The Origins and Benefits of Natural Himalayan Pink Salt
Before I start sharing the benefits of Himalayan pink salt, I must be clear that salt (of any kind, shape or form) must be taken in moderation. If you have high blood pressure or any health issues, you should seek the advice of your doctor. Do not believe everything you read online.
What you need to know about salt in general.
In short, Himalayan pink salt was formed about 500 million years ago. It came from an ancient inland sea that evaporated over an extended period, leaving behind expansive mineral salt deposits. After many tectonic shifts, mountains and mines were formed; This was the beginning of what we know of Himalayan pink salt.
What is so special about Himalayan Pink Salt?
The salt comes from a time where our Earth was uncontaminated by modern-day pollution. The salt was protected by snow, ice and high mountain range, so it was untouched and remained pure for millennia. It also contains the same trace minerals than those present in our bodies and is said to be the most natural salt on earth.
Himalayan Pink Salt vs table salt?
Salt is alive!
Why is table salt bad for you?
Rock salt or table salt is extracted with the use of dynamite. Sadly, with the advent of industrialization, the salt that was once revered as white gold was turned into white poison (This is the salt that the doctor warns you about) Table salt is chemically processed through cleaning and bleaching to obtain that refined and white as snow appearance. This process also removes the many trace minerals beneficial to our bodies. Other additives are often added to prevent clumping which we ingest on a daily basis over a lifetime. Some will warn you that you need the iodized salt, but we also know that the iodine was added in 1924 after an iodine deficiency in the people living inland or at high elevations in the United States – Great Lakes, Appalachians and Northwestern regions where iodine is not naturally present. The United States started fortifying salt with iodine because people showed thyroid problems they later called Goiter (Goiter is an enlarged thyroid, and one of the causes is iodine deficiency – the thyroid enlarges to try to absorb more iodine). That was then. There are now other ways (more variety in the food we eat since those days like – sea vegetables, cranberries, potatoes, yogurt, strawberries, navy beans, and supplements can be taken) to make sure we have our iodine intake. Always try to buy organic produce.
Any excessive table salt intake can lead to stomach cancer and many other ailments like osteoporosis and increase your blood pressure. Your salt intake should be limited to any salt, but to eliminate salt from your diet is possibly the worse thing you can do.
You should limit your salt intake to 0.75 teaspoons a day. Unfortunately, people add salt on top of the packaged and processed foods which amount to much more than what is advised safe by the major health associations, and worse, the body cannot break down chemically treated salt.
Of course, it is essential that you discuss your concerns with your doctor.
To protect the crystal structure of the salt only 50% of the salt in each “room” within the mine is harvested and removed. The remaining 50% is left as pillars to support the structure of the rooms and the mountain.
The salt that I use is hand mined by skilled workers using traditional methods. It is also free from waste byproducts from manufacturing. Dynamite use is forbidden in the mines, a measure taken by the government and overseen by the Pakistani Mining Development Corporation which ensures that no child or slave labour is used and miners are provided fair wages, medical care and education.
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