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A drop in temperature brings with it a host of illnesses, but you can outsmart the problems related to the common cold by looking into your kitchen! Yes, we are here with an amazing solution that will help you stay in good health during the winter season!
Wondering what’s that one-stop solution? Well, it’s none other than SALT! Salt is an integral part of our daily food consumption but have you ever realised how mindlessly we consume this condiment? And how it can affect your health? If not, then we will tell you how.
According to guidelines laid down by the World Health Organisation (WHO), the new benchmark for sodium consumption is 5gm. You heard it right — that’s the recommended daily intake. Anything higher than that can contribute to high blood pressure, and can increase your risk of heart disease and stroke. But guess what? Most people consume more than double this amount, and that’s alarmingly high.
“Cutting it down is an easy approach that you can take for a healthy life. It keeps your blood pressure in check,” says Dr. Deepika Rani Vellore Shankar, dietician, Apollo Telehealth. And that’s why she has also recommended some tips to reduce its intake.
So now you know why cutting salt from your diet is really important and how you can do it. But guess what?
On the one hand, where salt is not a good ingredient for your health, it is a wonderful ingredient for your skin. Believe it or not, but that’s true!
You know that our skin cries for help, especially during the winter season. It definitely needs more, so what’s better than going natural? Ladies, it’s time to try a kitchen staple for beautiful skin, and that is salt!
Salt is loaded with minerals and nutrients that your skin is otherwise deprived of. What’s more, there’s also magnesium, calcium, sodium, and potassium in salt that enhances the texture of your skin, and keeps it hydrated. Adding it to your bath water is often suggested by experts to release stress and tension.
Dr Sachin Dhawan , Senior Consultant, Department of Dermatology, Fortis Memorial Research Institute, Gurugram, tells HealthShots about the benefits of a salt water bath.
The best way to include it in your skincare regime is by adding it to your bath water.
Salt absorbs dirt, grime, and toxins, and cleanses the skin’s pores deeply. Its mineral content helps to restore the protective barrier of your skin and keeps your skin hydrated.
To use it for a bath, add one-third cup salt to a tub filled with warm water (or a bucket if you like the good ol’ balti bath), and swish to dissolve it. Soak (in the tub) for 15 to 30 minutes, or have a slow, relaxing bath mug by mug.