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Seawater as a healthy substitute for refined salt

Seawater as a healthy substitute for refined salt
2. 7. 2020

„Salt over gold“says one Czech proverb. But does this really apply to all of the types of salt used in the kitchen to prepare meals? Today, we will take a closer look at refined salt, and introduce the reasons why to stop using it and replace it, for instance, with seawater, the precise dosage of which we will also specify.

Refined Salt

Salt is a crystalline compound - sodium chloride (NaCl), which occurs in the form of a mineral (halite), as a component of seawater, and in many other forms. 
It is used not only to flavor food, but also as a means of preservation, to strew on roads in winter, in the chemical industry, and in the pharmaceutical industry in the form of saline solution consisting of 0.9% sodium chloride diluted in water.
Salt, which has undergone a technological purification process to eliminate any impurities, is called refined salt.


Most refined salts available on the market have been mechanically harvested from various salt mines in the form of brine (concentrated solution of water and inorganic salt).
Before mechanical evaporation, chemical substances are often added to the brine to eliminate the minerals contained therein. These are then sold for use in industry. The minerals contained in salt are termed “impurities”.
In the next step, the water is evaporated under high pressure and temperature, which disrupts the crystalline structure of salt. The final product is created by eliminating most of the humidity from the salt in a fluid dryer.

Why is salt refined?

Are you wondering why salt is refined? We present four main reasons:

  1. It is an important source of minerals for industry - only 4% of the remaining product (NaCl) is used in the kitchen (the other substances are filtered out).
  2. After eliminating all of the minerals (except sodium and chlorine) contained in it, refined salt (i.e. “pure”) is essentially a non-living product. This fact guarantees a long shelf life and consequently a longer period for which it can be sold.
  3. Producers believe that snow white salt will look more appealing to consumers, resulting in higher sales. The pure white color comes from industrial bleaching.
  4. If the salt is obtained from a polluted area, the refinement process can be used to eliminate the harmful substances contained in salt.

Why quit salt and replace it with seawater?

  1. By using seawater in the kitchen, your meals will have a much better, richer taste.
  2. Seawater contains 78 minerals and trace elements in precisely given proportions, which are essential for the correct functioning of the human organism. On the contrary, refined salt contains only 2-3 elements.
  3. Compared to natural salt, refined salt has an altered crystalline structure, which affects our organism in a different way.
  4. Unlike refined salt, seawater is also rich in other substances, such as vitamins, carotenoids, fatty acids, polypeptides, organic acids, enzymes, polysaccharides, polyphenols, chlorophyll, natural antibiotics and antifungals.
  5. The elements contained in refined salt are inorganic, making them difficult to absorb for our organism. The human organism must draw minerals from its own supplies, thus depleting them.
  6. On the contrary, due to the effects of phytoplankton and zooplankton, seawater contains minerals in organic form, making them easier for the body to use. Minerals are able to bind with other substances in our body and be readily available.
  7. Refined salt contains a 10% higher dose of sodium than seawater, which carries a number of health complications.
  8. Drinking seawater helps to strengthen the organism’s immunity, but also to maintain a stable pH of the internal environment (homeostasis) of the organism. Seawater has a high pH (up to 8.4), meaning it is alkaline (basic). It is advisable to keep this in mind when solving problems with body acidity.
  9. Seawater supplied to the market is properly filtered and purified, so there is no need to worry about undesirable impurities. Despite this process, its natural characteristics are fully preserved.

It is generally known that refined salt is harmful to the organism. It is not just a matter of sodium content, but also the chemicals added during the refinement process and its chemical structure. Therefore, we recommend eliminating salt from your diet entirely and replacing it with living, liquid salt – seawater.

Seawater spray can also be used in the kitchen.

Dosing Seawater

We too avoid refined salt to prevent health problems, and use seawater for salting at home instead.

Are you wondering how to dose seawater for cooking? Just like with any other salt, it is a matter of taste. In the kitchen, seawater in spray bottles can be just as handy, for instance, when making salads.

In addition to cooking in seawater, we drink it for the reasons mentioned above. It has also been proven that salt used in reasonable amounts can have positive health effects. For this purpose, we use it in diluted (isotonic) form. It is best to dilute it at a ratio of 1:3, i.e. 250 ml of seawater + 750 ml fresh water (tap water). This ensures the correct intake of all minerals for your body for an entire day. The dose can be divided into several portions per day.

You can drink micro-filtered and isotonic (i.e. diluted) seawater regularly to provide your body with the full range of positive effects of this natural product, as well as necessary hydration.

Effects of Seawater on Human Health

It is apparent from the foregoing paragraphs that seawater has a whole range of positive effects on the human organism. It contains all of the organic, freely soluble minerals and trace elements in precise proportions, similar to blood plasma. As a result, the body benefits from the synergic effects, where the individual substances complement each other to increase their efficacy. 
For instance, sodium is often responsible for the effects on human health, and together with other minerals (magnesium, zinc and other trace elements) is essential for the correct functioning of the human organism. On the contrary, sodium alone without the right help from other substances can be harmful to the body. 
In addition to strengthening immunity and maintaining homeostasis, seawater also has the following effects:

  1. Ensures proper nutrition - Seawater contains almost all of the minerals and trace elements in the periodic table, thanks to phytoplankton and zooplankton in organic form. As a result, it ensures complete nutrition for the body on a cellular level. 
  2. Regulates blood pressure - A lack of sodium can result in a drop in blood pressure below the normal limit (around 120/80), i.e. hypotension. Seawater helps reduce high blood pressure if classic refined salt is omitted.
  3. Prevents dehydration - Seawater (salt) containing sodium and chlorine ions helps to maintain hydration and electrolyte balance, which is essential for the proper function of organs. Our cells, muscles and tissues need water for their activity, and salt helps them to retain the required quantity.
  4. Helps correct thyroid gland function - The thyroid gland is an organ near the bottom of the neck, which plays an important role in our metabolism. It needs iodine to function properly, which is currently added artificially to most salts available on the market. Seawater, on the other hand, contains it naturally and in the form best usable for the body.
  5. Can be used to treat illnesses - Some physicians use seawater to treat diseases such as diabetes, cirrhosis of the liver, rheumatism, arthritis, allergic rhinitis, psoriasis and various heart diseases, with considerable success.

Salt is not only a great product for use in the kitchen, but can also assist you towards a healthier body. However, it must be used with care. There is a reason why people say that “there are two sides to every coin”.

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