Everyone knows the amazing benefits of salt. From cooking, food preservation to health and beauty. It seems that a little goes a long way.
One thing you might have learned from your grandmother or mother is gargling with salt water if you have mouth or throat problems. This remedy is time tested. Gargling with salt water can do wonders.
Using a high quality salt like Oryx Desert Salt, you can make your own salt solution. Add a teaspoon of salt in a cup of warm water, letting it dissolve. Take a mouthful of salt water, do not swallow. Gargle for about 30 seconds and spit out. Repeat this process until you’ve finished the whole cup.
The science behind the salt water gargles
Your body is controlled by many different biological systems and laws. One of the laws that dictate the distribution of fluids between different areas is: Osmosis. This term means that liquid will always move from a space where there’s a lot of concentration of particles, to the space where the concentration is lower. This process helps to maintain a balance where both areas have the same concentration of particles.
When inflammation occurs, liquid builds up in the infected area in order to mobilize the immune cells to the place where the problem is. This process, even though it is aimed at protecting the body, causes quite some pain. Gargling with salt water, use osmosis in your favour. Because salt water is more concentrated than the inflammatory area, it pulls the liquid, and the bacteria with it away from the place of inflammation
The multiple benefits of salt water gargles
Helps maintain normal pH levels
Salt water helps to avoid any changes in the natural pH of the mouth and throat. The pH levels are super important. It is one of the mechanisms our body uses to protect us from an invasion of the normal bacteria flora of our body. Our natural pH isn’t compatible with a fast bacteria growth. If this pH goes up or down, bacteria find itself in a suitable ambient for growing and reproducing, invading our body. Salt water gargles not only cure but also help prevent infections.
Infectious processes often come with cough and a high secretion of mucus in the throat and nasal cavity. Salt water has the property of being able to dilute mucus, making it easier for it to flow out. This will leave you feeling relieved from all that congestion.
Avoids and fights Candida
Candida is a fungus that inhabits the mouth, but several alterations like pH balance and the suppression of the immune system, can cause an overgrowth of yeast in the mouth and throat. This condition is commonly known as ‘oral thrush’, and presents itself through white spots in the oral area, and a difficulty to swallow. Salt water gargles can reduce the symptoms when you already have the infection, it can also help prevent it. If the condition is severe, you should seek medical help.
Helps keep your mouth clean
Before the commercialization of mouthwashes, people used salt water. If you don’t want to spend more money than necessary, you can switch commercial mouthwash with salt water gargles. Not only does it leave a fresh breath, it also prevents infection and relieves inflammation.
Inflammation of the tonsils results in a sore throat produces pain in the throat and difficulty for swallowing. Salt water eases the inflammation, reducing the pain.
Can cure a sore throat
Sore throats are a result of inflammation. Once again, salt water can use osmosis in your favour by reducing the inflammatory fluids. Salt water gargles can usually fully cure a sore throat.
No more bleeding gums
Gingivitis is the inflammation of the gums, and can be the result of an infection. This condition makes your gums bleed when you are brushing your teeth. Salt water gargles can reduce the inflammation and help cure the infection.
Halitosis is a fancy word referring to bad breath. There are moments where bad breath is normal, like first thing in the morning when you wake up, this is normal halitosis. But if you suffer from this condition, and you don’t know why, consider gargling with salt water. Halitosis is caused by bacteria, and by using salt water you can get rid of it.
Gets rid of oral infections
Although it’s normal for your mouth to contain a population of bacteria, some opportunistic organisms take advantage of conditions like a pH imbalance and the suppression of the immune system to colonize the mouth. Salt water gargles helps maintain the pH level and kills bacteria, therefore preventing or curing oral infections.
Can relieve the pain from cancer sores
One frequent side effect of chemotherapy used as treatment for different types of cancer, is the painful swelling of the mucous cells in the throat. This makes mouth and throat sores a common sign in cancer patients treated with chemotherapy. Salt water can reduce that inflammation, reducing the pain, and also helps protects these sores from bacterial growth.
Again, by reducing the swelling, salt water can help reduce pain around a tooth. For this, you need to make sure the salt water touches makes contact with the aching tooth that’s aching. This also cleanses everything around the tooth.