Are All Salts Created Equally?

By Laurel Sterling MA, RD, CDN470569367

No they are not! From what I have researched,you have to consider where they are harvested, how they are harvested, and how they are processed.

Conventional (white) table salt is extremely different from other healthier choices like Celtic sea salt and Himalaya pink salt. It is stripped of most minerals and trace elements during the extensive refining process. They also add anti-caking agents which make up about 3% of the salt. The other 97% of what is left over after the processing is sodium and chloride. THIS is the type of salt that we need to AVOID in our diets!

Most Celtic salt (or gray salt) comes from the northwest coast of France. It is gray in color because it absorbs minerals from clay that lines the salt ponds. Companies that harvest it, still use the traditional Celtic methods where they collect it by hand with wooden tools. Celtic sea salt contains somewhere between 80-90 elements found in sea water. Among the minerals and trace elements included in Celtic salt are: calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, potassium, zinc, and iodine. 

Himalaya pink salt is mined from the earth. It is harvested from the foothills of the Himalayas. They also harvest this salt by hand using traditional methods. Himalaya salt is rich in many minerals such as calcium, potassium, and iron, and it is the high iron content that gives this salt its pink color.

Both Celtic salt and Himalaya salt are alkalizing for the body due to all the minerals in them, and they greatly enhance the flavor of many dishes! So enjoy using these salts in your diet in moderation instead of conventional salts.

The Greatness of Green Drinks

By Laurel Sterling, MA, RD136706785

It’s a New Year! One of the best ways to ramp up your nutrition is by consuming green drinks. Typically, many of these green drinks contain spirulina, chlorella, barley grass, and wheat grass. These greens alone are packed full of nutrients! Spirulina is a microalgae. It contains 60-70% protein, B12, iron, essential amino acids, and chlorophyll. Chlorella is an algae with a high amount of chlorophyll. It contains B vitamins, amino acids, and trace minerals. According to Dr. Anne Wigmore, founder of Hippocrates Health Institute, one pound of wheatgrass is equal in nutritional value to 25 pounds of standard vegetables. Wheatgrass is a good source of protein and is beneficial to the body for its detoxifying properties. It protects lungs and blood from air and water pollution. Wheatgrass contains vitamins B, C, and E, as well as high amounts of chlorophyll, which further assists cleansing the blood and keeps it at high alkaline levels.

There are all sorts of green drinks out there. Some are just the individual greens, and others are mixed with berries and/or electrolytes. Some are organic; some are raw and/or organic; some have added electrolytes. How do we choose??

The benefits of eating raw are that the food is easily and quickly digested in 24-36 hours (vs. 48-100 for cooked foods), and enzymes and nutrients remain intact.

We live in a sea of chemicals, so reduce exposure where you can by choosing organic. Refer to the Environmental Working Group’s list of the dirty dozen and be certain to choose organic for those items; if the green drink you are spotting is not organic and contains a Dirty Dozen item, I’d go with another choice.

When you exercise, you lose electrolytes (particularly sodium and potassium) in your sweat and these must be replaced to keep the balance. Minerals come from greens, and some of these drinks have additional minerals. Green drinks with electrolytes are great for athletes! Also, minerals are so important because our bodies are made of 70% mineral water.

As you can see, there are a wide variety of choices as far as greens drinks go. I prefer the ones with the berries and fruit added. Whatever your preference….choose green!!

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