Many of us were told as children that drinking salty water from the ocean would make us sick. While we didn't know why, our parents may have told us that it would give us an upset stomach. They must have been right, because today we see ad after ad touting the benefits of salt water as a colon cleanser. But ingesting salt water can have benefits far beyond aiding our digestive systems. To be safe, consult your doctor before beginning any salt-water program.
Individuals suffering from chronic fatigue coupled with dizziness may eliminate their symptoms by drinking a little salt water daily, homeopathic practitioner John Clayton writes for the Harmonik Ireland health website. Clayton notes that healthy people lose a lot of salt through urination, stimulating the body to hold onto salt taken in through food. By drinking water with a little salt in it, you can replenish lost salt reserves and eliminate the fatigue that results from salt loss, he contends.
Stabilize Blood Pressure
Adding a pinch of salt to a glass of water can help reverse the effects for many of the same reasons listed in the previous section, according to the website Health Benefit of Water. When you urinate, you eliminate both salt and water from your body, and your body begins to retain both fluid and salt, resulting in an increase in blood pressure. The site recommends adding a pinch of salt to a glass of water to help stabilize your heart rhythm and manage high blood pressure.
Drinking salt water can help reduce your appetite, the Healthy Water reports. When you don't get enough salt in your diet, the glands that produce saliva go into overdrive, making you hungry for snacks. Drinking salt water quells this urge to eat. Salt water will also help you absorb nutrition in the foods you eat, the website adds, making eating less food more nutritious for your body.