“Cum grano salis” literally translated “with a grain of salt” actually means “with a grain of truth”. This is about the truth about the most famous grain known to mankind – salt.
No spice has ever gained so much importance in human history than this white little grain which even Jesus talked about during his famous Mount sermon.
‘Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted ‘ St Matthew`s gospel, Jesus sermon of the Mount
Its significance is evident in our term “salary”, the worth of a Roman soldier shown in allowance, or “the salt of the Earth”, describing persons of great kindness. Also, the words “sausage”, “sauce”, or “salvation” find their roots in salt.
This mineral has played an ever significant role from the early settlers time of mankind until today. Neolithic settlements were found to be close to salt springs. During the Roman and Greek empire salt was traded for slaves. The American revolution would not have taken place without the knowledge of the settlers to preserve their cod-fish with salt.
Even as early as 2700 BC the extraction of salt has been an integral part of China´s culture.
Mankind`s zivilisation was made possible because of the discovery that salt could preserve food items that meant a subsequent independence from any particular habitat. Entire caravans developed along the tracks of the “Salt roads” from Europe through Africa and even the Sahara to transport the new “gold” which meant economic and political power and independence.
Yet, what made this mineral compound so precious?
First of all, salt is able to preserve food as it dehydrates meat, fish and all sorts of veggies. Something which is found in Asia nowadays still very often. Thus, people could migrate and could carry enough staple food around for weeks and months. Alexander the Great would otherwise most probably not have been able to create his empire.
Secondly, salt is a mineral compound which is very close in its mineral ratio and composition to our blood. It contains some 84 minerals and trace minerals such as zinc, sodium, iron, potassium, chloride, iodine, manganese, calcium and others. The holistic treatment called Balneotherapy is making efficient use of the healing properties of the salt compound which is found in millennium old deposits of plant material which formed the basis for the salt found in oceans and in some mountainous regions.
Our body requires all these minerals in a ratio similar to the salt minerals for the proper function of cell exchange, muscular contraction, pH levels, blood sugar levels, water retention, brain function, function of the nervous system, proper healing of tissue, just to name a few.
Salt production by men, however, has focused on other aspects than health concerns such as saving costs and prolonging transportation. So called “refined” salt has become the standard until today. It is made up of only one chemical combound which is sodium chloride. Table salt and any common household salt today is deprived of all the other precious minerals our body needs so desperately. Instead we are offered isotonic beverages after exercise while a grain of real salt compound would have recharged the lost minerals after sweating completely.
According to the American National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention the average American consumes from an age of 2 years on a daily average of 3,436 mg pure sodium a day. The official recommendation is 180 – 500 mg. Most of this is attributable to processed food and convenience food with its hidden sodium content.
Thus the CDC recommends to radically reduce sodium consumption. However, this does not mean that you should eliminate all salt from your food, as salty mineral compounds are vital for our physiological and mental well-being as demonstrated before.
Pure sodium forms a compound with water. This chemical property makes it so dangerous for people with high-blood-pressure. The same sodium is used to dry up humid buildings and rooms because of this property. With an intake of high dosages of sodium the water retention in your body increases. This automatically forces your heart to pump this increased volume of “liquid” around, thus exerting more pressure. By the way, this is why some of you get so-called “diuretic medication” to eliminate the excess fluid and reduce the stress on your heart.
Sodium also reduces the amount of potassium in your body. Sodium and potassium should always be in balance. If one goes up , the other one goes down. Potassium is extremely important for the functioning of your heart. If your sodium intake is high, your heart faces irregularities.
Again, this does not mean to eliminate natural mineral salt compounds from your diet. Just eliminate processed food, table salt, convenience food, soda pops, any refined salt. Instead, get very good grainy cristal-shaped Ocean salt, Himalayan salt, any natural compound from your health food store or the internet, which is not processed. These contribute to the mineral supply your body needs, which in turn also reduces your blood pressure. Not taking a whole potpourri of minerals in such a form (the true meaning of salt) is dangerous for your entire health and fluid balance.
Besides taking once in a while a little grain of natural real salt, spice with herbs, garlic, peppers, chilies, other spices.
Cum grano salis, the grain of truth (literally: the grain of salt) is, that not all salt is bad for you when you suffer from high blood pressure. Only man-made sodium chloride raises your blood pressure, which you should definitely avoid. On the contrary, natural salt compounds play an essential role for your overall health.
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