THE BENEFITS OF PINK HIMALAYAN SALT
Pink Himalayan salt is considered the most useful and purest salt on Earth. It has many nutritional and therapeutic properties, not counting its purely culinary use. It can be used as a healthier substitute for table salt. You can prepare homemade scrub and bath salts or get a Himalayan salt lamp. And historically, people in the Himalayas have used it for centuries to preserve meat and fish.
It is often said that we should limit salt in our diet. But the right salt in the right amount is very good for health. Pink Himalayan salt contains 84 minerals and trace elements, including calcium, magnesium, potassium, copper and iron, so it has a much bigger role in the body than just giving food flavour.
WHAT IS PINK HIMALAYAN SALT?
Pink Himalayan salt is truly unique. It is also called pink salt, Himalayan sea salt, rock salt or Himalayan crystal salt. Rock salt is what they call it in the Punjab region of Pakistan. This region has some of the richest salt deposits in the whole world and they are very, very old – dating back 4 billion years to when our planet was formed, it is even thought that this salt consists of dried remains of the primordial sea. Himalayan crystal salt is mined at a depth of 1,500 m under the Himalayan mountains. This salt has been under tremendous pressure for millions of years and is believed to be over 99% pure. Its colour is an indicator of its mineral content and it can be pink, white or red in colour. Chemically, like any salt, it is Sodium Chloride (NaCl) with a percentage content of however 87%, not like regular salt 98-99%. Celtic sea salt is comparable in quality to Himalayan sea salt, but comes from a completely different source (England, France) and is greyish in colour and has a different mineral composition. In general, salt is vital for the proper functioning of the body’s cells, for the conduction of nerve impulses, for digestion, for the absorption of nutrients and the elimination of waste products.
TOP 5 HIMALAYSIAN SALT FACTS THAT WILL IMPROVE YOUR HEALTH
1.Improves respiratory problems.
Salt has antibacterial, anti-inflammatory properties, reduces excessive mucus formation and speeds up its clearing, purifies the air from pathogens (for example, pollen) and reduces IgE levels (immune system hypersensitivity). Now, so-called Himalayan salt rooms have appeared in many places where people can benefit from the healthy effects of Himalayan salt, especially as it relates to the respiratory system. There is a term for this type of natural effect – halotherapy (from Greek salt therapy) and it is inhalation of micronized dry salt in a room made of this salt. Studies have shown that halotherapy is extremely effective in the treatment of chronic bronchitis.
2. Balances the pH of the body.
Pink Himalayan salt with its rich mineral composition supports the pH balance in the body. You may think it’s not much, but a healthy pH (ratio of acids to bases) is extremely important for our health – it supports the immune system and digestion.
3.Natural remedy for better digestion.
You can use pink Himalayan salt to make a rich salt solution (2 tsp salt in 1 litre warm filtered water + 2 tsp lemon juice) to use for cleansing the digestive system, especially the colon. According to Dr. Mark Sircus, daily application of this saline lavage stimulates peristalsis, balances stomach acid, supports the formation of digestive enzymes in the liver and pancreas, regulates metabolism and balances pH.
4. Purifies the air
When you use a lamp made from pink Himalayan salt, it can provide you with cleaner air at home and in the office. How does this work? As a natural quality of salt (the lamp is made from a whole block of salt), it attracts moisture and also pollutants in the air. Once the water hits the lamp (it is hot), it evaporates and the contaminants remain in the salt of the lamp.
5. Better sleep.
Himalayan sea salt promotes better, restorative sleep thanks to its high mineral composition. It may be hard to believe, but taking enough salt with meals daily is the key to a good night’s sleep and recovery. Studies from 1989 showed that people put on a low-Na diet (NaCl-salt) woke up 2 times more often at night and had restless intermittent sleep and their sleep was 10% shorter. And the more salt they added to the diet, the longer the sleep became and with fewer awakenings.
ADDITIONAL BENEFITS OF HIMALAYAN SALT:
- Regulation of water content in the body
- Reducing the general signs of aging of the body
- Helps maintain blood sugar levels
- Helps the processes of energy formation in cells
- Reduces cramps
- Improves nutrient absorption from food
- Involved in the maintenance of vascular health
- Reduces cases of sinusitis
- Strengthens bone density
- Improves blood circulation
- Enhances libido
- Supports kidney and gallbladder health, unlike chemically processed table salt