(updated 27.4.17) Surprisingly Himalayan Pink Chrystal salt contains a massive amount of 84 much-needed trace minerals, electrolytes, and other bio-compounds that play a vital role in our bodies, including iodine. Himalayan (sea) salt is a product of nature, unrefined and unprocessed “raw” salt which is widely regarded as the cleanest, purest, and most “mineral-dense” salt available on the planet. This kind of salt is hand-mined from abundant salt caves that were formed 250 million years ago. Loss of these important electrolytes might cause fogginess, fatigue and other health issues.
Table salt vs. Raw salt
Salt has come into disrepute due to the excess use of processed table salt or “white salt” in western diet that might play a role in a variety of health problems. Unfortunately, this highly refined and processed sodium chloride is a totally different product than its natural origin and lacks nutrients, such as iodine that has been later added to some table salts. One of the main reasons why salt is processed is to prevent it from clumping. Table salt contains 97-99% sodium chloride, and the rest is anticaking agents and other additives such as ferrocyanide, talc, silica and aluminium.
Iodine is an essential component of the thyroid hormones and it’s been even claimed to prevent mental retardation. But also an excessive amount of iodine can cause problems such as headaches or hormonal imbalances. So we seem to need salt and the right amount of iodine, but why eating “iodized salt” table salt, where only ONE mineral is added, while you are still missing over 80 minerals? Himalayan (sea) salt includes all these minerals, including iodine.
When choosing a salt, name “Sea salt” might be a bit misleading what comes to the originality of the salt, hence virtually all salt is sea salt, although it might be still processed. The best way to find out if the salt is processed or not is to see the colour: white salt is processed and truly natural salts are all sandy, rose or brownish in colour.
Remember that while natural salt is important, at the same time it’s hugely important to drink enough pure water every day! They kind of go hand in hand because the water follows sodium in the body and potassium keeps them in balance. So you need all of them – water, sodium and potassium. If your body lacks sodium, it can be followed by dehydration and extreme thirst.
In this video, cancer researcher Ty Bollinger speaks with Dr David Brownstein, author of “Salt Your Way to Health” about the health benefits of salt, how much salt you need in your diet, and the best types of salt to use.
Vegetarians easily lack minerals
Especially vegetarians and vegans might easily lack important minerals in their diet so it’s important to bring the minerals into the diet in a form of healthy natural salt. I usually add a hint of Himalayan salt into my smoothies. That will add much-needed trace minerals, electrolytes, and other elements. The health benefits of mineral-rich salt are numerous. Just to mention that if you have been feeling foggy or fatigue, you might be dealing with a lack of electrolytes. I have also learned a good tip for a sports drink that gives you more energy as well as helps with regression – organic honey and a pinch of Himalayan salt mixed into a glass of water and off you go! No indisposition like commercial sports drinks might do.
Salt therapy for respiratory system
Suffering from sinusitis or asthma? Try the following salt therapy:
- Boil some water in a pot.
- Add 1/2 cup of Himalayan salt into the water and stir.
- Remove the pot from the stove.
- Lean your face towards the pot while avoiding the steam to burn your face.
- Cover your head with a towel to keep the salt particles inside the “tent”.
- Breathe normally and take a deep breath every now and then for about 10 mins.
These pink crystals emit negative ions that fight against the inflammation with the antibacterial effects of salt.
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