Why I add Sea Salt to my water

Words by Jessica Scott-Young | Nutritionist

As an Australian based nutritionist, hydration is something I regularly talk to clients about, especially in the warmer months. After a recent trip to Adelaide where the thermostat climbed to over 40’C, I was reminded of the importance of good quality hydration.

When I say hydration, people often think of water, or fancy electrolytes tablets or processed sports drinks. But the truth is, you can hydrate yourself simply with filtered water, good quality sea salt

Sea salt isn’t just a flavorful addition to meals; it’s also a powerhouse of essential trace minerals that benefit our health in numerous ways. One of its key roles is to support cellular hydration and healthy hormones! 

Sea salt (not to be confused with rock salt, which is typically mined from underground salt deposits, which vary in terms of mineral composition and purity) is rich in natural electrolytes like sodium, potassium, magnesium, and calcium, which are crucial for maintaining proper fluid balance in the body. These electrolytes support hydration by helping cells absorb and retain water effectively.

A good quality sea salt or river salt contains a wider spectrum of trace minerals, including iodine, zinc, and selenium. Iodine, for example, is essential for thyroid health and hormone synthesis, while zinc and selenium support immune function, thyroid health and overall well-being. Sea salt also helps bromide clearance and improves iodine metabolism, making it a great addition for anyone with thyroid issues.

Adequate electrolyte balance, including sodium from sea salt, plays an important role in supporting hormone production and regulation. Hormones influence various bodily functions, including metabolism, mood, and energy levels. Did you know that fatigue can often be a sign of dehydration?

By adding high-quality sea salt to your filtered water daily, we nourish our bodies with essential minerals that maintain hydration, support muscle function, and healthy hormones.

Start by adding ¼ tsp of good quality sea salt to your water bottle or water jug each day. 

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