Vitality

Sea Salt Health Benefits And Potential Downsides

You must be familiar with the salt used by beauticians utilizing body scrubs that cleanse the skin. It is not the conventional table salt. Sea salt refers to the residue left behind after water evaporates. The ingredient has multiple purposes: culinary, beverages and other products. 

When it comes to the sodium chloride content compared to the table salt, there is a slight difference because the sea salt granules are bigger. Since the quantity of sea salt that can be loaded into a teaspoon is much lesser than sodium salt, it appears healthier. Sodium is not considered good for health since it is associated with high blood pressure and heart disease risk. 

If you wish to cut down on sodium intake, resorting to sea salt is not the route to take. The only way sea salt can be of a superior quality, is that it is not processed as much. It contains trace amounts of magnesium, potassium and calcium.

More research needs to be done on the health benefits of sea salt per se, but the intake of sodium is necessary in a balanced diet to keep one's health intact.

Here are its pros and cons.

Digestion

Though there is more research that remains to be done on sea salt in particular, sodium chloride is needed to aid digestion. Adding a bit of sea salt to warm water could possibly help the process of digestion because the chloride content of salt helps the intestine absorb and receive the nutrients that are broken down in the body.

Blood Pressure

Keeping the body hydrated is directly related to blood pressure maintenance since dehydration increases blood pressure. It is thus important to not cross the recommended level of sodium intake, which can also be derived through other sources.  

Skin Health

In some cases, depending on the mineral content of sea salt, it can bring down irritation and consequent inflammation of the skin. One study has found that the sea salt made from the Dead Sea was more effective because it had a high magnesium composition.

For people suffering from Eczema, salt is added to bathwater to improve the condition characterized by itchy and inflamed skin. Whether it is the sea salt that helps specifically has to be researched more. 

Downsides

Eating too much food with sodium chloride has its consequences: kidney disease, blood pressure, heart failure and osteoporosis. Moderation and sticking to the recommended amount is advised. 

salt We all need salt to survive, but too much or too little can negatively impact our health, even sea salt, which is generally recommended as an alternative. Photo courtesy of Pixabay

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