Best Type of Salt for Improved Eye Health

Best Type of Salt for Improved Eye Health

In recent years, it has been increasingly clear that salt is bad for your health. Doctors all over the country are advising patients to cut back. In some cases, patients are being told to cut salt out completely because salt can cause high blood pressure, kidney stones and liver failure, just to name a few serious problems.

But, there’s also proof that some salt may be good for us. How could it be that something so bad can be good for our health? The truth is, there are many different types of salts out there. The salt we typically use in everyday cooking may be slowly killing us, but not every type of salt is bad for your health, and some can actually have benefits.

Table Salt: The Silent Killer

Table salt is likely the type of salt you currently have on your kitchen counter. This type of salt is highly refined, which means that it is processed and has no minerals or nutrients in it.

Table salt is stripped of any sort of health benefits. What’s left is really just chemical. Sodium chloride. Of course, salt is marketed as table salt and not table sodium chloride. Who would willingly buy chemicals to put into their everyday cooking?

Oh, wait. We would.

Not only is table salt processed so much that it’s only a chemical, it is also bleached. As you may have guessed, almost nothing found in nature is pure white. When you consume table salt, you aren’t eating salt at all. You’re eating a bleached chemical.

While it may make your dishes flavorful, it’s doing more harm to your body that you can’t see or feel until it’s too late.

How It Affects the Eyes

When you consume too much salt, say after eating an especially salty snack or meal, it can dry out your eyes. Table salt causes you to become dehydrated. This affects the eyes by causing the mucus layer on the outside of the eye to recede.

When the eyes become excessively dry, it can lead to vision problems. Dry eyes often cause blurred vision. This type of blurred vision can only be corrected through moistening the eye. Unlike refractive errors, this type of blurred vision cannot be corrected with corrective eyewear.

In addition to that, too much salt can also cause blood pressure to increase. This can affect the retina. The retina and the blood cells in the eye are closely linked. When blood pressure is high, it can cause the blood vessels to damage the retina or impair your vision.

Salt also causes you to age faster. If more people knew about this one, we doubt that salt would be in everything! Salt speeds up the aging process in your cells. This can affect your eyes by increasing your risk of early development of age-related diseases.

Some of these diseases include age-related macular degeneration, cataracts, presbyopia and glaucoma. Once these diseases begin to develop, there isn’t anything that can be done to stop them. They can be treated to have the symptoms alleviated, but there is no cure, unfortunately.

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Good Salts for Health

Best Type of Salt for Improved Eye Health

The question is, can salt be good for you? The answer is yes, but not in the form of table salt. Salt is tricky and companies know this, which is why they get sneaky with their marketing.

Often processed and dyed salt will be advertised as sea salt. This leads many consumers to believe that the salt is natural. It is coming from the sea after all. But most of the time, it isn’t sea salt. It’s just refined salt made from sea salt. It is not the salt in its natural form. Far from it, actually.

The salt found in nature has on average of 84 different types of minerals. Many of the minerals found in salt are minerals our bodies need. The body needs trace amounts of certain minerals that are found in salt in trace amounts. It’s the perfect way to get these minerals!

However, unrefined salt is hard to find and can be expensive because it is so rare. If you can find it at your local grocery store or health food store, we recommend you make the switch for your health and your family’s.

Celtic Sea Salt

Celtic sea salt is one of the best types of natural salts. It is found just off the coast of Brittany, France in the Atlantic Ocean. This natural salt is sun and air dried in clay ponds. Once dried, it is harvested with wooden spoons to preserve the living enzymes. In doing this, the 84 minerals are protected in the salt.

This salt is damp and has a grayish color. Unlike table salt, which is unnaturally white and verges on being a powder, Celtic sea salt is always a little wet.

Himalayan Salt

Himalayan salt may sound a little more familiar to you. It has become somewhat of a craze in the personal wellness industry with spas all over the country offering Himalayan salt rooms, baths and scrubs.

Himalayan salt lamps have also become quite popular. They are supposed to cleanse the air and clear your sinuses.

This salt is the purest type of salt there is on Earth. Himalayan salt is a beautiful pink color. Like Celtic sea salt, it contains all 84 minerals.

When using either of these types of salt in your cooking, you’ll use about two thirds of what you would typically use. They are slightly more concentrated than regular table salt. So for any recipe that calls for a teaspoon of salt, you would use 2/3 of a teaspoon of Celtic sea salt or Himalayan salt.

Making the switch to natural salt will not only benefit your health, but you’ll also have more flavorful food. Natural salt is not refined, but it is bursting with flavor.

If you don’t particularly like cooking with salt but still want the health benefits, you can dissolve salt in your water. Won’t that dehydrate you? Actually, it won’t. Surprisingly, only refined salt dehydrates. Natural salt won’t. Add less than a teaspoon to a glass of water and you’ve consumed your daily recommended amount of trace minerals!

About the Author

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Tyler Sorensen is the President and CEO of Rebuild Your Vision. Formerly, Tyler studied Aeronautics with the dreams of becoming an airline pilot, however, after 9/11 his career path changed. After graduating top of his class with a Bachelor of Science degree in Informational Technologies and Administrative Management, he and his brother decided to start Rebuild Your Vision in 2002. With the guidance of many eye care professionals, including Behavioral Optometrists, Optometrists (O.D.), and Ophthalmologists (Eye M.D.), Tyler has spent over a decade studying the inner workings of the eye and conducting research.

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9 responses to “Best Type of Salt for Improved Eye Health”

  1. Avatar for DEBORAH DEBORAH says:

    Awesome! I know that this is a divine appointment. I’ve been struggling with blurred vision, and avoiding cattaract surgery for some time now. My desire has been to find a holistic remedy and, prayerfully, here you are. HalleluYah!
    Blessings to you!
    Deborah ~ Willingboro, NY

  2. Avatar for David David says:

    My wife has been buying Himalayan sea salt for years. Good to know it has 84 trace minerals. Thanks!

  3. Avatar for Brian Richards Brian Richards says:

    May I also suggest “Redmonds real salt”. It’s salt from ancient sea beds in Utah. Not only is it a product of the USA, but I have read that it is the best salt with the highest amount of trace minerals in it. I would avoid Celtic sea salt as it is well known now that the oceans everywhere have micro particles of plastic in them.

  4. Avatar for Nadeen Nadeen says:

    Thank you all for the information. I will definitely check out these salts. I definitely need to make a change.

  5. Avatar for Sanjeet Kumar Sanjeet Kumar says:

    Does it actually improve Eye Health?

  6. Avatar for Dar Dar says:

    How does Kosher salt factor in this discussion?

  7. Avatar for Edgardo Ordonez Edgardo Ordonez says:

    Here in the Philippines, sea water are also sun dried on clay ponds, turning them into rock salt, however, they are white in color, does it also contain the same trace minerals as the ones mentioned on this article?

  8. Avatar for Ajay Ajay says:

    In lots of the world, table salt has iodine added to it (especially in India where iodine deficiency was a big problem). This one item to watch out for but otherwise going bac to rock salt/sea salt may be a good thing.

  9. Avatar for laxman laxman says:

    Please suggest some exercises for squint issue.


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