“During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act.” - George Orwell
“The greatest tragedy in medical history in my opinion is the assumption that dry mouth is the only sign of the body’s water needs. Based on this mistaken assumption, modern medicine has made confounding mistakes that have cost society dearly.”
– F Batmanghelidj MD
“As an absolute prerequisite to life, water is right up there with food and air. From the moment you are born until you leave this planet, your body instinctively craves food, air and water for your survival. You know what happens to a plant when it is deprived of water. It wilts and dies. The same would happen to your body if it were deprived of water. Its importance is clear.” – Harvey Diamond
There are wars raging over water and salt. There is no health benefit to drinking water, we are told, and salt will definitely kill you – scarcely a day goes by when we are not badgered about that. Yet water and salt are essential to life - intuitively everyone knows it. We were born out of a water and salt sack. From our youngest years when we first accepted that cattle and humans die without water and salt, the importance of these most elemental ingredients to our own existence has been entrenched in the human psyche. Books, TV and cinema remind that a man cannot cross a desert without water. An astronaut cannot venture into space without water. A human may survive longer than a month and a half without solid foods to sustain him, but without water he is finished within days. When we’re cremated, all that is left is salt.
The fact that water and salt can heal the sick has been an ongoing wrangle in scientific circles for years, not because there’s any doubt about it, but because no-one wants to spend fortunes funding studies if the only thing they have to sell at the end is salt and two atoms of hydrogen and one of oxygen. Ever since John Rockefeller and Abraham Flexner set up the modern medical system and doctors became ‘licensed’ to prescribe and sell patented chemicals, the nutrients of nature which daily sustain our bodies have been belittled in favour of the profitable pill as the panacea for all man’s ills. Even today, how your doctor is trained and what he has been taught to tell and prescribe you bears more relation to economics than what will actually heal. As Dr Andrew Saul says, Sickness is big business. No-one’s making much money out of ‘health’ these days.
But deadlocks can be broken, though it sometimes takes an extraordinary man, placed in an extraordinary situation, to bring the world to its senses. The extraordinary man in this case is Iranian physician, Fereydoon Batmanghelidj MD. The extraordinary situation was the two and a half years he spent in an Iranian prison following his arrest by the revolutionary mullahs after the Shah’s overthrow. What Dr B discovered while tending the sick in Evin Prison, Tehran, is still causing ructions, and long may they continue until the world knows it. Water heals! Perhaps you’re not sick, you’re dehydrated! There is no system or function of the body not pegged to the flow of water!
Think about it. We’re told that salt is evil and yet don’t question why severely sick people are put on a saline drip. The authorities deride any notion that the world is chronically dehydrated, yet there’s a pub or bar on every corner. We’re told that one beverage is as good as another (Coke machines in hospital corridors??), and that fluids are what count. The idea that water could be pharmacologically or even biophysically active and cure disease is, alas, nonsense to the university-trained MD. ”We’d have been told about it!” is the churlish response, angry that anyone could question the whole approach to symptom-based medicine and challenge their evolutionary sovereignty.
An intake of lots of fresh, clean water is vital for good health. Yet drug-based medicine teaches that water is nothing more than an inert solvent the body uses to transport the soluent (minerals, proteins, enzymes, etc.) around the body. Water is far from inert. The blood is made up of a large percentage of watery serum. Our cells literally owe their life to an adequate supply of fresh, clean water. When the body does not receive a reliable supply of water, it has to ration the water available and cut back on certain functions to make the supply go around. Essential systems like the brain are prioritised while others are rationed. Symptoms arise.
Here’s the rub. Most citizens have become chronically and dangerously dehydrated (especially the elderly), since we decided water was too bland to drink and went for beer, wine, sodas, flavoured water and chemical-laced alternatives instead. This has proved a disastrous move for health in general and we are reaping the whirlwind. Most doctors today cannot identify the water-deficient diseases and associated pains, so the inevitable prescribing of drugs to treat symptoms follows without the underlying deficiency being corrected.
Humans need in excess of four pints of water daily (2 litres). Water is used for digestion, detoxifying cells, watering the lungs, keeping the body alkalised and a host of cleaning duties. Dr Batmanghelidj maintains that asthmas, allergies, diabetes, arthritis, angina, stomach upsets, chronic intestinal complaints and other degenerative illnesses are the body’s many cries for water, complaints which are dramatically improved when a consistent and long-term intake of fresh, clean water is introduced.1
I co-wrote The Essential Guide to Water and Salt with Dr Batmanghelidj and thanks to his research, thousands have quashed long-term health problems effortlessly and inexpensively. Coffee, tea, diet sodas, beer and a host of other liquids do not qualify as ‘clean, fresh water‘ and should not be consumed, for instance, by the cancer patient. Most ‘custom’ beverages are diuretics (water-expellers) due to their chemical compositions. Those unwell should drink at least 4 pints (2 litres) of water a day provided they do not have renal (kidney) damage causing complications with urine production. Flushing the body with consistent, long-term water consumption is a superb way to detoxify and especially important when sick. Drink a glass half an hour before a meal and then two glasses around two and a half hours afterwards for optimal, digestive effects. The rest of the day’s intake can occur at any time throughout the day.2
Dr Batmanghelidj discovered that a person’s thirst sensation becomes impaired in their sixties. This can be recovered by force-drinking water for a spell until the body’s requirements are recalibrated. Many diseases of old age are dehydration-related as we cover in the book. An indication of dehydration and acidosis in the body is if the urine is thick, dark yellow and rank (ammoniac) in smell. Here the body is cutting back on water usage due to chronic shortage.3 The resultant urine the kidneys produce is thick with waste and more concentrated in solution. The kidneys also manufacture ammonia to raise the pH of dangerously acidic excreta before expulsion from the body.4 The body can take several weeks to use water to full effect so this vital health bonus should be used consistently.
Amazingly, few meaningful studies have been carried out on the metabolic effects of water on the human body, let alone its biophysical properties. In April 2008, a study from the University of Pennsylvania concluded that, from the perusal of existing scientific literature, drinking water had no special benefits beyond flushing toxins from the kidneys. The media took this to mean, ‘carry on drinking tea, coffee and sodas, and get all the water you need from those.’ But what the researchers actually said was:
“Although we wish we could demolish all of the urban myths found on the Internet regarding the benefits of supplemental water ingestion, we concede there is also no clear evidence of lack of benefit. In fact, there is simply a lack of evidence in general.”5
In other words, water has not been studied in relation to human health, even though the body is approximately 73% water, the brain 80-85% water, and the planet we inhabit 73% water and salt solution. Even more bizarre is the fact that water has already been confirmed by Japanese scientist Dr Masaru Emoto and others to be a reactor to sophisticated information, yet the Descartian, matter-only, evolutionary approach of science remains in denial because of control issues.
The work of Drs Bruce Lipton, Rupert Sheldrake, Cleve Backster, Professor William Tiller and others point categorically to ‘matter as energy’, and how our thoughts, emanating from a water-predominant brain, directly affect matter.6 Medicine acknowledges this as the placebo effect but declines to enquire further. There is no bedside manner. There is no money to be made out of thoughts or good feelings. Yet history reveals an astonishing perspective to water. For centuries, water-dowsing has been used to find water for wells. Romans set up baths and wells and swore by their healing properties. Lourdes and other religious sites boast ‘healing’ waters with unusual biophysical properties. The Bible and other religious writings contain many references to water which are hardly anecdotal. Water washes sins away as well as dirt. In the New Testament, Jesus, John and the Apostles all baptised with water: ‘Most assuredly I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.’7 Evidently the ancients knew water transcended its physical constraints and was indeed ‘sacred’. Today, scientists are still baffled by its biochemical uniqueness, as Peter Ferreira and Dr Barbara Hendel point out in their Water and Salt, The Essence of Life:
“The formula, H2O, defines water chemically but it doesn’t say anything about its inherent nature. From a biochemical and biophysical point of view, water is an anomaly because it behaves in ways that scientists don’t expect it to. The boiling point of water, according to physical law, should be as low as 114.8°F. However, it boils at 212°F. When water freezes and becomes solid, it expands instead of contracting in volume, as would be expected. At 98.6°F, which is our body’s normal temperature, water has its lowest specific heat. At this temperature the greatest amount of energy is needed to effect a change in the temperature. This abnormal physical behaviour of water plays a central role in life on Earth, because, in fact, it enables the existence of life. If water would only behave ‘normally’ in one aspect, there would be no life on Earth.”8
Dr Batmanghelidj writes:
“The new scientific truth and level of thinking about the human body that will empower people to become practitioners of preventive medicine for themselves is as follows: It is the solvent—the water content—that regulates all functions of the body, including the activity of all the solutes (the solids) that are dissolved in it.
Let me repeat, every function of the body is monitored and pegged to the efficient flow of water. ‘Water distribution’ is the only way of making sure that not only an adequate amount of water but its transported elements – hormones, chemical messengers and nutrients – first reach the more vital organs. In turn, every organ that produces a substance to be made available to the rest of the body will only monitor its own rate and standards of production and release into the flowing water according to constantly changing quotas that are set by the brain. Once the water itself reaches the ‘drier’ areas, it also exercises its many other most vital and missing physical and chemical regulatory actions.”9
Forty-six reasons why your body
needs water every day
Without water, nothing lives.
Comparative shortage of water first suppresses and eventually kills some aspects of the body.
Water is the main source of energy - it is the ‘cash flow’ of the body.
Water generates electrical and magnetic energy inside each and every cell of the body – it provides the power to live.
Water is the bonding adhesive in the architectural design of the cell structure.
Water prevents DNA damage and makes its repair mechanisms more efficient – less abnormal DNA is made.
Water increases greatly the efficiency of the immune system in the bone marrow, where the immune system is formed (all its mechanisms) – including its efficiency against cancer.
Water is the main solvent for all foods, vitamins, and minerals. It is used in the breakdown of food into smaller particles and their eventual metabolism and assimilation.
Water energizes food, and food particles are then able to supply the body with this energy during digestion. This is why food without water has absolutely no energy value for the body.
Water increases the body’s rate of absorption of essential substances in food.
Water is used to transport all substances inside the body.
Water increases the efficiency of red blood cells in collecting oxygen in the lungs.
When water reaches a cell, it brings the cell oxygen and takes the waste gases to the lungs for disposal.
Water clears toxic waste from different parts of the body and takes it to the liver and kidneys for disposal.
Water is the main lubricant in the joint spaces and helps prevents arthritis and back pain.
Water is used in the spinal discs to make them ‘shock-absorbing water cushions’.
Water is the best lubricating laxative and prevents constipation.
Water helps reduce the risk of heart attacks and strokes.
Water prevents clogging of arteries in the heart and the brain.
Water is essential for the body’s cooling (sweat) and heating (electrical) systems.
Water gives us power and electrical energy for all brain functions, most particularly thinking.
Water is directly needed for the efficient manufacture of all neurotransmitters, including serotonin.
Water is directly needed for the production of all hormones made by the brain, including melatonin.
Water can help prevent attention deficit disorder in children and adults.
Water increases efficiency at work; it expands your attention span.
Water is a better pick-me-up than any other beverage in the world – and it has no side-effects.
Water helps reduce stress, anxiety, and depression.
Water restores normal sleep rhythms.
Water helps reduce fatigue – it gives us the energy of youth.
Water makes the skin smoother and helps decrease the effects of ageing.
Water gives lustre and shine to the eyes.
Water helps prevent glaucoma.
Water normalizes the blood-manufacturing systems in the bone marrow – it helps prevent leukaemia and lymphoma.
Water is absolutely vital for making the immune system more efficient in different regions to fight infections and cancer cells where they are formed.
Water dilutes the blood and prevents it from clotting during circulation.
Water decreases premenstrual pains and hot flushes.
Water and heartbeats create the dilution and waves that keep things from sedimenting in the bloodstream.
The human body has no stored water to draw on during dehydration. This is why you must drink regularly and throughout the day.
Dehydration prevents sex hormone production – one of the primary causes of impotence and loss of libido.
Drinking water separates the sensations of thirst and hunger.
To lose weight, water is the best way to go – drink water on time and lose weight without much dieting. Also, you will not eat excessively when you feel hungry but are in fact only thirsty for water.
Dehydration causes deposits of toxic sediments in the tissue spaces, joints, kidneys, liver, brain, and skin. Water will clear these deposits.
Water reduces the incidence of morning sickness in pregnancy.
Water integrates mind and body functions. It increases ability to realize goals and purpose.
Water helps prevent the loss of memory as we age. It helps reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease and Lou Gehrig’s disease (motor neurone disease).
Water helps reverses addictive urges, including those for caffeine, alcohol and some drugs.
“Your table salt is actually 97.5% sodium chloride and 2.5% chemicals such as moisture absorbents and iodine. Dried at over 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit, the excessive heat alters the natural chemical structure of the salt causing the potential for a myriad of health problems in your body.” – Dr Joseph Mercola10
“…all of us have in our veins the exact same percentage of salt in our blood that exists in the ocean, and, therefore, we have salt in our blood, in our sweat, in our tears. We are tied to the ocean.”
– John F Kennedy
The claim that ‘salt can kill you’ is a sterling example of telling the public only what is necessary to harm them. What salt are we talking about? There are hundreds of salts in nature. Vitamin C in its ascorbate form is a salt. Your blood is made up of water and salt. So is your semen. Common table salt, however, is a poison, refined from nature’s storehouse to remove all elements but sodium chloride. Some say we ended up with this particular compound due to industry’s colossal use of it. Whatever the reason, table salt is not real ‘salt’ and its dangers are well touted:
It destabilises blood pressure
Can cause cellulite, kidney stones and rheumatism
Upsets your fluid balance
Acts as a diuretic (expels water from cells)
Thereby a cell-toxin
Contains the endocrine disrupters, fluoride and iodine
Contains fillers such as calcium carbonate and aluminium hydroxide, the latter aluminium implicated in Alzheimer’s Disease
It’s some PR job to convince the world we need it, yet ‘salt’ is essential for the body’s systems. Farmers know that if they don’t put out the salt blocks for their cattle, they die. This is real salt as nature intended, not the truncated, worse-than-useless mess made of it in the refining process.
Enter saltpan salt, sea salt, Celtic salt, and the pink Dalek of all salts, Himalayan crystallized salt, or ‘white gold’ as it has come to be known (light pink gold, actually). Dr Mercola declares this mother-of-all-salts:
Regulates the water content throughout your body
Balances excess acidity from your cells, particularly your brain cells
Balances your blood sugar levels and helps reduce your aging rate
Assists in the generation of hydroelectric energy in cells in your body and absorption of food particles through your intestinal tract
Helps clear mucus plugs and phlegm from your lungs - particularly useful in asthma and cystic fibrosis
Acts as a strong natural antihistamine to help clear up congestion in your sinuses
Prevents muscle cramps
Makes the structure of your bones firm - osteoporosis can occur when your body needs more salt and takes it from your bones
Regulates your sleep - it is a natural hypnotic
Maintains your libido
Prevents varicose veins and spider veins on your legs and thighs
Stabilizes irregular heartbeats - in conjunction with water, [salt] is actually essential for the regulation of your blood pressure
These claims are backed by solid evidence. Dr Batman and I cover it in The Essential Guide to Water and Salt and Barbara Hendel MD and Peter Ferreira cover most of it in their aforementioned Water and Salt, The Essence of Life. The manufacturers of FIJI water, as another example, remark on their website:
“A nine-week, double-blind university study undertaken in 2003 at the Inter-University of Graz, Austria, examined the effects of drinking a minimum of 1.5 liters of tap water per day with common table salt vs. a minimum of 1.5 liters of FIJI Water with Original Himalayan Crystal Salt on physical and psychological functions of the body. In the study, patients who drank FIJI Water together with the Original Himalayan Crystal Salt saw significant positive changes in respiratory, circulatory, organ, connective tissue and nervous system functions. Patients also reported increases in the quality of sleep, energy and concentration levels, brain activity, weight loss, enhanced consciousness and noticeable nail and hair growth.” 11
The medical orthodoxy is not kind to any notion of a super-salt, crying ‘commercialism’ and ‘quackery’, indubitably the pot calling the kettle black. My advice? Switch to Himalayan salt or at least a whole salt. Table salt is just that – sodium chloride. Himalayan salt is sodium chloride plus 82 other minerals in its natural, crystalline form, all ready to feed metabolic processes the way Nature intended.
Salt of the ancients
Hendel and Ferreira write:
“Upon close examination, we find that the human body is made primarily of water and salt. Natural crystal salt contains all the elements of which the human body is comprised.
…Our ancestors were already aware of the crucial necessity of salt. Wherever they found salt they guarded it like a treasure. Later in history, salt was called white gold and was the subject of political power plays, which oftentimes resulted in war. Roman soldiers were actually paid with salt, which is reflected in the word ‘salary’. Salt was more important for survival than gold.”12
“There are thirty-five verses which reference salt in the English translation of the Bible (King James Version), the earliest being the story of Lot's wife, who was turned into a pillar of salt when she disobediently looked back at the wicked city of Sodom (Genesis 19:26). When King Abimelech destroyed the city of Shechem he is said to have ‘sowed salt on it’, a phrase expressing the completeness of its ruin (Judges 9:45). In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus referred to his followers as the ‘salt of the earth’. The apostle Paul also encouraged Christians to ‘let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt’ (Colossians 4:6).
Salt is mandatory in the rite of the Tridentine Mass. Salt is used in the third item (which includes an Exorcism) of the Celtic Consecration (cf. Gallican rite) that is employed in the consecration of a church. Salt may be added to the water ‘where it is customary’ in the Roman Catholic rite of Holy Water. In the native Japanese religion Shinto, salt is used for ritual purification of locations and people, such as in Sumo Wrestling. In Aztec mythology, Huixtocihuatl was a fertility goddess who presided over salt and salt water.”
Dr Fereydoon Batmanghelidj writes:
“Salt is a vital substance for the survival of all living creatures, particularly humans, and especially people with asthma, allergies and autoimmune disease.
Salt is a ‘medication’ that has been used by healers throughout the ages. In certain cultures, it is worth its weight in gold and is, in fact, exchanged weight for weight for gold. In desert countries, people know that salt intake is their insurance for survival. To these people, salt mines are synonymous with gold mines.
After many years of salt being bad-mouthed by ignorant health professionals and their media parrots, the importance of salt as a dietary supplement is once again being acknowledged and recognized. I was one of the early voices bringing about this change.”13
Salt is a strong, natural antihistamine. It can be used to relieve asthma by putting it on the tongue after drinking a glass or two of water. It is as effective as an inhaler, without the toxicity. You should drink one or two glasses of water before putting salt on the tongue
Salt is a strong ‘anti-stress’ element for the body
Salt is vital for extracting excess acidity from inside the cells, particularly the brain cells. If you don’t want Alzheimer’s disease, don’t go salt-free, and don’t let them put you on diuretic medications for long!
Salt is vital for the kidneys to clear excess acidity and pass the acidity into the urine. Without sufficient salt in the body, the body will become increasingly acidic
Salt is essential in the treatment of emotional and affective disorders. Lithium is a salt substitute that is used in the treatment of depression. To prevent suffering from depression, make sure you take some salt
Salt is essential for preserving the serotonin and melatonin levels in the brain. When water and salt perform their natural antioxidant duties and clear the toxic waste from the body, essential amino acids, such as tryptophan and tyrosine, will not be sacrificed as chemical antioxidants. In a well-hydrated body, tryptophan is spared and gets into the brain tissue where it is used to manufacture serotonin, melatonin, and tryptamine—essential anti-depression neurotransmitters
Salt, in Dr Batmanghelidj’s opinion, is vital for the prevention and treatment of cancer. Cancer cells are killed by oxygen; they are anaerobic ‘organisms’. They must live in a low-oxygen environment. When the body is well hydrated and salt expands the volume of blood circulation to reach all parts of the body, the oxygen and the active and ‘motivated’ immune cells in the blood reach the cancerous tissue and destroy it. As I explained in my book on lupus, dehydration—shortage of water and salt—suppresses the immune system and its disease-fighting cells’ activity in the body
Salt is vital for maintaining muscle tone and strength. Lack of bladder control in those who suffer from involuntary leakage of urine could be a consequence of low salt intake. Salt is most effective in stabilizing irregular heartbeats and, contrary to the misconception that it causes high blood pressure, is actually essential for the regulation of blood pressure—in conjunction with water. Naturally, the proportions are critical. A low-salt diet with high water intake will, in some people, actually cause the blood pressure to rise. As a secondary complication, it can also cause asthma-like shortness of breath. The logic is simple. If you drink water and do not take salt, the water will not stay in the blood circulation adequately to completely fill all the blood vessels. In some, this will cause fainting, and in others, it will cause tightening of the arteries—and eventually constriction of bronchioles in the lungs—to the point of registering a rise in blood pressure, complicated by breathlessness. One or two glasses of water and some salt— a little of it on the tongue—will quickly and efficiently quieten a racing and ‘thumping’ heart, and in the long run, will reduce the blood pressure and cure breathlessness
Salt is vital for sleep regulation. It is a natural hypnotic. If you drink a full glass of water, then put a few grains of salt on your tongue, and let it stay there, you will fall into a natural, deep sleep. Don’t use salt on your tongue unless you also drink water. Repeated use of salt by itself might cause nose bleeds
Salt is a vitally needed element in the treatment of diabetics. It helps balance the sugar levels in the blood and reduces the need for insulin in those who have to inject the chemical to regulate their blood sugar levels. Water and salt reduce the extent of secondary damage associated with diabetes
Salt is vital for the generation of hydroelectric energy in all of the cells in the body. It is used for local power generation at the sites of energy need by the cells
Salt is vital to the communication and information processing of nerve cells the entire time that the brain cells work—from the moment of conception to death
Salt is vital for the absorption of food particles through the intestinal tract
Salt is vital for clearing the lungs of mucus plugs and sticky phlegm, particularly in asthma, emphysema and cystic fibrosis sufferers
Salt on the tongue will stop persistent dry coughs
Salt is vital for clearing up catarrh and sinus congestion
Salt is vital for the prevention of gout and gouty arthritis
Salt is essential for the prevention of muscle cramps
Salt is vital in preventing excess saliva production to the point that it flows out of the mouth during sleep. Needing to constantly mop up excess saliva indicates salt shortage
Osteoporosis, in a major way, is the result of salt and water shortage in the body
Salt is absolutely vital to making the structure of bones firm
Salt is vital for maintaining self-confidence and a positive self-image—a serotonin- and melatonin-controlled ‘personality output’
Salt is vital for maintaining sexuality and libido
Salt is vital for reducing a double chin. When the body is short of salt, it means the body really is short of water. The salivary glands sense the salt shortage and are obliged to produce more saliva to lubricate the act of chewing and swallowing and also to supply the stomach with water that it needs for breaking down foods. Circulation to the salivary glands increases and the blood vessels become ‘leaky’ in order to supply the glands with more water to manufacture saliva. This ‘leakiness’ spills to areas beyond the glands themselves, causing increased bulk under the skin of the chin, the cheeks and into the neck
Salt is vital for preventing varicose veins and spider veins on the legs and thighs
Sea salt contains about 80 mineral elements that the body needs. Some of these elements are needed in trace amounts. Unrefined sea salt is a better choice of salt than other types of salt on the market. For instance, ordinary table salt has been stripped of its companion elements and contains additive elements such as aluminium silicate to keep it powdery and porous. Aluminium is a very toxic element in our nervous system. It is implicated as one of the primary causes of Alzheimer’s disease
As much as salt is good for the body in asthma, excess potassium is bad for it. Too much orange juice, too many bananas, or any ‘sports drink’ containing too much potassium might precipitate an asthma attack, particularly if too much of the drink or too many bananas are taken before exercising. It can cause an exercise-induced asthma attack. To prevent such attacks, some salt intake before exercise will increase the lungs’ capacity for air exchange. It will also decrease excess sweating
It is a good policy to add some salt to orange juice to balance the actions of sodium and potassium in maintaining the required volume of water inside and outside the cells. In some cultures, salt is added to melon and other fruits to accentuate their sweetness. In effect, these fruits contain mostly potassium. By adding salt to them before eating, a balance between the intake of sodium and potassium results. The same should be done to other juices
Dr Batmanghelidj: “I received a call one day from one of the readers of my book to tell me how he had unwittingly hurt his son. Knowing that orange juice was full of vitamin C, he forced his son to drink several glasses of it every day. In the meantime, the young boy developed breathing problems and had a number of asthma attacks until he reached college and moved out of the sphere of influence of his father. His asthma cleared and his breathing became normal. The father told me he had to call his son and apologize for having given him such a hard time when he was younger. The more the son had rebelled against orange juice, the more the father had insisted he should take it, convinced a large amount was good for him.”
As a rough rule of thumb, you need about 3 grams of salt—a half-teaspoon—for every 10 glasses of water, or a quarter teaspoon per quart of water. You should take salt throughout the day. If you exercise and sweat, you need more salt. In hot climates, you need to take even more salt. In these climates, salt makes the difference between survival and better health and heat exhaustion and death
Warning! You must at the same time not overdo salt. You must observe the ratio of salt and water needs of the body. You must always make sure you drink enough water to wash the excess salt out of the body. If your weight suddenly goes up in one day, you have taken too much salt. Hold back on salt intake for one day and drink plenty of water to increase your urine output and get rid of your swelling
Those in heart failure – or kidney failure requiring dialysis – must consult with their doctors before increasing salt intake.
Get sole and slap it all over
Topical applications and baths in whole salt solutions have been found to help with psoriasis, eczema, toenail fungus, insect bites, rheumatism and arthritis, acne, ear infections, nasal congestion and sore throats. The solution used is known as sole, (pronounced so-lay). Take a container of water and start mixing Himalayan salt crystals into it, stirring well, until the salt no longer dissolves. The solution is now 26% saturated and sterile, so can be re-used. Sole in a hot water bowl can be inhaled as a decongestant for blocked sinuses since it is antiseptic and ideal for bacterial/fungal/yeast conditions.
1 Batmanghelidj, F and Phillip Day The Essential Guide to Water and Salt, Credence Publications, 2008. Available from www.credence.org.
2 A reverse osmosis filter is adequate for producing fluoride- and chlorine-free water to drink. The soluent quality of water produced in this fashion is between 20 -40 ppm (estrogens are also removed). This is preferable to plastic-bottled water which can be contaminated with chemicals from the plastic. Water in glass bottles is fine. Avoid distillation.
3 Note that B-vitamin intakes can also darken the urine.
4 See section entitled Acid and Alkali Ashes
6 Lipton, Bruce, The Biology of Belief, Elite Books, 2005; Tiller, Dibble et al, Conscious Acts of Creation, the Emergence of a New Physics, Pavior, 2001
7 John 3:5 NKJV
8 Hendel Dr B and P Ferreira, Water and Salt – The Essence of Life, 2003
9 F Batmanghelidj and Phillip Day The Essential Guide to Water and Salt, Credence Publications, 2008, www.credence.org
12 Hendel and Ferreira, Water and Salt – The Essence of Life, op. cit.
13 Batmanghelidj F and Phillip Day, The Essential Guide to Water and Salt, op. cit.