The Himalayan mountain range stretches across Asia and most people associate this mountain range with Mount Everest. Now there is something else to think about when considering the Himalayan range, salt, pink salt. Hundreds of millions of years ago crystallized sea salt beds were covered by lava, and now lie deep within the Himalayan mountain range. Being kept in a pristine environment that has been surrounded by snow and ice year around, and protected by lava from modern day pollution, Himalayan pink salt is thought to be the purest salt found on earth. The many hues of pink are an indication of the salt’s rich and varying mineral and iron content. Even though this salt comes from the mountains it is technically sea salt.
Himalayan pink salt, is different than regular table salt in multiple ways. Himalayan salt crystals, being formed naturally in the earth, are packed with minerals and natural elements which don’t have to be added, including iodine. Because this salt was formed naturally the minerals within the sodium work in synergy. Synergy is the interaction of multiple elements in a system to produce an effect different from or greater than the sum of their individual effects. Best of all Himalayan pink salt is naturally anti-microbial. Commercial refined table salt is stripped of all it’s minerals, chemically cleaned, bleached and heated at unnecessarily high temperatures. In addition it is treated with an anti caking agent and iodine is added. These additives are difficult for your body to process, leading to deposits in the organs and tissues causing severe health problems.
Because of the minerals, there are a multitude of health benefits to using Himalayan pink salt:
- Increases hydration
- Regulates water content inside and outside of cells
- Creates an electrolyte balance
- Balances pH, helps reduce acid reflux
- Prevents muscle cramping
- Aids in proper metabolism functioning
- Strengthens bones
- Lowers blood pressure
- Helps the intestines absorb nutrients
- Prevents goiters
- Improves circulation
- Dissolves and eliminates sediment to remove toxins
- Detoxifies the body from heavy metals
- Can reduce signs of aging
- Supports the libido
Besides being used for cooking Himalayan pink salt can be used for brining and curing, brining in this salt can make the meat very juicy and is low in sodium. There are other uses for Himalayan pink salt as well. It is naturally rich in skin replenishing minerals and can be used in a detoxifying bath that will be a therapeutic experience for the mind and the body. The replenishing nutrients in the pink salt stimulate the circulation and will soothe sore muscles. You can also find Himalayan salt rock lamps for air purification. Long used to purify the air, these salt rock lamps are becoming more popular and easy to find for purchase.