Salt and Constipation: Three Weird Ways Salt Can Help with an Ailment

Salt and Constipation: Three Weird Ways Salt Can Help with an Ailment

To put it bluntly, salt is some pretty potent stuff. It finds its place in a broad array of natural remedies, ranging from ear infections to balding. On the SaltStick blog, we’ve listed several ways salt can help alleviate chronic medical conditions (such as POTS and chronic fatigue syndrome), common maladies (such as migraines, stress and insomnia), hangovers, and the common cold. Because there seem to be endless uses for salt, we decided to continue the series, and provide some of the lesser-known ways salt can help alleviate annoying conditions, ranging from gum disease to constipation. Here are three weird ways salt can help with an ailment: 1. Salt and Sore Throat: One side effect of respiratory infections, ranging from the common cold to the flu virus, is a sore throat. The body tries to flush out the infection by producing mucus in the nasal passages that is then swallowed...
SaltStick - Mar 17, 2016
Your Ultimate Guide to Help You Get Over a Cold Fast (In Six Steps + A Bonus)

Your Ultimate Guide to Help You Get Over a Cold Fast (In Six Steps + A Bonus)

In addition to the colder temperatures and long hours spent on the treadmill, one of the downsides to winter is the prevalence of cold and flu. Many aspects are thought to contribute to cold and flu season (which lasts from November to February), including our propensity to stay indoors, reduced time in the sunlight, and the fact that the flu virus can survive much longer in low humidity. Whatever the reason, there’s no denying that we’re in the midst of flu season. If you’ve been unfortunate enough to catch a cold this winter, the most effective recovery method is patience. It takes time for your body to work through its immune response as it rids itself of the infecting pathogens. However, there are a few things you can do to help reduce the length of that time, ranging from eating garlic to increasing your intake of probiotics. Of course, in...
SaltStick - Jan 22, 2016
Seven Fun Ways to Cross-Train in the Snow (Plus Endurance Benefits!)

Seven Fun Ways to Cross-Train in the Snow (Plus Endurance Benefits!)

Now that the holidays are over, most endurance athletes will begin base training for the summer. Enter, popular new year's resolutions and exit, cakes and pies, replaced with indoor trainers and dumbell sets. With cold temperatures and icy roads the norm for many athletes, and the earliest of races still months away, winter is the best and most popular time to build an endurance base. Still, all the indoor training can sometimes be demotivating. (After all, while six-hour workouts on an indoor bike can be done, they are nowhere near as enjoyable.) Luckily, snow usually accompanies the colder temperatures, which provides the opportunity to get a fantastic cross-training workout. Plus, given that playing in the snow is just good fun, it can do wonders for providing that extra boost of motivation to stay active. Before attempting any of these activities, be sure to fuel properly! While you may not notice...
SaltStick - Jan 17, 2016
The Complete History of SaltStick

The Complete History of SaltStick

As told by SaltStick inventor Jonathan Toker, Ph.D. It all began in mid-2002, as a long-distance professional triathlete habituated to the long-distance triathlon races; I grew weary of taping electrolyte capsules on my bike top tube. One race in particular, it was raining and my capsules turned to mush except the section under the electrical tape I used, and while I managed to finish that race with some salt in my system, I decided there had to be a better way to hold and dispense capsules. I began to tinker with ideas of pen-like devices, but all had shortcomings and engineering issues. I was partial to a turning mechanism as I felt that an oxygen-deprived athlete should benefit from an easy-to-use system that was foolproof. Opening a sealed plastic bag from a jersey pocket was not ideal in so many respects that I further focused on the rotational design. In...
SaltStick - Nov 24, 2014
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