As Himalayan salt and Himalayan salt products become more accepted in the mainstream, more and more people are seeing the health benefits (and reaping the rewards!) but in a world where ‘low sodium’ is often touted as one of the best things you can do for your health, people are often wary about including or increasing the salt in their diet. But the fact is, that table salt and Himalayan salt are two very different substances and should be treated as such.
So, How Does Himalayan Salt Differ From Regular Table Salt?
First, let’s get one thing straight: salt is an essential component to life, you literally cannot live without it. The problem that a lot of people encounter is that the regular table salt that you find at the supermarket is so far removed from its natural form that your body can barely recognise it.
Regular table salt is dried by heating it at extremely high temperatures - around 650°C! This heating process permanently alters the chemical structure of the salt. Once it has been dried at such a high temperature, your table salt no longer contains any of the trace elements found in natural salt - minerals like magnesium, calcium and potassium which are essential for good health have all been removed. In their place, you’ll find lots of inorganic materials like anti-caking agents, moisture absorbents and iodine.
In contrast, Himalayan salt is the purest form of salt available today. It is 250 million years old, completely natural and untouched by toxins or pollutants, and contains all 84 trace minerals and elements naturally found in salt including:
Calcium - to support bone health and reduce the risk of osteoporosis.
Magnesium - to support healthy cell function and ease muscle aches.
Potassium - to improve heart function and ease hypertension.
Copper - to assist with nervous system function and auto immune responses.
Iron - to support healthy red blood cells and strengthen blood vessels.
The unrefined Himalayan salt crystals also help to maintain a healthy acid/alkaline balance in your body and can have a significant impact on your health by:
* Improving the body’s natural ability to heal itself
* Regulating sleep disorders
* Improving mental clarity and brain function
* Stabilising irregular heartbeats
* Easing digestive disorders and cramping
* Allowing nutrients to be more efficiently absorbed by the body
* Detoxifying and purifying the blood
* Easing intestinal issues such as constipation
* Regulating blood sugar levels
* Balancing blood pressure
* Easing the symptoms of respiratory illnesses
* Restoring energy and increasing overall vitality
* Easing sinus issues and nasal congestion
* Improving bone health
Himalayan salt products have so many health benefits that it’s easy to see why it is fast becoming the preferred salt option, even in mainstream circles.
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