The Good Salt


We've all been taught that salt is necessary but should be used in extreme moderation for the greatest health, especially normal blood pressure. This is true. Kind of.

Table salt, and even sea salt, are devoid of most nutrients, and should be limited or eliminated. The salt you should be using is Himalayan Salt, also called Pink Himalayan Salt or Pink Himalayan Sea Salt.

Himalayan Salt contains the same 84 minerals and nutrients found in the human body. Table salt is processed to remove almost all of these minerals and nutrients. This is why table salt is pure white and Himalayan Salt has a pink tint to it. Most salt companies add one mineral back in - iodine. Iodine is essential to health, and a lack of it causes the most obvious disease, goiter. Goiter often leads to the thyroid disease called hypothyroidism.

If we're comparing salt to sugar, table salt is the equivalent of white sugar, and Himalayan Salt is the equivalent of sucanat. Himalayan Salt is unrefined and unprocessed. It is mined by hand from 250 million year old salt caves in the Himalayan Mountain Range, which means that it is untouched by most toxins and pollutants that pervert regular sea salt.

Just a few of the health benefits of using Himalayan Salt include: it is anti-aging, replenishes electrolytes, reduces muscles cramps, regulates blood pressure, prevents cellulite, promotes sinus health, and increases bone health.

One of the other great things about Himalayan Salt is that you really cannot use too much. The daily recommended amount of regular table salt is about ¼ teaspoon. Since Himalayan Salt is used and assimilated by the body it can be used more freely. If you're nervous about it and need a number, then know that one full teaspoon of Himalayan Salt a day is not unreasonable! Contrary to popular belief, we do not use more salt than was used centuries ago. In fact, our ancestors used great amounts of salt to preserve meats way before the refrigerator ever came around. The exception is for those whose diet is mostly processed or fast food.

You can find Himalayan Salt at most health food stores. To ensure that it is true Himalayan Salt, it should be pink in color; this may be light to dark pink. In addition, this type of salt is actually safe for animals and can increase their vitality.

12 comments:

  1. We love himalayan salt as well as celtic. Both are delicious!

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  2. Wow! Had never even heard of it, where doi buy some? xxx

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  3. funny, I wrote a post about salt today too. I agree, table salt is awful and should be avoided. I found a local Australian product that is made from evaporating a saline aquifer, so it has all the extra nutrients and no contamination.

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  4. Do you know about the business practice of Himalayan Salt (e.g. are farmers paid fairly etc)? I'd be interested to know because I remember hearing about other "superfoods"/healthy foods coming to the West, which was great for our health, but bad for the local economies who grow them. Just a thought, and would love to hear if you find anything out :)

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  5. @Anonymous, I buy my Himalayan Salt at either Whole Foods or Sprouts. I'm sure other health food stores have it, too.

    @Kate, The only information I could find on HimalaSalt (the brand I buy) is that they do not use child labor, and they do not use dangerous modern practices such as dynamite extraction. I'm sure each brand is different; you can find information on their website or call.

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  6. I love Hymalayan pink salt too! But I also have been using "RealSalt". What do you think of it?

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  7. @Barb, RealSalt is an okay option. It is cheaper, and it is better than regular table salt. RealSalt claims to have over 60 minerals, but they will not disclose what those minerals are. Himalayan Salt has 84 minerals, and you can easily find a list of those nutrients online.
    Himalayan Salt tastes more savory, while RealSalt tastes sweeter. Personally, I love the taste of Himalayan Salt.

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  8. is $9.99/pound an okay price (what my co-op sells it for), or should i buy it online? :) thanks!

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  9. @Unknown, I paid $8/pound for Pink Himalayan Salt, and it is from a very excellent source - Mountain Rose Herbs. Amazon is even cheaper than that, and they also sell quality brands. Please follow the links to Mountain Rose Herbs or Amazon on the right sidebar.

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  10. Pink Himalayan Salt does not contain iodine does it? How do you supplement, or do you feel you get enough from egss, yogurt, etc?

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    1. Yes, pink Himalayan salt contains iodine.

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