We all need Salt

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  1. tacmotusn

    tacmotusn Mosquito Sailor

    A very precious item in survival preparation is salt.

    Since the beginning of recorded time, salt has always
    held great importance to humans, and it has nothing to do
    with making food taste better.

    Other than the obvious—the human body’s need for
    ingestion of salt, the substance also has other
    beneficial uses.

    Salt, especially natural sea salt and mineral salts,
    were once as valuable as gold.

    Wars were fought over salt mines and other sources
    in Europe, Asia, and Africa.

    Roman soldiers were often paid in salt.

    But they weren’t looking at the culinary benefits;
    they were concerned more with their very survival.

    In a survival situation, salt can save your life.

    • Pastes, poultices and salt-water soaks have proven
    curative powers because it fights infection and
    promotes healing.

    • It is a natural food preservative because if fights spoilage,
    which will help stretch your fresh food harvests through
    difficult times.

    • The vitamins and minerals in natural salt provide
    the extra nutrients and trace minerals (84 of them)
    the body requires in order to function properly.

    • And on a lesser note, most beauty aids are salt-based,
    allowing you to keep your vanity intact, promoting
    a good sense of well-being and increased self esteem.

    Building your stockpile of salt.
    The most important consideration is to shop smartly.

    Since it is a natural preservative, salt will keep indefinitely.

    However, you must ensure that you are getting good quality salt.

    Whenever possible, purchase all natural clay salts, sea salts,
    or other salts which have been organically collected.

    When storing your salt stores, seal in tightly closed,
    air-tight containers to reduce the possibility of
    contamination and clumping, especially in
    humid climates.

    If you find your salt has hardened over time,
    it can be easily broken apart with any clean,
    hard utensil.

    Extract what you need and seal the container
    tightly once more.

    The time and effort you put into finding and storing
    quality salt will be worth it in the long run.

    In a survival situation, dehydration can be a killer.

    If a pre-mixed solution, such as power drinks containing
    electrolytes is not available in an emergency situation,
    we suggest the following for an easily mixed oral
    rehydration solution: ½ teaspoon salt, ½ teaspoon
    baking soda, 3 tablespoons sugar and 1 liter
    of safe drinking water.

    The measurements must be accurate, otherwise the solution
    will be less effective and maybe even harmful.

    Have the victim drink as much as possible at one time
    so rehydration can be accomplished.

    However, if the victim is vomiting, small amounts of
    the solution should be given at frequent intervals.

    So, as you make your preparations for future, unknown
    events that could occur at any time, don’t forget the salt…
    and lots of it.


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  2. fedorthedog

    fedorthedog Monkey++

    I got 50 lbs of non iodized table salt for less than 20 at cash and carry.
  3. VHestin

    VHestin Farm Chick

    Hmmm will have to check out the Cash & Carry in town when we go shopping next time...
  4. Avarice

    Avarice California Health Junkie

    I just bought 3 X 50 lb Guitos Sea Salt - Extra Fine.

    The idea of the SF Bay is gross, but the whole ocean is bogus these days.
  5. Tikka

    Tikka Monkey++

    Does Giusto's salt have iodine?

    "Table salt" has always been the easiest way to get iodine.
  6. Avarice

    Avarice California Health Junkie

    It's sea salt, so I assume it does.

    According to Livestrong, the iodine in sea salt might not be enough to keep you from becoming deficient. Many other sources of iodine may be used with or as an alternative to sea salt or table salt. Healthy Theory lists fish, milk and potatoes among the top sources of iodine. Almonds and dark greens such as spinach are also listed as key sources of this mineral.
  7. Tikka

    Tikka Monkey++

  8. Gunny Highway

    Gunny Highway Hard Work and Sacrifice blessed by God's Grace Site Supporter

    Iodized Table salt is the only sure bet. Stock up for SHTF especially if you live inland. A goiter is nobody's friend....
  9. larryinalabama

    larryinalabama Monkey+

    How much salt should we have on hand? Salt is in most foods but in a survival summer time day water and salt may be all we get.
  10. weegrannymush

    weegrannymush Monkey+

    I'm with you on this one, gunny highway! A goiter is a horrible thing to have. But so very easily prevented .... we should all have Iodized Table salt on hand, forget the fancy stuff.

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