Mineral body absorption
Is a Little Celtic Sea Salt Harmless?
by Dr. Douglas Graham
Salt does not add flavor to food. It reduces flavor. Salt deadens taste buds to anything and everything except the taste of more salt. It deadens our ability to sense sweet, sour and bitter. This is why salt users will often say that "food has no flavor without salt". There is a powerful dehydrating impact upon the body from the consumption of even a small amount of refined salt. It is said that in China people eat just an ounce of salt to commit suicide.
Those substances that are beneficial are only beneficial in moderation, whereas those that are harmful are harmful regardless of dose. We could not sensibly argue that tobacco, botulism or heroin are good for us as long as we didn't use them excessively.
As for obtaining minerals from salt is basically a myth. Minerals must be converted to a bioavailable form in order to be utilized, and this action is done by the bacteria that live on plant root hairs. We obtain our minerals from eating plants. While it is true that minerals in ionic form, such as sodium, can be utilized by the body, it is a rare person indeed who suffers from a lack of sodium. Usually the opposite is more true: people suffer from excessive sodium intake.
any thoughts? I think its interesting, and wondering if the $$ i spend on ionic mineral drop sare even being absorbed by my body, or if they would be put to better use say, in watering a garden?
The Dietary Usefulness of Inorganic vs. Organic Minerals
Minerals are needed for the proper composition of body fluids, the formation of bone and blood and in the maintenance of healthy nerve function. Minerals are needed for many functions. For example, many vitamins and enzymes cannot function without minerals. Many hormonal responses need minerals to function. Therefore, a lack of minerals may lead to immobilization of many metabolic functions in the body.
The best way to get minerals is from food. Alarmingly, we know that foods today seldom contain enough essential minerals and trace elements. It is estimated “that only 15 percent of the unfarmed (unused) mineral supply remain in the soil after 100 years of traditional farming”. (Crawford, p. 66). As a result health professionals recommend that we supplement with minerals and trace elements to offset the lack of minerals in our foods. However, we can easily become very confused within the broad world of supplemention, because of the different claims touting the benefits of one mineral supplement over the other. Should the mineral in a supplement form be a chelate, malate, picolinate, collidal, fumarate, ascorbate, etc....? Our answer to that question is very simple, “The best way to get minerals is from food!” The following paragraphs should explain why when it comes to minerals or any other nutrient, you should rely on whole foods to nourish your body.
First of all, it is important to explain the terms inorganic or organic mineral. The way elements in a compound are connected determines whether it is organic or inorganic. Here are some definitions:
When a mineral is chemically inorganic, it means that its chemical composition is without carbon. When a mineral is chemically organic, it means that its chemical composition is with carbon.
When minerals are labeled agriculturally inorganic, it means that the food grown is tainted with chemical fertilizers. When the mineral content of food is labeled agriculturally organic, it means that the food containing the minerals is grown without chemical fertilizers.
When a mineral is nutritionally inorganic, it means that it is without any organic (carbon-based) molecule. When a mineral is nutritionally organic, it means that it is chelated or bound to organic molecules. (Jensen, pp. 74-84)
Ted Morter in his book, Health and Wellness , defines organic minerals as easily broken apart and inorganic minerals as tightly held together (p. 62).
There is much controversy in the scientific community as to whether or not the body can utilize inorganic minerals in carrying out life processes. However, the vast majority of the scientific community recognizes that ONLY chemically and nutritionally organic food can adequately provide substances, including minerals, that can be utilized by the body at the cellular level (pp. 140-145).
As humans, there is only one way that we can fully access minerals on a cellular level and that is through the consumption of offerings from the plant kingdom. We do not possess the ability to perform photosynthesis, therefore we must rely on the plant kingdom to prepare (chemically assemble) our foods (ingredients). Plants, through the process of photosynthesis attach enzymes to inorganic minerals found in soil or water and can make them living or organic minerals. In other words, the attached enzymes act as a “passport” to assist the transfer of the minerals into the cells of the human body and aid in the cells utilization of the delivered minerals. The key here is that the enzyme must be active and attached to the mineral in order for the body to utilize it.
Any form of processing nature’s foods (such as pasteurization, cooking, adding preservatives, etc.) breaks the bonds between the food components as well as destroys the enzymes. The result is inorganic or denatured food components and thus inorganic food.
Raw foods have active enzymes and thus directly assist the production of life processes in the body. Because they have intact/active enzymes they are chemically organic. Enzymes are catalysts; in this case, the catalysts are substances which help the body work more efficiently in utilizing food for life maintaining purposes.
An example of an inorganic substance is table salt. It is simply sodium and chloride. No enzymes, thus it is enzymatically inactive and the body cannot use it. Our bodies cannot attach an enzyme to inorganic substances (minerals), except at great cost to our health.
Remember, it is only the plant kingdom, through its various living and developing processes, that can attach enzymes to inorganic substances and make them chemically bonded, active and organic.
The plant kingdom utilizes sunshine, carbon dioxide, nitrogen, oxygen, water and inorganic minerals in the process of photosynthesis to feed itself and grow. The result is a living plant (food for our consumption) containing: Glucose, protein, fatty acids, minerals, enzymes, vitamins and water. Eating fruits, vegetables, seaweeds, seeds and nuts daily as staples in our diets will provide us with a set of usable nutrients that are reasonably complete for our needs.
Worried that you might not be getting certain types of minerals? The solution is for you to find foods that contain high amounts of those minerals and make ”juice” out of those particular foods. This way you are getting chelated, assimilable and usable organic minerals the way mother nature intended us to have them.
The Dietary Usefulness of Inorganic vs. Organic Minerals
I would hesitate to agree completely with this based on my own experience. I am quite often low on salt, as well as low on potassium, and sea salt is of the best ways for me to raise my sodium levels-often the only way. Potassium chloride (AKA fakesalt or Nusalt) is the quickest way for me to raise potassium as well.
I DO agree with his stance on pasturization and plain ol' 'table salt', however.
If the author would like to propose a way to ensure that the soil the foods are grown in has plenty of minerals in the proper forms, in the correct balance, I'd be all ears. Just because something is 'known' for having high levels of X doesn't mean that the exact specimen you pulled off the vine from your garden or grocery store shelf has the same.
As far as I know Graham is the guru of those 811 banana freaks. IMHO enough to ignore what he says...
Salt deadens the taste buds?? Lies. In my opinion, and I think any cook will tell you the same, boiling potatoes in water without adding salt is a grievous error. Adding just a little salt to most foods brings out the flavors immensely. Sea salt and dark chocolate, anyone? Sprinkle of salt on asparagus? I'm not saying to make the salt shaker a permanent accessory, but I disagree that salt deadens the taste buds to any flavors except salt.
Our bodies need sodium - salt is an important part of our body chemistry. Sodium is depleted when we sweat or are dehydrated OR have excessive fluid intake.
"Hyponatremia is the most common electrolyte disorder. Its frequency is higher in females, the elderly, and in patients that are hospitalized. The incidence of hyponatremia depends largely on the patient population. A hospital incidence of 15-20% is common, while only 3-5% of patients who are hospitalized have a serum sodium level of less than 130 mEq/L. Hyponatremia has been reported in up to 30% of elderly patients in nursing homes and is also present in approximately 30% of depressed patients on selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors."
A little salt makes things taste better.
This guy sounds like a nutter.
I use a little Himalayan sea salt. I find for some foods it enhances the flavour.