salt - the good & the ugly!...

‘Pass me the salt (and pepper) please!’ - is it habit or is it numbed taste buds driving us to salt overuse and abuse? Or is it perhaps ignorance of the effect that salt has on our health?

Symptoms of sodium excess
» acidosis - acidic body.
» desire for salt and salty foods - yes the more sodium in your cells the more salt you crave!
» legs tend to swell - alleviated by lying down or putting one’s feet up.
» aching of muscles and joints.
» difficulty sleeping and poor concentration.
» headaches over the eyes, irritability.
» sinus and chest problems (especially in men), hay fever, frequent colds.
» general puffiness and swelling of the lower abdomen
» greasy hair and dandruff, itchy skin.
» pre-menstrual tension.
» loss of calcium from bone and possible deposition in soft tissues.
» passing water frequently in the morning prior to 11am.

Some Useful Salt tips!
1. Test the freshness of eggs in a cup of salt water; fresh eggs sink; bad ones float.
2. Add a little salt to your boiling water when cooking eggs; a cracked egg will stay in its shell this way.
3. Soak toothbrushes in salt water before you first use them; they will last longer.
4. Use salt to clean and scrub your discoloured coffee / tea pot.
5. Clean brass, copper and pewter with paste made of salt and vinegar, thickened with flour.
6. Add a little salt to the water your cut flowers stand in - they will last longer.
7. Clean your iron by rubbing some salt on a damp cloth on the ironing surface.
8. Mildly salted water makes an effective mouthwash. Use it hot for a sore throat gargle.
9. Use salt for killing weeds in your lawn.
10. Soak enamel pans in salt water overnight and boil salt water in them the next day to remove burned-on stains.
11. Soak discoloured glass in a salt and vinegar solution to remove stains.
12. Clean moderately greasy pans with a paper towel and salt.
13. Salt and baking soda will sweeten the odour of your refrigerator.
14. Cover wine-stained fabric with salt; rinse in cool water later.
15. Remove offensive odours from ovens & stove with salt and cinnamon.
16. To remove grease stains in clothing mix one part salt to four parts alcohol.
17. Salt and lemon juice removes mildew.
18. Sprinkle salt between pavement bricks where you don’t want grass growing.
19. Remove odours from sink drainpipes with a strong, hot solution of salt water.

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