Salt has been used for thousands of years, not just as a food additive for flavour, but for many uses, from medicinal and nutritional, to all sorts of different cleaning tasks. It is thought that there are over 14,000 uses for salt, but in this article, we are going to focus on the medicinal and nutritional.
The first thing to understand about salt and the health of your body, is that it is an essential nutrient, as long as it’s in the right form, and unrefined. Obviously, too much of anything is bad, even too much oxygen or water will kill you! It is true to say that one should avoid refined table salt, and processed foods, which contain a lot of salt, but that’s not true of natural salt, and you can’t get much better than Himalayan Pink Salt. Himalayan Pink Salt is a rock salt, which is mined out of the mountains, where it was deposited hundreds of millions of years ago. This means that is it is untouched by pollution, and has a very high content of essential minerals. On the other hand, the standard table salt most of us have been using, has been fired at high temperatures and chemically cleaned and processed. This strips away any mineral content, and makes the salt very hard for our bodies to digest. The body sees this form of salt as a poison, and tries to eliminate it. This is achieved by taking water from healthy cells to deal with the poison. It is this process which causes symptoms like high blood pressure, edema (water retention) and cellulite.
Salt has been important in medicine for as long as it has been in food. Salt is mentioned in ancient medical texts as far back as 3,000 BC by the Egyptians. In Greece, Hippocrates (460 BC) made frequent use of salt based remedies. The Roman military doctor Dioskurides (100 AD), who is regarded as the foremost medical author of antiquity, wrote extensively about salt in his work “Materia Medica”.