Simple benefits of Table salt(NaCl)
1. Prevents Hyponatremia
Hyponatremia is a condition in which the body suffers from a shortage of sodium (salt) in the fluids present outside the cells. This can be caused by over-hydration with water, perspiration, or diarrhea, and is also known as water intoxication.
To maintain a healthy blood pressure and smooth functioning of your nerves and muscles, the body needs an adequate amount of salt (sodium). When this optimum level of sodium falls, water enters into the cells to compensate. This results in an imbalance of water to salt ratio in the body, causing swelling in the cells because of excess water.
Barring the brain cells, this swelling is not a threat for most of the cells, but the brain cells are restricted inside the skull frame. This swelling in the brain cells leads to Hyponatremia.
Elderly people and small babies are at greater risk of heat stroke, since their body’s thermostat lacks efficiency. Prevention of heat or sun stroke is always advisable by keeping the body hydrated and consuming adequate amounts of salt in order to maintain the electrolyte balance. A person suffering from heat stroke can be treated by offering water or fluids that contain sugar and salt.
Cystic fibrosis is caused by a malformed protein that prevents the optimum movement of salt and water in and out of the body’s cells, resulting in very sticky, salty sweat. This can be tested by diagnosing the salt content of the perspiration. In cystic fibrosis, the body loses more salt than normal. Infants suffering from cystic fibrosis need extra salt as both infant milk and breast milk is low in salt content. The salt content should be cautiously increased only after a discussion with a specialist.
3. Maintains Dental Hygiene
Painful bacterial infections like trench mouth can cause ulcers in the gums, which can be soothed using a salt water rinse. The rinse can be prepared by mixing 1/2 teaspoon of salt mixed with 1 cup of warm water. It helps to reduce swelling and soothes sore gums. As a preventive oral hygiene measure, cleaning the teeth with a mixture of 1/4 teaspoon each of salt and baking soda in 1 qt. of warm water helps to clean plaque, whitens the teeth, and keep the gums healthy.
4. Treats Sore Throat
Pharyngitis, commonly known as a sore throat, can be alleviated by repeated gargling with a cup of warm water mixed with ½ teaspoon of salt.
5. Relieves Muscle Cramps
Muscle cramps can occur due to various reasons such as alcoholism, exercise, or medications. The intake of fluids and drinks that contain salt can be helpful in providing relief.