Water and Salt

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Water is critical in sustaining life. Water keeps you hydrated, flushes out toxins and waste, and keeps things flowing if you know what I mean. You can drink too much water but most people don't drink enough. Sodium is also essential and must be consumed for its electrolyte capabilities in regulating the amount of water that is in and around cells.

Sodium is in most of the things we eat including meats, cheese, dairy, and vegetables. But we get most of our sodium from salt. Salting your food, chefs salting what they prepare for you, and added salt in many pre-packaged and processed foods. When we eat salt we are also eating chloride which is also important and crucial for life. It is an essential electrolyte located in all body fluids responsible for maintaining acid/base balance, transmitting nerve impulses and regulating fluid in and out of cells.

Salt gets a bad rap in the medical profession with claims of high blood pressure and heart disease. Most Americans get their salt from processed foods that contain many unhealthy ingredients including sugar. One could say that these other ingredients could be the culprit, but controversy and discussion carry on.

Back to water. Staying hydrated can be a challenge, a tip is if you're thirsty and your urine is bright yellow you are not getting enough water to drink. On the salt front, the question is how much salt? Well, it is debatable and it is best to check with your doctor because everyone is different.

So, both water and salt are essential to the health of all beings.
 
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