Most of us hit the grocery, and pick up the first salt pack we see. There’s really no thought behind it. Salt is salt. It’s the easiest decision to make.
Did you know ordinary table salt goes through several levels of processing to reach us? In fact, the salt that’s sitting in your kitchen has been refined, stripped off from minerals, and mixed with additives.
Don’t be salty. There is a healthier alternative. And it’s pink in color. Here are the reasons you need to add Himalayan salt to your life.
1. Boost up on minerals
Imagine earth 250 million years ago. Early oceans deposited these pink gems at the foothills of the Himalayas. Untainted by chemicals, or pollution, Himalayan salt is the purest form of salt on the planet.
Mined at Khewra Salt Mine, Pakistan, the salt contains 84 minerals in total. Besides sodium, Himalayan salt is rich in iron, magnesium, phosphorus, calcium, potassium and chloride. There are also traces of iodine, fluroride, and zinc (all great for health).The salt gets its rose-tinted appearance because of the presence of iron oxide. Table salt has no minerals, and it’s been refined. It’s all about pros and cons here.
2. A pink detoxification
Adding Himalayan salt to water acts as a great source of detox. It could be used as a sports drink to replenish the water we lose during workout. Sole (the result of water being full saturated by natural salt) works as a detox drink to get minerals and unrefined salt into our body. It neutralizes the alkaline or acidity balance in the body. This helps to maintain the body’s normal pH level, and remove toxins.1
Fill a jar with ¼ of Himalayan salt. Add filtered water to it, and mix it thoroughly. You could leave it overnight, and drink it in the morning.
3. Help your blood pressure with salt
If you like to load up on salt frequently with your meals, you are at risk of raising your blood pressure. Because excessive salt makes your kidney to store more water, resulting in stress to kidney, arteries, heart, and brain. But very low salt intake also takes a toll on the body. Sodium is important for the body to regulate retention of water.
According to American Heart Association, potassium helps to neutralize the effect of excessive sodium to control blood pressure.2 Himalayan salt contains four times more the amount of potassium than regular table salt. Also, the pink salt is easily processed by the body when compared to table salt.
4. Regulate blood sugar level
Dealing with diabetes is difficult. You have to make cautious decisions when eating food. But maybe, changing your salt game could help you with your blood sugar levels. As you know, Himalayan salt is loaded with minerals. Some of these minerals include chromium3, vanadium4, manganese5, and magnesium6. These guys are known to help maintain blood sugar levels.
Switching to Himalayan salt is just a tiny but significant change in your life.
5. It’s going to be a good night
If you’re having sleep issues, sing yourself a lullaby from the Himalayas. Except instead of singing, maybe soothe your insides with a glass of diluted Himalayan salt. One research claims that people who have sleepless nights or have interruptions during sleep had low levels of sodium.7 When you’re low on sodium, it causes the blood volume to decrease, and this causes your nervous system to be more active to compensate. This is one of the reasons why people struggle to fall asleep.
Himalayan salt, rich in sodium, can be mixed with honey to solve all your sleepless nights lost in scrolling down your Instagram feed. Mix 5 teaspoons of honey with one teaspoon of Himalayan salt. Let it rest. You could have one teaspoon of this mixture each night.
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|6.||↑||Rodríguez-Morán, Martha, and Fernando Guerrero-Romero. “Oral Magnesium Supplementation Improves Insulin Sensitivity and Metabolic Control in Type 2 Diabetic Subjects A randomized double-blind controlled trial.” Diabetes care 26, no. 4 (2003): 1147-1152.|
|7.||↑||Vitiello, Michael V., PATRICIA N. PRINZ, and JEFFREY B. HALTER. “Sodium-Restricted Diet Increases Nighttime Plasma Norepinephrine and Impairs Sleep Patterns in Man*.” The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism 56, no. 3 (1983): 553-556.|