Mineral salts give your body the variety of mineral ions needed to balance its functions, remain healthy and heal.
With the onset of winter and sudden drop in temperature, many of us fall prey to sore throats, upper respiratory tract infections and skin-related problems. Halotherapy or salt therapy can actually help alleviate all of these conditions, symptoms and more.
Too few minerals, rather than too much salt, may be to blame for many health problems. Even the CDC admitted that there is no benefit, and may be a danger, from reducing our salt intake. However, refined salts hold little weight in terms of healing the human body compared to mineral rich salts.
Unlike the sodium chloride you find on most kitchen tables, unrefined rock salt contains more than 84 different minerals. Rose-coloured crystals of Himalayan rock salt, or the grey texture of Celtic salt — both pride themselves on traditional harvesting, avoiding heat treatment or refining methods.
Vital to your existence in crystal salts is the presence of the primary electrolytes of sodium (Na+), potassium (K+), calcium (Ca2+), magnesium (Mg2+), chloride (Cl-), phosphate (PO43-), and hydrogen carbonate (HCO3-), plus other significant mineral salts. The electric charge symbols of plus (+) and minus (-) indicate that the substances are ionic in nature.
The words ions, ionic, and ionized refer to electrical charge or electrical potential. We commonly refer to this as ENERGY. Your body functions on Energy alone and requires a specific and complex combination of electrolytes to maintain the very delicate balance between the intracellular and extracellular environments of your body. It’s the electrolytes that affect and regulate the hydration of the body, blood pH, blood pressure, and are crucial for nerve and muscle function.
These healing properties have long been recognized all over the world, especially in central Europe where entire hospitals have been carved in salt mountains. Asthmatics and patients with lung disease and allergies find that breathing air in the saline underground chambers helps improve symptoms in 90 percent of cases.
Salt Therapy Helps a Host of Winter Ailments
The cold air triggers lot of health problems such as asthma, viral, sore throat, sinusitis etc. and such ill conditions leads to a lot of unnecessary medical attention during the season. During such disorders, many people resort to visits to their medical doctor for medicaiton instead of pursuing simple home remedies and judicious usage of salt for immediate relief.
Halotherapy or salt therapy is clinically proven to help clear mucous build up from the lungs and allowing you to breathe easier. Salt therapy takes the healing properties of salt deep into the respiratory system. It supports and enhance the immune system and provides a natural resistance to disease and reduces susceptibility to colds and flu.
1) Sore throat: Sore throats are common in winter and are almost always caused by viral infections. One quick and easy remedy for a sore throat is to gargle with warm salty water to soothe the throat and the infection in the process. Add 1 teaspoon of fine mineral salt or sea salt to approx. 250ml of warm water, gargle the solution and then spit it out. Repeat 4-6 times a day until symptoms subside.
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