I recently came across a video documentary from Phillip Bloom, a filmmaker I like and admire. It’s about people who drink salt water from the sea in Durban in South Africa. It wasn’t something you expect to come across everyday! A fantastic little documentary, and worth a watch! But it got me thinking about salt water, and whether it has any benefits at all.
I did come across a number of articles about salt water and how it actually has benefits to the body when drunk (in moderation ofcourse). It all relates back to the idea that your body not only needs water, but electrolytes and other minerals, such as salt, to keep running at optimum levels. We loose salt through normal urination, and sometimes what we eat may not be enough to replace the lost salts. If you suffer from dizziness and chronic fatigue, drinking water with a little salt may help (I advise you to do your own research before taking on any advice I place here, I’m just commenting on the info that’s out there). Another benefit that’s often mentioned is cleaning your colon. If you drink salt water first thing in the morning, apparently it flushes out your system (by causing multiple bowl movements) and can help with a number of bowel related problems. For more detail, go to this blog here. And for a more detailed description of the benefits of salt water, try here. Its important to note though, that all articles don’t recommend it for everybody, and that high quality salts should be used, not regular table salt.
Oh, and here’s the documentary about the Sea Water Drinkers in South Africa. Enjoy!