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The Healing Power of Salt

Salt Crystals image courtesy of Flickr/JKeith
Scientific advances have developed a huge range of innovative drugs and medical treatments. That said, there are some treatments that date back to antiquity that can still be effective. Salt is one such common substance that offers medical benefits. In Victorian England, there were medical treatments available, but one common prescription for those of ill health was to visit the seaside. City dwellers who were weak and ill would take time out to leave the city for the coast because the thought was the salt air would do them good. Instead of breathing in the polluted air of industrial England, the patients would breathe in the fresh air of the less populated coastal regions. Besides being less polluted, the seaside air offered another potential health benefit: salt. Salt seems like such a common, simple substance compared to the complex drugs developed today. While it cannot cure every medical problem, salt can benefit patients in various ways. Salt helps disinfect wounds, helping to ...

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