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Should I Replace My Regular Table Salt With Himalayan Pink Salt?

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Regular table salt is highly refined due to which its nutritional benefits are stripped off. It also has unhealthy synthetic additives. Himalayan salt naturally contains small amounts of iodine, magnesium, zinc, iron, calcium, potassium, copper, manganese, sulfur and chromium which are beneficial for respiratory, circulatory and nervous system functioning.

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Benefits of Himalayan Pink Salt

Salt is invaluable to humans as our body uses salt to maintain some of its essential functions. It is equally important to take in good salts for your body to function properly. For example, salt is used for the uptake of certain nutrients from our intestines. Salt also helps maintain fluid in our blood cells and relay information in our muscles and nerves. Our bodies don’t naturally produce salt, so we have to externally supplement our body with salt [1].

Refined Salt (Regular Table Salt) Vs Himalayan Pink Salt

Regular Table Salt

The most commonly used Table salt is manufactured by taking natural salt (such as crude oil flake leftovers) and heating it to 1200° Fahrenheit. This salt is usually highly refined due to which all of the nutritional benefits are destroyed. They have synthetic chemicals added to them. These chemicals include solo-co-aluminate, sodium bicarbonate, fluoride, anti-caking agents, toxic amounts of potassium iodide and aluminium derivatives. Synthetic forms of Iodine are often added to table salt as the natural forms of important iodine is lost during the manufacturing process. Most table salt is not only unhealthy, but can sometimes be toxic [2].

Read: Why Should You Add Pink Himalayan Salt To Your Diet?

The Health Impact Of Table Salt

Table salt causes the blood pressure to rise rapidly because the blood is attempting to move the toxic elements rapidly away from the heart. Many chronic imbalances such as diabetes, gout and obesity can be worsened or even partially caused by excessive intake of common table salt. Table salt is particularly hard on both the circulatory system and nervous system as well [3].

Himalayan Pink Salt

It is an unrefined, unprocessed “raw” salt. It gets its characteristic pink color from the amount of minerals it contains, particularly iron. According to the 2001 University of Graz, Austria Study Overview, Himalayan crystal salt may be beneficial for respiratory, circulatory and nervous system functions. It also helps increase sleep quality, concentration levels and brain activity.

[Read: Ayurveda Says Salt Is The Flavor Of Life But Which One?]

The added benefits of Pink Himalayan Salt come from traces of the following minerals:

  1. Iodine

    Iodine deficiency is one of the main causes behind mental retardation and depression [4]. On the contrary, Iodine is added to table salt.

  2. Magnesium

    Required for energy production and glycolysis. It is also required for bone structural development [5].

  3. Zinc

    Plays its role in several aspects of cellular metabolism. It also helps support normal growth and development during pregnancy. It helps the body’s defence system work efficiently [6].

  4. Iron

    Essential for production of blood. It is also extremely important to maintain healthy skin, hair, and nails [7].

  5. Calcium

    Helps maintain healthy teeth and bones [8].

  6. Potassium

    Helps control blood pressure, lessening the effects of sodium [9].

  7. Copper

    Helps regulate energy production and absorption of iron [10].

  8. Manganese

    Helps reduce symptoms of pre-menstrual syndrome and helps prevent seizures [11].

  9. Sulfur

    Can help treat skin disorders and arthritis [12].

  10. Chromium

    Involved in carbohydrate, fat, and protein metabolism [13].

So, should we replace regular table salt with Himalayan Pink Salt? Unequivocally, Yes!

 

CureJoy Editorial

The CureJoy Editorial team digs up credible information from multiple sources, both academic and experiential, to stitch a holistic health perspective on topics that pique our readers' interest.

CureJoy Editorial

The CureJoy Editorial team digs up credible information from multiple sources, both academic and experiential, to stitch a holistic health perspective on topics that pique our readers' interest.