Why Salt is Essential for Health

After a devastating explosion in a city, many essential commodities have quickly run out. From soap to clothes and even salt, the world in “Gee” illustrates scarcity and its effect on people.

One of the most desirable items to get is salt. Despite being a common seasoning, it quickly became a rare item when the state had little to no supply of it. It became so rare that potential riots would break out, and the mineral quickly became comparable to gold.

In short, salt is essential to life. Without it, we won’t be able to survive. Here are some ways its essential for our health:

1. Saltiness is a basic human taste. 

Taste buds are taste receptors in the human tongue. These receptors detect five primary flavors: saltiness, sweetness, bitterness, sourness, and umami.

2. It maintains human health.

Table salt or sodium chloride is essential for human health. Its most prominent uses are specifically for nerve and muscle function. Additionally, sodium chloride helps regulate bodily fluids and blood pressure.

3. It helps animals survive.

Humans aren’t the only creatures that require salt. Some animals need salt for improved immune function—trace minerals aid animals like cows in milk production, muscle movement, and blood clotting. Cows with a salt deficiency may experience appetite loss, weight loss, and even muscle weakness which poses a problem to farmers.

Interestingly, animals like deer, goats, and sheep would go to natural salt resources in nature to lick salty rocks to get their nutrients. This instinct shows they even animals understand the value of salt despite not having the words to share it with us humans.

Of course, like most things, individuals should still take salt in moderation. Eating an excess amount of salty foods can cause health problems like hypertension and even kidney issues. While we won’t be running out of salt soon, it’s worth knowing that salt is worth its weight.

by DL Davies

Turning Brokenness to Blessing

What makes life worth living is its duality. At one time, it turns out to be perfectly fine then all of a sudden, it will break you. Either way, how do you convert or repair something that has already been ruined or broken?

In defining brokenness, it could go to many aspects. From family, psychological, social, or even in the socio-economic context. The heartwarming thriller fictional story, Gee, presents ideas on how the character turned brokenness into a blessing. From a broken family, affected mental well-being, a destroyed environment, and a challenging socio-economic setting, the book discusses all of them.

When you feel broken, it will usually take a long time to accept it. The usual first reaction would be: “Why me?” Asking this kind of question will then lead to other self-doubt questions that will eventually destroy you. A family that is broken, for example, has no guarantee that it will be completely formed again. A relationship that is broken, whether platonic or romantic, similarly cannot be guaranteed that it can be harmoniously attached again. Mental health that has been affected has no guarantee that will instantly get better. A society that has been suffering from some problems, is also not guaranteed to go back to its normal setup.

Nothing is guaranteed. When things are broken, the perspective on fixing them may get overwhelming. However, you can turn this feeling or situation of brokenness into a blessing by being patient and taking action.

1. Be patient.  You cannot instantly fix it or you may not be able to fix it anymore, but if you will be patient with yourself and the people around you, slowly you get to appreciate that it happens for a reason. It is a redirection.

2. Take consistent actions.  Begin by doing something consistently in order to turn what seems to be non-repairable or broken into something that will redirect you into bigger things. To remain stagnant in one situation is a choice. But if you consistently take action, you are in the process of rebuilding.

by DL Davies

Facing a Stronger Foe

There are times that you may feel like you’ve already been defeated even before the battle has begun. When you’re up to facing a stronger foe, losing your fighting spirit to the extent of surrender is relatively easy. Attempting to avoid any impending doom, your spirit cower behind whatever cover they can find and leave you in the dreadful predicament you’re in, unsure of what to do. But hear me this, no greater shall be any of your foes if you have the greater hold of your own sanity, spirit, and strength. In other words, if you have stronger control over your own self, no one will be able to surpass you.

“The great Mayan calendar predicted; a child will be born of great abilities, and he will heal nations. We have presumed the healing was of the physical self, of the body, but somehow we forgot there are also healings of the mind as well as of the spirit, and we should not have overlooked that healings can be of all three.” – Cuauhtémoc, Descent of the Sun Priests

In the second book of the Cuauhtémoc series, Cuauhtémoc takes on enemies that exceed their capabilities as a nation. He worked tirelessly to provide the finest defense possible for their territory despite this. In the end, he was able to relinquish all the individuals stained with evil and rid the land of any attacking pirates. 

When seen from a different viewpoint, combat of brute power and no spirit is nothing more than a struggle between two machines. It’s just a quarrel with no emotion, no drive, and no soul. However, no man has ever been considered a failure for battling with sincere motives and a clean soul. Regardless of the outcome of a righteous conflict, it is a struggle waged with one’s desire, his soul. Sooner or later, that man who fights at his will shall succeed in every way possible. In this case, facing a stronger foe would only serve to bolster one’s will to fight.

What Does it Mean if Someone Says You have Potential?

Do you ever wonder what that amazement you feel when you encounter someone that catches your attention? Maybe at ball games, in the theater, or even inside your workspace. The little things people show you, be it at making art, singing, calculating, or even with their speed and accuracy, are just a few of the things that catch you impressed off guard. But what does it mean if someone says you have potential?

Seeing potential in a person means seeing abilities or qualities that may be shaped and molded into something great in the future. With the possibility of being successful and valuable in a particular aspect of life, a potential possesses the initial characteristics to become a great person.

Well, everyone we meet in life has their own version of potential. Potential for a future doctor? A future engineer? And even potential for a future artist! A person with potential is easy to come by.

But what does it truly mean when a person holds potential? How can this be realized into something it was meant to be?

Well, that’s simple. You acknowledge your passion. That potential is within you for a reason, and that reason is passion. Passion drives a person to continue pursuing a specific skill, idea, or goal. Success will be inevitable if you are passionate enough and equipped with the proper support.

But of course, it continuously varies from person to person. One’s success may have a different meaning from another; however, the process stays the same. No success is accomplished without hardship and the downfalls one experience is just a few steps toward his goal.

What does it mean if someone says you have potential? When you start developing this potential into the best thing it can be, you know you have it. No matter what it is, potential coming into reality is something few have dared take into their hearts. Now it is time for you to shape yours, too!