Benefits Of Salt
Salt is the world’s most essential mineral and is critical to human survival – we need salt in our diet (we just don’t need too much of it). The average adult should consume a teaspoon of salt a day to function.
Sodium is vital for maintaining fluid balance and cardiovascular function, and it also plays an important role in nerve transmission, digestion of food and the destruction of food-borne pathogens in the stomach. Clinical studies have also found there is a correlation between salt and mood – an unresolved sodium appetite can induce behaviour characteristics that are similar to psychological depression.
So, salt is a big deal for humans. If a true sodium deficiency occurs the effects can be brain swelling, coma and heart failure. Although extremely unlikely that this would happen, it is pretty important not to ignore salt.
At The Salt Box, we get a little bit grumpy that salt has consistently been blamed for a variety of serious health conditions plaguing our country, such as heart disease, strokes and hypertension. And it is true that people who have diets with lots of processed food do consume well above the standard recommendations for sodium. However, the root cause of this is not salt – it is the way people are using salt.