How Is Salt Anti-Bacterial?

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December 14th, 2015

Salt is the little power element that could. Not only is sodium chloride used for a variety of different things, it is also a powerful antibacterial substance. An antibacterial agent is one that inhibits the growth and multiplication of bacteria. Even though salt was used for thousands of years it didn’t officially become an element on the periodic table until 1807 by a chemist named Davy. Hippocrates who is widely considered the father of modern medicine, was one of the first to learn about the antibacterial nature of salt. Sodium Chloride is better used as a microbial inhibitor which means that it prevents the growth of bacteria since it reduces the amount of water present. Thus the bacteria doesn’t have a chance to grow and flourish as much.

 

Using Salt For Oral Care Benefits

 

Salt has long been used as a mouthwash to cleanse out the bacteria present in the mouth that contributes to gum disease, and tooth decay. You can also gargle with a strong combination of salt and water if you have a sore throat because the salt kills virus bacteria on contact. If you are going to do this, make sure you mix a least a half tablespoon of salt into warm water, making sure to dissolve all the salt before you gargle with it. Pain and inflammation of the throat area will also be reduced.

 

Wound Cleansing WIth Salt

 

Sea salt is a natural antiseptic and anti inflammatory that for thousands of years has been used in wound cleansing. Remember the expression, “throwing salt on a wound?” That’s because that’s what people actually did to clean out infected cuts, and scraps. It sounds painful, but it can aid in healing to get the area free of infection quicker.

 

Natural Remedies Are Sometimes The Best Choices For Our Bodies

 

Any naturally made remedies can help the body since they won’t kill off all the good bacteria our bodies produce like prescription antibiotics can. This old school gargling remedy might sound like it’s something that your grandmother would recommend along with baking soda toothpaste, and drinking carrot juice. It does make sense though if you consider the antibacterial properties of salt.

 

Halotherapy As an Antibacterial Treatment

 

So if you are considering submitting to Halotherapy or salt therapy treatments know that the salt they will use in the rooms is microparticles to allow the salt to work its way into your body. The salt particles can be smaller than 1 micron, which is 1/1000 of a millimeter. As you inhale the salt it will go throughout your sinuses, into your respiratory system absorbing toxic moisture, cleansing and clearing away excess mucus, getting rid of harmful bacteria, and bringing down inflammation. Salt is not only antibacterial, but antiviral, and antifungal as well so there are a variety of cleansing benefits to the salt itself. The rooms are very sterile, and the overall experience will open up your airways and boost your immune system.