Health Vitamins & Nutrition Centre, Langley BC
Salt: What You Should Know
Often when we think about salt or sodium we consider how to reduce our intake of it. Although it is true that having excessive amounts of salt in any body is not good, the beneficial properties of salt are often overlooked. The truth is, there is no life without salt. In fact, salt acts as one of the many electrolytes within the human body. These electrolytes, particularly salt, help to facilitate the communication between different parts of the body, which is a key component to overall body function. Also, the electrolyte salt triggers thirst within the body, causing an individual to crave water. These two functions are interrelated as the water that we consume allows our kidneys to maintain the appropriate amount of electrolytes in our bloodstream.

Our digestive system relies heavily on salt as well. Starting in our mouths, salt activates salivary amylase which is an enzyme found in our mouths. Salivary amylase starts breaking down our foods so we can digest it properly. The immediate action of breaking down food allows nutrients to be absorbed, even in the initial phases of ingestion. The next main step in the digestive process occurs once food reached our stomach. Here we have an acid that lines our stomach walls called hydrochloric acid. This acid is created in response to the salt in our digestive system and it protects our stomach so that only outside sources of food are digested, rather than digesting our stomach lining.

Additionally, salt allows the body to sustain itself. It stimulates muscle contraction which prevents muscles from cramping and maintains calcium and other mineral levels within the bloodstream. Finally, salt helps stimulate our adrenal glands which, when not working properly can cause induce hypertension.

Considering all the benefits of salt, it is obvious that a complete lack of salt would be detrimental to our bodies. One lesser known example of the importance of salt is related to the heat. When it is hot and we perspire, if we have low salt levels then symptoms of dehydration will become prevalent. Sodium deficiency can lead to shock if our blood pressure drops too low. Our muscles wont function properly and we can develop stomach ulcers.

As mentioned previously, too much salt can also wreak havoc on our bodies. Diets high in sodium can lead to water retention and have adverse effects on our blood pressure. In order to ensure that you are not taking in an excessive amount of salt, you should aim to consume about 2-5 g mineralized salt daily.

According to Heartfelt Living:

"Himalayan salt drastically differs from the common table salt we all know of. According to Heartfelt Living The refined common table salt has all the minerals processed out but sodium and chloride, some sea salt is cleaned, some not. If we recall all the catastrophes such as the last one in Gulf of Mexico, which show reality, then we know that it cant be as pure as the Himalayan crystal salt. The Himalayan crystal salt is deep within the earth and therefore unpolluted. As proven by many high qualified doctors the body needs at least Sodium. Potassium, Calcium and Magnesium to function properly.

It is a fact that the body needs mineralized salt so that the osmosis can work properly. A pure and mineralized salt helps the body to get into balance. Only a balanced body is a healthy body. Because of its purity the taste is more pleasant and we need up to 50% LESS than with the common table or sea salt. Himalayan crystal salt is also a great product for a relaxing bath and/or skin problems.

For a nice, relaxing bathe we recommend the finer coarse Himalayan crystal salt and not the rocks which would need several hours to dissolve.

A sole bath rejuvenates the skin. It has been proven that sole baths can benefit:

* skin irritations

* joint problems

* rheumatism

* menstrual/hormonal problems

* childrens infections

* immune system

* bodys purification

* soothes and softens skin

Due to a high bio energetic field, the sole bath is demanding on the circulatory system. Those who have heart trouble or any health problem, should consult a physician before having a sole bath.

Here is what Heartfelt Living recommends for salt baths:

Take a handful of the Himalayan Crystal Bath Salt to start and increase over time. Take a bath for about 15 to 20 minutes, not more than once or twice per week. Do not use any chemical substances. After the bath, allow your skin to air dry. It is also recommended that you lie down for half an hour [however, if you are having a bath for muscle cramps or soreness it is recommended you go for a short walk or stay active for about 15 minutes after your bath]. For those who find the bath strong, use a lower salt amount in a foot bath for 15 to 20 minutes.

As the bodys own energy is more activated by a full moon, the body absorbs more minerals when taking a sole bath during this time."

We hope you have enjoyed this article. Please feel free to contact us at any time if you have any comments or questions, we would love to hear from you.


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