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  1. I use “sel de Guérande”, harvested in the region of Guérande, France.
    We had the opportunity to visit a salt field with a guide who explained us all the process. The salt is harvested manually using traditional methods.
    Like agriculture, it’s very dependent on climate. Last year was a bad year because the summer was wet and cold. A good year would be with a dry and warm summer with some wind. A lot of families (less than in the past, though) live of this activity and they are organized cooperatives of small, independent producers. There are also a lot of herbs and plants growing in the fields and many of them are edible, our guide just picked some for us to taste and they were delicious.

  2. I appreciate the time and work that goes into your articles, and I love your recipes. But I have noticed that you tend to have a very narrow range of sources when researching your blog posts. It’s never a good practice to rely solely (hehe) on the company you’re promoting for facts and sound research. This introduces bias into your work, a huge concern in the research world. You are not a certified practitioner of any kind yet, I know this, but do take care to expand your research efforts, especially since you tend to write with somewhat of an authoritative stance (i.e. bold fonts) and pretty strong declarations.

      • You rock Lauren! Congrats on being certified and for all the hard work that went into that. It’s not your job to hold everyone’s hand. If they want to find out about more products/companies that provide great products, it’s up to them. Having a blog at all that you keep up with is greatly helpful and you don’t have to do it but I’m grateful you do.


      • Lauren, as a nutrional health blogger it is absolutely your perogative to make strong declarative statements! Heavens–anyone who follows Dr. Mercola has to sift through occasional rants, agree to disagree and take away what is valuable. Some of his heavy-handed essays I take with a grain of salt!

        I SO appreciate your comparative narration on unrefined salts AND love your writing style. Furthermore, I enjoy hearing secondhand from a knowledgeable and very amiable company representative. Thank you for sharing your experience and your passion for educating your readers on “the new nutrition.”

        Congrats on your certification!

        • By the way Bren, that’s an Understatement about Mercola. But I love the guy and respect his heart, dedication and fervor. In my opinion it often takes fanaticism to pave the way to truth. Real salt always muscle tests the best over any Celtic or Himalayan (I have gotten my paws on) for all my clients friends and family. I find Applied Kinesiology to be very discerning.

  3. I love Real Salt and buy it in bulk. I recently found out it does not contain iodine, and would love to know how to get that mineral into our diet. I don’t know if any of the other’s contain iodine.

    • Unrefined salts are not significant sources of iodine, so we need to get iodine from other sources. Chris Kresser has a great free ebook on iodine supplementation and you get access to the freebie by signing up for his newsletter at I recommend this book to everyone, it is a wonderful resource!

    • Yes, I found this out a while back too, that even the good natural salts like Laureen talks about in this article do not contain iodine. Two local chiropractors that we go to recommended the same iodine supplement (they and their families take it also). It is by Standard Process and is called, “Prolamine Iodine.” You are supposed to take one per day and there are 90 tablets in each bottle. I think one bottle is around $14.00.

    • Sea kelp is LOADED with iodine and is a great way to supplement IF NEEDED. You can purchase it in its “kombu” form and cook it with rice or beans (great for beans as it breaks down the sugars that cause gas) or you can find it in a powerdered form. Some people put it in to capsules, some just sprinkle it on food.

      You can also use, yes I’m saying this, ordinary iodine found in the chemical factories like CVS, Rite-Aid, Walgreen’s, etc. By rubbing a silver dollar-sized amount over your abdomen, it will be absorbed through your skin. If after 12 hours you still see yellow (from the iodine), then use a smaller amount. Your body will not absorb any more than it needs.

      Source: I am an NMD … but it doesn’t take an NMD to be and stay healthy.

    • I’ve been researching iodine, so I can tell you that a) iodine has always been added to salt, never naturally-occurring; b) when choosing an iodine supplement make sure it has BOTH potassium or sodium iodide and iodine. You need the iodide for your thyroid, but breast, ovaries, etc. need iodine also. Seems to me that Lugol’s Iodine is the best – can get it in pill form too (Iodoral) although more expensive.. A really good iodine resource is David Brownstein (MD who practises as a Naturopath). That’s why I’m investigating salts – iodine therapy often causes detox symptoms and salts are one of the methods he recommends to help with detox symptoms. Thanks much – good info. and enjoyed all conversations!

      • I was having detox symptoms with taking Iodoral. I very hesitantly upped the dose to 50mg -75 mg a day and the detox symptoms went away. I love how the government says that you will go into a coma if you take too much iodine. I think they got it wrong, sort of like how they got “salt is terribly bad for you” wrong. We use a certified Himalayan Pink Salt and it tastes wonderful!

    • lugol’s – 2% solution…very trusted…good for thyroid support and skin barrier maintenance. iodine is used from the thyroid to the skin to defend against fungi and bacteria. most American’s thyroids are depleted for var reasons…taking this will give you some energy back as well. bets of luck

  4. Here is the question that no one seems to answer. How much of what salt has to offer does my body need? I’m thinking salt is salt and as long as it comes from a non toxic source, it should be good. If some common salts are not showing some trace minerals, is that really a problem? Do those missing minerals come from some other common sources of food? As long as I’m eating clean (paleo or like my grandma did) I should be getting the things that my body needs. Don’t you think?

  5. Unless I missed something while reading the comments…I didn’t see anything about Swanson’s Health Products and their Himalayan Salt they sell? They are a very good company and a woman…Dr Hendel has her own Himalayan Salt product in their line with the Swanson’s label on it. That is where we get our Himalayan salt from. I am interested if anyone has anything to say about it?
    Thanks for both of these articles! I am so glad you posted them!

  6. Have just purchased some Mount Zero natural salt (in Australia) hand harvested from The Pink Lake in Victoria. The lake is fed by natural saline aquifers, it has a lovely flavour, and quite a list of minerals on the information label. My favourite has always been the Celtic salt, but it was unavailable.

  7. Hi Lauren!
    I came across your blog today and so glad I did. This article on salt is particularly interesting and informative. Honestly though, I am very much enjoying reading your entire blog. You bring so much wisdom and experience to your writings….
    Great job-so inspiring! Keep it up and thank you!

  8. I for one love & use ‘The Spice Lab’s Fine Himalayan Natural Unprocessed Cooking Salt, 1-Pound’ & I purchase it on Amazon at this link here: & it cost $6.75. Since I have been using this salt instead of sea salt I have saw a lot of different plus’s & benefits. I just love my Himalayan Salt & I will use it for ever. I also use Black Lava Salt which is really good also. I use both on my popcorn. I will never go back to any other salts & the price is not high to me because feeding my money to doctors & hospitals is much worse, so spending a little extra on better things for my body is well worth any investment that I spend. I don’t use a lot of salt now, but back in the day I use to, but now I only have a half of teaspoon to one per day. For me again Himalayan Salt is the best at least in my eyes & nothing wrong with the other two, but I just choose Himalayan Salt because for me I can feel the differences & I will never go back to the rest. Black Lava Salt is something that I will use also for my whole life.

  9. Great article, I plan on purchasing some real salt real soon! 🙂 I was just curious if the content of the trace minerals is so small is it actually enough to be impacting our body’s or making a difference?

      • I just purchased Real Salt and Himala Salt from amazon, so glad I stumbled upon your article about the differences in salts because I had no idea! So thank you for bringing this to my attention! Its so fascinating that salt gets a bad rep, but the problem isn’t salt its that we are eating its nutrition-less cousin (if it can even be called that) and not the real thing! I cant wait till my order arrives so I can start making sole and now freely let my husband use salt to sprinkle on his food 🙂 So how much should we be consuming in a day then to get our necessary amount of trace minerals?

  10. I heard long ago that it was important to eat the salt that was harvested on the continent that you’re on, due to the salt’s reflection of the direction of the electromagnetic current of that land body. This influences the direction of electromagnetic direction in our bodies.
    I’ve always been curious, and have yet to to try it out, as to whether this will help with jet lag when traveling, switching to the salt of the continent to which you travel.
    Great article – wonderful to see someone addressing this! 🙂

  11. Thank you for researching this! Very informative. I’m glad to hear that they’re “all good”. : ) Ever since switching to good salts, I haven’t gone back! I typically use pink himalayan salt, since it comes in bulk at my Sprouts store for $2.99/lb. Good salts can be pricey, so I’m thankful to have found pink salt in bulk so cheap. That said, just last week I found a 26 oz. pouch of Redmond salt on clearance for $2.23. I have no idea why it was marked down, but you better believe I snatched it up! I have never seen a decent price for celtic sea salt, so I’ve never tried it. But if I never do, I’m happy with my pink and real salts! They just taste so much better than table or white sea salt!

  12. I’m using what they sell in the market place, goes for roughly 50 cents a kilo I think. Filipino sea salt from Bulacan. Sadly globalization of commodities is destroying this historic industry. But while it lasts, it is real salt and is real cheap. And I love it!

    Steve in Baguio City – Philippines

  13. Like your article. Have you heard of Pansalt produced in Finland? I’ts about to be launched on the Australian market. A Healthy salt Alternative with half the amount of harmful sodium and additional potassium magnesium and other beneficial minerals. Let me know what you think of this product. I can send an email on more specific details of the unique product.

  14. I use Real Salt, I buy it directly from their stores in bulk (I live in Utah, yay for local sourcing!). Having been To their stores and seeing and eating the other items they offer through their daughter companies (raw milk, pastured eggs) along with other organice free sourced items, I believe they are a company with integrity and truly stewards of their customers health and the land they use to produce their products.

  15. I love the convenience of Real Salt for the table. I mean it shakes, evenly coats better (thinking of things like fries, fresh ground salt from a grinder is a bit chunkier and makes my fries saltier),etc. However, I love cooking with either Pink Himalayan or Grey Celtic Sea Salt. I can’t find Real salt here, but my stores carry Pink Himalayan. And at the stores I used to shop at the Grey Celtic was cheaper by at least $3/package so I often went Grey. Now though, Himalayan it is because I can find it without ordering

  16. I liked how you addressed this issue. I also wanted to comment on that I know Darryl personally, he really is a great guy, and pretty much the most knowledgeable person of the “Redmond [Bosshardt] Family”. I’m so glad you got an opportunity to talk with him.

  17. Thank you Lauren! I agree with your article to a point, with the point of departure being mined salt vs ocean salt, and the idea that chemically identical minerals are biologically identical. R. Buckminster Fuller makes a compelling–conclusive actually–case that the only creatures on earth we could possibly share common ancestry with on this planet are the cetaceans…which also matches my memories on the subject.

    Salinity. We are the only land mammal with hair (vs fur), tears and salty blood, among hundreds of other things we share in common with cetaceans that no other land mammal has.

    There is a place in the ocean, that Bucky discovered is at the exact center of the highest human population density on the planet, with population density decreasing in every direction from this central point.

    The ocean and air temperature at this point, has perfectly averaged 98.6 degrees for a very long time. The ocean salinity at this point, exactly matches human blood salinity. In fact the entire mineral composition of the sea at this point, exactly matches the proportion of what Bucky call the “92 regenerative elements,” the naturally-occurring elements found in our bodies. Which also happens to be the exact proportion of the 92 elements found in the entire universe–we are made of star-stuff stars are another ancestor we all share in common. HeHee.

    What this article says is not true: that because the minerals cannot be measured, they are not there. I mean, what is the human MDR for uranium? It’s always there in seawater in extremely (undetectable by normal measurements) trace amounts, but I wouldn’t put that on the label of my product! But yes, uranium has a function in our bodies.

    There are big differences between mined salts and sea salts. One important difference is mined salts, which come from dried-up oceans, tend to have different proportions of the minerals than is found in solution in seawater, particularly of trace things like uranium, which are typically found in much higher (still almost unmeasurable) trace amounts than in sea water, and they form different compounds vs those found in ocean water, which can be good and bad but is mostly bad. Also higher concentrations of metals, which can be very high due to local geological variations, vs the relatively even mixing that occurs in the ocean.

    Second, is mined salts tend to switch from the “right-spin” orientation found in the body and in the ocean, to the “left-spin” orientation, which makes them incompatible with biology. This is not a big factor if the salt is carefully mined as the article notes, but there are compounds where the chemically-identical “right-spin” molecule is beneficial while the “left-spin” version is poisonous.

    This is why you don’t buy commercial mineral supplements. They are dead, and “left-spin,” our bodies cannot use the minerals in that form, indeed they are mildly toxic and require effort to get rid of, which means our digestion must switch over from getting nutrients to eliminating unwanted substances. Which means all the good thing you ate at that moment get flushed too.

    What type of salt do we use? All of them my dears! Mainly celtic because of the reasons mentioned above, but also the others for variety, because of the reasons mentioned above. Sometimes we are attracted by the trace mineral concentrations which make Himalayan salt pink <3 (besides we like pink 🙂 )

    This is why seaweed is so beneficial. Being sea-creatures at heart <3 the minerals in seaweed are in the exact proportion our bodies need them, in the exact *form* our bodies need them in, held in a living "right-spin" matrix, bound up together in complex organic compounds that our bodies effortlessly absorb and utilize. This is "bioavailability." Even in sea-salt form, some of the minerals are in compounds the body can't absorb, typically simple mineral salts, vs complex organic compounds.

    Remember, in a laboratory chemical assay, a DNA molecule is indistinguishable from an equal mixture of its constituent elements. But rearranging a few hydrogen, carbon and nitrogen atoms into different compounds can make the difference between food and deadly poison! CO2 makes water bubbly, CO (carbon monoxide) kills you in relatively minute concentrations. Sugar, olive oil and motor oil are all quite similar hydrocarbon molecules. And you won't find something as magical as DNA coming from a mixture of chemicals…and life, happens in the magic 🙂

  18. Hello dear!

    I hope you will surly reply…

    myself is 29 year old girl, and as I am doing salt water treatment from 13 oct, and I healed of about 1000 billion negative energy, but negative energy is extreme on me as 3550 billion. I am doing salt water treatment continuously…But now a days I am feeling of little low energy… could you please tell me, how much salt soak our body in a day… I am taking bath of rock salt, baking soda, and oil, 2 times in a week.
    Could you plz tell me much salt water treatment, I do in a day to sock negative energy in me. So, it could not harmful for me.


  19. I have been buying Real Salt for a while. It’s natural and affordable, and seemed like a good choice to me. The store had a sale on Himalayan Pink Salt recently, so I picked some up. BOTH my kids immediately noticed a difference in taste (when used at the table) and asked me to go back and get Real Salt! I’m still using the Himalayan in cooking to use it up, but then we’ll be an exclusively Real Salt home!!!

  20. I loved this article and will be sharing it but I was still left wondering how necessary Iodine is in unrefined salt. Most grocer options at regular big chain supermarkets always notate the lack of iodine which can be uncomforting. Is it included in these 3 brands and if not how can we compensate?

    Thanks (:

  21. I am experiencing a mysterious severe health issues for quite sometime and NOTHING helps. I tried everything under the sun. Today, on a hunch, I decided to switch from Himalayan salt to a Sea Salt, just to see if it makes any difference. I have been exclusively using Himalayan salt.

    • If you have symptoms that are common to Lyme Disease, see a Lyme specialist, even if you’ve had a negative Lyme test. Every time I hear the words “mysterious health symptoms,” it often ends up being Lyme. Good luck!

  22. Hello! New to Sole! I just started using this amazing elixir a day or two ago… I’m absolutely stunned by how effective it is. I usually sweat and over heat to the point of rashing after a vigorous vinyasa yoga class, but by taking a single teaspoon before and after classes I’m able to regulate my temperature… I’m also prone to eczema, I’m sure it has to do with my ph balance, but regardless, Sole is truly curing me of this irritating condition. I know it’s early in my use of this product, but so far so good! And in summation, the information you posted in this article is exactly what I was looking for! Invaluable, thank you!

  23. Do you know the lithium content of any salts? Or how to take lithium without having side effects / how to flush it out?

    I seem to suffer strong fatigue whenever I take even small amounts of lithium. This happened first with supplementing 5 mg of lithium from lithium aspartate, then after taking a magnesium product that contained concentrated trace minerals, including 2-3 mg of lithium, and now appears to be happening after taking unrefined sea salt. It seems an awfully trivial amount to produce such strong symptoms, but even small amounts of iodine and Ashwagandha, and presumably any other nutrient or herb that affects the thyroid, appear to knock me out for several days.

    • From a labatory analysis standpoint, the “contains <.000001%" indicates that IF it is in the sample provided, it is at a level either: a) lower than what their equipment can detect; b) below a minimum threshold set by either the company who provided the product, by the testing facility or by the testing equipment manufacturer (below which they would not guarantee or certify the resulting measurement); or c) the Trace element is not in the product.
      Leaving it listed on the packaging by Himalayan salt companies could be: for marketing purposes ("more is better"); they found the other Trace minerals in a different sample in the past & so leave it listed, even if the don't know how much may be in the current production; they do have a lab analysis at a more precise and minute level which shows them present, but it's below the levels of the current testing equipment.

  24. Hi, Huuge question… So you recommend to take at least a glass of water with sole, but do not recommend drink water all day with it (Meaning if i prepare a gallon and only drink water from it during the day)?

  25. Hi – thank you for the best article I could find in my search on salt brands, which is best, etc. My question is does himalayan salt contain iodine? Does any unrefined salt contain iodine? I have read that himalayan salt does not and I have read that it does. Got a definitive answer? I want to change my salt consumption to a more natural, healthier salt but concerned about not getting enough iodine. I do have under active thyroid and am on medication. I have read about foods that contain good sources of iodine but my diet is poor and I do not always make good choices for my health. Thank y!ou for any help you can give

  26. Most All Salts From Our Planet Earth Are The Same Except Table Salt which all them minerals/elements have been stripped they add Iodide..but hmm interestingly iodide is already natrually in Real Salt, Celtic Salt, Himalayan Salt. You Can easily try out pink himalayan salt at trader joes they get it directly from the mines in Pakistan.
    It seems hard to believe 84+ trace minerals as others have said before after the spectral analysis was performed there minute trace amounts meaning you would have to add more of this salt in a “sole” to get the full benefits
    Drinking Gatorade does not provide electrolytes it just quenches your thirst by adding more sugar. You simply can not overdose on salt.You can sprinkle all these refined salts in a blender with your favorite juice maybe you want add it to your orange juice or lemonade..We use alot of salt on popcorn at the movies theatres salt on top of more salt. think about that one!

    • why long time salt companies like norton want to claim there table salt is healthy by adding anticaking agents so it doesn’t stick/clump together ha ha why is it that Real Salt, Pink Himalayan, Celtic Salt doesn’t have a problem pouring out of a shaker…that’s ridiculous for them to strip all these natrual elements and sell em to pharmaceutical/vitamin companies.

  27. Thanks Lauren for all your research. I practice AK, and am also a certified nutrition consultant. Real salt always muscle tests the best for all my clients friends and family over any Celtic or Himalayan (I have gotten my paws on). I find Applied Kinesiology to be very discerning.

  28. This is a great post! Thanks for the info. I have a quick question. Does unrefined salt expire? I know that refined salt has an unlimited shelf life but I am not sure about unrefined. Thanks!

  29. I’m very new to this. Can you drink sole water if you’ve had something to eat in the morning? Or must you drink it always on an empty stomach? The lipsomal vitamin C supplement I was thinking of taking also tells me to take on an empty stomach? Do I have to choose one over the other or take at different times of day, which of course is harder to do since we all eat food and meals throughout our day? Will I get an adverse reaction if I drink sole water after having eaten something?

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