Salt: it is the spice of life. For those who delight in every morsel of their meal, giving up salt is akin to living a spiceless, cheerless life (or worse).
And yet, it is not uncommon for many people to be put on a low-salt diet, especially if you have a history of high blood pressure. This is because the salt we typically tend to consume – known as “table salt” – is less of a nutrient and more of an irritant.
The surprising truth is that table salt is industrially stripped of most minerals and nutrients before it reaches our table. The brighter, whiter, and shinier it is, the more industrial treatment it has gone through, and hence is lower in nutritional value. This kind of salt can dehydrate us. It also contains way too much sodium, which is always bad for your heart.
Does this mean salt is downright bad for our health? Or that we have to give it up completely? Fortunately, the answer is no. The trick lies in picking the right salt.
Enter Himalayan salt. Hand-mined from the foothills of the Himalaya mountain range in South Asia, this is considered among the purest varieties of salt available and is truly a rock star among its peers. It also helps that it does so much good for our entire being. In some places, it is even used in the treatment of cancer. Read on to find out seven important reasons why you should consider making the switch.
7. It Is Packed with 84 Essential Minerals, Including Iodine
There is a myth that this kind of salt is low in iodine, which is an essential nutrient. So let’s bust that one first. Himalayan salt comes brimming with 84 useful minerals. This is one powerhouse of mineral content, and yes, that includes iodine.
It also has less sodium content than table salt, making it another win. Finally, it is subject to far fewer chemical and industrial treatments, so the salt retains its natural flavor and chemical composition.
For instance, did you know that table salt undergoes an anti-clumping treatment, which also makes it less easy to dissolve in water? You can see this for yourself when you dump a spoonful of salt in a glass of water. Within minutes, the salt settles at the bottom.
The same thing gets replicated in our body, and we can end up with unhealthy salt deposits that not only dehydrate us, but can also clog our organs (particularly the heart). As if this isn’t bad enough, table salt is also cleaned and bleached using chemicals, so it can lure you with its shine. Unfortunately, this shine comes at a harmful, chemical cost.
On the other hand, Himalayan salt is sold in its pure crystal form – uneven shape, color and all. But when you serve it at your table, you can rest assured that your food (and your body) continues to have access to every one of those 84 beneficial minerals.
6. It Enhances Hydration and Balances Water Content
As Himalayan salt is sold in an unrefined form, it does not have the dehydrating properties of chemically treated salt. What’s more is that it has the ability to actively improve the absorption of mineral-rich water – the minerals coming from the salt itself – both inside and outside our cells.
Now consider a spoonful of this salt added to a glass of water. Leave it to rest for a bit, and you end up with “charged” water, charged powerfully with 84 essential minerals! You can imagine the dramatic healing this mineral-rich water can trigger. For this reason, you should consider introducing this salt not just into your cooking routine, but into your bathing and breathing routines too. Find out more below.