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Salt and Your Body

Salt is essential for good health.
Every living cell in your body is bathed in a salt solution. Sodium enables the red corpuscles in the bloodstream to carry vital oxygen to tissue and to rid the body of harmful carbon dioxide. The body will not function properly unless the ratio of salt to water in the bloodstream remains nearly constant. Chloride, the second component of salt, is important to the digestion process and aids the body's absorption of potassium.
When our intake of salt is too low our kidneys make every effort to retain as much salt as possible. Salt deficiency symptoms include dizziness, heat cramps and general malaise.