Salt has gotten a bad wrap over the years. According to a lot of diet ‘experts’, salt will not only make you fat, but it will also kick you in the shins, burn down your house, and RUIN YOUR LIFE.
Well, great news, friends. Salt ain’t that bad at all. In fact, not only does salt have a variety of health benefits, but a certain level of it is necessary for human bodies to function.
Let’s chat about it, shall we?
- Salt aids blood-sugar control.
A healthy level of sodium in the diet is required to maintain insulin levels. Those cutting out salt completely have been found to be more susceptible to diabetes and other health issues.
- Salt improves sleep quality.
If you’ve ever had a few sleepless nights in a row, you’ll be well aware of how important sleep is to good health. Salt in the diet can surpress stress hormones, improving the quality of sleep, while regular salt therapy can help the lung and circulatory systems function better, creating deeper and more beneficial sleeping patterns.
- Salt lowers adrenalin.
Sure, we all love a good adrenalin rush. But adrenalin is actually a stress hormone, so there certainly can be too much of a good thing. A low-sodium diet can lead to increased adrenalin, which then leads to poor sleep and ill health. A healthy amount of sodium helps keep the adrenal gland in check.
- Salt can improve skin conditions.
Regular salt therapy (such as at Salts of the Earth) can aid in the relief of symptoms of eczema, psoriasis, and other skin conditions. The anti-inflammatory and anti-histamine properties of the salty air help to reduce inflammation and relieve itchiness, dryness, flaki ness, and other symptoms.
- Salt helps balance your belly.
Your body needs a certain amount of salt in the stomach acid to aid with digestion of food. Too much can lead to bloating and water retention, of course, but cutting salt out all together can also lead to digestive issues.
So, when it comes to salt, think of Goldilocks and the three bears. Not too much, not too little – juuuust the right amount of salt.
Grab a pinch of salt and put it on your next meal!