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Salt: A substance produced by the reaction of an acid and a base.
Salt consists of the positive ion (cation) of a base and a negative ion (anion) of an acid. Also known as sodium chloride.
So, why is salt beneficial? We need salt in our diets to maintain a balance of body fluids and to keep our muscles and nerves running smoothly. It plays a crucial role in regulating blood pressure, transmitting nerve impulses, and helping our muscles contract and relax. Therefore, it is important to consume salt in moderation to ensure a healthy and balanced diet. The body only needs a small amount of sodium to conduct and relax muscles to maintain the proper balance of water and minerals. We need about 500mg. of sodium daily for these vital functions.
Also, we don’t need a lot. ¼ tsp of salt in your water in the morning helps regulate your blood pressure and increase cortisol without stressing the adrenals. Salt also contains magnesium and potassium which also will help with alkalinity. So you see you don’t need to spend a ridiculous amount of money on the Alkaline water they sell, it is very easy to make your own, much cheaper too I might add!
Plain water just isn't going to cut it.
One weekend I was down at the Strip District, and they were selling salt lamps. I thought it was interesting that they were said to be good for you. Same when Dan suggested we put salt in our water, I think we were all curious as to why ( I know I was the first time he told me). He explained it helps keep us hydrated and is also better for you than Gatorade. Then looking more into it there were other benefits as well. Much of the same as the salt lamp. I come to find out they can;
1. Clean and deodorize the air
2. Helps relieve asthma and allergy symptoms
3. Produces beneficial negative ions
4. Improves sleep
5. Reduces stress levels
6. Helps prevent cold and flu
7. Good for losing the winter blues
I've decided I’m going to give the salt lamp a try.
Unless you have a serious medical condition, it's time we stop being afraid of salt.
Great, and very important question! Thank you for submitting!
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