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Wherever salt appears in the body, water follows. Salt encourages secretions in membranes and glands, including the sinuses and GI tract, and juiciness of the glands, stimulating stomach acid and nourishing the adrenals. Thus salt promotes good digestion and elimination of the bowels. Salt cleanses the body and dissolves congestion and hardened areas. It nourishes the nervous tissue.
Salt effectively combats dryness in Vata but causes excess water retention for Kapha. As salt increases water retention it also increases blood pressure provoking Kapha dosha. Salt extracts fluids from cells into the intercelluar space, causing swelling in lymphatic vessels and capillary beds. It hardens muscles, damages bones and causes premature aging. In excess salt causes vomiting.
Salt brings out the flavor in food and brings enthusiasm for life. While contraindicated for Kapha and high blood pressure, salt is also one of the most important medicines for Vata
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Avoid refined salts. If salt is pure white, it means it's refined no matter what the label. Sea salts are better than refined but mineral salts are the best for all three doshas. Expensive salts are a sham. As 7song says, "If you have to rely on salt for your minerals and vitamins, you've got a bigger problem in your diet."
Generally I use 1/4tsp salt for 4c of food or liquid.
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Always add salt to food while it is cooking. The cooking process allows salt to dissolve and be absorbed by the food. It is much easier to digest salt in this form than when it is poured straight from the shaker onto already cooked food.
Is sea salt sattvic?
- Jess, Allen park, MI, 12-28-12
Is it better to replace salt with seaweed for Kapha constitution?
- Tania, 01-19-13
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