Himalayan Pink Salt: Here's Why We Strongly Recommend It
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Did you just do a double take when you read the title? Yeah, salt can be pink too.
The Himalayas are famous for a number of reasons – for being the tallest mountains in the world, including Mount Everest, for the hundreds of lakes they contain, for the diverse flora and fauna of the region, for the breathtaking locales, and now, also for the pink salt that comes from its crystallised sea salt beds. Imagine a time some 250 million years ago, give or take a few million. These crystallised sea salt beds formed where there used to be a sea, instead of the Himalayas. These beds were then covered by lava, and the snow and the ice that have covered these beds since then have protected the salt from being corrupted by the ravages of modern living and environmental pollutants. What do we get? Hey presto! Pure and pristine salt. The pink colour of the salt (it can also be white or red) is due to the wide array of minerals and trace elements found in the salt – all 84 that are found in the human body, including iron, copper, magnesium, calcium, and potassium!
Here is why Himalayan pink salt should replace your table salt, your sea salt, and even your chemically-processed bath salts:
- Table salt – Table salts, these days, are composed of about 2.5 per cent chemicals. When chemically processed, the processes, including heating and bleaching, take away the natural composition, structure, and benefits of the salt. The iodine added to table salts is also synthetic, more often than not. Add to this the anti-clumping agent, and table salt achieves the dubious distinction of taking away from your body a lot more energy and hydration than it should, to be able to neutralise the sodium chloride present in it. Once salt is processed and refined, as table salt is, it loses most of its nutritional value. If you count the processed foods that you eat on a daily basis, including fast food items such as burgers and pizzas, and other packaged items like chips, cookies, and cakes, the amount of table salt ingested goes up significantly.
- Sea salt – Sea salt is a great option, but can you be assured of the quality of the sea salt you’re buying? Can you be sure that it is not processed, that the ever-increasing pollution, and toxic and poisonous substances in our oceans haven’t affected the quality of the salt? Nope. Technically, Himalayan pink salt is also a sea salt, but because of millions of years of preservation, it is a pure form of salt.
- Bath salts – The amazing nutrients in Himalayan pink salt make for a great bath soak. Putting this natural salt in your bathwater will relax you, help your body absorb the nutrients, heal damaged muscles and tissues, detoxify the body, boost circulation, rejuvenate the skin, and act as an anti-histamine too! Put half a cup of Himalayan pink salt in a tub full of warm water (as close to your body temperature as possible), and make sure you don’t stay in the bath water for more than 20 minutes. When you’re done, simply pat dry with a towel (don’t rinse yourself). If you are pregnant, or suffer from a weak circulatory system, diabetes, blood pressure (low or high), or kidney, liver, or heart disease, talk to your doctor before indulging in a brine bath.
- Benefits to the body – Not only does consuming refined salt contribute to water retention, bloating, and high blood pressure, but it can also lead to cellulite, kidney stones, gall bladder stones, arthritis, gout, and rheumatism. The benefits of Himalayan pink salt for the body include:
- Improved respiratory function
- Healthy blood sugar levels
- Balanced pH levels
- Better digestion
- Enhanced and restful sleep
- Reduction in the signs of ageing
- Better absorption of nutrients
- Increased libido
- Strengthened bones
- Detoxification from heavy metals
- Better circulation
- Prevention of muscle cramps
- Improved vascular health
Whew! Convinced yet? No? Then how about the fact that Himalayan pink salt also comes in the form of lamps, which can help purify the air around you. Hmmm, convinced now?