Benefits of Himalayan Pink Salt
2012-09-17 20:10:10
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600 million years ago, an inland sea evaporated and formed Pakistani Pink Himalayan Salt. This salt is now the topic of healthy claims, debates, and recipes.

 

In today's day and age, there are endless things that are touted as “natural cures” for serious ailments. Generally, these things are also a “natural cure” for any bulges in your bank account. A trip to the natural food mart can ring you up as much as double, if not more, than a regular grocery store.

 

Are you really getting your money's worth? What about when it comes to the benefits of Himalayan Pink salt?

 

Here we are going to discuss some of the things to consider about this cooking product.

 

Nutrients, Minerals, and Health Benefits of Himalayan Pink Salt

 

The main reason that anyone buys this beautiful salt is because of its health benefits. On Mountain Rose's herbal site, they say that this salt has more than 84 trace minerals; a number supported by the experts at Saltnews.com. Some of the items on the list include:

 

  • Magnesium

  • Copper

  • Iron

  • Calcium

  • Lithium

  • Hydrogen

  • Beryllium

  • Boron

  • Oxygen

  • Carbon

  • Phosphorous

  • Sodium (obviously)

  • Chloride

 

The list goes on. Of course, depending on which part of the salt you get, you will have a unique composition. Just looking at the picture of the Pink Himalayan Salt Plate can show you that the appearance of the salt in its natural form is rather like marble. There are deeper red lines, pinker parts, white parts and clear parts. The pink color is a mixture of all of the above.

 

The salt is said to help people with their acid/alkaline balance and to help with various skin conditions. It can also be made into a salt bath, or a steam for the face to help with breathing problems such as Asthma.

 

Does Pink Himalayan Salt Actually Have Health Benefits?

 

To tell you the truth, it's hard to find anything online that proves it one way or the other. Most of the organizations touting the benefits of Himalayan Pink Salt are also selling it or highly vested in people loving herbal or natural medicines.

 

I would suppose it depends partially on how much you are using, and on your health situation to begin with. The bulk of the pink salt is the same as other salt, there's no denying that. Some alternative practitioners warn against using regular salt because it can be processed with nickel.

 

I would argue that if you are in a health situation where salt is to be more or less avoided, then try to find other ways of getting those minerals. Try a tea like Nettles or Oatstraw that is rich in nutrients. Try something that has less sodium. Work with your nutritionist, doctor, or herbalist to find a solution that is right for your situation without paying too much attention to the latest fads.

 

If you are just looking for ways of getting more salt or Himalayan pink salt into your diet, then you are not going to have a hard time learning the ways to do it, which we will discuss below.

 

Cooking With Slabs of Himalayan Pink Salt

 

You will see on the Salt News website that there are plenty of ways to cook on slabs of salt. Instead of sprinkling it onto food, some professional and newbie chefs decide to actually use a

Pakistani Pink Himalayan Salt Plate.

 

Instructions can be found on the website, and this is what you see in the picture above. This can be a great way to use the salt for mineral content and also over a long period of time.

 

Cooking With Sprinkled Salt

 

When you want to reap the benefits of Himalayan Pink Salt but you don't want to use the slabs, then there are many options. You basically will replace your regular salt with the pink kind. You can buy it all ground up, or you can buy it in larger crystals that will have to be ground before using them. This would be much like you would grind peppercorns instead of buying pre-ground pepper.

 

Once you find the type you want, simply cook like normal. Sprinkle it in some soups or onto your non-salted butter. Add it to your tempeh or tofu stir fry, throw some on your Kale chips. The choices are endless! You would just want to be sure to use a little each day to get the benefit of those trace minerals.

 

Cleansing With Pink Himalayan Salt

 

Some people prefer to get the benefits of Pink Salt by doing a “salt flush” and consuming a certain amount of salt with water at a certain time of day. There are a lot of different recipes and methods out there.

 

Being a non-proponent of any type of “flushing,” I suggest you read the research and find a method that works for you if you are into that idea.

 

Harvesting Practices of Himalayan Pink Salt

 

When someone says “Himalayan Pink Salt is so very wonderful for our bodies,” I think, “Cool, but how are they getting it?”

 

Just like “Dead Sea Salt,” as soon as you make the salt only valuable, healthy, or “special” when it comes from one place, that place has a situation to deal with. Maybe they make a lot of money because those of us that are well-off are shelling out extra dollars to get their products. Or maybe they end up having a lot of people who wake up like me, with tractors digging up earth and constructing buildings noisily outside their door because the land is now valuable and things have to be built there. I'm not sure.

 

Some of the companies that provide Himalayan Pink Salt will tell you about their harvesting practices. I suggest that you find out, from whatever source you choose to use, how the salt is being harvested and what is happening to the land in the area where that is being done.

 

Some companies are open and honest about those situations, and those might be the ones you want to stick with.

 

Remember that part of the benefit of any natural medicine is the fact that you are showing yourself that you love yourself. You are putting in the effort of researching the salt that has the most minerals; you are using a Pink Himalayan Salt Slab to make your food look lovely and appealing. These things are nourishing in and of themselves; just be sure that you are not reaping the benefits of Himalayan Pink Salt at the expense of the area in which it is harvested.

 

Resources:

http://www.saltnews.com/chemical-analysis-natural-himalayan-pink-salt/

http://himalasalt.com/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sea_salt

http://www.mountainroseherbs.com/learn/pinksalt.php

http://www.saltnews.com/cooking-with-himalayan-salt-plates-blocks-bricks-platters/

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