Have you tasted Redmond real salt? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/yummy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="yummy"><br><br>
Its wonderful and it comes from old salt beds. It contains many nutrients.
Salt is necessary for many functions of your body, even digestion (it is used as a buffer in your stomach). Natural salt contains many trace minerals that are good for your body, including potassium, magnesium, iodine, and calcium, to name a few.<br><br>
Table salt (pure NaCl) is stripped of all the trace minerals, and sometimes have iodine added back. However, since many of the minerals act synergistically with sodium chloride, table salt can behave very agressively in the body and cause imbalances. For example, the addition of iodine to table salt is usually in unnatural proportions that can cause thyroid issues. High blood pressure can often be regulated by potassium, which is one of the trace minerals that is stripped when creating table salt.<br><br>
Like the case with other whole foods, in it's natural form, salt contains all the minerals in natural, balanced proportions that are well utilized and necessary to the body.
We buy Celtic Sea Salt. It is full of minerals. Your body NEEDS salt, like the PP wrote. Prior to industrialization, salt was so valuable that the world "salary" comes from the word "salt." It was more valuable than gold to most people.