Unrefined Salt is part of The Iodine Protocol. Dr. Brownstein recommends 1/2 teaspoon of unrefined salt per day. A commonly recommended type of salt is Grey Celtic. Read more about salt at whyiodine.com/salt
This page is about a process called Salt Loading which uses unrefined salt with water to potentially grab extra bromine in our blood that has been knocked loose by iodine.
As we increase the amount of iodine we’re exposed to, one of the substances we can potentially start knocking loose is bromine. Bromine is something we are commonly exposed to in today’s environments and diets. There is a good chance a lot of our thyroid hormones have been created with bromine instead of iodine. This could explain why iodine gives some of us so much energy, and why some of us seem to push bromine out forever.
I try to move slow with iodine in order to give my body time to keep up with the toxicity I might be knocking loose. I also get a lot of salt on my food. But a handful of times, I felt symptoms of bromine and was able to use salt-loading to catch up. Then instead of depending on salt-loading, I would increase my intake of salt on food.
Is salt loading safe long term?
There are several people in the iodine community advocating for daily salt loading. Some doctors have their patients doing several per day. Although this process is relatively safe, not all of us have the best kidney function. It’s obvious we’re all very different due to varying toxicities and gene configurations. So it might not be the best idea to dive into this method full force and assume there are no drawbacks. This is why I save salt loading for bromine detox symptoms, and then increase my salt intake via food to keep up instead of continuing salt loads.
Sustained overconsumption of sodium, particularly as salt, has been related to development of hypertension in sensitive individuals. 1 When we add salt to our food, most of it will be absorbed in our gut, which can limit how much it want’s to absorb and pass the rest. But when we drink salt water, most of it will be absorbed into our blood stream just about instantly where it is essentially forced though our organs.
There is some information about electrolytes damaging liver and kidney cells in order to increase hydration. 2 This is just one more reason I assume my body would prefer to absorb salt slower with food vs large doses with water all the time.
Common bromide toxicity symptoms
- Body: diarrhea or constipation, hormone changes, leg and hip ache, frequent urination (mimicking urinary infection)
- Mood: Anxiety, dream changes, irritability, lethargy
- Head: brain fog, headache, sinus ache, runny nose, hair loss
- Mouth: dry mouth, increased salivation, mouth and tongue sores, odd swallowing sensation
- Skin: Acne, skin rash (bromaderma)
- Twitching & Jerking: eye lid twitching, foot twitching, tingling in hands or feet, leg jerking
More about bromine at whyiodine/bromine
- 1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon unrefined salt
- 1/2 cup water to mix salt with
- 12-16oz pure water to drink instantly after salt water
I use a mason jar because it has measurements on the side. I fill it up to 4oz which is 1/2 cup and add my salt. I swirl the jar around until the salt is dissolved. Then I drink the salt and fill the jar up to 12-16oz of plain water and drink that right away. Sometimes I notice my brain fog clear within seconds, sometimes I feel it slowly help.
If I don’t notice relief and do not urinate in 30-45 minutes, my body may have needed the sodium, and used it for other processes instead of binding with bromine. If this happens, I do another salt load. But instead of depending on salt loading, I increase the amount of salt I intake on my food while possibly also reducing or pausing my iodine intake.
Although salt has been an important nutrient in my journey back to health, as soon as it helps get my cells running, I have a ton of extra toxins and byproducts to clean up. If I don’t clean these up, my system stays clogged and my cells end up loaded with junk again. I want to get a good bit of unrefined salt, but I technically should only be getting it while applying it to my nutritious food with potassium, magnesium and calcium, which are some of the other electrolytes that work together as I build my cells back up. Read more about about electrolytes at whyiodine.com/electrolytes
Here is a video I created a few years ago to help explain how salt loading works
- Recommended Dietary Allowances: 10th Edition. Chapter 11 water and electrolytes – https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK234935/
- ISOTONICITY OF LIVER AND OF KIDNEY TISSUE IN SOLUTIONS OF ELECTROLYTES – J Exp Med. 1959 Jul 1; 110(1): 103–111. doi: 10.1084/jem.110.1.103 – https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2136967/