Real Salt, Celtic Salt and Himalayan Salt


This is what real salt looks like—we all know what regular white salt looks like—and we mistakenly think it is real salt when it is not. The fact is that refined white salt, such as commercial table salt is bad, very bad stuff. Unrefined natural salt on the other hand is good, very good stuff providing many health benefits.

Unrefined sea salt is healthy. The blood-pressure-raising effect of table salt can be due to its high content of sodium with not enough magnesium to balance it. This has a magnesium-lowering effect that can constrict the arteries and raise blood pressure. Real salt (of various kinds) contains plenty of magnesium and other important minerals, which is why it usually does not affect blood pressure in a negative way.[1]

Sodium is an essential nutrient required by the body for maintaining levels of fluids and for providing channels for nerve signaling. Some sodium is needed in your body to regulate fluids and blood pressure, and to keep muscles and nerves running smoothly.

Without appropriate amounts of sodium, your body may have a difficult time cooling down after intense exercise or activity. When the body is hot, you sweat. If you do not have enough sodium, your body may not sweat as much and you may then become overheated. This could result in a stroke or exhaustion as well as dehydration.

Sodium is an energy carrier. It is also responsible for sending messages from the brain to muscles through the nervous system so that muscles move on command. When you want to move your arm or contract any muscle in your body, your brain sends a message to a sodium molecule that passes it to a potassium molecule and then back to a sodium molecule etc., etc., until it gets to its final destination and the muscle contracts. This is known as the sodium-potassium ion exchange. Therefore, without sodium, you would never be able to move any part of your body.

Excess sodium (such as that obtained from dietary sources) is excreted in the urine.[2] Most of the sodium in the body (about 85%) is found in blood and lymph fluid. Sodium levels in the body are partly controlled by a hormone called aldosterone, which is made by the adrenal glands. Aldosterone levels determine whether the kidneys hold sodium in the body or pass it into the urine.

Dr. David Brownstein weighs in heavily on this matter saying, “Nobody makes a distinction between unrefined and refined salt. They ‘lump’ all salt together as a bad substance. This is a terrible mistake. There are two forms of salt available in the market place: refined and unrefined. Refined salt has had its minerals removed and has been bleached to give it the white appearance that we are accustomed to seeing with salt. It is the fine, white salt that is available at almost any restaurant or grocery store. Refined salt has been bleached and exposed to many toxic chemicals in order to get it to its final product. It has aluminum, ferrocyanide, and bleach in it. I believe this refining process has made it a toxic, devitalized substance that needs to be avoided.”

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“Unrefined salt, on the other hand,” Brownstein continues, “has not been put through a harsh chemical process. It contains the natural minerals that were originally part of the product. Its mineral content gives it a distinct color. The colors of unrefined salt can vary depending on where it is taken from. This is due to the changing mineral content of the various brands of salt. It is the minerals in unrefined salt that provide all the benefits of this product. The minerals supply the body with over 80 trace elements needed to maintain and sustain health. Furthermore, the minerals elevate the pH (correct acidity) and lower blood pressure. Our maker gave us salt to use in our diet—unrefined salt—with its full complement of minerals. It should be the salt of choice. It is a vital ingredient that needs to be part of everyone’s diet.”

Dr. Brownstein says, “Years ago salt manufacturers decided that pure white salt is prettier than off-white salt and that consumers prefer pretty white salt. So they started bleaching it. They also added anti-clumping agents to increase its shelf life. The problem is that the chemicals added to keep salt from absorbing moisture on the shelf interfere with one of salt’s main functions: to regulate hydration in your body. The sodium chloride in table salt is highly concentrated, denatured, and toxic to your body. Ever put salt on an open cut? It burns!!! Refined salt has the same effect on internal tissues and causes a negative reaction: your body retains water to protect itself, and your cells release water to help dilute, neutralize, and break down the salt. This loss of water dehydrates and weakens your cells and can even cause them to die prematurely. Natural sea salt is far superior to chemically-treated iodized table salts as it contains all 92 trace minerals, and it’s only 84% sodium chloride while table salt is almost 98%".

All this adds up to one thing. Table salt, whether marine or not, is toxic—it’s poisonous to the body and is responsible, in great part, to the onset of many terrible diseases including thyroid and metabolic dysfunction.

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Celtic Salt
VRP – Celtic Sea Salt – 1 pound unrefined $11.99


Celtic Sea Salt 22-pound bag is $88.00.

In addition to sodium and chloride, Celtic Sea Salt® provides other nutrients that naturally occur in salt beds, including trace amounts of calcium, magnesium potassium, iron and zinc.

In accordance with standards set by The World Health Organization and the Food and Agriculture Organization, independent analysis indicates that levels of heavy metals are non-detectable (e.g. arsenic, cadmium, mercury) or well below published safe limits in Celtic Sea Salt®. Perhaps most importantly, Celtic Sea Salt® is not exposed to refinement and bleaching used to manufacture typical table salt and there are no additives. Celtic Sea Salt® is harvested from the ocean using the sun, the wind and shallow clay ionizing ponds, a method passed down through the generations.

Many Americans over consume refined salt by eating processed foods, fast foods and canned foods with salt added. Celtic Sea Salt® is a good alternative as part of a healthier diet. Recommended use is a half teaspoon per day.

Himalayan Salt

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Available in 1 kg or 5 kg bags and in salt chunks for Sole

Himalayan crystal salt that is mined 5,000 feet deep below the Himalayan mountain range was subject to enormous pressure over millions of years and is over 99% pure. The higher the amount of pressure the more superior or excellent the state of order within the crystalline structure of salt. Many Himalayan salts are sold cheaply but are collected from higher up near the tops of the Himalayan Mountains instead of from the deeper mines. These salts contain more impurities, do not have the same structure and are not as easily assimilable by the body.

Himalayan salt contains 84 minerals and trace elements in ionic state and is a delightful pink color. People often state that they use less of this salt than of other types. Many sizes are available from 3 oz in a salt grinder to larger 1-kg bags (2.2 lb). Salt chunks are also available for making your own “sole,” which is a saturated solution of purified water with Himalayan salt. A specific recipe (see below) must be followed to make sole and results in a solution that has much less sodium than just adding salt to water would have. Daily use of sole is believed to stimulate the peristalsis of the digestive organs, balance the stomach acid, support the production of digestive fluids in the liver and pancreas, regulate the metabolism and harmonize the acid-alkaline balance.

Start Each Day with a Healthy Sole

The ideal way to use Himalayan Crystal Salt is in the form of a sole (so-LAY). Drinking the sole when you awake each morning is like getting up on the right side of the bed. It provides the energizing minerals you need daily to recharge your body, and it helps set the stage for a day of vitality.

Essentially, a sole is water saturated with Himalayan Crystal Salt. The sole contains about approximately 26 parts of salt to 100 parts of water. Prepare the water and salt combination in advance (see directions to the right). Each morning place a teaspoon of the sole mixture in a glass and fill with 8 ounces of pure spring water. Drink it immediately or sip it while getting dressed, checking emails or preparing breakfast. The water helps transport the electrolytes throughout the body to all the many places they are needed.

How to Prepare Sole

Sole is a mixture of water and salt. The object is to saturate the water with dissolved salt so it can’t hold anymore. You’ll know that you’ve created sole when there are undissolved salt crystals in the water. You can’t oversaturate the water with salt. The crystals will simply drop to the bottom of the container.

Place several Himalayan Crystal Salt stones or Himalayan Crystal Salt granules about an inch deep in a glass container. (A canning jar works well.)

Cover the salt with two to three inches of pure, spring water. Let the salt dissolve for 24 hours.

If all the salt dissolves in 24 hours, add more salt to the container. The sole is finished when the water can no longer dissolve the salt and the salt crystals drop to the bottom of the container. There will always be salt crystals in the jar. It doesn’t matter if you have only a few crystals or many. The water is saturated and is now sole.

Cover the container to prevent the water from evaporating. Since salt is a natural preservative, the sole will keep forever. It can’t spoil or go “bad.”

The vibrational energy of the Himalayan Crystal Salt remains in your body for 24 hours.

A teaspoon of sole contains 480 mg of sodium, or 20% of the Daily Reference Value of 2400 mg based on a 2,000 calorie per day diet.

Redmond Real Salt

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Redmond Real Salt is mined in the United States and is another good unrefined salt that I also recommend. It can be used as a table salt and for cooking and is available in coarse and fine grinds and in a variety of sizes.

Real Salt comes from a mineral rich salt deposit formed by an ancient sea in Utah. It contains 62 trace minerals, and is without additives, chemicals, or heat processing of any kind. Real Salt’s unique pinkish appearance and flecks of color come from the more than 60 naturally occurring trace minerals. The result is a delicate “sweet salt” flavor that you may not have experienced before.

Special Note: I was very disappointed to hear Dr. Max Gerson’s daughter Charlotte Gerson saying, “That sodium is never good, never in any form!” I have put Gerson in the best light in my writings and his organization does hold the high ground for organic raw juicing but there are some things they say that have no grounding in medical science or clinical reality. Talk to Dr. David Brownstein and he will tell you that often the first thing a patient needs is water and salt but its real salt not table salt he is talking about and prescribing for his patients.

I have written a full essay addressing this communication from Charlotte. And I have another essay on using seawater as a medicine and that will be seen in my Treatment Essentials book that is now finished and ready for publication on the 15th of February. To even think of discounting the medical miracles from the sea, which Charlotte is clearly doing, makes me shudder.

[2] These processes in the body, especially in the brain, nervous system, and muscles, require electrical signals for communication. The movement of sodium is critical in the generation of these electrical signals. Too much or too little sodium therefore can cause cells to malfunction, and extremes in the blood sodium levels (too much or too little) can be fatal

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  • mhikl

    Dr Sircus,
    Another excellent article.
    I have read that elements of ‘quirky’ pseudo-natural health are becoming more mainstream and even Big Pharma and the conventional medical system are being drawn in. As example, leaky gut was denigrated by the medical professional but now is being accepted as a legitimate medical concern.

    For convenience, I grind a small mixture of Himalayan and Celtic salts and add in some potassium, magnesium and a pinch or two of Borax (see the Borax Conspiracy by Walter Last), about a small salt shaker size, hoping for a synergetic effect. For cooking I have the two salts mixed in a small glass container at hand.
    Will try your suggestion of sole food.

  • Rinzler

    Doesn’t mixing salt and water induce vomiting sometimes?

  • Cathy A

    I am allergic to sulfer and have had reactions to both the Real Salt and the Himalayan Pink Salt. What other options are there for me? I have a very hard time keeping my electrolytes balanced also.

    • Claudia French

      Personally I don’t know of a good substitute that would provide you with at least the minimum requirement of salt. Most salts have some amount of sulfur….some more than others. Sorry I can’t give you a better idea other than totally saltless herbal seasonings. Not sure iuf those alone would keep you in electrolyte balance.
      Claudia French

  • LysiJoy

    Hello! Thanks for the info! I have a question: my mom has a toxic nodule on her thyroid and was told not to consumer iodine. My concern about switching to a whole salt is iodine content for her. What would be your recommendation? Is one whole salt lower in iodine than others? Thanks!!

  • Aaron B

    When is your new Book on sodium bicarbonate coming out?

    • Claudia French

      Aaron, its still with the editor so not sure when it will be out. We’re hoping soon.
      Claudia French

  • Rochelle

    Hi! Instead of spring water, will the Himalayan sea salt sole be as effective if we use distilled water?

    • Claudia French

      Dear Rochelle,

      Since a good quality spring water has many minerals in it and distilled water is stripped of all minerals there would be a difference. I am not sure if this means more of the salt would be needed for the same effect or not or if remineralization of the distilled water would be recommended first. Perhaps someone reading here could give us the answer.
      Spring water is the most recommended water I have seen for making Sole.

      Claudia French

  • Jalex

    i have read on-line that cancer patients should not be using any salt (it didnt actually distinguish between table salt and Celtic sea salt- which is odd, because the entire article did make this distinction). Any idea why they would make this statement- ‘cancer patients should be consuming no salt’? And would this go for Celtic Sea salt as well?

    • Claudia French

      See Dr. Sircus’ article and rebuttal on the Gerson Method where it states no salt should be used. ‘
      Claudia French

  • Fiaz Khan

    Thanks for the informative and useful information on different brands of salt.

  • Wayne

    I have used both Real salt and Himalayan pink crystal salt for making Sole and i cant clearly taste or feel a difference. The pink salt does have a better look sitting in the glass jar of Sole though.

  • Egda Lopez

    I’m confused about the Himalayan salt. I read that it contains cadmium, aluminun, arsenic and other traces of harmful minerals. I have been using it for few years and now I read 2 negative articles. Please, tell me something about it. Dr. Sircus say in this article that Celtic Salt does not contain those harmful minerals.

    • Claudia French


      Dr. Sircus is always concerned about the levels of heavy metals in the products he recommends and sometimes the amounts in salt will depend on the area it is harvested in from, or how much processing or what type it goes through. The best way to be sure of what you are using is to ask the company for a recent copy of their lab analysis of the products they sell. Most will give this to you or have it already on their websites. Then you can see what the amounts of various things are in your chosen salt before you purchase. Claudia French

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    • Angel Warrior

      I’ve read that it also contains fluoride….something that is not needed in our bodies even in tiny amounts.

  • Steve

    Can Celtic sea salt be used just as effectively in making Sole as Himalayan?

    • Claudia French

      Steve, yes you can use Celtic Salt to make sole. Look for recipes on the Internet or in Dr. Sircus book Treatment Essentials.

  • Ira Wahrman

    I am also a Chinese Medicine Practitioner. My wife and I have been using Real Salt for the last year but we do not suffer from high blood pressure. I am hesitant to suggest Real Salt to my patients without hearing from someone that they have seen good results with there own patients. The only information I have found is on the Real Salt website. Any experience that you have had with patients would be greatly appreciated if you would share it.

    • Claudia French

      Hello Ira,

      Dr. Sircus said to tell you that he himself uses Real Salt and he suggests you contact Dr. David Brownstein for more feedback on RealSalt and get his book on Salt. Dr. Brownstein can be contacted through his website at :
      While there may be some who are sensitive to any type of salt, we have not heard of too many reports about people using Real Salt. Claudia French

      • jack

        Anecdotal evidence and a sales pitch on his book to boot, true charlatanism.

  • Patrick McGean

    Mark, we all have our opinions and Charlotte must have been really scared by an old salt tale. Speaking of minerals the magnesium and potassium in “pink” salt keep you in the pink.

    What about sulfur? Organic sulfur? Synergistic with salt, volcanic magma into salt water frees the sulfur to begin the sulfur cycle and the aquatic food chain, everything in the ocean eats plankton, plankton eat sulfur freed by salt.

    2013 is the year we tell everyone about sulfur and that includes South America, shucks irt means seven billion people and then we tell the bullies to stand or die.

    Got sulfur?