Salt – the Pros and the Cons
by Sarah Merson
The notion that we should cut down on salt in our diet is nothing new; the Food Standards Agency recommend that we cut our daily intake from 10 to 6 grams. Indeed, high intakes of salt are well known to contribute to high blood pressure and the risk of heart disease and stroke. Less well known is that modern common table salt may also cause allergic reactions. From skin rashes to allergic rhinitis, the highly refined salt in our kitchen salt-shakers may be implicated. According to naturopath, Gunilla Gerber, who uses Nambudripad’s Allergy Elimination Techniques to detect and help eliminate allergies and intolerances, a surprising number of people are intolerant to salt as we commonly know it.
In essence, the natural properties of salt have been changed to accommodate its multifarious industrial uses. Indeed, an estimated 93% of the world’s salt production is now used for industrial purposes; another 6% is used as a food preservative.
In the body
Whilst salt has many negative connotations, the right type of salt, used in the right way, is incredibly therapeutic and has been recognised as such throughout history. Salt is mentioned as an essential ingredient in some of the oldest medical scripts. The Egyptians used salt as a disinfectant and salt-based remedies were widely prescribed for calloused skin, epidemic diseases, and as eye ointments. Later, both sea salt and rock salt were well known to the ancient Greeks who noted that eating salty food affected basic body functions such as digestion and excretion.
Salt eye bath
Salt pipes/nasal sprays
Naturopath Gunilla Gerber practises in Sussex. For appointments call 01342 316116.
John Scott also had some comments on Sarah Merson’s salt article:
'There is a biochemically balanced form of salt called BioSalt available from Mildred (Milli) Packard, 1305 N Parsell, Mesa, AZ 85203, USA – email@example.com
First published in 2009
• If this article was of interest you will find many other articles on unlikely allergies and allergy connections here – and links to many relevant research studies here.