I’ve used sea salt in my cooking for as long as I can remember. However, as of late, I’ve been hearing more and more about Himalayan salt. Thus, I decided to look into what this health craze is all about.
Most markedly, it is the purest form of salt that money can buy. As the name indicates, it’s hand-mined from ancient sea salt deposits deep within the Himalayan Mountains. These ancient deposits have been untouched by environmental pollutants, as they were formed over 250 million years ago.
The benefits of Himalayan salt are incredible, as it:
- Provides the body with 84 minerals and trace elements, including calcium, magnesium, phosphate
- Regulates fluid balance, pH balance, and electrolyte balance
- Strengthens bones
- Improves absorption of nutrients and removal of toxins
- Maintains blood glucose levels and and vascular health, thereby normalizing blood pressure
- Promotes sleep
- Supports libido
Why not sea salt? Sea salt, although pure in theory, is not nearly as pure as it used to be thanks to environmental pollutants. As we all know, chemical dumping and oil spills are occurring at an alarming rate… and those are just the disclosed incidences.
Why not typical table salt? When pure salt is “chemically cleaned,” sodium chloride is formed, creating a product that is no longer pure. As such, the body recognizes it as foreign and expends a great deal of energy in order to break it down. The sad truth about sodium chloride is that it is mostly used for industrial and preservation purposes, with iodine, fluoride, calcium carbonate, magnesium carbonate, and aluminum hydroxide used as artificial additives. Most of the aforementioned additives are potentially toxic to the body.
As mentioned previously in my post about grape seed oil, I’m all for incorporating health foods into my diet, but I always prefer to do some research of my own before I allow said items to be the end-all, be-all of their class. However, now that I understand the craze behind Himalayan salt, I plan on incorporating it into my diet whenever possible. In addition to its purity and health benefits being unsurpassed compared to all other salt products on the market, it is also beautiful in color and has unique taste that is salty with subtle sweetness. And, if both the health benefits and aesthetics of a food are in line, you can count me in.
I’d also love to mention that while catching up with my friend, Jill, the other day, she mentioned Himalayan salt lamps. Although I’d never heard of these specifically, I had to laugh considering that I’ve been wanting to write this post for a while now. Intrigued, I asked her to tell me more. She told me that they aid in air purification, but prompted me to do a Google search to see for myself. (She knows me so well.) In addition to improving the air quality in the spaces in which they are housed, they are seriously cool-looking. They’re vibrant, conversation pieces that will add uniqueness to any home. Himalayan salt strikes again.