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8 Awesome Benefits of Sea Salt

Learn the benefits of sea salt and why you should incorporate into your diet everyday!

Benefits of Sea Salt

You’ve probably heard of the common health warning, “Stick to a low-sodium diet for better heart health.” While there is some truth to salt causing hypertension, this only applies to refined white table salt that you’ll often see in salt shakers at restaurants. That’s because these salts have been stripped of their beneficial minerals and only have sodium and chloride, which create imbalances and disease in the body.

Real sea salt has been used for thousands of years by our ancestors and have been a precious commodity to season food and boost their health. I’m talking about unrefined, health-promoting salt like Celtic sea salt and Himalayan sea salt that are gray, black, or pink in color. These salts are actually very helpful in balancing the body and providing the body the nutrients it is lacking from our modern diet. And helloooo, it enhances the flavor our food!

So what are some of the amazing benefits of sea salt? You may be surprised that there are many but here are just some of the important ones:

1. Keeps you hydrated

Contrary to popular belief, sea salt is extremely beneficial in keeping us hydrated. The amount of nutrients in sea salt also satisfies our thirst for a longer period of time and keeps us holding on to the fluids for longer.

Table salt, on the other hand, dehydrates us and actually leeches essential minerals from the body. It also makes us crave it more (I used to be a salt addict!) because our bodies is in need of nutrients that it wants in natural sea salt that cannot be satisfied by processed table salt.

2. Reduces fluid retention

Some people think that salty food makes you bloat or retain water, and yes, this happens when you consume white table salt and refined salt used in processed foods. I remember the days I would wake up feeling groggy and bloated after a late night pizza binge with friends.

However, with real sea salt, the opposite happens because of its balanced ratio of minerals, especially potassium and sodium, which help release retained water. Eating real food and salting your own food with sea salt will help eliminate bloat and water retention.

2. A great source of minerals 

Did you know that high-quality sea salt has 84 trace minerals that nourish and strengthen our body? We used to be able to get enough minerals from the food we eat. However, with monocropping and improper farming methods, our soil has been depleted of these essential minerals and doesn’t provide the nutrients to our food like it used to.

However, we can supplement with sea salt and replenish our bodies with these easily absorbable minerals. I even put a pinch of sea salt in my water each day for that extra nutrient profile!

3. Balances electrolytes

Because of its amazing mineral content, sea salt is a great source of electrolytes like magnesium, calcium, potassium, and sodium. These electrolytes are vital for muscle, brain and heart health, because of its critical role in the nervous system. Instead of the typical sugar-filled electrolyte drinks you can find at the supermarket, try adding sea salt to water with a squeeze of lemon juice.

4. Prevents muscle cramps

When your electrolytes are low, you can experience muscle soreness, cramps, charley horse, and even restless leg syndrome. The lack of minerals keeps the muscles from relaxing and cause contractions that are out of your control. This is why epsom salt baths are recommended for any kind for muscle fatigue. The magnesium in epsom salt plays a huge role in loosening and calming the muscles and your entire body.

If you know you’ll be doing a strenuous activity, make sure to add sea salt to your water before and after to replenish your body with the minerals that it loses during the exercise.

Benefits of Sea Salt

5. Great for skin health

Because of its potent mineral content, sea salt has anti-inflammatory properties that are beneficial for skin health. There are many beauty products that use sea salt, because it has the power to detoxify the skin, while exfoliating, increasing circulation, and providing the skin with nutrients. Sea salt has been shown to be especially beneficial for acne, psoriasis, eczema, and anti-aging.

6. Improves digestion

Sea salt is necessary in the role of digestion, and it starts in the mouth. The salivary amylase, an enzyme which helps break down carbohydrates in the saliva, is activated by the flavor of salt.

Also, salt plays a huge role in the making of hydrochloric acid, which is secreted in the stomach for the breakdown of food, especially protein. Most people are insufficient in hydrochloric acid, and this can cause numerous digestive issues like bloating, gas, heartburn, indigestion, and can eventually lead to leaky gut and chronic disease.

7. Nourishes the adrenal glands

Adrenal fatigue of varying degrees is extremely common today, resulting from stress and poor diet. With adrenal insufficiency, one of the main symptoms is salt cravings. This is because the body is craving the nutrients it needs from sea salt.

Among their numerous demanding functions, our adrenal glands release hormones that regulate sodium and potassium in the body. So in order to make this particular job easier, the adrenals need a balance of these minerals through high quality sea salt. This is especially important when they are already tired from the stress we put through them everyday.

8. Regulates blood pressure

Yes, high quality sea salt is greatly beneficial for regulating blood pressure. The rise in blood pressure is the result of inflammation in the body, which is primarily caused by a high sugar, processed food diet, which also includes white table salt that’s devoid of most nutrients.

Real sea salt actually reduces inflammation by bringing in the necessary minerals that the body uses to boost its immunity. By providing the body with enough water and potassium, it actually helps prevent heart disease and improve cardiovascular health. ‘


To receive all the healing and health-boosting benefits of sea salt, make sure to purchase quality brand like this Celtic sea salt and this Himalayan sea salt. Always reach for salt that has color. It shouldn’t be white, because that means it has been refined and stripped of all its beneficial minerals.

Don’t be afraid to incorporate sea salt into your diet everyday, because it truly is a nourishing and healing superfood!

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8 Awesome Benefits of Sea Salt

Paleo Apple Bacon Pancakes

You’ll want to make these sweet and savory Paleo Apple Bacon Pancakes for your next brunch gathering!

Paleo Apple Bacon Pancakes

I’ll be honest, I don’t love pancakes. They are good from time to time, but I will always prefer something savory (eggs, always) over sweet for breakfast so I usually end up choosing something else. That is… until I made these sweet and savory apple bacon pancakes. Who knew all it took for me to love pancakes was to add some bacon in it? But let’s be real… bacon can make anything better!

Paleo Apple Bacon Pancakes

This recipe came to me just in time for Mother’s Day, and I’m so excited to share something that can satisfy sweet AND savory taste buds. Don’t you think that special lady in your life will love waking up to the smell of these apple bacon pancakes? I know my mom would.

Paleo Apple Bacon Pancakes

So if you are looking for an easy and delicious brunch recipe for the weekend, I highly recommend you try these paleo apple bacon pancakes. It has such great flavors and you can top it off with whatever you like, depending on your style.

I added a little bit of maple syrup and a pat of butter, but I think they would also be delicious with some plain yogurt, coconut cream, or even applesauce to bring out the apple flavor even more. I’m drooling just thinking about it!

Paleo Apple Bacon Pancakes

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Paleo Apple Bacon Pancakes
 
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Serves: 12-16 pancakes
Ingredients
  • 4 slices of thick-cut bacon
  • ½ cup almond meal
  • ½ cup coconut flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 3 eggs
  • ½ cup full-fat coconut milk
  • ¼ cup water, or more
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 large apple, shredded
  • Coconut oil, for frying
Instructions
  1. Cook the bacon slices in a large pan over medium heat until crispy. Remove from heat and crumble. Set aside.
  2. In large bowl, mix together almond meal, coconut flour, and baking soda, sea salt, and cinnamon.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together eggs, coconut milk, water, and vanilla extract.
  4. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients, and stir together until well mixed.
  5. Fold in shredded apples and bacon bits.
  6. If the batter seems too chunky, add more water a tablespoon at a time until it's thick but not runny.
  7. Heat a tablespoon of coconut oil in a griddle over medium low heat.
  8. Drop the pancake batter by ¼ cupfuls into the griddle and spread it out into a circle with a spatula. Cook until browned, about 3-4 minutes.
  9. Flip and cook the other side for 2-3 minutes.
  10. Repeat with the remaining batter, adding more coconut oil to the pan to grease.
  11. Serve with maple syrup.

Paleo, Gluten Free Apple Bacon Pancakes

 

AIP Cinnamon Sugar Cookies

These AIP and paleo cinnamon sugar cookies are so chewy and delicious, you’ll want to make a double batch!

AIP Cinnamon Sugar Cookies

Mmmmm… sugar cookies. You really can’t go wrong with them. It’s always a crowd favorite!

It’s the first week of quiet after our wedding, now that all the events are over and my parents left to go back to South Korea this past weekend. The past month has been crazy and wonderful at the same time and my parents have contributed so much energy and effort into the wedding events, not to mention traveling an insane amount, that I thanked them by doing what I do best: cooking dinner and baking them treats.

Since my mom has rheumatoid arthritis, and it’s difficult to stick to the autoimmune protocol in Korea, she always requests that I make a dessert for her that she can bring back home and enjoy. And this time, I decided to make a big batch of this AIP cinnamon sugar cookies!

AIP Paleo Cinnamon Sugar Cookies

You can make these without the coconut butter frosting, but it seriously makes such a difference with that moist layer. Plus, it adds a touch of sweetness without added sugar that I love.

AIP Paleo Cinnamon Sugar Cookies

I truly enjoy creating these recipes for my mom, because it allows me to help others out there who are also on restrictive diets. Just because you can’t have certain foods, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t indulge in sweet treats from time to time. You just gotta get a bit more creative in the kitchen!

I hope you enjoy these AIP cinnamon sugar cookies as much as my parents did!

AIP Paleo Cinnamon Sugar CookiesAIP Paleo Cinnamon Sugar Cookies

AIP Cinnamon Sugar Cookies
 
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Serves: 20-24 cookies
Ingredients
  • ¾ cup coconut flour
  • ¾ cup tapioca starch
  • 2 tbsp cinnamon, plus more for garnish
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 1 tbsp grass-fed gelatin
  • 1 tbsp room temperature water
  • 2 tbsp hot water
  • ½ cup maple syrup
  • ½ cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup coconut butter, for frosting
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. In a large bowl, stir together coconut flour, tapioca starch, cinnamon, sea salt, and baking soda.
  4. In a separate bowl, whisk together gelatin and room-temperature water. Add hot water and whisk until the gelatin is dissolved.
  5. Add maple syrup, coconut oil, and vanilla extract to the gelatin mixture and whisk together.
  6. Slowly add wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, while stirring with a fork.
  7. Mix until combined and moldable.
  8. Using rounded tablespoons, drop the cookie dough on the parchment paper. It might seem sticky, but it'll be easier to work once they are dropped.
  9. Wet your hands slightly and roll the dropped dough into balls and flatten them.
  10. Bake for 10-15 minutes until the edges are golden, but the cookies are still soft.
  11. Let cool for 15 minutes. The cookies will harden as they cool.
  12. Warm up coconut butter in the microwave or stovetop until slightly melted, but still thick and creamy. Spoon gently over cookies, and sprinkle with cinnamon. Let cool completely before serving.The coconut butter will solidify once cooled.

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Cinnamon Sugar Cookies (AIP, Paleo, Gluten Free)