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The Misconception of Salt

We are frequently told that too much salt causes hardening of the arteries and high blood pressure, so we should follow a low salt diet.
But did you know that the right type of salt – unrefined sea salt or rock salt with naturally occurring trace minerals – is essential for good health?
Salt has many other functions than just regulating the water content of the body.
Here are some of its additional important functions in the body according to Dr. Batman in his book, ABC of Asthma, Allergies and Lupus on pages 144-150:

  • Salt is a powerful natural antihistamine. The next time you get a runny nose or watery eyes from allergies, try drinking a glass of plain water, then put a pinch of salt on the end of your tongue and let it dissolve.
  • Asthma symptoms can be relieved by drinking one or two glasses of plain water, then putting a pinch of salt on the end of your tongue and let it dissolve. Try it next time… before using your inhaler.
  • Salt helps relieve “stress” symptoms.
  • Salt is important for the removal of acidity from your brain cells.
  • Kidneys will not work correctly without salt.
  • Depression and emotional problems are greatly relieved by taking more salt, drinking plain water, eating correctly and walking.
  • Bladder control problems and unintentional urine leakage could be helped by adding more salt into your diet.
  • Diabetics can bring down their blood sugar levels and reduce their need for insulin by taking salt.
  • Irregular heartbeats may be stopped by putting a pinch of salt on the end of your tongue and letting it dissolve.
  • Our digestive system requires salt to properly absorb the food we eat.
  • Asthma, emphysema and cystic fibrosis suffers can get rid of mucus and phlegm in the lungs by using salt and drinking plain water.
  • Gout symptoms can be prevented by using salt.
  • If you get muscle cramps, salt may relieve them. Try putting a pinch of salt on the end of your tongue and let it dissolve.
  • Bones get their hardness from salt, not calcium.
  • Osteoporosis is mainly caused by not taking enough salt and water everyday
  • Salt is essential for preventing varicose and spider veins on the legs.
  • Salt may help reduce a double chin. The salivary glands in your mouth sense your body is low on salt and produce more saliva. Over time, this increased production of saliva causes the saliva glands to “leak” in the area under your chin.
  • Taking salt and drinking plain water before exercising will help you to breathe better and sweat less.

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