Why You Should Avoid Table Salt (And It's Not The Reason You Think)

Why You Should Avoid Table Salt (And It's Not The Reason You Think)

The debate over salt has raged for decades and decades. Typically, the discussion is represented by one of two camps: either salt is bad for your blood pressure, or that research is highly flawed and don't worry about salt intake.

That is not what this article is about.

I am advocating that table salt should absolutely be avoided, but for a completely different reason: microplastics.

Table Salt and Microplastics

In a recent study, researchers tested 39 brands of salt.

A whopping 36 of them had microplastics.

That's a problem. In fact, it's a big problem. I don't think I have to tell you (but I will anyway) that you should not be ingesting plastics. 

Researchers are careful not to rush to a conclusion here. Many different scientists make statements saying that research has yet to conclusively prove that ingesting microplastics has long-term deleterious effects.

While that may be true, common sense tells you we shouldn't be eating plastic, because, you know, it isn't food.

Limiting Exposure to Microplastics in Salt

Maybe you're like me and would rather just stay on the safe side. What should you use instead of table salts?

Many people reach for pink Himalayan salt. I used to myself. Unfortunately, microplastics have been found in many of these products as well.

I have moved to Celtic Sea salt. 

Celtic Sea salt is a much purer form of salt. It has the added benefit of not being bleached (which is why it has a greyish brown color).

Morning Mineralization Tonic

One of the ways I use Celtic Sea salt is in my morning hydration drink. Here is the recipe if you would like to try it yourself:

  • 24 ounces water, room temperature
  • Large pinch of Celtic Sea salt
  • Juice of one lemon or,
  • A table spoon of apple cider vinegar

I drink this down first thing upon waking. If you're getting a good night sleep, it's been some hours since you hydrated, and the salt gives you minerals as well as helping your body absorb the water.

In modern life, it's not possible to void all environmental toxins, but microplastics in salt is low-hanging fruit.

I hope you consider making the switch to Celtic Sea salt for yourself and your family. 

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