Table salt, also known as iodized salt, is heavily processed and lacks the nutrients that sea or Himalayan salts contain. Table salt does not contain any of the trace minerals such as magnesium, selenium, calcium or iron (all naturally occurring). After being heavily processed, having all nutrients removed, sodium chloride is what remains. Although this substance mocks the salty taste of natural salts it is an unsafe alternative and there are many dangers that persist.
One of the most pressing issues is that, in addition to being bleached, table salt is processed with a variety of chemicals like the anti-caking agents Magnesium Carbonate, Sodium Bicarbonate, and Calcium Silicate. Furthermore, manufacturers of iodized salt try and re-introduce the minerals lost during the refining process by adding toxic fluoride, iodide, aluminum derivatives and potassium iodide. Some manufacturers add in white sugar and even Monosodium glutamate, yes MSG! The body does not recognize these minerals in the artificial form given their unnatural chemical make up. Ultimately, they have a negative impact on the internal organs in the body. Iodized salt is recognized as a toxin and can have long term effects on the heart, kidneys, and even the brain. The most affected gland in the body is the thyroid which requires healthy amounts of natural iodine. Without this essential nutrient the body can suffer from metabolism issues.
So, what are the alternatives?
Ideally, you want to use a salt that is minimally processed and from an organic (natural) source.
Some alternatives to Iodized Salt are :
Sea Salt: This Salt is created through the evaporation of sea water. It is natural and contains various natural minerals and nutrients vital for optimum health.
Himalayan Pink Salt: Himalayan Pink Salt is sourced in the Himalayas and is believed to be the oldest and purest salt on earth untouched and unadulterated for centuries until it is mined. Himalayan salt has a pinkish hue believed to be a result of trace amounts of iron oxide in the salt. It contains 84 vital trace minerals that are building blocks for the human body.
Black Lava Salt: Black lava salt is black in color as a result of it being processed with activated charcoal. With the vital nutrients already present in the sea salt, the activated charcoal not only adds a beautiful color but also nutritional benefits such as its ability to assist in detoxification of the body and removal of carcinogens as well as heavy metals.