste of foods.

You need minerals. But which minerals? And how many in what quantities?

Find out from your health care professionals that actually know about measuring your minerals. Ask whether your body type needs more magnesium than calcium and why.

One book recently published is called The Calcium Lie by Robert Thompson, M.D. and Kathleen Barnes. View The Calcium Lie uTube video on this link. Another recently published book is Dr. Carolyn Dean, M.D. N.D's The Magnesium Miracle. And don't forget the section on the health benefits of magnesium (in the proper amount) stated in Dr. Sherry A. Rogers, M.D. book titled, Is Your Cardiologist Killing You?

View two of Dr. Roger's videos on uTube on the effects of air pollution on your body and other health and nutrition topics. Another recently published book is titled, How Nutrigenomics Fights Childhood Type 2 Diabetes & Weight Issues. What you need to know about magnesium is that it is an essential nutrient. Why are so many people deficient in magnesium? You need the right amount for your body, not too much and not too little.

In Finland, you might see salt shakers in some restaurants offering magnesium to sprinkle on food, sometimes mixed with other spices or condiments such as garlic and onion, dulse, or dried herbs. What you need to know is magnesium's role in lowering cholesterol. Find out the vital role this mineral plays in your own body.

Most doctors have not considered that mineral cofactors are involved in our biochemical reactions. This means in plain language that we all need a mineral balance. Are you taking a small amount of multiple minerals and silica to balance your minerals? Your first step is to investigate what multiple minerals in ionic form you do need.

For more information: Check out my free audio lecture on Internet Archive, How nutrigenomics fights childhood type 2 diabetes. Whole grains, meal, and various types of bran make more nutritious cookies. Feed whole grains to your children to help ward off the kind of type 2 childhood diabetes that results from too many simple carbohydrates.

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