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Is Himalayan Salt Good Or Bad?

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Curejoy Expert Dipti Mothay Explains:

Himalayan salt has been the subject of extensive medical research; this salt can be considered as holistic, wholesome, unaltered, unprocessed and uncontaminated natural salt, as it has crystallized over millions of years. It contains all the elements (natural minerals and trace elements) found in the human body.
According to Ayurveda, Saindhava lavana or Himalayan salt is considered best among all salts and is the advised for daily use.

Health benefits of Himalayan Salt:

-It helps to relieve chest congestion due to sputum accumulation.
-Aids in the overall hormone balance for men and women.
-Maintains a healthy pH balance in your body.
-Improves blood sugar health.
-Prevents muscle cramps.
-Strengthens bones.
-Counteracts insomnia.
-Promotes heart health.
-Regulates blood pressure.
-Used in respiratory disorders.
-Rock salt is used as an active ingredient for joint disorders of stiffness.
-Major product in anti-obesity and anti-cholesterol products.

Countless varieties of products containing “Himalaya salt” are available, such as herbal salts, bath salts, facial masks, cosmetic lines etc. However some argue that Himalayan salt may be a health risk due to its fluoride content, the fluoride content in Himalayan salt sold by several natural product companies and wholesale suppliers is scaled at 192 mg. The WHO guideline value for fluoride is 1.5mg/litre, with a target of between 0.8–1.2mg/l to maximize benefits and minimize harmful effects. Acceptable levels depend on climate, volumes of water intake and the likely intake of fluoride in other sources.

It has been stated that “Himalaya salt” may in fact contain even more fluoride than what is present in artificially fluoridated salt.Soluble fluoridesalts are toxic, if our skin or eye comes in contact with high concentrations of fluoride salts, it can be very detrimental. Ingestion of fluoride can produce gastrointestinal problems .Although helpful for dental health in low dosage, chronic exposure to fluoride in large amounts interferes with bone formation.