Our body contains around 70% water, this is in the form of saline solution, not plain water, therefore ensuring our body not only has adequate amounts of water but also salt improves its functioning. Salt is usually found in adequate amounts in vegetables and meats however due to poor Australian soil quality, washing, processing, addition of pesticides and other chemicals this is greatly reduced.
This leads to necessity to supplement with unprocessed mineral salts, with the pink Himalayan and grey Celtic having the best balance of electrolytes/minerals; other types of salt should never be used in the diet and can be toxic.
Salt helps with detoxification of Bromide, Fluoride and Chloride from the Thyroid gland and human tissue, enabling absorption of Iodine thus thyroid hormone production and utilization.
- Improves cell’s ability to uptake water into their intracellular environment where it is needed. Without adequate levels of salt in the diet water tends to sit in the extracellular environment (outside cells) leading to ‘fluid retention’ and increased urination with water intake.
- Allows cells to detoxify intracellular waste. Cells are mini factories that make energy and other essential chemicals to run your body and there are by products that need to be efficiently removed, salt improves osmolality and enables more efficient detoxification.
- Improves nutrient uptake by cells. Due to improved osmolality the cell can allow nutrients more in easily enabling it to function more efficiently, this improves energy levels and general functioning of the whole body.
- Adequate salt and spring water enables the electrical systems within the body to operate efficiently, salt is an electrolyte meaning it conducts electricity, the heart, nervous system and brain require saline solution to function.
- Salt can reduce symptoms of adrenal fatigue and stress. Stress causes a drop in aldosterone production by the adrenal glands. This mineralocorticoid tells the kidneys to reabsorb sodium that passes through them, increasing the amount held in the body. This actions helps control the amount of water held in the body, as sodium osmotically holds fluid in the space outside of cells. When aldosterone levels drop, so too does sodium retention in the body; this can result in dehydration, frequent urination, low blood pressure and dizziness upon standing. The other symptoms seen in adrenal fatigue occur as a result of lower levels of cortisol and DHEA, which are steroid hormones that the adrenal glands release in response to stress. Other adrenal hormones such as cortisol also play a role in maintaining fluid and electrolytes.
In order to optimise outcomes and reduce treatment time it is advisable to avoid these as much as possible. Remember that these Halides compete with iodine for absorption and effect the way your thyroid gland and tissue produce and convert thyroid hormone in the body, leading to countless negative health effects and diseases within your body.
Sources of detrimental Halides (Bromide, Fluoride and Chloride)
- Pesticides – where possible eat organic food and/or grow your own vegetables. Wash fruit and vegetables with spring or filtered water to avoid chlorine and fluoride in water supply.
- Wash new clothes well before wearing, new furnishings, cars and houses are a huge source of Bromide therefore extra salting 2 – 3 tsp may be required long term to eliminate.
- Food and drink items including diet drinks and soft drinks
- Use a filtration system such as Zazen that eliminates fluoride and chloride from your tap water – most only remove the chloride. Or alternatively use spring water that is bottled in Bisphenol A FREE (BPA free) containers, Pureau is an example (read the container for BPA free confirmation).
- Avoid Fluoridated toothpaste if use have toxicity issues, dosing with iodine is a great way to prevent tooth decay.
- Many medications contain fluoride – if this applies to you, speak to your prescribing Doctor about alternate prescription medications. Read more here.
- Avoid tap water, as above.
- Avoid swimming in chlorinated pools; beware of so called natural pool agents that are often bromide based. Swim in the ocean preferably.
- Avoid all packet and processed foods as they all contain sodium chloride.
- Use purifying shower head such as Zazen.
- Only use Himalayan or Celtic salt in your cooking and on food, never add white processed iodised salt
It is almost impossible to avoid all Bromide, Fluoride and Chloride form our food and environment, therefore it is essential to consume 1 – 2 tsp Himalayan or Celtic sea salt every day to detoxify these toxic chemicals from the body. Also iodine will displace these from your thyroid and other tissue as part of treatment and then maintenance- Carmell Serafin, The Lucy Rose Clinic, Newcastle
Refined sodium in packaged foods and white salt has too much chloride and prevents iodine absorption gut. It is essential to comb through your cupboards weeding out processed foods, and pseudo-health foods that contain these. Salt is not a good dietary iodine source.
Iodized salt found to be inefficient in correcting iodine levels in lactating women, a study assessing multiple countries and 42 clinical studies that cites pregnant women levels are often “within the iodine deficiency range, indicating that iodine supplementation in daily prenatal vitamin/mineral supplements in lactating mothers is warranted”. Get more clinical data on a variety of hormonal related topics here
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Carmell is a qualified specialist in Western Herbal Medicine, with a particular focus on hormonal and nutritional health. She works with personalized treatment plans incorporating diet, natural therapies and extensive pathology screening for a specific approach to each patients health.
As an experienced practitioner, Carmell knows that underlying thyroid metabolic concerns can be the root cause of fatigue, digestive disturbances, weight gain, stress and insomnia. Symptoms vary greatly from patient to patient, we are greatly different as individuals and need to be treated as such.
Carmell is a warm and caring practitioner, her history working in pharmacy and healthcare combined with raising two strong boys has helped her become the wonderful integrated healthcare provider she is today.