We’re all trying to be better versions of ourselves: fitter, happier, and healthier. Here’s 5 ways that salt can help you achieve these goals.
1. Lowering stress
Research has shown that stress hormones are inhibited by higher levels of sodium in the body. Researchers at the University of Haifa’s Department of Psychology say that people may crave salt partly because its main component, sodium, helps fight depression.
2. A good night’s sleep
Lying awake worrying? Research shows that salt has a unique effect on stress levels. Having enough sodium in your bloodstream can reduce your stress response, so you don’t experience as much anxiety which means you’ll get a better night’s sleep.
3. Healthy skin
Salt absorbs dirt, grime and toxins, cleansing your skin’s pores. Add one-third of a cup of salt to a bathtub filled with warm water and soak for 15 to 30 minutes. You could also soothe skin and calm breakouts by creating a sea salt and honey balancing mask.
4. Fight off winter colds
Relieve a sore throat by gargling salt water. The salt soothes inflammation and helps to kill bacteria.
5. Exercise more
Low-sodium levels can cause dehydration and muscle cramps. Research by Medicine & Science in Sport & Exercise (Vol. 39) has shown salt-loading before hard training/competition can improve performance in heat and reduce the adverse effect. Salt also helps your body hold on to water which means you’ll stay hydrated. You can read more about this here.