You may have encountered pink salt, walking around your favorite grocery store or at a friend’s table. This salt is also known as Himalayan salt, and it actually comes in a variety of hues of pink, red and white, signifying its varying mineral content. It is packed with health benefits.
The Himalayan mountain range spreads across Asia, and it has been called the roof of the world. It soars above China, Nepal, Myanmar, Pakistan, Bhutan, Afghanistan, and India. Mt. Everest, the highest mountain on the plant, is part of the Himalyan range.
Hundreds of millions of years ago, crystallized sea salt beds were covered by lava. Today they lie deep within the Himalayans, kept in a pristine environment surrounded by ice and snow, protected from modern pollution. Pink salt is hand-mined there, and brought to market throughout the world.
Benefits of Pink Salt
Because iodine is naturally present in pink salt, there is no need for it to be added artificially. The crystal structure of pink salt is larger than that of refined salt, so although it has the same components as table salt, it has less sodium per serving.
Pink salt formed naturally over millions of years, so it is a perfect package for the more than 80 minerals and elements it contains. It is made up of 85.62 percent sodium chloride and 14.38 percent other trace minerals, such as sulphate, magnesium, calcium, potassium, bicarbonate, bromide, borate, strontium, and fluoride, in descending order of quantity.
The minerals in pink salt can create an electrolyte balance, increase hydration, regulate the body’s water content both inside and outside of cells, balance pH (the alkalinity and acidity in the body) and assist in reducing acid reflux. They prevent muscle cramping, help the metabolism function properly, strengthen bones, lower blood pressure, and support the intestines in absorbing nutrients.
These minerals also prevent goiters, improve circulation, dissolve and eliminate sediment to remove toxins, support the libido, reduce signs of aging, and detoxify the body of heavy metals.
Pink Salt vs. Other Salts
Himalayan salt is actually sea salt, even though it comes from the mountains. All salt originates from a salt body of water, either an ocean or a saltwater lake. However, pink salt is considered the purest form of sea salt.
Unlike pink salt, commercial salt has been stripped of its minerals, except sodium and chloride. It has also been chemically cleaned, bleached and heated at elevated temperatures. Commercial salt is treated with anti-caking agents to protect it from moisture in its packaging. However, these agents also keep the salt from dissolving inside the body, so it can build up as deposits in organs and tissues and cause potential health issues.
Also, the iodine added into commercial salt is usually synthetic. This is hard for your body to process. Under American law, up to two percent of table salt can be additives.