I want to be that mother who can stand up and say I am a strong confident mother and I know what is best for my children. We breastfeed and co sleep, We listen, We include, We eat chocolate and snot smoothies, we trampoline and grow frogs, we sling, we carry and we try and understand and work with our children without resorting to punishments, threats or coercion.

Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Salt of the Earth

It fascinates me that for years it's been drummed into us that salt is bad for us. Don't eat so much. Cut down. Cut out. When in actual fact it's completely wrong!!! It's just processed white table (the type that most people eat) salt that's bad for us. I'm starting to learn more about alternatives and it turns out we actually need salt! Natural salt (rock salt, Himalayan pink or Celtic grey) is totally great and needed. Of course salt is needed. Our body needs salt. Our body is made up of it, among many things. Salt.

"We all need a little bit of salt because it helps our body's cells to absorb nutrients. However, the majority of us eat about two-and-a-half times as much salt than we need." NHS

". . .all of us have in our veins the exact same percentage of salt in our blood that exists in the ocean, and, therefore, we have salt in our blood, in our sweat, in our tears. We are tied to the ocean. And, when we go back to the sea. . . we are going back to whence we came." -John F. Kennedy

One of the problems is the amount of salt. Most people eat a diet that has a lot of processed foods and these foods already have a lot of processed salt in them. Add more processed salt to that and hey presto an illness waiting to happen.

Tides are changing, people are becoming more aware and foods are being made with less salt and more herbs and natural flavours.

So how much salt does the body need? Experts say 6g a day. With the natural pink or grey, these figures become less worrisome. Use what is needed. You'll soon find that once you start cutting down on processed table salt, your taste buds will rejoice and resurface!!

You know what I can't wait for? The rest of society to catch up, realise low-fat is unhealthy, diet anything is *wrong*, organic natural fat/butter is better than its highly processed counterpart and for healthy natural foods to become readily available and affordable. Soon, everyone will realise organic is just the tip if the iceberg.

I have a long way to go on the mind changing food revolution. I get it though and I believe in it. My nemesis is sugar.

I have similar thoughts on allopathic medicine. Alternatives and ancient methods are starting to seep back into our very mainstream methods. We are returning to the old ways more and more and we are realising how over medicalised everything is. Every day I read stories in the mainstream news extolling the virtues of alternatives over allopathic and I literally do a 'told you so' dance.

One day we really will all 'get with the program!' And realise what's good for us.

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