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New Beach Body Techniques: How to Lose Weight and Cellulite with Salt

Sea Salt Bowl

It's that time of year again time to shed those extra layers: jackets, cardigans, and leggings. It's the season of patterned bikinis, strapless dresses and sandals – summertime! More importantly, it's time to finally shed those extra pounds so you look fabulous in your summer dresses.

Like most women, you may have been looking for a new workout DVD, or perhaps you've joined a new gym to help you lose those last 10 pounds. If cellulite is your concern, perhaps you have been looking for a new miracle skin cream.

But if you've been exercising like a maniac or applying skin creams to your cellulite without any results, perhaps you should try a new method. Instead, visit your local farmer's market or look down the aisle of your general nutrition store.

The weight loss and cellulite reduction solution you're looking for is sitting right on the shelf next to the table salt. It's Celtic or Himalayan sea salt.

Dr. Phyllis Hubbard, says, "Himalayan and Celtic salts, are like an elixir for the body."

The Baltimore-based naturapathic doctor and owner of Radiant Health Strategies says Celtic and Himalayan sea salts not only are unlikely to cause harm, but they also are good for you. Contrary to popular belief, they are unlikely to raise your blood pressure, and they can even help with weight loss and cellulite reduction.

Surprisingly, Celtic sea salts and Himalayan sea salts have been known to assist with weight reduction and diminish the appearance of cellulite. Unlike traditional table salt, which can cause hypertension and edema, Celtic and Himalayan sea salts do the exact opposite. They're good for you.

Why is Table Salt Different From Natural Sea Salts?

A staple household item, salt is a preservative, seasoning and chemical agent – it's in nearly everything from potato chips and cookies to salad dressings and skin creams. It's a cleaning and beauty agent. Rub it on your skin, and it becomes a cleanser. It is a floatation agent; float in the Dead Sea without a raft. Salt is also an essential bodily component, comprising a large percentage of human blood.

This essential mineral masquerades as many names: NaCl, sodium, iodized salt, sea salt, but most commonly, table salt.

For several decades, the only difference between salts was thought to be the processing procedure  table salt is processed while Celtic sea salt and other natural salts are not. But they are in fact different.

The first difference is appearance. Celtic sea salt is grayish in color and highly textured. Himalayan sea salt, on the other hand, is pinkish and coarse.

Second, Celtic and Himalayan sea salts are organic compounds, while table salt is inorganic, which is one reason why it produces ill effects like hypertension and edema.

Palo Alto, Calif.-based certified nutritionist Drew Parisi says, "In the process of refining salt, important minerals are removed, leaving an inferior product. To keep salt from clumping, salt refiners add several additives, including aluminum compounds."

Laura Grierson, Atlanta, Ga.-based raw food educator and kitchen director at the Living Foods Institute adds, "Table salt is extremely toxic to the body, causing or contributing to the development of dehydration, cellulite, water retention, arthritis, gout and kidney and gallbladder stones."

In other words, if you attempt to use regular table salt for these weight loss and cellulite reduction techniques, you will be doing yourself a disservice. Natural sea salts, however, retain their natural trace minerals and unlike table salt are absorbed into the body easily and efficiently.

Finally, Himalayan and Celtic sea salts are different from table salt because they are sensitive to metal. Metal changes their chemical composition, so don't use a metal spoon to handle them. Use a wooden or ceramic spoon instead.

Hubbard recommends three methods to lose weight and diminish the signs of cellulite with Celtic and Himalayan salts:

Method 1: Eat Celtic and Himalayan Sea Salt

Cook with Celtic or Himalayan sea salt instead of table salt. Simply incorporating these sea salts into your diet will assist in increasing your metabolism, losing weight and lessening water retention. You will not need a lot of salt; natural sea salts are more flavorful than table salt, and you will require less salt to flavor your food – probably half as much.

Hubbard suggests using a natural salt like Redmon's Real Salt seasoning salt while transitioning because it's flavorful and contains herbs that are beneficial to your body. She adds that those using this regimen should begin to eliminate processed foods containing sodium (table salt) from their diets.

For optimal results, Hubbard recommends sauteing vegetables with water instead of oil because eating cooked oils can actually lead to weight gain. She recommends you add a raw virgin olive oil to the food after the food is cooked;" then you will have the full flavor of the oil." Please consult with your physician before prior to using this method. 

Method 2: Sole therapy

Another method for using salt to lose weight is "sole therapy." Sole is a Celtic or Himalayan sea salt and water mixture that slowly can restore the alkaline balance of the body.

Mix about a teaspoon of sole in a glass of distilled or spring water and drink it. Do this daily for as long as you feel you need to.

Within days you should begin to have symptoms of weight loss. The first sign is frequent trips to the bathroom as the body begins to detoxify itself. Second, you will retain less water as the sole provides much-needed electrolytes to the kidneys. Results should be seen within a week or two.

Method 3: Salt scrub

To diminish the appearance of cellulite Hubbard recommends purchasing a salt scrub like Gwen's Blend Almond Salt Scrub or  making a topical solution. Use Celtic or Himalayan salt to make the scrub, if you like. But since this can be costly, a less expensive Mediterranean sea salt works just as well.

The idea behind the salt scrub is that it helps to draw out the toxins, which typically store themselves within fatty tissue like cellulite.

"Some toxins have to be physically removed, and worked out of the body," Hubbard says. When rubbed on the body, the salt scrub helps to physically work the toxins out of the body; as toxins are removed with time, so is the cellulite. The best method to make and apply the scrub is the following:

Combine one-third sea salt and one-third baking soda with a natural oil, such as sweet almond oil, olive oil or coconut oil.

Apply the mixture on the skin, starting at the feet. Rub the mixture into the skin, pressing hard enough to turn the skin red as blood begins to rise to the surface.

Slowly, work your way toward the head. If you are doing this correctly, you should be tired by the time you reach your waist. You may repeat this process as often as you like.

Making these small changes to your diet will not only help to improve your appearance, but your health. Working with Celtic and Himalayan sea salt is not as convenient as using table salt, but as Hubbard says, "The price you pay for convenience oftentimes means you rob your body of the minerals that you really need."

A little inconvenience just might be worth the health and beauty benefits.

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