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Are you worth your salt and electrolytes?

Among our staples for food storage

English: A pile of Iodised salt.

English: A pile of Iodised salt. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

should be salt. Lots of it.

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The phrase “Are you worth your salt” was an insult in ancient times if the answer came as “no”. Meaning that if a particular person thought you were  unworthy they might steal your salt rations!

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Along with our salt we should stock those awesome sports powders that replenish our electrolytes for times when we are exerting a lot of energy and efforts.

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Salt is important in many ways. In ancient times if you did not have salt you had no meat. Curing meats meant you had necessary proteins. Proteins are extremely important to supplying necessary building blocks back to the body’s muscle structure.

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The following video shows a basic set up for preserving pork using salt and smoke. This process can be used for beef and venison as well as fish. (Warning this video is a little graphic but not too gross! )

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It is extremely important that salt we will be consuming be iodized. Iodized salt is used to help reduce the incidence of iodine deficiency in humans.  Keep salt in storage in a dry cool place and you won’t have to worry about it going bad. If it gets damp however it will be ruined.
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Electrolytes are in essence salts. We need them to stay healthy and hydrated.

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In oral rehydration therapy, electrolyte drinks containing sodium and potassium salts replenish the body’s water and electrolyte levels after dehydration caused by exercise and [other dehydrating conditions.]
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Pedia-care for younger children and adult sports drinks are a great addition to food storage and can definitely be better for us than other less healthy drinks. They can help us replenish needed minerals and just be a great beverage. They are also a good addition to a 72 hour kit. Place a few portions of powdered sports drink in small sealed canisters to add to water bottles.

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Are you worth your salt?

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