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 entering every cell it can reach. It has to get there to cleanse and extract the toxic wastes of cell metabolisms. Salt forces some water to stay outside the cells, and balances the amount of water that stays outside and inside 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 – natural, unrefined salt. Refined salt is useless in performing this vital function; instead, it pollutes your body, and uses its energy in order to be disposed of.
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 oedema and retain water.
It is vital functions for many process in our body
1. making the structure of bones firm. Osteoporosis, in a major way, is a result of salt and water shortage in the body.
2. extraction of excess acidity from the cells in the body, particularly the brain cells.
3. balancing the sugar levels in the blood; a needed element in diabetics.
4. 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. processing of the nerve cells' communication and information, all the time that the brain cells work, from the moment of conception to death.
6. absorption of food particles through the intestinal tract.
7. clearing of the lungs of mucus plugs and sticky phlegm, particularly in asthma and cystic fibrosis.
8. clearing up catarrh and congestion of the sinuses.
9. preventing excess saliva production to the point that it flows out of the mouth during sleep. Needing to constantly mop up excess saliva indicates salt shortage.
10. sleep regulation. It is a natural hypnotic.
11. a vitally needed element in the treatment of diabetics.
12. the prevention of gout and gouty arthritis.
13. maintaining sexuality and libido.
14. preventing varicose veins and spider veins on the legs and thighs.
15. 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.
The other important functions of salt in our body
1. it's most effective in stabilizing irregular heartbeats. 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 critical.
2. Salt is a strong natural antihistamine.
3. Salt is essential for the prevention of muscle cramps.4. Salt on the tongue will stop persistent dry coughs.
5. 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.
6. 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.