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In our day and age, many people are warned to avoid salt. With the ever-increasing number of people suffering from hypertension or high blood pressure, we are at an all-time high with 1 in 3 U.S. adults walking around with high blood pressure. And since excess salt causes high blood pressure, it’s no wonder it gets a bad rap. While salt may be used too frequently in processed snacks and prepared foods, it is a necessary part of our diet. Salt, or sodium chloride, is a mineral that plays a vital role in hydration and maintaining electrolyte balance in the body. Simply put—without it, we would die. How does this mineral benefit your body? With the right amount of sodium—not too much and not too little—you’ll enjoy the following health benefits.

Don’t ignore the signs of electrolyte deficiency. If you experience muscle cramps or spasms, drink some coconut water. Or munch on celery, cucumbers, or watermelon to quickly replace lost trace minerals. None of those on hand? A glass of water with a little salt and sugar should do the trick.

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1. Hydration

Water loves salt. Sodium and potassium work together to regulate the water balance inside and outside of the cells in the body. When a person lacks salt, they can become dehydrated or suffer from water intoxication. This is also way too much sodium can cause bloating and water retention—which is what happens when a person consumes excess refined table salt. For hydration, your best bet is sea salt. It ypically contains about 60 trace minerals making it a very good source of electrolytes—and don’t forget the water, of course.

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