Salt is one of the oldest spices accompanying the man almost since the dawn of time. One of its invaluable features was its property to enrich flavor of dishes, however the fact that it could be used as a preservative seems to be the most important. The salt consists of two highly reactive elements: sodium and chlorine. In its pure form they are toxic and inedible by humans. However, in the form of sodium chloride (salt), they have a substantial impact on water and electrolyte balance of human body. In some situations (especially in case of people who are physically very active) significant deficiency of salt may occur and result in sharp decline in physical performance and increasing fatigue or sometimes may even lead to fainting and loss of consciousness. This happens quite often in the case of significant dehydration, especially in summer or during intensive workout. In addition, sodium chloride can be taken by patients in fever, in case of extensive burns, long lasting vomiting as well as diabetes, gastric, intestinal, gall bladder or pancreas fistulae.
The positive impact of salt intake.
Despite all the warnings against the use of salt, there are obviously some advantages:
Salt is also important for the proper functioning of the human nervous system. Due to the high content of iodine it is used in treatment of respiratory diseases. Salt cleanses the body of toxins and unnecessary components of metabolism. It has beneficial effects on the cardiovascular system. A handful of salt added to the bath helps to relax and at the same time moisturizes and nourishes the skin so this can be a simple way to treat yourself to a little relaxation in your home spa.