Dr. Craig Reese, DC. PC.
3000 Center Green Dr. Suite 230
Boulder, CO 80301

Dr. Reese’s Bits and Pieces
April 2019 Newsletter

Spring has officially arrived and it is supposed to be in the 70’s this week.  You know we could still get a major snow storm anytime between now and Mother’s Day but it is great to enjoy the longer sunny days in between.  As the weather heats up, your need for water and minerals also increases.

Pass the Plastic Please
I’ve long advocated people eat sea salt or Himalayan salt because it has over 70 trace minerals in it compared to table salt which is just 3 highly refined minerals that no one should eat.  Well, based on the new research, most sea salt is contaminated with plastic due to the high pollution of our ocean soI have to update my recommendations.

“In a study analyzing 39 salt brands from 21 countries, including the U.S. and China, researchers found more than 90 percent contain microplastics…The extent to which plastic microparticles have spread throughout the world had been unclear. This new study4 evaluating salt brands sampled worldwide is the first on this scale to analyze the geographical spread of microplastic in sea salt and the correlation to where plastic pollution is found in the environment.

Only three brands originating from Taiwan, China and France did not contain microplastic particles. While the density of microplastics found in the analyzed samples were dramatically different, data showed those from Asian brands continue to be especially high.

What Is Your Best Salt Option?
Your body needs sodium and chloride ions in salt crystals but is unable to produce either. This means you must get it from your food. However, all salt is not created equally. Refined table salt is nearly all sodium chloride with some additional man-made chemicals.

Unprocessed salt, such as my particular favorite, pink Himalayan salt, has a different balance of sodium and chloride with added natural minerals your body also requires, which contributes to the pink color of the salt. The crystals have matured untouched by pollutants over thousands of years.

Himalayan salt is mined from salt beds created long before plastic and other toxic chemicals were manufactured. When the ocean beds were lifted, as the Himalayan Mountains were formed, these salt beds rose from the sea and were later protected by lava and covered in snow and ice for thousands of years.

Compared to the salt mined from oceans laden with persistent organic pollutants and microparticles of plastic, Himalayan salt is by far your best option when you want to reduce your toxic load.

Himalayan salt also contains at least 80 naturally occurring trace elements in their natural mineral form, contributing to health benefits. What remains after typical salt is "chemically cleaned" is sodium chloride — an unnatural chemical form of salt requiring additional energy from your body to metabolize, creating a burden on your elimination system.

This form of salt is in almost every preserved product that you eat. Therefore, when you add more typical table salt to your already salted food, your body receives more sodium chloride than it can easily use.(https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2018/10/31/sea-salt-plastic.aspx)

Redmond Real Salt®
Redmond Real Salt® from Utah is an unrefined and natural salt, free from any additives or any kind of chemicals. Redmond Real Salt® is Kosher Certified. Its unique pink appearance and specks of color originate from over 60 natural trace minerals. In addition to being a gourmet food salt, this salt is also perfect for creating a mineral bath experience. It is very unique and makes a great addition to any bath salt blend.

Redmond Real Salt® is actually from a prehistoric salt deposit close to the small town of Redmond in Utah, which is over 150 miles away from the Great Salt Lake. At the time of the earth's Jurassic period, a large sea covered the majority of what is now considered North America. Over time the water in this sea evaporated, and left behind a vast deposit of salt in central Utah. A series of volcanoes erupted around the ancient seabed, and sealed the salt and its trace minerals from pollutants of the modern day. (https://www.sfsalt.com/redmond-real-salt)

So, if you want to avoid the modern world contaminants in your salt, you have to get it from ancient sources.  Eating good salt with all of its trace minerals is vital to your health.  Normal table salt is good for throwing on your icy steps but don’t put it in your body!