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‘Let there be work, bread, water and salt for all.’ ~ Nelson Mandela
In some parts of the world salt was used as a unit of currency, such was its worth. Indeed ‘salary’ is derived from the Latin word salarium, which was the sum given to soldiers to buy salt. Animals are given a ‘salt lick’ to promote health and some of us are complimented as ‘salt of the earth’ people. Salt in its natural form doesn’t deserve the bad name it has been given and can actually be used to promote health.
Let’s take a closer look. Naturally occurring salt contains over 60 different minerals, such as magnesium and lithium, with over 98% of salt being sodium chloride. Refined salt, on the other hand, is over 99.9% sodium chloride.
Many of us are increasingly wary of venturing forth into the sun due to the risk of skin cancer. It is, however, important for our health to have some exposure – which can be done responsibly with during and after-sun skin care.
We are all rather in a quandary when it comes to sun exposure and the threat of skin cancer. Indeed, while the sun, perhaps largely due to a depleted ozone layer, is suspected to be the cause of a significant rise in diagnosed skin cancer cases – 65% from 1987 to 2000 – we do need a certain amount of it for various physical and mental health benefits.
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