The war on salt

saltA brief history

Salt is a component exceptionally vital to human beings and its use can be traced back thousands of years.
Its ability to preserve food was a foundation of civilization, allowing for the long distance transference of previously perishable items.
In earlier times salt was such a valuable commodity that it was considered a form of currency for many peoples. In fact the word actually originated from the word "salary"
and in many cultures was a form of renumeration for ones work efforts.

Readers may have come across the term "He is worth his salt" which today translates to "he is worth the high salary that the company pays him" !!

Salt content in the human body

Our bodies are so intricately linked to the salt in the ocean and all of us have a proportionate percentage in our blood, lymph, sweat and tears.
This salt regulates and energizers all body functions and minus this salt content - one could not survive. Some symptoms of poor levels can cause the following symptoms:

  • Nausea
  • Persistent headaches and confusion
  • Fatigue,
  • Muscle spasms
  • Urinary imbalance

Depletion of salt can occur due to excess intake of water during an exercise routine, loss of body fluids due to sweating, diahorrea, heat stroke and dehydration, the latter a common cause related to an excessive intake of alcohol leading to a hang-over.

For a long period of time the intake of salt has been "bad- mouthed" by the medical profession and their media and yet it is common knowledge that many people admitted to hospital are immediately connected to a saline drip!
The problem lies in the fact that if something is repeated for a lengthy period, people will start to believe it.
Hyper-tension, for example is actually promoted more by excessive fructose [sugar] but salt frequently got the blame for a variety of maladies.

Sources of salt

Far too much salt is obtained by eating processed foods, whereas lower levels are found in fruit, vegetables, lean protein and dairy.
During the cooking process at home one can monitor the usage and salt no doubt brings out the flavour of food.
There are many different types of salt available, according to one's choice, but ionized salt is recommended, meaning that salt has been fortified with trace elements of iodine, this being an advantage to the health of the thyroid gland to prevent formation of a goitre.

Some useful tips using salt

Salt in warm water can be used as a gargle for a sore throat, after dental procedures, as a foot bath for tired, aching feet and to soften dry heels.
Added to a vase of water, flowers will last longer, sprinkled over spilled wine it will act as a sponge prior to soaking the spoiled item, together with a scourer will remove burnt food in pots and will deter the invasion of ants when sprinkled in appropriate areas.

Many religions adhere to periods of fasting, which has advantages, however during long periods, dehydration can occur and it is highly recommended that ample fluids are taken in when permitted.

MatsiMela's mineral based salt scrubs and bath soaks are derived from the Kalahari desert – an area which has never been inhabited or polluted.
Visit one of our stores and select from a variety of pure, raw untreated salt & give your body a boost.

In closing, MatsiMela would like to wish our valued Muslim clients well over Ramadan.