Interesting Facts About Water & Salt
Interesting Facts About Water & Salt
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Our very lives depend on it, yet we call it common salt.
The human body cannot exist without salt. Salt has been worshipped; salt has been used as money. Salt was once worth its weight in gold.
If every particle of salt were taken from our bodies, we would live about 48 hours.
Tears are salty and so is blood. Salt bathes a body’s tissues. A solution of salt water substituted for blood lost will keep a human or animal alive for hours.
One of the first weapons in ancient warfare was to cut off the enemy’s salt.
In Asia minor, stone axes were found in salt quarries indicating that salt was used by those primitive people during the Neolithic Period, too.
Primitive people drank blood for the salt in it.
Tribal kings and priests of ancient Mexico, Peru, Egypt, Babylon and other civilizations seized control of salt wherever it was found. By regulating it, they held the power of life & death over their subjects. They could demand anything they desired – for a pinch of salt.
Homer, who lived about 550 B.C., called salt “divine”. Plato said salt was “dear to the Gods’.
One of the greatest military roads in history was built to bring salt from the salt works at Ostia, on the Tiber River, to Rome. This road is called Via Salaria and is still in use. Romans were paid in part with salt coins that were called solarium, from which came the English word “Salary”.
Harsh salt laws were one of the chief causes of the bloody French Revolution.
Mahatma Ghandi’s “Salt March” brought about the freedom of India from British Colonial rule and the salt tax.
When Napoleon Bonaparte was at war with Russia, thousands of his men died in the retreat from Moscow. Historians record these soldiers died from wounds that would not heal because their bodies had been deprived of salt.
It has been said that the lack of salt in the south was the greatest single factor for the Confederacy having lost the war.
Indians guarded their salt licks with their lives.
From: Miracle Salt, by Mae M. Vander Boom
Iodine is a very important element for the regulation of the fluid content of the body. Iodine is essential for the thyroid gland to manufacture thyroxin, its primary hormone.* It seems that thyroxin is the element that stimulates the cells to manufacture all the pump proteins that regulate the sodium, potassium, and other mineral balances outside and inside the cells, and that generate energy in the process. With the movement of sodium and potassium across the cell membrane, not only will water also move to balance the osmotic pressure in and out of the cell, but the other mineral-transferring pumps will take their cue and regulate the magnesium, potassium and calcium levels of the cell interior as well.
Before salt was iodized, many people suffered from iodine deficiency and lumpy thyroid gland enlargement in their necks, known as thyroid goiter. One of the major complications of iodine deficiency is the collection of hard-to-move and inelastic swelling and edema, known as myxedema. Other complications are dry skin, loss of hair and memory, tiredness, sleepiness and loss of muscle tissue. As you can see, iodine is vital for good health and good fluid balance.
*Much to my regret*, *I discovered that unrefined sea salt does not have enough iodine. *Thinking that sea salt has many important trace elements, I switched to using only sea salt and was not diligent in taking foods and multivitamins that would provide my body with the iodine it needs. My second mistake was that being so busy with sharing my medical breakthrough on water metabolism of the body with people that I was not alert to my own health problems. I developed all the early stages of iodine deficiency, but no goiter in my neck. However, I developed an uncomfortable feeling in my chest and also shortness of breath.
A high-resolution CT scan of my chest revealed a massive thyroid goiter in my chest that was pressing on my trachea, to the point of deforming it. This was three months ago. I adjusted my iodine intake in the form of dried kelp or as part of the composition of the one-a-day multivitamin that I now take religiously. As a result, my breathing problem has cleared, my edema has cleared, I am no longer lethargic, and my energy level has increased; my sleep has normalized; my blood pressure is back to the normal range. I now feel much healthier and more confident and have lost fifteen pounds of the swelling that I had amassed. All these improvements have been made possible because of the vital role of simple iodine in the physiology of the body and adjustment to my intake of vital minerals mentioned above. You see, even doctors get sick, and that is how we learn*. A word of caution: Do not overdo iodine intake. It could cause other problems.*
Studies have shown that high blood pressure can be prevented and lowered by consuming a diet high in calcium, and surprisingly, a diet high in salt. Using calcium is far more effective with the essential use of salt. The recommended daily allowance (RDA) of calcium is 800 mg, and by meeting the RDA along with a diet high in salt, we will not raise, but lower our blood pressure. This is responsible for some of the lowest blood pressures in our society. Studies have shown that people who use the saltshaker more frequently and consume salty snack foods tend to have lower blood pressures than those who do not use salt with such frequency. This may also come as a shock, but low salt diets are associated with increases in blood pressure, and this is consistent with data from the U.S. clinical sites participating in the INTERSALT Study. This study found that the highest blood pressures were found in those with the lowest salt excretion in their urine. If we want to lower our blood pressure and prevent high blood pressure, we must use salt as well as calcium, as higher blood pressures were noted in the small percentage of the population eating high-salt low-calcium diets (which lessened the potassium, magnesium, and phosphorous). People who consumed large amounts of salt and had high blood pressure lowered their blood pressure by using calcium. The same thing happened for those who were using a lot of calcium and had high blood pressure; their blood pressure lowered when they started using salt. All of these studies show that calcium’s effect on blood pressure is most visible in those consuming at least the RDA of salt. Therefore, it makes sense for doctors to make sure that patients who have or are at risk of high blood pressure consume enough salt and calcium daily. I hope this information will provide Americans with a more attractive and nutritional approach to lowering their blood pressure.
Dr. Michael Alderman, Chairman of Epidemiology at Albert Einstein Medical School and President of the American Hypertension Society says, “The lower the sodium, the worse off you are.”
McCarron D. A., Pingree P.A., Robin R. I., Gaucher S. M., Moltich M., Krutzik S. “Enhanced Parathyroid Function is Essential to Hypertension: A Homeostatic Response to a Urinary Calcium Leak.”
Kaplan N. M. “Non-Drug Treatment of Hypertension.” Am Intern Med. 1985; 102: 359-73.
McNeely G. R., Battarbee H. D. “High-Sodium, Low-Potassium Environment and Hypertension.” Ann J. Cardiology 1976; 38: 768-85.
Weinberger M. H., Miller J. Z., Luft F. C., Grim C. E., Fineberg N. S. “Definitions and Characteristics of Sodium Sensitivity and Blood Pressure Resistance.” Hypertension 1986; 8 (suppl II): II – 127-34.
“Dietary Intake and Cardiovascular Risk Factors.” I. Blood Pressure Correlates: United States, 1971-1975, Hyattsville MD: National Center for Health Statistics, 1983.
Higher Salt Intake Tied to Longevity
Debate over the health effects of dietary salt continues, with a new study suggesting that those who eat lots of salt live longer than those who avoid it. Researchers discovered that those 25% of study subjects consuming the lowest amounts of dietary salt actually had a higher risk of death (over 23 deaths per 1,000 person-years) over the study period compared with the 24% who consumed the highest amounts of salt (just 19 deaths per 1,000 person-years). But the researchers stress that any connections between salt and longevity need to “be considered in the total dietary context.” For example, they explain that high salt intake may simply be a “marker” for specific types of diets that might in a much broader sense positively influence overall longevity.
The Lancet, March 14, 1998; 351:781-785
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 working its way into all of the cells it reaches. It has to get there to cleanse and extract the toxic wastes of cell metabolisms. Salt forces some water to stay outside the cells. It balances the amount of water that stays outside 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 - unrefined salt. See number 21 below.
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 edema and retain water. The design of our bodies is such that 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 an edema when we don't drink enough water.
Initially, 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. If reliance of this process of emergency hydration of some cells continues for long, the lungs begin to get waterlogged at night, and breathing becomes difficult. The person needs more pillows to sit upright to sleep. This condition is the consequence of dehydration. However, you might overload the system by drinking too much water at the beginning. Increases in water intake must be slow and spread out until urine production begins to increase at the same rate that you drink water.
When we drink enough water to pass clear urine, we also pass out a lot of the salt that was held back. This is how we can get rid of edema fluid in the body; by drinking more water. Not diuretics, but more water!! In people who have an extensive edema and show signs of their heart beginning to have irregular or very rapid beats with least effort, the increase in water intake should be gradual and spaced out, but not withheld from the body. Naturally, salt intake should be limited for two or three days because the body is still in an overdrive mode to retain it. Once the edema has cleared up, salt should not be withheld from the body.
Salt has many other functions than just regulating the water content of the body. Here are some of the more vital functions of salt in the body:
1. Salt is most effective in stabilizing irregular heartbeats and, 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 vital to the extraction of excess acidity from the cells in the body, particularly the brain cells.
3. Salt is vital for balancing the sugar levels in the blood; a needed element in diabetics.
4. Salt is vital for 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. Salt is vital to the nerve cells' communication and information processing all the time that the brain cells work, from the moment of conception to death.
6. Salt is vital for absorption of food particles through the intestinal tract.
7. Salt is vital for the clearance of the lungs of mucus plugs and sticky phlegm, particularly in asthma and cystic fibrosis.
8. Salt is vital for clearing up catarrh and congestion of the sinuses.
9. Salt is a strong natural antihistamine.
10. Salt is essential for the prevention of muscle cramps.
11. Salt is vital to prevent 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.
12. Salt is absolutely vital to making the structure of bones firm. Osteoporosis, in a major way, is a result of salt and water shortage in the body.
13. Salt is vital for sleep regulation. It is a natural hypnotic.
14. Salt is a vitally needed element in the treatment of diabetics.
15. Salt on the tongue will stop persistent dry coughs.
16. Salt is vital for the prevention of gout and gouty arthritis.
17. Salt is vital for maintaining sexuality and libido.
18. Salt is vital for preventing varicose veins and spider veins on the legs and thighs.
19. Salt is vital to the communication and information processing nerve cells the entire time that the brain cells work - from the moment of conception to death.
20. Salt is vital for 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.
21. 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. Back to Salt Intake is Vital or Back to Home
22. 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.
by Emma Ross
The Associated Press
Low-Salt Diet a Risk?
London, March 12 - A low-salt diet may not be so healthy after all. Defying a generation of health advice, a controversial new study concludes that the less salt people eat, the higher their risk of untimely death.
The study, led by Dr. Michael Alderman, chairman of epidemiology at Albert Einstein School; of Medicine in New York and president of the American Society of Hypertension, suggests the government should consider suspending it's recommendation that people restrict the amount of salt they eat.
"The lower the sodium, the worse off you are," Alderman said. "There's an association. Is it the cause? I don't know. Any way you slice it, that's not an argument for eating a low sodium diet.
Below is a copy of a letter from one of our readers. His name is Edward Leonforte and we thank him.
Thank you for your great work. I have been drinking water and using salt for two decades. Following are two sources of unrefined salt, one from Utah salt mines, the other hand raked from the Brittany sea. Please post them on your site so people know how to find unrefined salt. Also you might want to tell people how to tell if salt is natural. It is simple. Natural salt is not white and it is not dry. It is a little gray with minerals and feels damp or clumps in humidity. This product is labeled Real Salt and can be found in some health food stores.
Redmond Minerals, Inc.
P.O. Box 219
Redmond, UT 84652
Toll Free: 1-800-367-7258
The Grain and Salt Society
4 Celtic Drive
Arden, NC 28704
Fax: (828) 299-1640
Also search the web for "best sea salt."
Top Essentials of Life
1. Oxygen 2. Water 3. Salt 4. Potassium 5. Exercise
FACT - No one can live without these. Mainstream medicine too often ignores 2 & 3 in favor of selling drugs and procedures to treat the symptoms of dehydration.
FACT - Nothing kills life quicker than lack of water.
FACT - The people with the worst health drink the least water and use the most deadly diuretic drought causing drugs - caffeine and/or alcohol.
FACT - The salinity of the water outside the cells in our bodies is the same as the ocean.
FACT - In the middle ages people were put to a horrible death by salt deprivation.
FACT - Health care makes big bucks by selling a quart of water with salt in it (Saline 4) for up to $350.00 installed, but won't tell the patients they do indeed need more water and salt in their diets.
FACT - How can you expect drug companies to do research on the importance of water in our daily lives when they can't make money on it? Who does research to put themselves out of business?
FACT - No two substances in the Bible are mentioned more than water and salt.
FACT - The environment of an unborn baby is water and salt.
WATER IS THE FIRST NUTRIENT THE BODY NEEDS
Here are some of the other reasons why your body needs water everyday:
Without water, nothing lives.
Comparative shortage of water suppresses and eventually kills some aspects of the body.
Water is the main source of energy—the “cash flow” of the body.
Water generates electrical and magnetic energy inside each and every cell of the body—it provides the power to live.
Water prevents DNA damage and makes its repair mechanisms more efficient—less abnormal DNA is made.
Water increases greatly the efficiency of the immune system in the bone marrow where the immune system is formed (all its mechanisms)—including its efficiency against cancer.
Water is the main solvent for all foods, vitamins, and minerals. It is used in the breakdown of food into smaller particles and their eventual metabolism and assimilation.
Water energizes food, and food particles are then able to supply the body with this energy during digestion. This is why food without water has absolutely no energy value for the body.
Water increases the rate of absorption into the body of essential substances in food.
Water is used to transport all substances inside the body.
Water increases the efficiency of red blood sells in collecting oxygen in the lungs.
When water reaches a cell, it brings the cell oxygen and takes the waste gases to the lungs for disposal.
Water clears toxic waste from different parts of the body and takes it to the liver and kidneys for disposal.
Water is the main lubricant in the joint spaces and prevents arthritis and back pain.
Water is used in the spinal discs to make them “shock-absorbing water cushions.”
Water is the best lubricating laxative and prevents constipation.
Water prevents heart attacks and strokes.
Water prevents clogging of arteries in the heart and the brain.
Water is essential for the body’s cooling (sweat) and heating (electrical) systems.
Water gives us power and electrical energy for all brain functions, particularly thinking.
Water is directly needed for the efficient manufacture of all neurotransmitters, including serotonin.
Water is directly needed for the production of all hormones made by the brain, including melatonin.
Water prevents attention deficit disorder in children and adults.
Water increases efficiency at work; it expands your attention span.
Water is a better pick-me-up than any other beverage in the world—and it has no side effects.
Water prevents stress, anxiety, and depression.
Water restores normal sleep rhythms.
Water prevents fatigue—it gives the energy of youth.
Water makes the skin smooth and prevents aging.
Water gives luster and shine to the eyes.
Water prevents glaucoma.
Water normalizes the blood-manufacturing systems in the bone marrow—it helps prevent leukemia and lymphoma.
Water is absolutely vital for making the immune system more efficient in different regions to fight infections and cancer cells where they are formed.
Water dilutes the blood and prevents it from clotting during circulation.
Water decreases premenstrual pains and hot flashes.
Water and heartbeats create the dilution of “waves” that keep things from “sedimenting” in the blood stream.
The human body has no water storage to draw on during dehydration. This is why you must drink regularly throughout the day.
Dehydration prevents sex hormone production—one of the primary causes of impotence and loss of libido.
Drinking water separates the sensations of thirst and hunger.
To lose weight, water is the best way to go—drink water on time and lose weight without much dieting. Also, you will not eat excessively when you are only thirsty for water.
Dehydration causes deposits of toxic sediments in the tissue spaces, fat stores, joints, kidneys, liver, brain, and skin. Water will clear these deposits.
Water takes away the morning sickness of pregnancy.
Water integrates mind and body functions. It increases the ability to realize goals and purpose.
Water prevents the loss of memory as we age. It prevents Alzheimer’s disease, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, and Lou Gehrig’s disease.
Water reverses addictive urges, including those for caffeine, alcohol, and some addictive drugs.
In your “watercure recipe” the reader is told to “[u]se 1/4 tsp. of salt for every quart of water you drink”. As most people in the world use decimal system, we are not familiar with the word “quart” (I had to look it up in a conversion table), or even “oz”, and as the U.S. quart is considerably smaller that the Imperial quart, the results can be serious.
Furthermore, even “cups”, “teaspoons” etc. refer to different volumes in different countries. The universally used and understood measure for a teaspoon is 5 ml. Universally accepted measure for a cup is 0.25 litres; U.S. cup is slightly less.
One U.S. quart of liquid = 0.95 litres or 0.83 Imperial quarts
One Imperial quart of liquid = 1.14 litres or 1.20 U.S. quarts
One German quart of liquid = 1.15 litres
One U.S. teaspoon = 0.89 decimal or 1.39 Imperial
One Imperial teaspoon = 0.71 decimal or 0.72 U.S.
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