There is nothing like the taste of table salt. If you haven't tried this salty treat yet, you're missing out. Read on for some great information on sea salt and why it's becoming a popular ingredient in your cooking and baking.
First, let's get to the basics sea salt is a form of sea water (sodium chloride) that is harvested from salty water bodies. The natural salt found in the ocean is sodium chloride (NaCl). Salt is a substance that helps preserve food and maintains its flavor and nutritional value. Sea salt is generally harvested from the sea and is typically minimally processed before it reaches your kitchen. Sea salt also comes from evapotranspiration (sea water evaporating into the atmosphere), so it can retain trace minerals in its natural state. The minerals salt has in its natural state depend on the mineral content of the water from where it evaporates.
Now that we've got the basics out of the way, let's look at the health benefits of sea salt. Sea salt has been used for many centuries to treat skin conditions and burns, as well as other skin disorders. As a skin care treatment, sea salt is also very effective against fungal infections and for treating skin irritations. Sea salt also has antiseptic properties, which can help reduce the itching, redness, and inflammation that came with minor cuts, scrapes, or breaks. Salt is also known to help reduce allergies, headaches, fatigue, and arthritis.
Another benefit of sea salt is that it has an anti-bacterial property. Studies have found that sea salt has antibacterial activity against the harmful bacteria Streptococcus and the harmful bacteria Lactobacillus. This has helped reduce the number of cases of urinary tract infections that stem from infections with these bacteria. In fact, a study published by The Journal of Alternative & Complementary Medicine found that sea salts help reduce bacteria counts on the inside of the human bladder.
A final benefit of sea salt is its anti-viral properties. Some research studies have shown that the alkalinity in sea salt, which lowers pH, prevents the replication of various forms of the virus that causes cold sores and herpes. Some sea salts have even been found to reduce the severity of oral thrush, a fungal infection that causes white patches on the tongue and inside the cheeks.
To sum up, sea salt has several great benefits, especially in the realm of healing and nutrition. It is an excellent source of nutrients and minerals, such as sodium, calcium, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, and iron. Sea salt also helps restore and maintain healthy levels of bromelain and other helpful bacteria, and enzymes to the bloodstream.
However, sea salt isn't just a great addition to your diet, it's also great as a decorative element to your cooking and baking projects. You'll find salt in candies, ice cream, jams, spreads, cookies, and other baked goods. In fact, it's such a versatile item that you can also use sea salt as a cooking ingredient to season fruit dishes, fish, and vegetables. Even so, it doesn't hurt to get a little creative and try to incorporate sea salt into your cooking and baking.
For example, you can rub table salt into pasta dishes, sandwiches, and salads or use it as a marinade for meats. You can drizzle sea salt onto bread as an additive, add to vegetable dishes, or sprinkle a small amount onto fish or chicken. In addition, you can sprinkle sea salt on top of the pizza crust and then bake the crust using a simple pizza stone. Just be sure to take note of the amount of salt that you're putting on the crust and also consider the seasonings and other ingredients that you put on your pizza.