For centuries salt has been used as a food preservative to prevent the presence of harmful and deadly microorganisms in foods and thus add to the “shelf” life of many foods. Table salt usually comes from natural ground deposits and like sea salt its primary ingredients are sodium and calcium.
According to the Mayo Clinic Sea salt and table salt have the same basic ingredients and thus have the same nutritional value. Table salt contains calcium silicate and other anti-caking substances which are designed to prevent clumping of the salt grains. A good salt should contain iodine which is a substance that your body needs to produce hormones in your thyroid glands. Both sea salt and table salt contain about the same amount of sodium and this ever so important substance is what aids in maintaining the proper amount of fluids in our bodies and aids in transmitting electrical nerve impulses and transport nutrients to your cells and also is crucial in those who workout as it plays an important role in influencing the muscles as the relax and contract in your typical workout. The sodium in salt controls your blood pressure and volume and aids greatly in the functioning of your muscles and nerves. Many of those who have complained from headaches could just as easily be low in sodium and with the proper diet could avoid most headaches altogether by just adding more sodium diet to their diet. Not only will you get headaches from a deficiency in your body’s sodium but you may also suffer from confusion, vomiting, dizziness and worst of all low blood pressure. Also a diet high in salt will drive your blood pressure through the roof, will increase your chances of suffering from a heart attack and increase your chances of stroke. A daily range of sodium intake should range from 1,500 to 2,400 milligrams and the average adult should consume at least 250 to 500 milligrams per day.