Monday, May 8, 2017

A morning tonic - lemon water and salt.

More and more people today are concerned about the ever increasing ill health in our country and many starting to look at alternate medicine and remedies – away from chemicals if possible. Following is an interesting article by Stephen Seifert, from “The Alternative”  Stephen Seifert is a writer, professor, adventurer and a health & fitness guru. His flair for travel and outdoor adventure allows him to enjoy culture and traditions different than his own. A healthy diet, routine fitness and constant mental development are the cornerstones to Stephen’s life.

He explains the potential benefits of a rather unusual daily drink tonic. As you might know real sea salt (not processed refined salt) is actually very good for you in moderate quantities and has many health benefits, including supplying your body with dozens of trace minerals.  Science has also proven that moderate levels of sea salt is actually GOOD for your heart health and does not negatively affect blood pressure like was previously believed years ago.  This may sound unusual, but the health benefits are real.

I tried this “Tonic” now several mornings and it makes me really feel good, however I used “Murray River Salt” (MRS) which in my opinion is better than the Himalayan Salt. MRS is the only salt I’m using now. Werner

Murray River Gourmet Salt Flakes are produced using the pristine mineralized brines from ancient saline aquifers of the Murray Darling basin. The stunning pale pink hue of the salt flakes is a result of the mineralized brines which are particularly high in magnesium, calcium, and to a lesser degree, potassium and iodine. Murray River Gourmet Salt Flakes are very soft and fragile and create a superior texture to your dish. It has a delicate flavour; is highly mineralised and naturally pink. What is the difference between Murray River Salt and Himalayan Salt? Click here.

Per 1/8 cup (30ml)    Per 100g (3.5 oz)
Sodium, Na    3.89g    37.25g - Chloride, Cl - Ion    5.95g    57g - Potassium, K  0.0003 mg 0.003 mg - Magnesium, Mg 76.2 mg 730 mg - Sulfate, S    0.1g -  Calcium, Ca    8.35 mg 80 mg - Iron, Fe 0.4 mg 3.9 mg. - Iodine, I0.0005 mg    0.005 mg

Himalayan Rock Salt is mined.

Unlike artisan sea salt flakes that are extracted and evaporated from sea water, or Murray River Salt Flakes that are evaporated from naturally-saline groundwater resources, Himalayan Rock Salt is extracted from the Khewra salt mine in Pakistan, not sourced from the pristine Himalayan Mountains like the name implies.

This involves using conventional mining methods (with their associated environment impacts including land disturbance and greenhouse gas emissions) to extract a non-renewable resource, which leads me onto the next point. I hope you find this interesting and wish you all good health. - Werner
Balancing Benefits of This Two-Ingredient Morning Tonic.

By Stephen Seifert
Many of us have morning routines that are wonderful health practices — a morning meditation, a few yoga poses, a brisk walk around the neighbourhood, or a delicious fruit-infused smoothie. Daily routines are vital to health and happiness, and this is especially true at the start of the day.

How about a quick and simple glass of warm lemon water with Himalayan salt? This simple drink can boost your morning health and wellness regimen — and it’s so easy to make. There are a number of professional athletes and Olympians who start their morning with lemon and salt water, which may say something about its effectiveness.

A 10-ounce glass of warm lemon water with Himalayan salt in the morning can increase your immune function, decrease uric acid to fight inflammation, improve digestion, and balance your body. These benefits can be attributed to the vitamin C content of the lemon juice as well as the essential minerals contained in Himalayan salt. This simple morning drink promotes vitality, health, and overall wellness, and may even improve your sex drive! Let’s take a closer look at 19 of the balancing benefits of water, lemon, and salt, all in one cup. Lemons are excellent for fighting inflammation. Lemons can help dissolve the uric acid in your joints, and also have been found to help build and repair tendons, ligaments, and bone. This anti-inflammatory property may be especially beneficial for people with rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis, according to an American College of Physicians study on osteoarthritis, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine (2000).

It aids in proper food and water absorption. A daily glass of lemon water with Himalayan salt may provide a better overall mineral balance, which promotes proper food and water absorption in your body, allowing essential nutrients to get where they need to be. Balances your body’s acidity (pH). The alkalizing effects of lemon and natural salt are highly useful for managing your body’s delicate pH balance, which is crucial for optimal functioning of the body’s systems.

Boosts immune function. One lemon serves up 139 percent of your daily value (DV) for vitamin C. Squeezing one lemon into your morning is a natural alternative to that vitamin C supplement you may be taking. It’s a detox for your cells. The all-natural Himalayan salt mixed with lemon juice and water helps to pull toxins from your cells, reducing cellular toxicity. This may reduce your risk for various chronic diseases, as well as make you feel generally awesome! It reduces problematic cellulite. Natural salts like Himalayan salt have been used for centuries for skin care. Interestingly, most spa treatments for cellulitis contain some form of salt and/or citrus blend. A few daily gulps of lemon and salt water in the morning may firm up a few of those unsightly areas. Clears up skin and adds a fresh glow. Using natural salt for skin problems, such as psoriasis and eczema, dates back to ancient Roman times. Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius’ doctor, Galen from Pergamum, used sea salt for skin diseases, according to Science Tribune (1999).

Useful for allergy season. It has been suggested that the combination of lemon and salt, specifically mixed into warm water, acts as a natural antihistamine for allergies. It may be the perfect alternative to those pink pills that leave you feeling drowsy.

Paves the way for better sleep. The natural hormone-balancing properties of lemon and Himalayan salt can be more than useful when it comes to bedtime. Getting the proper amount of sleep is essential for physical health, mental health, productivity, and much more. This hormone-balancing beverage can make an effective nightcap.

Helps controls blood sugar. The fibre content of lemons helps to balance blood glucose levels, which is useful for type 2 diabetes patients and prediabetics alike, according to a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine (2000).

Lemons may help detoxify your liver. Vitamin C is essential for producing glutathione, which plays a foundational role in detoxifying the liver. It also has antiseptic properties that are useful for liver function, as well. Freshens breath! Lemon and Himalayan salt may not be the first things that come to mind when you think of fresh breath. However, the lemon and salt in this simple morning drink help kill the bad breath bacteria that build up while you’re sleeping. It may help you chill out. When you get stressed out, do not be so quick to reach for those prescription pills. You may be able to chill out and return to that state of Zen by boosting your vitamin C levels first thing in the morning.

Useful for reducing blood pressure. Lemons are not all about vitamin C and fiber. They also boast potassium, which is vital for flushing excessive sodium from the body. Boost your libido! The vitamin C content and hormone-balancing properties of this morning beverage can help lift your mood. This might be all it takes to boost your libido, without the need for that little blue pill. Gets you hydrated right out of the gate. Many people forget how important hydration is, especially after a seven or eight-hour sleep period with no water. Start your morning off right and get hydrated. The water, salt and zesty lemon will get your day off to the perfect start. An antioxidant powerhouse vital for, well, everything! Lemon offers up a wealth of vitamins and minerals, while Himalayan salt boosts your mineral and trace mineral levels even more. The antioxidant and detoxifying properties of lemon saltwater pack a powerful, free radical knockout punch. May improve your heart health. Lemons and real salt are both exceptional for increasing heart health on their own. However, when you combine the two into one vibrant morning drink, you get even more vital heart-thumping health benefits.

Natural salt supports electrochemical reactions in the body, while negative ions assist in healthy heart rhythm. Lemons are rich in vitamin C, which is, “associated with lower endothelial dysfunction in men with no history of cardiovascular disease or diabetes,” according to a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (2006). Promotes digestive health. A glass of warm lemon water with Himalayan salt before breakfast, or any meal, helps signal your liver to produce the essential bile needed to clean out harmful gut bacteria. The fiber content and natural salt will also promote digestion.

Are you ready to commit to this simple and health-promoting morning drink? I have been drinking warm lemon water with a little bit of  Himalayan salt every morning for months, and I absolutely love it. My energy levels are up, and I feel as cool as a cucumber throughout the day. Want to join me? Combine 10 ounces of filtered water with one whole lemon, squeezed, and half a teaspoon of Himalayan salt.  (Note:  Add your favourite greens powder mix in here too if you desire…it actually tastes even better with the right greens mix in here too.
Here some comments from readers of the above articel about the good and the bad fluoride.

Connie Russo
Do you know anything about the supposedly high fluoride content in Himalayan salt and whether or not the type of fluoride is different than what is added to water and mainstream dental products.

Tina Geesey
Widely distributed in Nature, Fluoride makes up 0.03% of the earth's crust. It appears mainly in the form of the minerals cryolite (sodium fluoride) and fluorspar (calcium fluoride) which are made from the non-metallic hydrogen element fluorine and combines with other elements to form fluorides.

The trace element fluorine is also present in the body, almost entirely in bones and teeth, in the form of fluoride. Fluoride serves as a catalyst for both the mineralization of enamel on the developing tooth prior to emergence and for ongoing remineralization of surface enamel. Cavities are caused by bacteria, which multiply when food is ingested to produce organic acids. Fluoride protects the teeth by changing some of the tooth crystal into a crystal that is less acid-soluble called fluoropatite.

Fluoride is part of Nature's system for maintaining teeth, and occurs in very small amounts in many foods and natural water supplies.

The form of "fluoride" dumped into our drinking water is NOT naturally occurring sodium or calcium fluoride, but fluorosilicic acid, a liquid by-product of fertilizer manufacturing and is corrosive and highly toxic. The Material Safety Data Sheet warns "do not breathe not get in eyes [or] on skin." When heated, or when it reacts with water or steam, fluorosilicic acid decomposes almost instantly into corrosive and toxic hydrogen fluoride as a gas or liquid.

The amount of fluoride from fluorosilicic acid that is present in drinking water supplies may even cause or contribute to cancer, genetic damage, mottling of the teeth, and neurological injury. It accumulates in our bones, making them more brittle and prone to fracture.

Sodium and calcium fluoride are present throughout nature and are, essential to health.

A laboratory test was done on Himalayan Salt, which found fluoride to be present in the salt at 0.1 part per million. Indeed, since fluoride is widely distributed throughout nature, one would expect to find a trace of fluoride in a natural, unrefined salt.

Fluoride is present in Himalayan Salt in the form and amount determined by Nature to be optimal to life. It also contains all other naturally occurring elements, including arsenic, uranium, plutonium, mercury, gold, and more. Recently, it was discovered that Himalayan Salt contained the element Promethium in minute amounts it is rarely found on Earth. Its presence in Himalayan Salt was an important discovery as Promethium is only found in infants in the first three to four months after birth and is directly linked to the development of the body's immune system.

Although there is fluoride in Himalayan Salt, it simply cannot be equated to the fluoride found in tap water. Fluoride in tap water is a hazardous waste material that causes harm to the body; the natural fluoride present in Himalayan Salt is a beneficial material that contributes to the health of the body.
My thought for today. – Werner
Health is like salt, you only notice it when it is missing. German proverb.

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