Dr. David Brownstein,  editor of Dr. David Brownstein’s Natural Way to Health newsletter, is a board-certified family physician and one of the nation’s foremost practitioners of holistic medicine. Dr. Brownstein has lectured internationally to physicians and others about his success with natural hormones and nutritional therapies in his practice. His books include Drugs That Don’t Work and Natural Therapies That Do!; Iodine: Why You Need It, Why You Can’t Live Without It; Salt Your Way To Health; The Miracle of Natural Hormones; Overcoming Arthritis, Overcoming Thyroid Disorders; The Guide to a Gluten-Free Diet; and The Guide to Healthy Eating. He is the medical director of the Center for Holistic Medicine in West Bloomfield, Mich., where he lives with his wife, Allison, and their teenage daughters, Hailey and Jessica.

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Benefits of Unrefined Salt

Monday, 04 Oct 2010 09:53 AM


Question: What is unrefined salt, and what are its benefits?

Dr. Brownstein's Answer:

Unrefined salt is the only salt that retains its nutrient content. Celtic Sea Salt, for example, preserves the vital balance of the ocean minerals and contains over 80 minerals that the body needs to optimize its function. Unrefined salt often has a pink, grayish, or a darker color to it and will also be moist.

Benefits of unrefined salt include:

• Prevents osteoporosis
• Regulates blood pressure
• Acts as an alkalinizing agent
• Balances blood sugar
• Helps relax body for sleep
• Improves brain function
• Prevents muscle cramps
• Prevents varicose veins

The most common salt found in grocery stores is table salt, which is refined white salt and is very fine. It contains additives such as iodine, which is known to prevent goiter. What is not as well-known is that refined table salt also contains sugar and aluminum and provides little nutritional value. Refined salt is usually white because it has been bleached.

I recommend you use only unrefined salt.



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