Sometimes the two terms, “salt” and “sodium” are used interchangeably, but technically this is not correct. “Salt” is sodium chloride.
By weight, it is 40% sodium and 60% chloride.
Sodium is an essential nutrient, a mineral that the body cannot manufacture itself but which is required for life itself and good health. Because of sodium’s importance to your body, several interacting mechanisms guard against under-consumption of salt and its threat to your body’s nerves and muscles and interference with the sodium-potassium “pump” which adjusts intra- and extra-cellular pressures.
If your salt intake varies widely, these mechanisms activate to assure that your body remains healthy, maintaining a relatively constant blood pressure.
It preserves acid-base balance in the body, aids potassium absorption, supplies the essence of digestive stomach acid, and enhances the ability of the blood to carry carbon dioxide from respiring tissues to the lungs.
Salt should be part of every family’s food storage program. Salt has been a valuable weapon in our public health campaign against iodine deficiency disorders (IDD), iodizing salt has virtually eliminated IDD
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 ill when we don’t drink enough water.
Amazingly, 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.
Salt and more beneficial uses
- Gargling - Stir 1/2 teaspoon salt in an 8-ounce glass of warm water for use as a gargle for sore throats.
- Cleaning teeth – Mix one part salt to two parts baking soda after pulverizing the salt in a blender or rolling it on a kitchen board with a tumbler before mixing. It whitens teeth, helps remove plaque and it is healthy for the gums.
- Washing mouth – Mix equal parts of salt and baking soda as a mouth wash that sweetens the breath.
- Bathing eyes – Mix 1/2 teaspoon of salt in a pint of water and use the solution to bathe tired eyes.
- Reducing eye puffiness - Mix one teaspoon of salt in a pint of hot water and apply pads soaked in the solution on the puffy areas.
- Relieving tired feet - Soak aching feet in warm water to which a handful of salt has been added. Rinse in cool water.
- Relieving bee stings – If stung, immediately wet the spot and cover with salt to relieve the pain.
- Treating poison ivy – Soaking the exposed part in hot saltwater helps hasten the end to poison ivy irritation.
- Relieving fatigue – Soak relaxed for at least ten minutes in a tub of water into which several handfuls of salt has been placed.
- Removing dry skin – After bathing and while still wet give yourself a massage with dry salt. It removes dead skin particles and aids the circulation.