These 3 Natural Types of Salt Prove Not All Salts Are Created Equal

Herbal sea salt scattered, aromatic herbs in jar, on wooden table

Just as not all sugars are the same, neither are all salts. The dangers of excessive salt intake– high blood pressure, heart trouble, reduced kidney function – have led to many cutting back enormously on salt. But you can still get the flavor enhancement that salt brings – as well as a host of added nutrients – by simply switching up the types of salt you use.

Of course, that’s where things get tricky: with all the designer salts out there, which one should you choose?

Here are three of our favorite types of salt to get you started.

1. Naturally Dried Sea Salt

A major key to keeping salt healthy is keeping it as natural as possible. Salt made the from natural evaporation of seawater retains an enormous amount of trace minerals, as opposed to table salt, which loses many of its minerals during the refining process.

The main issue with unrefined sea salt is in making sure that it comes from an uncontaminated source. For this reason, we like Pacific Sea Salt, which is harvested from the oceans of New Zealand. With one of the largest exclusive economic zones in the world and great importance placed on keeping local waters clean, New Zealand is a great choice for this salt.

New Zealand also boasts a its long history of salt mining, according to according to David Noll, founder & CEO of Pacific Resources International.

“In the early days, there were no pumps to pump the seawater, so areas for drying had to be lower than sea level,” says Noll. “Today, the same salt fields are still serving up the cleanest naturally dried sea salt in the world.”

The use of traditional processes like solar and wind energy to dry the salt means that not only is this salt healthy, it’s also energy efficient.

The final salt has a clean, salty flavor and a slight sweetness to it, perfect for everyday seasoning.

2. Pink Himalayan Salt

Pink Himalayan salt is one of the most popular “designer” salts today. It is a type of rock salt mined from deep within ancient salt beds in the Himalayan Mountains. Because of the age of these salt beds, they do not have the same risk of contamination as other mined salts.

Claims that Himalayan salt was the only salt out there with health benefits have since been debunked by several different studies. That said, Himalayan salt is just as good an option as sea salt for minerals and trace elements, and it has the added bonus of its color.

Himalayan salt has become a favorite in foodie circles due to its naturally pink color — due to the presence of oxide — and to its large crystal form, meaning that it can actually be used as a cooking surface as well as a simple seasoning. Use this salt on dishes where its color will shine.

Himalayan pink salt has been attributed with improving your body’s pH balance and nutrient absorption, due to its containing up to 84 different minerals and trace elements. But some experts say that the composition of Himalayan pink salt and sea salt is comparable; there isn’t necessarily one that’s better between the two. All you need to do is choose one.

3. Black Lava Salt

Hawaiian black lava salt is yet another salt with a shocking color, this time hailing from the remnants of activated charcoal from volcanoes. This gives the salt added flavor and complexity, not to mention color.

At its origins, however, this salt is a Hawaiian sea salt; traditional Hawaiian salt is tinted red with clay, offering yet another option with a shocking color and uniquely earthy flavor, distinct from the smokiness of the charcoal.

But the activated charcoal has an additional benefit aside from added flavor: charcoal helps to cleanse the body and enhanced digestive health. Some experts use charcoal as part of a cleanse; by adding it to your salt, you can reap the benefits with every pinch you sprinkle over a dish.

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    Q: Thanks for the great web site! MY question is what's the best way to get sodium. I thought un-refined sea salt was the best, but the salt article says "eat this salt only if you must." The great thing about pure sea salt is that it all or almost all the minerals the body needs! So what's the best way to get all the mineral and to stay in balance? Also is there a way to get Epsom salt that is sodium sulfate not magnesium sulfate? Is it a good idea to bath in the "good" Epsom salt.

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    You're welcome, Beloved!

    The best way to get sodium is via vegetables (i.e. celery).

    Sea salt is great source of sodium, but its a secondary source as it has to be processed from ocean water. Absent the process, it would not be available.

    But it does provide minute amounts of trace elements.

    In re Epsom salt, I haven't been able to find the sodium one.

    I stopped using Epsom salt many years ago.

    You could bath in the good Epsom salt, but sea salt is far better and more natural.

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    Q: Is sea salt and warm water a good natural laxative? If so how often do you recommend the use of sea salt for elimination? I was reading The Master Cleanser by Stanley Burroughs and it gives this recommendation, along with drinking lemon water mixed with organic syrup and cayenne pepper. Is it safe to give myself an enema 2xs per day using a hot water bottle filled with fresh squeezed organic lemon and distilled water? Asking this because Bzod had me to listen to 88.3 today here in Cincinnati and the guy (Mike) was telling how he does this regularly and has great results.

    A:

    Yes, sea salt in water is a mild laxative!

    You can do it as often as you FEEL the need to drink or take it. 

    You can also consume the Master Cleanse (cayenne, maple syrup, lemon juice) if you choose. You can drink this as much as you like depending on how you feel.

    And yes, you can perform enemas 2X a day! Enemas are very helpful for health!

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    Q: I am in my 30's and my hair is salt and pepper. How do you feel about hair coloring? Are there any particular brands that are safe? (My hair is naturally black).

    A: Instead of coloring, try our Gray-Less Hair Formula and our Hair & Scalp Oil. These products can help restore color, growth, and volume to your hair.

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    Q: My wife started the Master Cleanse two days ago. During the first day when she drank the sea salt water she vomited several times. Today the second day she feels dizzy, and she has been laying down all day. Her bowels have been moving, but not like they do normally. Is it the salt water the issue?

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    Yes, it is! Herbs are better!

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    Q: I am doing the ANTI-VIRAL CLEANSE AND REGIMEN and I wanted to know if one can use Epsom salt instead of sea salt in the bath? Also I wanted to know if the roll-on could be used even without a breakout?

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    WE DON'T RECOMMEND EPSOM SALT THOUGH IT IS YOUR CHOICE TO USE IT. THE ROLL-ON CAN BE USED WHENEVER YOU DESIRE TO USE IT.

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    Q: Dasani water, if I remember correctly, was banned from the U.K. It contains salt as well as potassium chloride. Essentia contains calcium chloride, as well as sodium bicarbonate, magnesium sulfate, dipotassium phosphate. Are all the ingredients in Essentia safe? One would have do an independent test on the water. Dasani is crap and I no longer drink Essentia but it would be my brand of choice of bottled water if I was to purchase water again.

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    Personally I have an alkaline-antioxidant water machine (Neptune brand) that produces alkaline, antioxidant, oxygenate, mineralized water that is made in Asia.

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    Q: I recently purchased your ANTI-VIRAL CLEANSE AND REGIMEN. I noticed that the bath calls for 1-2 boxes of sea salt. It that the amount of salt for the ENTIRE cleanses or ONE bath at a time? Exactly how much is 1-2 boxes? A cup?

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    1 box = 26 ounces!

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    Q: My son has been presented with tonsil stones. Some of the literature recommended salt water gargles. One recommended fenugreek tea. I was wondering what you might have available to rid him of this. Thanks!

    A:

    You should do the salt water gargle as well as the fenugreek tea but the problem stems from diet (especially refined grains). Go more fruits and vegetables in his diet! Make sure he chews his food well too! Give all of this a try!

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    Q: Can you recommend a store that sells sea salt? I live in the Houston, Tx area.

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    Whole Foods Market

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    Q: I read one of your comments on Epsom salt with magnesium sulfate. You stated that it would not be good to use. Why?

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    It's a chemical! Man-made!

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    Q: I purchesed both the FULL BODY DETOX and the ANTI-VIRAL CLEANSE AND REGIMEN. During week 3 of the Detox, I had a significant herpes breakout on by buttocks. Therefore, I opened the anti-viral kit and started doing the bath with the sea salt and the oil etc, and used it all up with in a week. Maybe I used too much but everything healed up well. Now I am into the first week of the Anti-Viral kit and on day 3 a small breakout started, but I am out of the Oil and roll on. Do you have a suggestion of something else I can put into the bath water besides the sea salt? I have some tea tree oil. I tried to purchase some Melissa oil, but could not find it. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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    Use tea tree oil, lavender oil, etc. in your bath water. Add hydrogen peroxide (1 cup) as well. You can oil down with OZ OIL after the bath!

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    Q: I have been taking 35% hydrogen peroxide baths also with Sea Salt and the antiviral drops but I am not sure if I am still oxygenating my body enough? What percentage of the peroxide is being absorbed into my system when I soak for 50 - 60 minutes daily? The hair on my body has all turned golden due to the peroxide I believe? I have also been drinking green tea thru the detox. I also wanted to seek you advice on drinking White tea or licorice tea. I have read that the acid found in licorice tea kills off the herpes virus? If your advice is to take the tea, can I do it along with the FULL BODY DETOX or ANTI-VIRAL CLEANSE AND REGIMEN and what dosage should I use?

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    OF COURSE YOU ARE! NEARLY HALF OF IT! THE LONGER YOU SOAK, THE BETTER! WITHOUT A DOUBT! HOW MUCH PEROXIDE PER BATH ARE YOU USING? THIS IS OKAY! YOU CAN TAKE THE TEA DOING THE DETOX AND AS MUCH AS YOU LIKE.

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    Q: I have been working out for a while, and I am looking for a natural food that will help me burn more fat. Iv'e been drinking shiitake mushroom tea ( it's a fat burner, and takes excess salt from the body). I am looking for something I can add to my smoothies?

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    Try our Energy Tea!

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    Q: How often should someone detox their bodies? Can I detox by using Epsom salt?

    A:

    One can detox 3-4 times per year! I personally don't recommend Epsom salt for detoxing.

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    Q: I would like to know if what I'm doing is okay. This is way before we found dherbs site and the products on the internet. We read on the internet that drinking a teaspoon of natural black sea salt or any sea salt in 32oz warm water every morning is good for bowel movement. We have been doing it for awhile now. Is it too much to take it with your products? I lost some weight after my FULL BODY DETOX but not too much on my stomach. What do you recommend l should use to get rid of the tummy area? I bought FIBROID BUSTER TEA I am I drinking it because l feel there is Fibroids down there. Should l also continue taking my BUNNY RABBIT formula with Fibroid tea? In my last email l mentioned my husband had mild stroke. Now he's having spasms all over his body especially when he's sleeping at night. Why is he having it and what else can he use for that? We are using all these wonderful products on the inside and still have un-even skin. Is it okay to use AMBI products for more youthful skin then detox every four months? If not, when are we going to see your skin products on the market?

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    We don't recommend the drinking of sea salt. For tummy reduction: exercise (perform abs, sit ups) and take BOWEL MOVER and WEIGHT RELEASE FORMULA. You can take your herbs and tea together. No big deal! Spasms? Clearly the â€HEALING CRISIS†(read the article by this same title). The skin will improve in time. Don't focus on it!

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    Q: My two year-old son is not circumcised and his foreskin is not pulling back is there anything I can do to get his skin to stretch without getting him circumcised because I really don't want to do that. And are there any bath remedies to keeping it clean, right now I give him sea salt baths and thinking about using hydrogen peroxide. Also, It keeps getting red and swollen I gave him antibiotics because it hurts when he urinates. If you could, could you possibly recommend something I could get from a health food store I can't afford to cleanse his body right now.

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    Don't act too fast; sometimes it takes a while before the skin begins to become elastic. The child is only 2. You can clean his foreskin with warm water, sea salt, and tea tree oil (5-8 drops in the bowl of water or bath water) and you can add 1 ounce of hydrogen peroxide if you like. If the skin is red and swollen it's inflamed. Start applying Dherbs.Com HEALING SKIN OIL and this should facilitate healing. Antibiotics are harming the child. He doesn't need antibiotics! Please read our article on "DANGERS OF ANTI-BIOTICS". He'll be alright!

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    Q: I am doing the FULL BODY DETOX and want to know if olives are o.k. to eat. If so, what types of olives should I buy. I am only familar with the ones in the can or jar. I figure the can ones are a no, no. I found some in a jar that are naturally cured. The only extra ingredients are sea salt and citric acid. Is this o.k.?

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    Olives are OKAY to eat as long as you don't eat too much of them. The best are Kalamata Olives from Whole Foods.

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    Q: I am a 55 year old female. I have an overactive bladder. I am trying to control it myself, without medication. I have not tried herbs. I eat fruits, vegetables, grains and proteins (not beef or pork). I added back more meat proteins 1 1/2 years ago because I was becoming so tired and lacking energy. (I read The Schwartzbein Diet, which helped convince me to add more protein.) I don't eat much sugar, salt (only 500 mg./day) or hardly any processed foods. I drink water and licorice tea, because it makes me feel good. I believe in the power of positive thinking. Can you help me with this?

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    The steps you are taking in your diet are a great start. Try going raw, and eliminating grains and meat altogether. You can get enough protein and healthy fats with avocado, pumpkin seeds, chia seeds, almonds, brazil nuts, coconut. You can also add Vegan Protein Powder to smoothies.

    I also recommend you give our Full Body Cleanse a try to further detoxify your entire body. After detoxing, the ideal formula for you is our Kidneys Bladder-Adrenal formula.

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    Q: I just started the Weight Release Kit & Regimen today, and I am wondering if it is better to take the herbs on an empty stomach or with food? Or does it even matter? Also, how much sea salt should actually go in the bath with the drops? The booklet says 2 boxes...what is the actual measurement?

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    Take herbs after eating is best! In regards to sea salt, 12 ounces = 1 box!

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    Q: I have high blood pressure and I would like to know during the detox, will the sea salt baths raise my pressure?

    A:

    Of course not!