Sugar and Salt and All Things Nice?

I can still remember the Lo Salt advert that graced our television sets in the 80s.

A man sitting at the table in his suburban kitchen diner reaches for the salt cellar, shaking it generously over his meal. His wife meets his eye and bites her lip, looking sad and anxious. Music plays in the background: “Stop in the name of love, before you break my heart…think it o-o-ver…

By the end of the ad, Joe Bloggs has switched to Lo Salt. His kids are delighted. His wife is practically dancing around the kitchen. He grins at the camera, looking healthier and happier just five minutes into his new regime. The message is clear: salt is bad (and if you insist on making it part of your diet, you’d better go with the highly-processed, branded, supermarket alternative).

But the initial research that led to huge government campaigns encouraging us to cut out salt completely has given way to new findings – and you might be surprised to hear them.

For most healthy people, there is very little if any benefit in adopting a low-salt diet. One clinical study in 2013 found that reducing salt resulted in a barely discernible difference in blood pressure readings. Another study with over 6,000 participants found that there was no link between high salt intake, high blood pressure and risk of heart disease. None. Zero. Zilch.

Like so many diet myths, it seems the anti-salt brigade has been busted.

Here at Hope in Health, we believe in the power of salt to heal. Firstly, however, it’s important to differentiate between different types of salt, so let’s start with the most well-known salt of all: table salt.

Table salt is a big no-no as it contains a nasty caking agent called sodium ferrocyanide. The word ‘cyanide’ probably suggests why it should only be used sparingly and in small doses.

But table salt isn’t the only culprit; this agent is found in many different types of salts as well as sugar products, processed meals, flours, and soup mixes. My advice? With so many better alternatives out there, it’s best not to use this salt at all.

Instead, keep your hearts and arteries happy with Natural Salts. The natural Magnesium Celtic Sea Salt, for example, which we sell in our Superfoods and Tonics section is high in magnesium, the ‘miracle mineral’, as well as 77 other live minerals.

Building up the amount of magnesium in your diet can help ward off symptoms of depression, boost exercise performance, offer anti-inflammatory benefits and helps your body with processes and reactions at a cellular level. Plus it tastes great. Intrigued? You can read more about the miracle mineral here.

We also offer salt therapy in our private garden wellness retreat in Ickenham, using magnesium Red Sea salt, and the list of benefits is astonishing. Our treatment room has been specially designed for sufferers of COPD and other respiratory ailments such as asthma, bronchitis and repeated chest infections.

However, the reality is that it brings benefits to people suffering from a whole host of minor and major complaints, from skin allergies and eczema to cystic fibrosis.

How does it work? Well, the salt particles – which are broken down into smaller particles than normal in order to penetrate the lungs as deeply as possible – and their negative charge means they’re attracted to the positively charged inner airways. They loosen the mucus, dry out the bacteria present, provide anti-inflammatory benefits, work as a natural antihistamine and significantly improve lung function.

The number of sessions you need will depend on the nature and severity of your condition. One Hope in Health client who suffered from severe COPD underwent 10 salt therapy sessions between April and June 2017 and was told after an NHS Spirometer test that her condition had improved to ‘moderate’. You can read about another of our client’s experienced with salt therapy here.

Salt has been vilified in recent years, but here at Hope in Health we’re reclaiming it as a force for good. As part of a healthy lifestyle, a diet high in the right kind of salts and salt therapy can actually bring about numerous health benefits.

Ready to try it? Email us at philomenashiels@hopeinhealth.co.uk or call 01895 639 778 for a free initial consultation.