Thursday, October 6, 2011

Health Benefit of Sea Salt

Did you know that the sea salt content of the oceans is similar to the salt content of our own blood?
We all know already that our body is 75% water. What maybe not all of us know, is that this water contained in all of our tissues, cells, blood, etc. is a salty water solution, very similar to the seawater...
So, why are we often told that salt is not good for our health?
Let's see:
As seen on the health benefit of drinking water page, our body needs water in order to insure life.
Water, salt and potassium together regulate the water content of the body.
Our daily food contains potassium from its natural sources of fruits and vegetables, but not salt from its natural source. That's why we need to add salt to our daily diet.
Dr. F. Batmanghelidj MD, the author of "You are not sick, you're thirsty!" explains that salt has many other important functions than just regulating the water content of the body. Here are only a few of it's invaluable benefits:
  • Salt is not bad for you. It does not raise the blood pressure. It is the insufficiency of other minerals that normally hold on to and keep water inside the cells that causes a rise in blood pressure.
  • Salt can be very effective in stabilizing irregular heartbeats and, contrary to the misconception that it causes high blood pressure (in conjunction with water and the other essential minerals).
    - One or two glasses of water with a little salt will quickly and efficiently quiet the racing and "thumping" heart and, in the long run, will reduce the blood pressure.- Talk with your doctor about the right balance of water and salt for your diet.
  • Salt is a strong antihistamine.- It can be used to release asthma. Put it on the tongue after drinking a glass or two of water. It is as effective as an inhaler, without the toxicity.
    - it can also stop persistent dry cough and clear the lungs of mucus plugs and sticky phlegm, particularly in asthma, emphysema and cystic fibrosis sufferers.
  • Salt is a strong antiseptic
  • Salt is vital for extracting excess acidity from inside the cells, particularly the brain cells.- if you don't want Alzheimer's disease, don't go salt-free and don't let them put you on diuretic medications for long!
  • Salt is vital for the kidneys to clear excess acidity and pass the acidity to the urine. Without it the body will become more and more acidic.
  • Salt is a strong anti stress element for the body. It is essential in the treatment of emotional and effective disorders.
    - Lithium is a salt substitute that is used in the treatment of depression.
    - It also essential for preserving the serotonin, melatonin and tryptamine levels in the brain - essential antidepressant neurotransmitters.
    - It can make you maintain self-confidence and positive self-image - a serotonin and melatonin controlled personality output. 
  • Salt is also important for sleep regulation - it is a natural hypnotic
    - If you drink a full glass of water, then put a few grains of salt on your tongue and let it stay there, you will fall into a natural, deep sleep.
  • Salt is a vitally needed element for diabetics.
    - It helps balance the sugar levels in the blood and reduces the need of insulin.
  • Salt is absolutely vital to making the structure of bones firm.
* Warning: You must not overdo on salt. Always make sure you drink enough water to wash out the excess of salt.
As a rule of thumb, per day you need about 3-4 grams for every 10 glasses of water. An easier calculation is a quarter teaspoon of salt per quart of water.
Consult your doctor to determine the correct balance of salt and water for your diet!


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