December 01, 2014

by Cresence Allen

( The body’s capacity for detoxification of environmental pollutants is not endless. Daily our exposure to toxic substances is on the rise as new materials and substances are synthesized in chemical laboratories. These chemicals end up in our air, water and food. On average U.S. citizens have residues from over 400 toxic compounds in their bodies according to the EPA. The U.S. water supply contains 2,100 chemicals, including pesticides, herbicides, PCBs, and medications such as synthetic hormone drugs, antidepressants, and synthetic recreational drugs. Approximately 80,000 metric tons of carcinogens are released into the air annually, and genetically modified ingredients are found in over 80% of our foods. There are 82,000 man-made chemicals in use daily but only a fourth have been tested for toxicity. What is the best defense for all of this? The answer is probably salt.

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The liver is the main cleansing organ of the body. It removes toxins and metabolic waste by converting them into water-soluble compounds. These compounds are eliminated from the body through urine. Non water-soluble compounds are transformed by the liver and excreted into bile, which is transported to the intestines and excreted. Toxins that are not eliminated or completely removed by either of these processes are eliminated via sweating through the skin, considered the third kidney. This is why saltwater soaking is so beneficial for a healthy body.

There is nothing new about salt. Different kinds of salts, their uses, and methods of extraction were studied in China around 2700 years BCE. Hippocrates encouraged his fellow healers to use salt water for the treatment of various ailments by immersing patients in seawater. Ancient Greeks continued this practice. In1753 Charles Russell, English author and physician, published the book “The Uses of Sea Water”, and during the19th century, Father Sebastian Kneipp, Bavarian priest and holistic healer, formalized the idea of “hydrotherapy”,which is therapeutic water soaking.

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