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					                                                   Magdalena Wech, Jacqueline Holzer, Natalie Koch 3bk


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                                    and the human body

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    oday’s lifestyle leaves salt with a poor press. Doctors, nutritionists and journalists tell
    us that salt is bad for us.


                                   The body of an adult contains between 150 and 300 g salt.
                                   The daily use is between 6 (women) and 9 g (men) salt. We
                                   need this salt, because we are sweating. (When you are ill or
                                   you have done a lot of sport you will need for sure more salt,
                                   nearly 20 g).


                                   The problem is that we take in more salt than we realize
                                   through pre-packed convenience food. The manufacturers of
                                   these kinds of dishes use this spice to preserve the food
                                   rather than to give it flavour. In this case salt is nearly
                                   tasteless. This fact has a historical cause: In former times
                                   hunter gatherers learned to use salt to
preserve meat. This allowed people to store food to use it in times when
hunting was poor or other sources of food were scarce. They also learned
that salt has another advantage, it gives taste to meat.
Today we realized that this spice helps to bring out the flavour of other
substances.


Salt is important for our water balance (responsible for maintaining the fabric tension and
the transportation of nutrients), the nervous system (especially the attraction
administration), the digestion (HCl), the enzyme activation, iron admission and our bones.
Many women dream of white and brilliant teeth. Doctors tell that it would be helpful to
brush one’s teeth with salt once a week.
A lack of concentration and deterioration in work are also results of a lack of salt.


                   When short of salt, the body can experience muscle weakness and cramps,
                   migraine, heat exhaustion and fainting. Deprive a person of salt for too long
               and he will surely die.



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                                           Magdalena Wech, Jacqueline Holzer, Natalie Koch 3bk




Some of the world’s most famous spa centres were set up around mineral waters rich with
salt. These waters help cleanse the skin to keep you looking healthy, wrinkle-free and
young. Furthermore you could say that salt is responsible for many relaxing hours.


But not only female people take their                           advantages. Salt has been an
important source of healing in folk                             medicines for centuries. Salt
helps to treat wounds, fevers,                                   respiratory problems and skin
diseases.




                         Nowadays many throat washes include salt in their recipe to help
                         cure sore throats and bad breath. Many creams and ointments
                         include a little salt in them to help heal sore skin. Another use of
                         salt is the mineral and bath cure with salt water.




In 2005 a four year old girl died because of consuming a big amount of salt (32 g).
The problem is that a lot of people eat far more salt than allowed by our RDA
(recommended daily allowance). Doctors tell that we need salt in our diet to stay alive.
Without salt we die! It is as simple as that. When you ask people if they agree with the last
sentence, you will for sure get “No” as an answer. So let explain: Historically meat has
been the main source of salt for people’s everyday needs. However, during the main time
of human history people worried about having too little salt to meet their physical needs.
Salt was a very expensive item in the past, because there were so few places in the world
that produced large quantities for export. It is no secret that salt even was a currency. So
you could say that it is embodied in human’s brain that we need more and more salt.


But everything has changed and we must learn that it is not good to eat a lot of salt, but
                                  to little salt is also bad!




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