Natural Celtic sea salt is vastly different from the many refined salts on the market, including those from the sea.
Refined salts lack the many trace minerals that gives Celtic sea salt its health-promoting benefits.
In addition, refined salts contain harmful chemicals and other processing additives.
Celtic sea salt supplies all 82 trace minerals needed by the human body for optimal health and longevity.
Since it is unrefined, it does not contain any chemicals, preservatives, or any other additive.
This amazing sea salt is naturally harvested in Brittany, France, near the Celtic sea.
The geographical orientation of the Atlantic and the climactic conditions of the region play an important part in the unique mix of sea minerals and the quality of salt that is extracted.
The 2,000-year old Celtic method for harvesting this salt is crucial to preserving its natural state and the process is supported by modern quality control standards.
My colleague, Donald K. Weber, D.C., describes the harvesting process well, portraying a vivid picture which helped me appreciate the quality of this salt. In his book Choose Life in the New Millennium, Weber writes:
“The salt fields of Brittany are lined with a natural layer of clay and sand…. In order to harmonize the trace elements, the hand raking of the moist crystals is done by artisans with a skillful touch.
“The method is followed by a dedicated group of professional natural salt farmers in Brittany, who perpetuate the traditional skills that have been passed down through generations from antiquity. When harvested in these ways, natural Celtic sea salts are highly beneficial to one’s health as they possess many therapeutic qualities.”
Natural salt is the element that helps to regulate water content in the body. The balance of water and salt in the body is critical.
Another key reason why natural salt is so important is because our bodies need trace elements for proper function. These elements are usually not found in food or nutritional supplements in a form that the body can utilize.
However, all 82 of the essential trace elements needed by the body are found in natural unrefined sea salt and are in a bio-available form.
In general, natural sea salt helps to balance the entire body. Some of the more pronounced benefits include the following:
Natural Celtic sea salt is light grey in color, which comes from the sea minerals and clay found in the salt flats. The clay ionizes the minerals in the salt, making it even more beneficial.
The taste of this salt is incomparable! Light grey Celtic salt is famous in the culinary world and is considered by many to be the best quality salt available.
This salt is moist to the touch and will retain its moisture even when stored in a cool place for a long period of time.
Light grey Celtic sea salt is dried only by the summer wind and sun, and it is not refined by any processing. This coarse salt is best used in cooking. For use on the table, you can grind it with a ceramic salt grinder or a mortar and pestle. Avoid metal grinders. In order to get the full benefits of the salt, do not grind it ahead of time.
Fine ground Celtic sea salt is the light grey salt that has been ground for convenience. No chemical agents are added to this product. Many find it helpful to add a few grains of rice to the shaker to keep the moist salt from clumping.
To maximize the benefits of Celtic sea salt, be sure to keep your body hydrated by drinking half your body weight in ounces of filtered drinking water.
Add one-fourth to one-half teaspoon of this salt to each quart of drinking water.
Also remember that the more you perspire, increase your activity, or exercise, the more water and salt your body loses. Always replenish both water and salt to prevent dehydration and restore electrolyte balance.