Salt has gotten a bad rap. While indeed, white, refined, processed table salt is not very nutritious, alternative types of salt are not only delicious but beneficial to your health.
What is Himalayan Pink Salt?
Himalayan pink salt is harvested from salt deposits in the portion of the Himalayan mountain range that lies in Pakistan. These huge salt deposits are over 250 million years old. The nutritional value of this unique salt cannot be exaggerated: it has over 80 essential minerals and elements including, sulphate, potassium, magnesium, calcium, and chloride. It also contains low levels of sodium.
The Enemy: Table Salt
When commercially sold salt is processed in factories, it is stripped of all its nutrients – what remains is the sodium, and the bleach that is added by manufacturers. Table salt is also treated with freaky things, like an anti-solidifying agent to make it more durable and long-lasting. However, these agents don’t allow the salt to absorb naturally into your body, leading to sodium accumulation in tissues and organs. On the other hand, Himalayan salt is only delicately processed.
Benefits of Himalayan Pink Salt
1. Balanced electrolytes
Electrolytes are a type of salt compound that help cells carry electrical impulses across the cell membranes and to other cells. They are important for anyone who is involved in exercise or strenuous activity. Salt is a wonderful source of electrolytes (sodium, potassium, chloride, calcium, magnesium, bicarbonate, phosphate and sulfate). Sweating and exerting energy lowers the body’s supply of electrolytes, as does illness (like vomiting and diarrhea). In these instances, lectrolytes should be replenished as quickly as possible.
2. Better digestion
The numerous minerals in Himalayan pink salt help your body to digest food and absorb nutrients.
3. Relax muscles and skin
If you make a mineral salt bath using Himalayan salt you’ll be improving your skin’s texture and feel, as well as soothing muscles and alleviating cramps. All it takes to create this nourishing bath is one cup of epsom salt and 1/2 cup of Himalayan pink salt dissolved in a warm tub. Feel free to add a few drops of essential oils as well.
A weekly detox bath will rid your skin and body of toxins. The ions in Himalayan salt are beneficial for the outer layers of skin, as well as inner tissues.
Just add 1-2 cups of Himalayan pink salt to a hot bath and soak for 20 minutes. Refrain from mixing in soap or shampoo. If you have a week heart or circulation, talk to your doctor before taking a salt bath.
5. Air purification
Whether you realized it or not, you’ve probably seen Himalayan salt lamps. They are pieces of solid Himalayan salt with a space carved out for a light bulb in the center. These lamps help to purify the air naturally, by attracting and evaporating moisture from the air. This creates negative ions in the surrounding area, which neutralize toxins and contaminants.