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[May 2018] Protect Your Health with Bay Salt
Date 05-11-2018 15:18 Hit255
Protect Your Health with Bay Salt

Salt is essential to life. Appropriate amounts of sodium are crucial to the formation of healthy cells, and they ensure that these cells will absorb nutrients. The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends an intake of at least 5 g of salt a day for adults. Even more important than how much salt we consume is the type of salt that we consume. There is indeed a wide range of salt that we can choose from including refined salt, rock salt, and bay salt. Nowadays, bay salt is being increasingly seen as having an important key to health as it offers an abundance of diverse minerals.

What is Bay Salt?

Bay salt is obtained by incorporating seawater into salt fields and evaporating it under natural sunlight and in natural water. Guérande may be famous for its premium bay salt, but this type of salt is in fact produced all around the world including Korea, China, the United States, Australia, the Mediterranean, the Red Sea, and the countries circling the Indian Ocean. The West Coast of Korea, one of the five largest mudflats in the world, produces most of the bay salt consumed in the country.

Mineral-Rich Bay Salt

Bay salt contains far greater quantities of minerals, such as calcium, magnesium, zinc, potassium, and iron, than refined salt and rock salt. These minerals are crucial to the development and functioning of the musculoskeletal system. They also play a central role in controlling metabolic functions and maintaining the electrolytic balance of the body. Of the 54 natural elements that make up the human body, 50 are these minerals. Minerals make up 4–5% of adults’ bodyweight. We only need extremely small quantities of these minerals to survive, but without these minerals at all, our bodies will begin to collapse in major ways.

Health Benefits of Bay Salt

1. Antioxidation
Bay salt’s antioxidant properties become even more powerful when the salt is heated. Antioxidants dissolve the oxygen radicals that accumulate in the body through breathing. Oxygen radicals attack tissues and destroy cells. The types of salt that we eat and the way we heat and cook salt can make a major difference to the amounts of oxygen radical buildup in our bodies.

2. Reducing blood pressure
Doctors advise patients to reduce their salt intakes because sodium, the main element that makes up salt, raises blood pressure. Sodium is found in the greatest quantity in refined salt that contains few minerals. Mineral-rich bay salt, however, may have quite different effects on blood pressure as suggested by an increasing number of studies. Minerals such as magnesium, calcium, potassium, and so forth promote the discharge of sodium out of the body.

3. Fighting cancer
Salt is used to ferment food. Bay salt, which is commonly used to make a variety of fermented foods in Korea, helps our bodies better absorb anticarcinogenic substances. The enzymes created by microbes during the fermentation process increase the absorbency of nutrients. Kimchi, which is made with bay salt, is especially known to have a powerful effect on inhibiting the growth of carcinogenic substances in our bodies.

4. Fighting allergies and improving health and beauty in general
Bay salt has been shown to be effective in alleviating the symptoms of respiratory allergies, such as asthma and bronchitis, and also in rejuvenating skin cells damaged by atopic dermatitis. The particles of bay salt absorb dirt and dust, helping the body discharge them faster. The ions of bay salt also play a role in rejuvenating skin cells. Washing the nose with bay salt-diluted water can reduce symptoms of rhinitis and sinus infections. Salt therapy, which lets practitioners breathe and meditate in salt caves made of bay salt, has been shown to treat respiratory and dermatological inflammations as well as insomnia and stress.

5. Disinfection, sterilization, and preservation
Bay salt has a wide range of applications outside the kitchen. Boil glass jars in bay salt-diluted water to disinfect and strengthen them. Place toothbrushes in bay salt-containing water for 30 min or so to sterilize them. Place bay salt in small pots or pods, and leave them in humid corners inside chests of drawers and wardrobes to remove excess humidity.