For years, salt has been given a bad reputation. But it’s not all bad when it comes to salt. While table salt has little nutritional value and it’s highly refined and processed, Himalayan Pink Salt has a lot of health benefits.
What is Himalayan Pink Salt?
Himalayan pink salt comes rock salt deposits over 250 million years old in or around the Himalayan mountain range in Pakistan. It varies significantly from regular table salt and sea salt.
For starters, this remarkable salt has over 80 essential minerals and elements including, sulphate, potassium, magnesium, calcium, and chloride. Himalayan pink salt also contains far less sodium than other traditional table salts because it is less refined. The health benefits don’t stop there. Pink Himalayan salt can do incredible things for you and your family’s health.
Himalayan Pink Salt vs. Table Salt
When commercial table salt is processed, it is completely stripped of its natural nutrients. In the manufacturing process, sodium remains in table salt and bleach is added during sterilization.
On top of these additional chemicals, table salt is also treated with an anti-caking agent that inhibits absorption if the salt comes in contact with water. When you eat table salt, these agents don’t allow the salt to absorb naturally into your body, leading to accumulation and build up in tissues and organs.
Himalayan Pink Salt crystals are not processed the same way. That’s just a few reasons why Himalayan salt better for you vs. table salt.
Health Benefits of Himalayan Salt
Not only is Himalayan pink salt processed differently from table salt, it’s loaded with with nutrients and health benefits your body needs. So what can Himalayan pink salt do you for you?
1. Balance electrolytes
Salt is a key ingredient in getting electrolytes (sodium, potassium, chloride, calcium, magnesium, bicarbonate, phosphate and sulfate) into the body. Electrolytes are basically salts (the ions in salt) that are vital to the body as they help cells to carry electrical impulses across the cell membranes and to other cells.
Electrolytes can be balanced by eating foods with Himalayan pink salt or consuming an electrolyte drink. I like to make this homemade electrolyte drink regularly to keep my electrolytes balanced.
2. Stay hydrated
When you sweat from exercise or overheating, you lose electrolytes (particularly sodium and potassium). And when you’re sick with the stomach flu, diarrhea or vomiting, you lose electrolytes and need to replenish them.
Make your own hydrating homemade sports drink with just a few simple ingredients – including Himalayan pink salt. This simple drink helps to replenish those electrolytes and hydrate the body.
3. Support digestion
Think salt is bad for digestion? Nope! The minerals and trace elements in Himalayan pink salt actually help your body to digest food and nutrients better.
It’s also delicious and a great way to get your sodium intake in your favorite recipes.
4. Soothe tired muscles
Got sore or tired muscles? Had a hard workout?
Soak in a mineral salt bath to soothe muscles and help to alleviate leg cramps (which are usually due to low magnesium and other minerals). A soak helps the body to absorb minerals through the skin.
Here’s an easy recipe: Soak in a mineral bath of 1 cup of epsom salt and 1/2 cup of Himalayan pink salt in a tub of warm water for 15-20 minutes to absorb minerals, such as magnesium, and other nutrients.
5. Detoxify the body
Take a detox bath a few times a week to help the body get rid of toxins in the body naturally. It’s also a great way to relax and de-stress. This is also known as a brine bath. The ions in Himalayan salt’s minerals can help to rejuvenate the skin and helps to flush toxins out of the body.
Here’s how to to it: Add 1-2 cups of Himalayan pink salt in a tub of warm water and soak for 20 minutes (no more than that as muscles may feel fatigued if in the bath too long). Don’t use soap, shampoo, conditioner, etc. when you soak; just use the salt and water. After the bath, get up slowly and out of the bath. Pat dry lightly – try not to rub or towel off the salt water – or dry naturally.
If you have weak circulation, talk to your doctor before taking a brine bath. While it can be relaxing, the circulatory system works hard to flush toxins out of the body.