3. Reduced inflammation
The human body’s basic requirement for salt is 1.5 teaspoons or 8 grams per day. If we don’t consume this essential amount of sodium, the body shifts into a “crisis mode” called sodium-sparing so that it can maintain fluid balance and blood pressure. This crisis mode is a critical survival mechanism, but it also has negative consequences.
With low salt intake, an enzyme called renin and a hormone called aldosterone begin to rise rapidly. If this state is prolonged, higher renin and aldosterone levels lead to circulatory damage and increased inflammatory agents in the body.
Researchers have associated a prolonged lack of salt with an increased risk of chronic diseases, such as metabolic syndrome, cardiovascular disease and cognition loss.
4. Better sleep
Salt, especially natural unrefined salt, lowers stress. Stress is arguably the number one biggest cause of lost sleep for the majority of people. Think back to all those nights where you couldn’t get to sleep, your mind racing and your thoughts flitting constantly from one worry to the next. Wasn’t exactly the swift descent into the blissful slumber that you were hoping for, was it?
Warm salt water can actually help with this problem. Research indicates that natural salt has a unique effect on stress levels. As this article published in the Journal of Neuroscience found, increasing the levels of sodium in your bloodstream can reduce stress response. Salt helps to alleviate anxiety and prevents your mind from creating all those worrisome scenarios which keep you up all night.