Contrary to popular belief, salt is not the devil. In fact, it’s a necessity — without it, the heart, muscles and brain simply cannot function. For most of us, even for those with hypertension, salt isn’t necessarily the enemy, but the type of salt you may be getting is. Refined salt is a poor food choice. It is devitalized, containing mainly sodium and chloride and has no place in our diet. Whereas unrefined sea salt is a vital substance containing over 80 essential minerals that our bodies require to function optimally.