If you are looking for reasons why salt is good for you, this is the article you need to read before you judge yourself. Consuming salt in great amount can be harmful and you may be judged by some people, but the type of salt you are consuming is very important.
Himalayan salt is not only the purest salt on Earth, but also the healthiest one. Its richness in minerals gives it the most benefits for people. Some of these benefits include getting rid of the toxins in your body, helping you with digestion, improving respiratory issues, and many more.
You can not only use it in the kitchen, but also in the bathroom by making body scrubs and bath soaks if you are a fan of those. This wonder coming from the Himalayan mountains is available for all of us today and we shouldn’t miss the chance to use it as a cure.
Where does Himalayan salt come from?
This salt coming from a beautiful mountain region can be found in the salt beds by the sea. These sea salt beds were covered by lava many years ago, which actually protected the salt from pollution.
That’s why this type of salt remained pure and it is now brought from the mountains directly to our markets. In the past, it was used by people who lived in the Himalayan area to keep meat and fish fresh.
The pink color is a mark of its richness in minerals. It can also be white or red in color. Himalayan salt contains over 84 minerals as well as trace elements (potassium, copper, iron, calcium, magnesium). The right amount of salt can make wonders for your body. It is important for keeping your body cells healthy, helping your digestion, absorbing the nutrients, and eliminating waste products.
Table salt vs. Himalayan salt
If we are talking about the good-quality Himalayan salt, it is the purest form of salt you can find on Earth. The way it is handled is the first reason you should prefer it over table salt. Himalayan salt is mined by hand, whereas table salt is greatly processed, which automatically means all of the minerals are gone from table salt.
This type of salt contains 97.5 to 99.99 percent sodium chloride in comparison to Himalayan salt, which contains around 87 percent sodium chloride. Therefore, Himalayan salt is the more balanced and healthy choice for you.
Table salt contains only one mineral (sodium), and some iodine in small amounts. It also contains an agent that is hazardous to your health – yellow prussiate of soda. Apart from containing hazardous substances, it is bleached before use, which is highly toxic to your body.
Benefits of Himalayan salt
- It balances the body’s pH
This type of salt can help you balance your pH, which will help your body stay healthy. If your pH balance is damaged, or when it has a healthy acid-to-alkaline ratio, Himalayan salt can be of great help.
Consuming it on a daily basis will balance your pH, boost your immune system and solve all of your digestion issues. Himalayan salt is very effective when it comes to your pH because it contains sodium and some other electrolytes.
- It acts as a natural digestive aid
In order to make your own sole, you can use Himalayan salt. Sole is a saturated solution that contains purified water and this type of salt. Dr. Mark Sircus, a doctor and an acupuncturist of oriental and pastoral medicine, claims that if you take a dose of sole every day, your digestive system will be grateful in many ways.
These include: stimulating the peristalsis of the digestive organs, balancing the stomach acid, supporting the production of digestive fluids in the liver and pancreas, regulating the metabolism and harmonizing the acid-alkaline balance.
- It improves respiratory issues
In terms of respiratory problems, Himalayan salt acts in an antibacterial, anti-inflammatory way. It loosens excessive mucus and also speeds up its clearance. This salt easily gets away with air pathogens including pollen, and it also lowers IgE level, which is oversensitivity of the immune system.
If you have respiratory issues, you can easily help yourself in the numerous “Himalayan salt caves”. There you can get halo therapy or salt therapy. Halo therapy is famous nowadays and it comes from the Greek word for salt, “halos”.
It involves inhaling micronized dry salt in a chamber that is supposed to be a salt cave. Research shows that halo therapy is an effective natural way to treat chronic bronchitis.
- It purifies air
This benefit comes from the possibility of making a lamp out of pink Himalayan salt. You can either do this in your home or office and get cleaner air for everyone around you. The lamp (a block of salt) will attract water vapor to it and air pollutants as well. When vapor evaporates because of the lamp’s heat, the dust and allergies will stay in the salt, keeping them away from your body. That is also a fun, innovative and healthy way to decorate your house!
- It will help you sleep better
If you are having lack of sleep due to certain body issues or you have trouble falling asleep, Himalayan salt will be the best cure for you. The magic lays in the mineral content. If you take your daily dose of this salt, you will have a more restful and good-quality sleep.
Be careful not to exaggerate with the salt because you will have to drink water in the middle of the night! Research dating from 1989 showed us that people can have trouble sleeping when they have low-sodium diets.
The study involved people who were on a low-sodium diet (500 milligrams a day) and people who took 2,000 milligrams of sodium daily, which is the normal dosage. The first ones woke up two times more often than the other ones and they also got around 10% less sleep.
These are some of the many benefits of this natural wonder and you can choose at least one reason to start involving it into your life. Your meals will start looking pink, shiny and healthy, and your body will be satisfied. What is most important, you will sleep like a baby!
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