Salt is a nutrient that our body needs in order to perform various functions including transporting nutrients into and out of our cells, exchanging ions, regulating blood pressure, etc.
However, not all salts are equal or have the same impact on our body. Table salt, for instance, does not have the same positive impact on our body as the pure, unrefined salt.
When talking about pure and nutritious salts, Himalayan salt is definitely the most “complete” and nutritious one. It has a pink color because of its rich content of macrominerals and trace minerals.
Today, we will present you some of the health benefits of Himalayan salt and you will find out more how it can transform even the blandest of meals into a powerful nutrition.
Reasons to love Himalayan salt:
Rich in minerals -- The effectiveness of Himalayan salt is due to its abundance of minerals. To be more specific, Himalayan salt contains exactly 84 minerals, electrolytes and elements.
Well, you may think that this is not a high number, but considering the fact that there are only 118 elements known to science, this is definitely a staggering number. So, this is the main reason why you should add more Himalayan salt to your daily diet.
It can rectify any mineral deficiency that you might have. Himalayan salt contains calcium, iron, zinc, magnesium, and iodine – the 5 minerals in which the majority of Americans are deficient.
Iodine deficiency is considered as a serious issue due to the fact that iodine plays an important role in the function of the metabolism (controlling thyroid gland). By regularly consuming Himalayan salt you will not need to worry about an iodine deficiency ever again!
Sodium content -- Sodium is one of the minerals Himalayan salt is richest. Even though sodium is considered as bad because of its relation to processed foods, the truth is that unprocessed sodium is needed by our body.
It has the ability to regulate blood volume and blood pressure, and control muscle contractions, heart functions and nerve transmissions. 1,500-2,300 milligrams is the recommended daily intake of sodium for women and men between the ages of 9-50; 1 teaspoon of Himalayan salt has 400 milligrams of it.
Detoxification – Even though it is traditionally consumed with food, the impressive mineral profile of Himalayan salt is great for external detoxification.
Furthermore, the Himalayan salt bath is very beneficial as well; the minerals and negative ions it contains can easily penetrate the skin, producing a detoxifying and cleansing effect, thus rejuvenating your skin. Himalayan salt also has a positive effect on our air.
This can be proved by the fact that all reputable salt lamps are made using Himalayan salt rather than sea salt or table salt; the negative ions it contains bind to the positive ions in the air, thus neutralizing and cleansing it from pollutants.
You can buy Himalayan salt in almost every health food store or online. It is usually sold as fine or coarse grains.
We recommend fine-grained Himalayan salt because the small crystals are easier to include into most meals. When buying your salt, make sure to check that it has a pink color. This is a sign that the salt is rich in minerals!