Why So Salty? Season It Right!

Why So Salty? Season It Right! | Posted March 13, 2017

One of the main reasons why we get bored with what most call “diet food” is the lack of flavor.  Meals do not have to taste bad to be good for you!

The great news is that the herbs and spices you put on your foods are full of micro nutrients essential to our health!

We do need a certain amount of sodium in our bodies.  We should aim for less than 1500 mg of sodium per day, and definitely not more than 2300 mg.

Most people today are eating much more than they need. The average intake of sodium is about 3400 mg, most of it coming from processed foods.  Now keep in mind if you are a very active person and perspire a lot, you do need to replenish your electrolytes.  Sodium being one of those.

The problem is that inactive people are usually the ones eating unhealthy and consuming too much and the healthy ones avoid it and don’t get enough.  Balance is crucial when it comes to your electrolytes.

I personally prefer Himalayan sea salt.  Here is why:

Once you start using pink Himalayan sea salt you will never go back to regular table salt. Not only does it add a different flavor but you don’t need a lot.  If you tend to be acidic this salt will help balance PH levels.  It is packed with trace minerals which improves your mineral status.  Great for helping with hormonal balance in both men and women.  It stabilizes blood sugar and acts as a powerful antihistamine.  It is also offers support to your thyroid and adrenal glands.

 

 

I use Lumiere de Sel Himalayan Sea  Salt with Kelp to season about 3-4 meals per day.  I don’t over do it but I do make sure I use it to replenish what I sweat out and do give me amazing nutrients my body needs!

Why kelp??

  1. Kelp is rich in vitamins, minerals, trace elements and enzymes.
  2. These are the list of vitamin and minerals: iron, manganese, calcium, magnesium, copper, zinc, iodine, riboflavin, niacin, thiamin, selenium, Vitamins A, B-12, B-5 and C
  3. Naturally high in antioxidants, including carotenoids, flavonoids, and alkaloids
  4. Researchers have looked into kelp’s potential fat blocking properties. Because kelp contains a natural fiber called alginate, studies suggest that it may halt the absorption of fat in the gut.
  5. Improves thyroid function and also helps improve energy levels, weight loss, liver function, brain function, constipation, digestion, functioning of pituitary gland and pancreas, improve symptoms of arthritis and memory loss.
  6. It has an inflammatory factor of 1 which means it possesses mildly anti-inflammatory properties.
  7. It is considered to have a glycemic load of zero, which means that it is does not control blood sugar levels.
  8. Dry weight of kelp contains around 33-75% of dietary fiber.

One of the most talked about nutritional benefits of Kelp is that it is extremely high in iodine. Iodine is the key to hormone production from the thyroid gland.  These hormones are crucial to our health. They control energy production and utilization in nearly every cell of the body. Iodine helps regulate your thyroid gland to produce strong, healthy hair, skin and nails, as well as to form thyroid hormones, thyroxine and triiodothyronine. It’s also essential for formation of your skeletal framework and regulating your body’s energy and brain metabolism in a process regulated by your pituitary gland.

Precautions need to be taken when choosing your kelp products.  Know the source. Meaning it isn’t coming from highly polluted waters.  Also, kelp is so high in iodine it is not recommended for pregnant women.

If you want to know more about other herbs, condiments and spices to help spruce up those healthy meals, check out my latest article for Elegant Luxe Life http://elegantluxelife.com/2017/03/07/whats-in-your-kitchen/

If you have any questions please feel free to send me a message at hello@carmenshawn.com.  I would love to hear from you!

Live well,

Carmen Shawn