This month’s article from pH Miracle is all about salt. Salt is the most important component in alkalizing the blood and tissues. There have been so many misconceptions about salt that most of us don’t know the right type of salt to use and how vital it really is for good health! There is so much confusing information out there about salt and whether or not it is the cause of high blood pressure or hypertension. To calm a few fears out there about the use of salt in the diet and share why, if a person is eating and drinking alkaline, salt is more than just okay, we’re sharing Shelley’s take on the essential natural mineral, salt.
I’ve just come from a pH Miracle trip to Italy and then India. While in India I decided to take a run out on the beach. A little mist of rain was falling at the time, and I even thought it would be refreshing to run in the rain, but little did I know, that that little mist would turn into torrents of monsoon rain pounding down upon me. As I kept running – literally drenched – a big wave came along and dumped about 50 or so jellyfish and 2 huge sea turtles in front of me on the sand! The sight was incredibly shocking. Something had caused all of this ocean life to die. When I arrived back at the hotel I was told by my son, Alex, that it wasn’t a good idea to be near or in the ocean when it rains like that. I asked why? He told me that the pH of the ocean becomes more acidic after a big rain and that all of the pollution hanging in the sky and the pollution in the soil get swept into the sea. I was shocked, but I learned that day to understand just how important the pH of our oceans are to the sea life that make their home there.
This got me thinking about the importance of our internal ocean – our blood – and our lymphatic fluid called plasma and how vital the pH balance of these fluids is to our cells that make their home there. Salt is one of the most important elements that keep our internal oceans in a state of balance.
Salt is a vital substance for the survival of all living creatures – particularly humans. Salt helps to regulate the water content of the body. Water regulates itself, working its way into into the interior of all our cells. It has to get inside each cell to cleanse and extract the toxic wastes of cell metabolisms. Salt forces some water to stay outside the cells and balances the amount of water that must stay outside the cells. The two ‘oceans’ of water in the body are these two oceans held inside and outside the cells of the body. Good health depends on a highly delicate balance between the volume of these oceans, and this balance is achieved by salt – unrefined salt.
When we drink enough alkaline, energized 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 or acidic fluid in the body; by drinking more alkaline energized water. Not with diuretics, but with more alkaline energized water! In people who have an extensive edema or acidity and show signs of their heart beginning to have irregular or very rapid beats with the least effort, the increase in alkaline water intake should be gradual and spaced out, but not withheld from the body. You can also add 1 teaspoon of colloidal “liquid salt” to help decrease acidity and regulate the heart beat.
Good sea salt is NOT the same thing as table salt which 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. Good sea salt has many other functions other than just regulating the water content of the body. Here are some of the more vital functions of sea salt in the body:
1. Heart: 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 alkaline energized water. Naturally the proportions are critical.
2. Brain: Salt is vital to the extraction of excess acidity from the cells in the body, particularly the brain cells.
3. Blood: Salt is vital for balancing the acidic sugar levels in the blood; a needed element in diabetics.
4. Cells: 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 needed by the cells.
5. Nerves: 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. Intestines: Salt is vital for absorption of food particles through the intestinal tract.
7. Lungs: Salt is vital for the clearance of the lungs of mucous plugs and sticky phlegm, particularly in asthma and cystic fibrosis.
8. Sinuses: Salt is vital for clearing up catarrh and congestion of the sinuses.
9. Salt is a strong natural antihistamine.
10. Muscles: Salt is essential for the prevention of muscle cramps.
11. Mouth: 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 and over-acidity.
12. Bones: 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 for reducing a double chin. When the body is short of salt, it means the body is short of alkaline energized 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 alkalizing foods. Circulation to the salivary glands increases and the blood vessels become “leaky” in order to supply the glands with water to manufacture saliva. That leakiness spills beyond the area of the glands themselves, causing increased bulk under the skin of the chin, the cheeks and into the neck.
20. 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.
21. Bones: 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.
22. Salt will help balance acidic hormones and the symptoms associated with hormone imbalance.
23. Salt will reverse sugar cravings.
24. Salt will neutralize acids associated with muscle cramps or restless leg syndrome.
25. Salt will help reduce adrenal stress.
26. Salt will provide a matrix for cellular communication.
27. Salt will help energize the body.
28. Salt will help reduce hot flashes.
29. Salt will provide the primary elements for producing sodium bicarbonate to alkalize the fluids of the extracellular and intracellular fluids.