Published: 02/04/2007 - Updated: 08/23/2016
Author: K. Laura Garcés G
Good health is not just a matter of luck. It is a matter of care, and especially conscience. The thing is to find foods that give us the good fortune they have, and the knowledge to take advantage of them. Industrially refined salt, for example, can be white and innocent in our table, but if we know that it is not in itself causing harm and the imbalance in health but the indiscriminate abuse, then the salt is not as good as companion. And if we research a little more on what is in the salt crystal, then we can seriously consider the kind of luck that we are putting in our mouths.
It is true that our body need salt (or, more correctly, sodium chloride) for its metabolic processes, but we must raise awareness that excessive salt creates renal insufficiency, rheumatism, fluid retention, hair loss and skin irritation among others. A high consumption of refined salt causes dry eyes, nose and throat, often causing constipation and dark circles. Man needs 0.2 g. of salt per day to have covered the needs of salt in the body, but the current average consumption of each person is between 12 and 20 g., which tells us that the body (the kidneys in particular) need to do an effort to eliminate the remaining (are able to eliminate 5 grams of salt a day) and when the kidneys are overloaded, the salt is stored in various organs and tissues, the skin often comes to the rescue to aid in the elimination of toxins between these excess salt.
Raising awareness of this and that refined salt minerals lose in processing, is what has led many to consider new ways to replace table salt by the herb salt and gomasio, Japanese word composed terms of Goma (sesame seeds, sesame) and Sio, (salt).
Gomasio not only salt foods and gives taste, but encourages good digestion, enriched with unsaturated fatty acids, lecithin, minerals, vitamins and proteins. Gomasio neutralizes the acidity in the blood. It increases the natural immunity, can be used for stomach and intestinal pains, irregular menstruation, promotes milk production and the problems of the hearing, relieves fatigue and enhances the systems used daily.
Gomasio is a condiment that can easily substitute the refined salt, but we must consider that many of the foods we consume in our daily diet, such as canned, packaged, etc. contain considerable amounts of refined salt. This is why it is no longer just enough to take into account the contribution of an enriched food for its properties, but we must take into account what we consume every day, as the consuming gomasio will not be sufficient for the above if you insist continuing to consume foods that have substantial quantities of industrial salt or sodium in natural foods.
While having a bit of awareness that most canned and packaged foods contain large amounts of salt, you should be accustomed to the taste to consume more natural foods and seasoned with natural salts, such as herbs or noble gomasio. Note that the main cause of a high consumption of refined salt is because we have been gradually adding more salt to meals, and the palate has become accustomed while growing to demand more salty food, the palate is losing the taste for natural flavors of the stuff and taste buds are sensitive. The gomasio is not just a condiment that is lucky enough to be soft, healthy and tasty, but can be used in various forms in the kitchen so is a great friend to flavor rice, pasta, vegetables, soups and so on. Very effective if is sprinkled over salads or bread.
Addressing what we eat, if I may say, is to address what we are. And what we are addressing is a sign of affection and respect for ourselves.
You may find gomasio in some naturist shops, but you can do yourself at home, since it is really easy.
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- 1 tablespoon of unrefined sea salt
- 10 to 15 tablespoons of toasted sesame seeds in a skillet. Sesame hell is the most suitable because it contains more calcium that is similar to the grain toast)
- Brown the sesame seeds over medium heat until golden brown. Once crispy, let cool on a plate aside. Add to skillet a spoon of sea salt (unrefined) and also roast for a few minutes, until it acquires a slightly grayish color. Put aside and let cool a few minutes after mashing. Add the sesame seeds and mix the two ingredients well and until well ground.
- It is advisable to prepare only the amount that you need to consume for a week. Because salt is not refined, you can take one to two teaspoons daily. Save it in an airtight jar. No need to refrigerate it.
It Is good to remember that this helps to assimilate beautifully food, aid in cases of anemia and those diseases caused by a diet high in acid, such as consuming large quantities of animal products like meat and fats. It is also ideal for nursing mothers, since the gomasio easily passes their milk and the infant may benefit from an exquisite, soft and assimilated milk.
Here we share a rich and nutritious recipe:
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- A chayote cucumber (optional)
- Two teaspoons of corn
- One large tomato
- Six lettuce leaves
- A tablespoon of sunflower seeds
- A teaspoon of gomasio
- 125 grams of Tofu
- Oil and vinegar
- A lemon
- Cut the cucumber (pre-cooked), tomatoes and tofu and mix with corn and seeds. We open the leaves of lettuce on a plate and fill with the ingredients above.
- Dust with gomasio over and dress with olive oil, some lemon, and a few drops of vinegar. If you can add or decorate with olives.
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