Let me tell you about an easy swap I have made in our household lately. I feature other posts about these little exchanges you may want to make for better health often, but this one couldn’t be easier and is with a simple shake. The topic of salt isn’t the first it has made an appearance on the blog. I write about taking a bath in salt here and other uses for Epsom salt here, but, the salt that I am referring to here now is the salt you season with, the salt you may add to your food, the salt to bring your dishes alive.
Here is why I made the simple switch from white, regular table salt to Himalayan, pink salt and why you may want to as well!
WHY SALT IS IMPORTANT FOR YOUR HEALTH
Salt gets a bad rap, but it is vital to humans for multiple reasons. It plays an important role in many of our human systems to run so much better. Just to name an important few:
- Salt plays a role in our circulatory system to regulate our blood pressure and our heartbeat as well as help clear the lungs of mucus.
- Our nervous system needs salt as it plays a role in our nerve cells’ communication and information processing.
- The absorption of food in our intestines in our digestive system is helped along with the salt we consume.
- Our muscular system benefits from salt as it helps prevent muscle cramps.
3 REASONS TO TOSS REGULAR, WHITE REFINED TABLE SALT FOREVER
So, if salt is so important, why is regular, white table salt so wrong? Here are 3 reasons:
1. Commercial refined salt is stripped of most of its minerals.
It is difficult to get all the minerals we need to run well each day. The refining process of regular salt only makes it that much harder. The refined salt only leaves sodium and chloride. Further, the mineral iodine typically added to processed salt is usually synthetic, which may be difficult for your body to process properly.
2. The white salt is white for a reason.
Bleach. Yes, this salt is chemically cleaned, bleached and heated at unnecessarily high temperatures. I wrote more about the cons of bleach here.
3. White, processed salt is not just salt.
Other agents are added like anti-caking agents to prevent salt from mixing with water in the salt container. These agents also prevent dissolving within our body too which may lead to build-up and the depositing in places we do not want – organs and tissues. Another additive is aluminum silicate to keep maintain a powdery texture. Aluminum is toxic and shown as a potential cause of Alzheimer’s disease.
10+ BENEFITS OF SWITCHING TO HIMALAYAN PINK SALT
Himalayan pink salt is a pure, hand-mined salt found within the Himalayan Mountains. Unlike white table salt, it is unrefined, never bleached, contains no additives and should not be contaminated with any toxins or pollutants. Crystallized over 250 million years ago, the sea beds were covered by lava, protecting the salt from modern-day pollution, The many hues of pink, red and white are an indication of this salt’s varying mineral and iron content.
Another unrefined pink salt that I use can be found in in the United States in Utah. It originates from an ancient sea in Utah and claims to contain 62 minerals and is without additives, chemicals, or heat processing.
If you consider simply swapping out the salt in your shaker or cellar from the processed white granules to the pink, unprocessed granules, you are accessing more than 80 different minerals. Not bad for a simple shake or sprinkle. And, if you make that swap, those 80+ minerals can do these great things:
- Strengthen bones
- Improve circulation
- Prevent muscle cramping
- Create a better electrolyte balance
- Increases hydration
- Regulate water levels
- Aid in better metabolism
- Lower blood pressure
- Help the intestines absorb nutrients
- Prevent goiters
And the flavor is another benefit. I find it to be delicate and use it just like I used to use regular table salt. There is no harsh or bitter taste and some say even a bit sweet. Everyone at our house really prefers it.
A CAUTIONARY WORD ABOUT SEA SALT
Many people believe sea salt is a healthy alternative to table salt, and it is indeed better if is the unrefined version. However, with the high pollution rates of our oceans, it could contain mercury, PCBs and dioxin. (Click on those green links for more information on those.) Reports of oil spills polluting the sea are becoming more frequent as well, unfortunately. So, as with anything we consume, we must consider the source and do the best we can to find its origins.