Sounds far fetched but not to healers over thousands of years in many cultures and not to new research that is pointing to water and salt as a cure or preventive for many health problems.
If you would have told healers for thousands of years in many different cultures that salt (sodium) is a health hazard, you would have been laughed at.
In desert cultures, one would drink salt water to assure survival in inhospitable conditions.
Turns out the traditional healers were right all along.
But that doesn't mean that modern medicine is wrong. At least not entirely.
The salt that many of us overuse is a health hazard. A great many snack foods are loaded with cheap table salt. Making the problem worse, 80% of us don't drink enough water to flush excess salt out of our systems. Finally, most of the salt consumed is processed robbing it of vital nutrients.
Our diet contains 12 - 15 grams of salt. We should only be consuming 3 - 5 grams. Foods in the form nature offers are low in salt containing just enough to keep us healthy. Also the salt in foods is natural and healthier for us than common table salt.
So the salt that we overuse probably does lead to health problems.
But using natural sea salt, assuring you drink enough water and cutting back on salty junk foods allows us to use salt as a healthy ingredient and even medicinally.
Not sea water
Please note - when we suggest you drink salt water we do not mean seawater. While drinking a little seawater is harmless, drinking more will cause diarrhea and dehydrate you.
Death results from not having enough salt
Salt or sodium is an absolutely vital element for humans. In fact, not having enough salt in our system can lead to rapid death even if young and healthy. Click here to learn about how to drink salt water to save your life during intense exercise.
Importance of salt
Want to know how important something is to us, look around and see how much of it our blue marble contains.
Air? Obviously. Water? Of course. Most of the earth is covered by water. Salt? It's in most of the water on earth and in rocks and mountains. It's everywhere.
Salt is mostly found in our blood and the fluid surrounding our cells.
In our body, salt helps to manage the water level and direct it. It's like the captain of the our water system.
And like water, it's effects are systemic. It effects all parts of our body and all systems and functions in our body.
That's why this humble looking element may determine whether we are healthy or sick, live or die.
Miracles of sea salt
Put a little in a bland dish and voila, delicious. Sprinkle some on ice and the ice melts. We take it for granted but salt is really a miracle substance.
Losing too much salt will lead to dehydration. Drinking more water for this dehydration without adding a little salt will be useless because there is not sufficient salt to hold it.
Now, without further ado, here is a list of the health benefits of sea salt, basically adapted from Dr. Batmanghelidj's excellent writings. 1)Relieves acute asthma. Drink 2 glasses of water then put a pinch of salt on the tongue. Some asthmatics have done well consuming a tsp of salt daily spread out over the entire day and put in the 2 - 3 quarts of water.
2)Pulls excess acidity from inside cells, especially brain cells, creating an environment that invites health.
3)Health benefits of sea salt include maintaining emotional health, relieving stress and depression. It boosts levels of serotonin and melatonin, important mood regulators. Note that Lithium, used to treat manic depression, is a salt derivative.Click here to go to page on how a drink of salt water may do what Lithium does, without the side effects.
4)Drink salt water to prevent and treat cancers. When the body is hydrated, salt expands the blood helping it reach all parts of the body. Blood can then reachinfections and cancers and destroy them.
5)Maintains muscle tone. Drink salt water to "plump up" muscle cells. Drink salt water to help you build muscle. Also prevents muscle cramping as anyone who has witnessed or played vigorous sports can attest to.
6)Drink salt water to help stabilize blood pressure. Surprising right? Well, research is now suggesting that sodium does not increase blood pressure for most people. In fact, if you drink lots of water and do not have enough salt, you will not keep enough of that water in your system.
The health benefits of sea salt are especially true with blood pressure. Drink enough water to pass clear urine, salt is released. This gets rid of useless, non-circulating water, a natural diuretic.
So, use water and salt to manage high blood pressure. Drink salt water (a pinch of salt) and your blood pressure and heart beat should stabilize.
7)Help you to sleep better. Salt is a hypnotic. Salt's systemic effects suggests it aids all functions.
9)Healing benefits of salt water include managing diabetes. Helps balance sugar levels in the blood and reduce the need for insulin.
10)Drink salt water to help generate energy in cells and help nerve cells communicate. Sodium is involved in nerve cell disorders such as MS.
11)Drink salt water, prevent osteoporosis.
12)Chiefly due to its systemic effects, salt may help maintain sexual health.
13)Helps to absorb food and vital nutrients in food.
14)Good for bronchial sufferers. It helps clear congestion by reducing phlegm and mucus.
15)To relieve sore throat, drink a couple of glasses of water then place a pinch of salt on your tongue.
As circulation to the salivary glands increases you may see a mild increase of bulk in the chin area. As this circulation leaks out, the look becomes more permanent.
The role of potassium
Water works with sodium and other vital elements to assure our health. A particularly important one is potassium.
Most people overconsume sodium and underconsume potassium. This throws off the delicate balance our body needs to function properly.
However for some people, especially those who believe that sodium is a health hazard, potassium gets overconsumed and sodium underconsumed.
This is also unhealthy as it leads to problems of having too little salt.
You can add a little salt to high potassium fruits and juices like oranges, melons and bananas. Many cultures in the world do this and the results are delicious.
My Sicilian parents added a little salt to fruits, and consumed it with a hunk of fresh bread for a light and pleasing meal.
Exercise and salt
We touched on the issue of salt and exercise above. Note: If you exercise vigorously, drink salt water to help you perform and even save your life.
But don't overdo it. You have to drink enough water to flush excess salt out of your body.
Aim for a quarter tsp salt per quart of water.
A good tip for you who are concerned about losing too much salt and minerals and wear dark shirts. If you find yourself craving salt look to your shirt collar. If it shows a white residue, you may be losing too much salt and other minerals.
Drink some water and follow it with some healthy snack. A few pickles or chips to balance minerals should be ok.
Drink salt water, dab some on your tongue after a couple of glasses of water, drink salt water with a multimineral tablet and see experience amazing results.
Please note, that if you drink salt water you will experience the healing benefits of salt. However, you may need to wait days or weeks for results because your body may have to adjust to the increased water and salt.
note article by HEALTHY WORLD DIGEST