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What are some health benefits of salt?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiologist (Heart Specialist)

Everybody knows that too much salt isn't good for you. But that's when you eat it. When it's not ingested, there are so many ways in which salt is really beneficial to your health. As an alternative remedy, its healing properties help treat a variety of ailments, including colds, allergies, dermatitis, asthma and psoriasis. Learn about the three everyday ways salt can help you:

  • For a cold: Use a salt inhaler. It loosens the mucus that builds up. When you inhale, the microscopic salt particles are picked up and deposited into your airways. The salt draws soothing moisture into the mucus, making it thinner and more easily swept out by cilia, the tiny hairs that protect your nostrils and other passageways from unwelcome particles. When you feel a cold coming on, use it for 15 minutes a day to reduce the symptoms.
  • In the bedroom: Use a salt pillow. It filters the air near the nose and mouth while you're sleeping and can help your breathing.
  • Use salt candles: It increases concentration of negative ions and neutralizes irritating particles in the air.
  • For your skin: Use salt in the bath. You can make a calming salt bath with a half-cup of sea salt and a half-cup of oatmeal. The salt hydrates the skin by drawing moisture into it. It also decreases inflammation, a symptom of psoriasis. Bonus: Oatmeal locks in moisture with help from omega-3s and minerals.

This content originally appeared on doctoroz.com.

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