Salt is a necessary mineral for all humans. It is particularly beneficial to those with asthma, allergies, and autoimmune disease. Salt is a precious commodity in desert lands and is traded for other goods because
it is so valuable. Salt works with water and potassium to regulate water in the body.
Dr. Batmanghelidj explains the process: “Water regulates the water content of the interior of the cell by working its way into all the cells it reaches. It has to get there to cleanse and extract the toxic waste of cell metabolism. Once water gets into the cells, the potassium content of the cells holds on to it and keeps it there—to the extent that potassium is available inside the cells….Salt forces some water to keep it company outside the cells (osmotic retention of water by salt). It balances the amount of water that is held outside the cells.” There needs to be a balance between the water inside the cells and the water surrounding the outside of the cells. Water, salt and potassium balance the two fluids very well. Dr.Batmanghelidj recommends unrefined sea salt and dried kelp.