You probably know all about the fancy Himalayan pink sea salt by now. The salt is considered a far better option than regular table salt due to the variety of minerals it contains. The so-called Himalayan salt got its name from the location where it’s mined from – the Himalayan mountains in Nepal, Myanmar, China and India. It’s actually an ancient type of salt which offers a wide range of health benefits.
More than two-hundred millions of years ago, crystallized salt beds in the Himalayas were covered by lava. This allowed the salt to stay fresh for millennia and clean from any irritants. The Himalayan pink sea salt is the purest form of sea salt in the world, and can significantly improve your overall health. If you’ve been wondering why is it pink, it’s actually due to the various mineral content.
Health benefits of Himalayan salt
The minerals the Himalayan salt contains work in synergy in the sodium and can treat and prevent a variety of health problems. Here are the salt’s benefits:
Rich in iodine
Iodine is actually naturally present in the Himalayan salt, which means it doesn’t have to be artificially added.
Less sodium per serving
Although it has the same components of table salt, the crystal structure of Himalayan salt is larger, so there’s actually a lower level of sodium per serving.
Packs more than 80 healthy minerals
The Himalayan pink sea salt contains over 80 important minerals including strontium, bromide, potassium, sulphate, magnesium, fluoride, bicarbonate and borate. Thanks to these minerals, it can regulate your electrolyte, fluid and pH balance, fortifies your bones, prevent muscle cramps, hydrate your body, keep your metabolism running, improve circulation and eliminate toxins and chemicals from your body. According to some experts it can also boost your libido, reduce the signs of aging and eliminate heavy metals in your body.
Himalayan pink sea salt vs. sea salt
Although it comes from the mountains, the Himalayan salt is actually a type of sea salt. It comes from a salty water body and as we said, it’s the purest type of salt in the world. If you think it’s the same thing as regular table salt, you couldn’t be more wrong. Table salt is incredibly processed and stripped of almost all the minerals inside it. Furthermore, it’s also chemically bleaches and exposed to high temperatures which ruin its structure.
Additionally, the table salt we use every day has anti-caking agents on the surface which prevent it from being dissolved in water. However, this also means that it can’t be dissolved in our bodies, which can cause tissue damage. The iodine in table salt is added artificially, and as it’s not natural, it is difficult to be processed by the human body.
The various uses of Himalayan salt
The best thing about Himalayan salt is that it can be used in a variety of ways. You can cook with it and add it to salads, but you can also use salt slabs to cook delicious pieces of meat, fish or veggies. The salt can be used to decorate certain ingredients such as cheese, while the slabs can also be used as serving platters. When serving or cooking on them, you don’t need to add salt – they are naturally salty and will give your food an incredible taste.
Here are some of the other uses of Himalayan salt:
Add the salt in a nice container and put it in your living room for decoration. The salt can also be sprinkled on food as decoration.
Adding Himalayan salt in your baths is a great detox method which will boost your mineral levels and relieve your sore muscles. Having a Himalayan salt bath is actually recommended by many experts as a great way of cleansing your body.
Purifies the air in your home
Buy Himalayan crystal rock lamps and put them in your home to purify the air and breathe easier.
Here’s a recipe for a nice poultry and pork brine with Himalayan salt:
- 3 oz. Himalayan salt
- 1 gallon of water
- 3 oz. sugar
- A tablespoon of lemon zest (grated)
Bring the water to a boil and add all the ingredients in, then simmer the mixture until the salt dissolves. Leave the brine to cool down for 5-6 hours and it’s ready to use. Soak your pork or poultry pieces in it for 6-8 hours, then chill them for a couple of hours in the fridge before roasting. Bon appetite!