When choosing a food source it is important to understand why. I didn’t think much about it until I put thought into what foods I put into my body. It is always easy to say that I would like to put something more natural into my body. Key features exist in food sources and are often misunderstood. The goal is for you to understand some key differences in these products that we come in contact with almost every day.
Salt has been around as history has record. It has uses well beyond just seasoning food. When it comes to choosing salt, we have many choices on the market and it is now understood that choosing a more natural salt is better. We are inundated with iodized sea salt. The most common brand I have seen is Morton’s iodized salt. This is fine and dandy when in a pinch and need to add some flavor to a recipe, but for daily use, we can make a better choice. Sea salt now includes a variety of trace minerals and we need these minerals to help cellular reaction occur in our body. You can have well over 75 trace minerals in different varieties of sea salt. If you get the regular Morton’s table salt, it only has two minerals. By using sea salt, you will give you body more of the nutrients it needs for your metabolism.
It is amazing to me that the ratio of water in our bodies compared to the ratio of water on the earth is very similar. We know how important it is because the human body will expire without water much sooner than if we didn’t eat food. When making a choice on which water to preferably drink comes as an extremely loaded question. I have spent much time researching water and have concluded that natural spring water suits me best when choosing my drinking water source. Let’s keep it simple. Compare distilled water to spring water. Distilled water is processed by boiling water through a distillery and capturing it in a clean container for use. When it goes through this process you are left with the purest of water molecules because everything else is evaporated out or left behind in the original container from which it was boiled. What is often left behind is precious minerals that would stay in the water if you were drinking it straight from the spring source. It is very similar to salt that traces ionic minerals are naturally found in spring water sources and this water is more beneficial and easier for the body to process. At the end of the day, I don’t want anyone to over think his or her water consumption and choose not to drink water because you don’t like the source. I like to call this breed of people “water snobs”. Rather, make sure you are drinking ample amounts. If you are not sure what that is, then make sure to drink enough water that the urine runs clear at some point of the day and that you urinate at least three to four times throughout the day.
Sugar is another example that you can make a better choice on the microparticles that can exist within its crystalline structure. We have for years used white sugar as the mainstay for our cooking recipes and it is often used in abundance due to how cheap it is through its commercial production. This, in my opinion, is the main culprit of all the sickness and disease that plagues the world. In the year 1820, we ate less than 20 pounds of sugar per year. Now in current day 2017, some people consume on average over 130 pounds of sugar per year!!(2) People literally eat their own body weight in some cases of sugar each year. So what I am about to explain, when choosing a better sugar, please don’t take it as a reason to add another tablespoon to your coffee.
Cane sugar is like salt and water in the fact that it has trace elements found in it. White sugar has non-trace elements. The natural cane sugar can give your body some of the trace nutrients that help metabolism, but I still don’t feel that the good outweighs the bad in this case. So next time you are baking in the kitchen and the recipe calls for sugar, don’t be afraid to try cane sugar versus white sugar.
Any way you break it down; no one is going to argue with a more natural source of food when it comes down to it. Trace minerals are a very important part of your metabolism and hundreds of thousands of Americans are suffering from simple trace mineral deficiencies. If you are one who has never thought about your salt, sugar, or water source, then now is the time to make the change. So next time you are cruising through Wal-Mart and have nothing better to do, pick up these products and read the source. Get motivated, and make a better choice!
Dr. Andrew J Kender III DC
June 7, 2017
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