The Benefits of Salt
"Salt is a vital substance for the survival of all living creatures, particularly humans.
Water and salt regulate the water content of the body. Water itself regulates the
water content of the interior of the cell by working its way into all of the cells it
reaches. It has to get there to cleanse and extract the toxic wastes of cell
metabolisms. Salt forces some water to stay outside the cells. It balances the amount
of water that stays outside the cells. There are two oceans of water in the body; one
ocean is held inside the cells of the body, and the other ocean is held outside the
cells. Good health depends on a most delicate balance between the volume of these
oceans, and this balance is achieved by salt - unrefined salt. See number 21 below.
When water is available to get inside the cells freely, it is filtered from the outside
salty ocean and injected into the cells that are being overworked despite their water
shortage. This is the reason why in severe dehydration we develop an edema and
retain water. The design of our bodies is such that the extent of the ocean of water
outside the cells is expanded to have the extra water available for filtration and
emergency injection into vital cells. The brain commands an increase in salt and
water retention by the kidneys. This is how we get an edema when we don't drink
Initially, the process of water filtration and its delivery into the cells is more efficient at
night when the body is horizontal. The collected water, that mostly pools in the legs,
does not have to fight the force of gravity to get onto the blood circulation. If reliance
of this process of emergency hydration of some cells continues for long, the lungs
begin to get waterlogged at night, and breathing becomes difficult. The person
needs more pillows to sit upright to sleep. This condition is the consequence of
dehydration. However, you might overload the system by drinking too much water at
the beginning. Increases in water intake must be slow and spread out until urine
production begins to increase at the same rate that you drink water.
When we drink enough water to pass clear urine, we also pass out a lot of the salt
that was held back. This is how we can get rid of edema fluid in the body; by drinking
more water. Not diuretics, but more water!! In people who have an extensive edema
and show signs of their heart beginning to have irregular or very rapid beats with
least effort, the increase in water intake should be gradual and spaced out, but not
withheld from the body. Naturally, salt intake should be limited for two or three days
because the body is still in an overdrive mode to retain it. Once the edema has
cleared up, salt should not be withheld from the body.
Salt has many other functions than just regulating the water content of the body.
Here are some of the more vital functions of salt in the body:
1. Salt is most effective in stabilizing irregular heartbeats and, contrary to the
misconception that it causes high blood pressure, it is actually essential for the
regulation of blood pressure - in conjunction with water. Naturally the proportions are
2. Salt is vital to the extraction of excess acidity from the cells in the body,
particularly the brain cells.
3. Salt is vital for balancing the sugar levels in the blood; a needed element in
4. Salt is vital for the generation of hydroelectric energy in cells in the body. It is
used for local power generation at the sites of energy need by the cells.
5. Salt is vital to the nerve cells' communication and information processing all the
time that the brain cells work, from the moment of conception to death.
6. Salt is vital for absorption of food particles through the intestinal tract.
7. Salt is vital for the clearance of the lungs of mucus plugs and sticky phlegm,
particularly in asthma and cystic fibrosis.
8. Salt is vital for clearing up catarrh and congestion of the sinuses.
9. Salt is a strong natural antihistamine.
10. Salt is essential for the prevention of muscle cramps.
11. Salt is vital to prevent excess saliva production to the point that it flows out of the
mouth during sleep. Needing to constantly mop up excess saliva indicates salt
12. Salt is absolutely vital to making the structure of bones firm. Osteoporosis, in a
major way, is a result of salt and water shortage in the body.
13. Salt is vital for sleep regulation. It is a natural hypnotic.
14. Salt is a vitally needed element in the treatment of diabetics.
15. Salt on the tongue will stop persistent dry coughs.
16. Salt is vital for the prevention of gout and gouty arthritis.
17. Salt is vital for maintaining sexuality and libido.
18. Salt is vital for preventing varicose veins and spider veins on the legs and thighs.
19. Salt is vital to the communication and information processing nerve cells the
entire time that the brain cells work - from the moment of conception to death.
20. Salt is vital for reducing a double chin. When the body is short of salt, it means
the body really is short of water. The salivary glands sense the salt shortage and are
obliged to produce more saliva to lubricate the act of chewing and swallowing and
also to supply the stomach with water that it needs for breaking down foods.
Circulation to the salivary glands increases and the blood vessels become "leaky" in
order to supply the glands with water to manufacture saliva. The "leakiness" spills
beyond the area of the glands themselves, causing increased bulk under the skin of
the chin, the cheeks and into the neck.
21. Sea salt contains about 80 mineral elements that the body needs. Some of these
elements are needed in trace amounts. Unrefined sea salt is a better choice of salt
than other types of salt on the market. Ordinary table salt that is bought in the super
markets has been stripped of its companion elements and contains additive
elements such as aluminum silicate to keep it powdery and porous. Aluminum is a
very toxic element in our nervous system. It is implicated as one of the primary
causes of Alzheimer's disease.
22. Twenty-seven percent of the body's salt is in the bones. Osteoporosis results
when the body needs more salt and takes it from the body. Bones are twenty-two
percent water. Is it not obvious what happens to the bones when we're deficient in
salt or water or both."
* The information on salt intake is taken from Dr. Batmanghelidj's book, "Water: Rx
for a Healthier Pain-Free Life".
Salt - the Essence of Life
Harvested from the sea or wrested from the earth, salt would appear to be one of the
humblest commodities. Yet the sodium it contains is a life-sustaining element. Sodium
chloride is essential in the nutrition and physiological processes of all animals
including man. From long before the first written word, there are repeated references
in records and stories to the importance of salt as an essential in the daily diet.
Salt has not only ensured the survival of mankind, but coloured the species food,
religions, politics and superstitions. In ancient times, because of its power to
preserve and purify, salt was spilled upon legal documents to symbolise enduring
agreement and freedom from deceit. Mans effort to obtain salt can be traced back
through history for salt has always been essential to human life. Salt is more
precious to men than gold.
Ancient manuscripts tell us that more than 5000 years ago the Chinese obtained salt
by boiling and evaporating the ash from seaweed. Later, people along the
Mediterranean and Red Seas discovered that when seawater was evaporated by the
sun, salt was left behind. This was the start of salt manufacture and the same
method of Solar Evaporation is used today in the production of many salts around
Roman legionnaires who guarded the Via Solaria, one of the most famous military
roads in history, received part of their pay in salt, their “salarium.” From this came
the modern word “salary.”
To this day a good man is “worth his salt” and we take others’ dramatic
pronouncements “with a pinch of salt.”
Many of salt’s applications, including salting of fish and meat to preserve it, have
remained almost unchanged down through the millennia. Its place in our
superstitions and sayings remains entrenched. Enshrined in the World’s many
cultures and a vital part of global economies, salt is as essential to life as the air we
breathe and the water we drink.
Surely there can be no product purer, more natural or environmentally friendly than
salt - pure sea water provided and evaporated by Nature, harvested to perfection by
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November 2, 2007
“Salt is born of the purest of parents:
the sun and the sea.” – Pythagoras