Could This Be a Healthier Alternative to Table Salt?
There is a type of crystal salt from south Asia that is packed with more than enough benefits to earn a spot in your pantry. Coming from the Himalayas, this salt makes a great alternative to ordinary table salt – but do you know why?
One of the most interesting things about this salt is how it originated. It all dates back to about 200 million years ago, where crystallized beds of sea salt were covered in lava on that side of the Earth. As millions of years passed, this area became surrounded by more and more snow and ice – making it one of the most preserved and protected forms of salt on the planet. It also comes with an attractive pink color.
Why is it so good for you?
Himalayan salt contains a number of different minerals (including calcium, potassium, magnesium, and more) that all contribute to helping you maintain a strong overall health. Because of the larger grains, you also get less sodium intake than you would with ordinary table salt (because you use less of it) – so all the more reason to love this stuff.
By getting a healthy supply of Himalayan salt, you can reap a number of different benefits (some more surprising than others):
- Improved respiratory function and lung health
- Increased libido
- Lowered blood pressure
- Reduced chance of experiencing muscle cramps
- Strengthened bones
- Maintained ph levels within cells to avoid acidosis
- Improved hydration
- Reduced aging
The list doesn’t even end there. The minerals found in Himalayan salt have also been found to carry detoxifying properties and may even have a connection to improved sleep patterns.
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How does Himalayan Salt Match Up with Other Salts?
When it comes to salt, there are generally two other types that make their way into American pantries – sea salt and table salt.
Sea salt used to be the “go-to” alternative to ordinary table salt. The larger grains work to limit your sodium intake from overuse, and it does generally taste better than table salt. That being said, it is becoming more and more over-processed, so its “healthy” status is starting to dwindle.
At the same time, the oceans around the world (that source the salt) are becoming more and more polluted as time goes on – pay attention to how many oil spills have occurred over the past few decades and take that figure into account. If that wasn’t bad enough, the industrial companies that dump waste into open waters have also found their ways into the animals and salt deposits that exist there.
Commercial table salts are often processed to the point that they become stripped of their valuable mineral content. The bleaching, “cleaning” and chemical-based treatments associated with the processing make it a questionable choice for pantries these days. The anti-caking agents that are used also make ordinary table salt a struggle for our body to absorb – so whatever minerals do exist in there become harder to reach.
In any case, Himalayan salt appears a safe alternative because its preserved environment has kept it safe from a lot of the toxic air and water pollution around the world. It hasn’t endured the same sketchy processing steps as ordinary table salt, and it maintains its strong mineral content as a result.
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