Salt has got a bad reputation these days. Overused and highly processed, normal table salt contains almost none of the minerals found in Himalayan salt, and has made salt something that a lot of people try and cut out of their diet. Himalayan salt on the other hand is incredible! The Himalayan mountain range stretches across Asia passing through China, Nepal, Myanmar, Pakistan, Bhutan, Afghanistan, and India and the salt is harvested from this area and hand-mined from the mountains and brought to the culinary and health food market.
With its delicate pink, rose-like color, Himalayan salt is visually distinctive and prized for its purported nutritional profile as it contains a high number of essential minerals. It is completely different to table salt which has been heated, bleached, and all of the minerals removed leaving nothing but Sodium Chloride.
Himalayan salt is widely regarded for its mineral content, containing 84 minerals in total. Himalayan salt is relatively high in iron, magnesium, phosphorus, calcium, potassium and chloride. It also contains traces of boron, fluoride, iodine, zinc, selenium and copper, all of which are necessary for bodily health. As a naturally occurring salt, Himalayan salt contains all these minerals without chemical processing or refinement. Because it is harvested naturally, Himalayan salt’s mineral benefits are available regardless of what form the salt is consumed as.
Some of the benefits of using Himalayan Salt are:
Create an electrolyte balance
Regulate water content both inside and outside of cells
Balance pH (alkaline/acidity) and help to reduce acid reflux
Prevent muscle cramping
Aid in proper metabolism functioning
Lower blood pressure
Help the intestines absorb nutrients
Dissolve and eliminate sediment to remove toxins
It is even said to support libido, reduce the signs of aging, and detoxify the body from heavy metals.
Use in replacement of table salt and add to recipes and dishes as required. If you do suffer from high blood pressure use sparingly.