Have you been told, “Salt isn’t good for your health?”
If so, is it really true?
Well, let’s see…
Your body needs water in order to ensure life.
Dr. F. Batmanghelidj MD, the author of “Your Body’s Many Cries for Water: You’re Not Sick, You’re Thirsty!” not only explained that salt has many other important functions than just regulating the water content of the body, but he also shared these invaluable benefits:
- Salt is not bad for you, and it doesn’t raise your blood pressure. It’s the insufficiency of other minerals that typically keeps the water inside your cells and causes your blood pressure to rise. And when given in conjunction with other minerals, it will actually lower blood pressure to normal levels.
- It can be very effective in stabilizing irregular heartbeats. Contrary to the misconception that it causes high blood pressure, one or two glasses of water with a little sea salt can quickly and efficiently quiet the racing and “thumping” heart. Plus, it will reduce your blood pressure in the long run. However, I do recommend that you talk to your doctor about the right balance for your diet.
- Salt is a strong antihistamine, and it can be used to relieve asthma. By simply placing a pinch on your tongue after drinking a glass or two of water, it will act as an effective inhaler, without the toxicity. It can also stop a persistent dry cough and clear the lungs of mucus plugs and sticky phlegm.
- It’s a strong antiseptic.
- Salt is vital for extracting excess acidity from inside the cells, particularly the brain cells. So, if you want to minimize you’re risk of Alzheimer’s, be sure to include it into your diet and refrain from using any diuretic medications for an extended period of time.
- It is vital for the kidneys to be able to clear out any excess acidity and pass it onto the urine. Without it, your body will become more and more acidic.
- Salt is a strong anti-stress element for the body. It’s essential in the treatment of emotional disorders. In fact, Lithium is a salt substitute used in depression treatment. Plus, salt is essential for preserving the serotonin, melatonin and tryptamine levels in the brain, which are essential antidepressant neurotransmitters.
- It’s also believed that salt is vital for the prevention and treatment of cancer. According to Dr. Batmanghelidj, cancer cells can’t live in an oxygenated environment. So, when your body is well-hydrated and salt expands the volume of blood circulation to reach all parts of your body, the oxygen and active immune cells in your blood can reach the cancerous tissue and destroy it.
- It’s important for sleep regulation and is a natural hypnotic . So, if you drink a full glass of water, and then put a few grains on your tongue until it dissolves, you’ll fall into a natural, deep sleep.
- Salt is an extremely vital element for diabetics. It helps balance the sugar levels in the blood and reduces the need for insulin.
Now…here are 2 warnings!
1. You must not overdo it on your intake.
Always make sure you drink enough water to wash out the excess.
As a general rule of thumb, you’ll need about 3-4 grams of salt for every 10 glasses of water per day. And an easier calculation for you would be to take in about a quarter teaspoon of salt per quart of water.
Also, consult with your doctor to determine the correct balance for your diet!
2. All salt is not created equal.
So, which kind do you use?
Sea salt obtained from solar evaporation of seawater is entirely different from modern refined salt. In fact, it contains a variety of minerals that play a role in keeping your body’s electrolytes in a healthy balance.
Here are some of my favorite recommendations: Celtic Sea Salt, Redmond’s Real Salt, Himalayan Pink Salt, San Francisco Salt Company.
SAY NO TO Table Salt
Unfortunately, the common table salt used today is primarily kiln-dried sodium chloride with added anti-caking agents.
The Kiln-drying scorches it at high heat to remove moisture. Plus, trace minerals, as well as, calcium, magnesium and potassium are removed during the processing. And ultimately, the refining process creates a product that’s unnatural and hard on the body.
It’s the true culprit that contributes to high blood pressure, heart trouble, kidney disease, eczema and a variety of other problems.
All this to say, go grab some quality salt and enjoy the amazing health benefits it provides. Plus, you’ll love the incredible flavors it will add to your next meal!
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