Salt is a name on which cities have been named after it like Salzburg. Economies have been built on it. Wars have been fought over it and your life depends on it. Salt may be the most important, and the most divisive in history.
What is it worth to us today?
There are more than 14,000 uses for salt, but for most of us it only means one thing:High blood pressure
Back in a day your salary might’ve been paid in salt, it could’ve preserved your food, healed your wounds, and brought good fortune. Today, beyond the reason why that burger, that pretzel and those French fries taste so good right now, Salt is important for de-icing, chemical processing, Water treatment, farming and for several uses in the oil and gas industry. It’s also made up of two elements that, on their own, can kill anyone; but together, they keep you alive. Want to see what happen when you put sodium in water? Boooom! a big blast. Do you know what chlorine does to you?
Benefit of salt
Salt has number of crucial benefits, like helping your body transmit nerve signals so that your muscles can relax and contract, enabling your heart to pump blood. It’s also important for digesting nutrients and fighting infections. But hold on there, you can have too much of a good thing. White low blood sodium may cause Fatigue, vomiting, Seizures or even death, too much salt can end up accumulating between your cells, thickening your blood, making your heart work harder, and often resulting in Cardiac Arrest. Your body naturally has about 40 teaspoons of salt in it, or roughly 0.4% of your body weight. But every time you cry, sweat, or pee, you lose some of that salt, and it needs to be replaced. An adult need 1500-2300 milligrams of salt per day. But that only amounts to one bag of chips, or two California rolls.
Meanwhile, that burger and fries you were eyeing have about 3,400 milligrams. So maybe you’re thinking. It’s time to start cutting back on your salt intake. Well, sure, but don’t cut it all out.
In the 1930s, Dr. Robert McCance of Cambridge University’s. Department of experiment medicine got 4 volunteers to go 10 days without salt.
First, he wanted them to sweat out all the salt from their bodies, then he literally desalinated everything they consumed. It wasn’t long before the participants began to realize they weren’t tasting much flavor in anything. Then fatigue set in, and they became too tired to even eat! Signs of hyponatremia started to show, which basically means that your blood cells start swelling because of not enough salt in your blood to regulate how much water a cell will consume.
Left untreated, hypothermia can result in seizures, coma and death. At the end of the trial, all participants were given salty foods, and do you know what within minutes they could taste again, and their energy quickly came back. If this could happen in just 10 days without salt, then imagine what will happen if it simply ceased to exist. We wouldn’t last very long. And it is not just about us plants and animals also need salt as much as we do! The mere desalinization of our oceans would wipe out all our underwater algae, cutting photosynthesis on Earth in half.
Negative effects of not having salt
Land-based plant life would follow, and soon we’d be facing an issue of too much carbon dioxide and not enough oxygen. Our climate would go crazy, fluctuating between extreme hot and cold temperatures, with a dramatic surge in hurricanes. Of course, tumultuous weather, food shortages, and a lack of oxygen would be even harder to process since you’d also be suffering from dazzling headache, vomiting, and extreme fatigue. Any numbness or chest pain you might experience is probably an outcoming heart attack. But instead of running for an overcrowded hospital, get to the nearest convenience store!
If you’re lucky, there’ll still be some chips and Gatorade left on the shelves. But that’s assuming that no one else who is feeling totally helpless in the face of this mass desalination event. Look, it’s never going to happen.
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