NaCl, Sodium Chloride – SALT! Possibly one of the most amazing chemical compounds in the universe, and the next essential for Life on earth, except for H2O -Water! Yet so many health professionals give salt a really bad reputation. Don’t eat too much! It will raise your blood pressure, Don’t drink it! You will dehydrate. This may all be true, but there are some really excellent reasons to have more salt in your life.