The Power of Salt or Sal and do you need Salt?
The quick answer to that question is yes.
Salt has been used for thousands of years by humans not just for seasoning, it was so important that Roman soldiers were partly paid in salt, and it is where the word soldier comes from and derives from the Latin for ‘Sal dare’ meaning to give salt, salt was then a scarce and expensive product.
Talking of Latin or Rome did you know that salt was even used by the Roman empire on its enemy's to poison their lands and was noted that in 146 BCs after the victory over Carthage, Carthage being at he time Rome’s competitor and enemy in the region, one notable figure from Carthage was general Hannibal Barca who lived between 183 and 181 BC, he was a general and statesman from ancient Carthage, who is widely considered one of the greatest military commanders in history and is famous for his war with Roman and crossing the Alps into Italy with his army which numbered 38,000 infantry, 8,000 cavalry and 38 elephants, almost none of the elephants would survive the harsh conditions of the Alps. Some years Roman general Scipio Aemilianus Africanus on sacking the massive city of Carthage ordered that every cat, dog, infant, female, and male were slain by the sword and it went of days after day, a most brutal event with many inhabitants being enslaved, with every building destroyed to the ground, Carthage was not left by Scripio, he then ordered that salt be ploughed into the land, so that no crops or living thing would ever grow on Carthage soil ever again, Carthage was wiped off the face of the earth forever survive the harsh conditions of the Alps. Some years later on Roman general Scipio Aemilianus Africanus on sacking the massive city that saw every cat, dog, infant, female, and male slain by the sword and it went off day after day, a most brutal event with many inhabitants being enslaved, while every building was destroyed to the ground Carthage was not left by Scripio he then ordered that salt was ploughed into the land so that no crops would ever grow at Carthage ever again, it was to be wiped off the face of the map.
Now back to Salt. Salt is needed in the body and performs many functions and is essential in maintaining and promoting good health, the main source of salt is through food and is crucial in maintaining good body health, it is used as a sterilizing agent with the medical field and can be used directly on the skin and help clear up cuts and is widely used now in infant and adult nasal sprays, Saline is also used in I.V. therapy, intravenously supplying extra water to re-hydrate people or supplying the daily water and salt needs and is used widely in time and areas of famine to re-hydrate young children that become to malnourished.
Salt is crucial in maintaining good health, humans main source of salt or sodium chloride (Ions) is via our diet. Sodium is essential for nerve and good muscle function, Salt is involved in the regulation of fluids in the body while chloride ions serve as important electrolytes by regulating blood pH and pressure.
In one teaspoon of sodium chloride or Salt it contains about 2.300 milligrams of sodium it is a fact that human cannot live without salt, the body needs salt so our nerves can transmit impulses, contract and release muscle fibers including those of the heart and blood vessel and help to maintain a proper fluid balance.
Drinking too much water without replacing lost salt is also very dangerous, you can effectively flush out the salt from your body and this salt must be replaced, this is why you need to re-hydrate and also make sure you have salt within your diet.
Worryingly if you have heart problems or issues you are advised by medical professional to radically reduce your salt intake but if you read up on salt you will find that salt is very useful to the body and some research and studies found on advice that seeks such people with heart issues is to reduce their salt intake is in fact very bad, one such study showed that you are 160% these can be found on this website below which states;
One review of controlled trials found that for people with heart failure, limiting sodium intake increased the risk of dying. In fact, the effect was strong, people who restricted their sodium intake had a 160% higher risk of death. This is concerning because patients with heart failure are often told to limit their sodium intake.
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