Worth It’s Salt: The Best Salt for Your Body

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.

Here’s how to know the difference and enjoy the taste-enhancing, life-sustaining benefits of unrefined salt without over-indulging:

Table the table salt.
If you’re looking for the enemy, refined salt like table salt or cooking salt is a good place to start. Why? Because by the time salt it hits your table, it’s valuable trace minerals have been baked and bleached out of the salt and it’s been processed into sodium chloride, a chemical that’s toxic to our bodies. So, if you’ve got a box of classic table salt sitting in your pantry here’s an idea – either throw it out or use it to help kill weeds on your front lawn—just don’t sully your food with the stuff.

How about a salt substitute?
Often when patients are advised to limit sodium, their first thought is, “Oh well, just I’ll switch to a salt substitute,” which is simply, not a great idea. Salt substitutes – the ones that try to approximate the taste of table salt – are actually worse than table salt because they contain potassium chloride. So what’s so bad about a little potassium chloride? Well at best, it doesn’t taste very good and at worst, too much of it can actually stop you heart. Granted potassium chloride doesn’t kill that many people all that often, but wouldn’t it just be easier, safer and tastier to eat a little smarter?

Delete the junk.
Processed foods and fast foods are fantastic sources of way too much sodium. Eliminate processed and junk foods from your diet and you can also drop most of your concerns about eating too much salt. Need an example? Take a look at the nutritional label Lean Cuisine’s Baja-Style Chicken Quesadilla. It clocks in at 710 mgs of sodium – or about half of what most of us need in a day. Surely, you deserve better, don’t you think?

But Doc, I need a little flavor!
I’m not saying, no salt – what I am saying is, if you want it, give your body the real thing, unrefined sea salt. This is packed with essential minerals and supplies the body with a proper balance of sodium and chloride and many trace minerals. So what’s the best? Himalayan crystal salt is considered to be top of the line. Why? Because unlike some sea salt, which can come from polluted waters, Himalayan crystal salt is considered to be the highest, purest grade salt on earth, free of impurities and pollutants, and loaded with more than 80 health-supporting minerals that your body can easily absorb. Not surprisingly Himalayan salt will be pricier than your usual table salt, so use it sparingly, treat it like the precious treat that it is — and enjoy!


  • Lulumadeinla

    to me, this article presumes that sea salt is not sodium chloride – when in fact it is.  Sea salt and table salt are both sodium chloride. salt is salt.  It’s just that, as you stated, sea salt has not ben processed to death and has all those wonderful minerals.  
    And not only because it’s so pricey should you treat it like a special treat, but it is still just salt.  And too much salt is not a good thing.  
    correct me if I’m wrong..

  • Lillian

    A good rule of thumb….too much of anything is probably not a good thing…  :-)

  • Veetmaya

    Just bear in mind that Himalayan Salt doesn’t have iodine in it so then you need to get this elsewhere ..

  • table salt is iodized. does sea salt contain iodine also?

  • Sassy Zen

    …only if it’s been added in…it will say so on the label

  • Damir Lisic

    So salt “it’s a necessity — without it, the heart, muscles and brain simply cannot function” but ” but “sodium chloride, a chemical that’s toxic to our bodies” …What if I told you that sodium chloride IS salt. And you are a doctor? I am a little worried for your patients, dr. Lipman..

  • Jmac


    Here is one of hundreds of articles that talk about the difference. Assuming they are the same is very ignorant. I highly encourage you to start researching food because its not created equal.

  • G

    Potassium chloride is not dangerous to anyone with decently functioning kidneys. Kidneys are very good at getting rid of excess potassium. In one double-blinded study, table salt was replaced with a mix of sodium chloride and potassium chloride in one of two assisted living homes. Patients consuming the potassium chloride had lower blood pressure and fewer cardiac events than patients consuming the sodium chloride only. Ask your own doctor before switching, but don’t trust this guy. “Dr” Lipman, guess what else occasionally but rarely kills people: water, peanuts, eggs, strawberries, potassium deficiency…..

  • Kara

    I switched from typical table salt about 2 years ago, once I realized what typical morton salt actually was. I have found that ‘regular’ unrefined sea salt actually tastes so much better! Some people refer to it as gourmet sea salt or chef salts, but I do believe it should be in every kitchen and restaurant. Maybe if restaurants changed their salts set at the table it would help inform those who have yet to find out there is a difference in salts. Thank you for this well written, informative post about salt! I buy all of my unrefined sea salts from http://www.SaltsWorldwide.com They have varieties of sea salts available from places across the world! I enjoy the Fleur de Sel Sea Salt – simply amazingly pure unrefined salt from the earth!

  • Universalli

    That isn’t true Veetmaya. Himalayan Salt has Iodine plus many oder trace-minerals.

  • Universalli

    Do you have the source of this study? I couldn’t find it on Pubmed. I believe that the mix of sodium chloride and potassium chloride was resulting in a better outcome, as we need both sodium and potassium in balance, not isolated :-).