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Why do You Need More Sea Salt in Your Diet?

  • 4 min read

We all love a little sprinkling of salt on our food.

Yes, there are arguments that you maybe shouldn’t eat much salt at all. You should keep track of your intake to ensure your personal sodium levels don’t go off the charts.

But…let’s assume that you’re a responsible salt eater.

If that’s the case…why are you still using regular salt?

The cheap salt that you find in most supermarkets does the job when it comes to taste. However, it’s also heavily-processed, which means it’s far less healthy than natural salt.

Where does salt come from naturally?

The sea of course. And if you take a little time to look, you’ll find that most stores sell sea salt in some variety. You can find it at Jubbas in our range of protein bars that use sea salt as an ingredient, for example.

But why should you care about where your salt comes from? What makes sea salt such a better option when compared to regular salt? These are just a few of the reasons why you need more sea salt in your diet.

Reason #1 – It Helps You to Stay Hydrated

Now hold on just a minute!

We all know that table salt has a dehydrating effect. Anybody who’s ever eaten fries with a lot of salt on them will tell you that they soon find themselves reaching for a drink as they do so.

But sea salt is different.

Because it’s not as heavily processed as table salt, it retains many of the nutrients that get lost in the latter product. These nutrients, which include magnesium amongst others, actually quell the dehydrating effect of the sodium.

We’re not saying that sea salt hydrates you. What we’re saying is that it doesn’t have the same dehydrating effect as table salt. That means you can stay hydrated while eating sea salt, instead of having to constantly take on fluids to make up for what you’re eating.

Reason #2 – It Helps With Your Oral Health

Did you know that sea salt actually contains small amounts of fluoride? For those who don’t know, this is an ingredient that you’ll find in most toothpaste, as well as one that’s used to treat the water that we drink.

Why is fluoride used in these things?

It’s great for your oral health. Fluoride protects your teeth from the damage that acidic foods can cause over time. It also helps you to alleviate the pain from sores in your mouth, as well as being good for treating a sore throat.

Sea salt offers natural fluoride that you won’t find in processed table salt. As a result, it’s much better for your teeth, gums, and throat than table salt.

Reason #3 – It Contains a Ton of Minerals

We touched on this in the first reason we shared, but it’s definitely worth expanding on.

Table salt is a heavily processed foodstuff. And as is always the case in processing, a lot of the natural nutritional value of the salt gets lost along the way.

That’s not the case with sea salt. In fact, this version of salt has an astonishing 84 minerals contained within it. We’ve touched on a couple of these, such as magnesium and fluoride, already. But alongside those major minerals, you’ll also find zinc, iron, potassium, calcium, and, of course, sodium.

In fact, pretty much every mineral that your body needs is found in sea salt in some quantity. Again, this doesn’t mean you should just dump a load of sea salt on every bit of food that you eat. It just means that this version of salt is the far more nutritional option when compared to processed table salts.

Reason #4 – It Helps You Balance Electrolytes

Anybody who works out regularly will tell you just how important electrolytes are. They’ll also tell you that many of the drinks to give you a boost of electrolytes are also loaded with sugars and other less-healthy things that they probably would prefer not to drink.

Sea salt comes to the rescue yet again.

The various minerals in the salt have a balancing effect on your electrolyte levels without forcing you to consume drinks that aren’t exactly great for you.

The next time you head to the gym, why not try sprinkling a little sea salt into some water, alongside a dash of lemon?

Alternatively, you could just take advantage of the sea salt used in our protein bars!

That way, you get your shot of sea salt alongside a healthy dose of protein that will help you with your workout.

There’s another benefit to this electrolyte balancing. When your levels start to dip, you will experience muscle aches and pains. You’re also more susceptible to muscle cramping. Again, a little bit of sea salt can stave off these sorts of pains. Of course, that’s great for workouts. However, it also means that you can get a little relief from the aches and pains that come as a result of ageing.

Reason #5 – It Helps With Your Digestion

Now, this is a benefit that you get with both table and sea salt. However, it’s worth mentioning because it’s one of the most underappreciated things about salt.

When you eat salt, you stimulate your saliva glands to produce an enzyme called amylase. This enzyme plays an important role in breaking down carbohydrates, which helps your body to absorb them.

But that’s not all.

Salt is also used to create hydrochloric acid. For those who don’t know, this is the acid that your stomach uses to break foods down so that you can digest them. A little pinch of salt on your food helps your body to produce enough of this acid to continue breaking down your food efficiently.

The Final Word

Sea salt is the choice you should make when it comes to the salt that you eat. It’s more nutritious than table salt and offers a bunch of benefits besides.

While we don’t sell sea salt directly in the Jubbas store, we do offer a number of products that make use of it. Check out our protein bars with sea salt to start experiencing some of these benefits today.