I see that salt is one of the five basic foods you recommend storing. Why is it so important?
Several reasons; Firstly: unless you get enough sodium, you can’t retain your hydration. In times of drought, you may not have as much water per person per day as you may normally have. It would be particularly important to retain what you do have — especially in hot climates.
Secondly, for disinfecting purposes. As a strong saline solution, it cleanses water bottles and thermos flasks, and cooking utensils. It flavors foods.
For medicinal reasons: gargling with warm salt water (a teaspoon full in a cup of water) is a very effective way to heal a sore throat. Make sure you have a sinus rinse bottle in your medicine cupboard. A saline solution is used to drain and heal sinuses. Salt is used in home drying and smoking fish and meats. Pets and people all crave a certain amount of salt.
Choosing the right salt: According to Dr. James Alexander, iodine-laden commercial salt is “like eating glass”. It builds up in the body and the body doesn’t know what to do with it, can’t digest nor excrete it. The iodine isn’t organic iodine and is unhealthy to consume. Choose sea salt. Food needs less sea salt than commercial salt since it’s more salty.