So you’ve been hearing about this amazing Himalayan crystal salt for the last few years, and now you’re wondering, is it really better than sea salt or table salt? How does it benefit my body compared to those other salts? Boasting a huge variety of minerals and impeccably clean, it’s a wonderful alternative to table salt and an exciting new staple to add to your pantry.
A lot of people associate the Himalayans with the popular, Mount Everest, with its high peak. Actually, the Himalayan mountain range well extends through Nepal, Pakistan, Bhutan, Afghanistan, India, Myanmar and China.
In the early past (over 100 million years ago+), deep in the Himalayans there was these crystallized sea salt beds that were covered by lava. Being covered in snow and ice all year, the lava had protected the pristine salt from pollution.
It is believed, that this salt is mostly the purest on earth. It is hand-mined from the Himalayas and shipped to world culinary markets.
The variety of hues (pink, white and red) are a clear indicator of the salt’s rich, varying mineral and energy-rich iron content.
Benefits of Himalayan Salt
The same as vitamins and minerals, this salt was formed naturally 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 sun of their individual effects.)
Natural sea salt has plenty of iodine, so it doesn’t need to be “iodized” artificially.
- Less sodium
Although Himalayan salt is made from the same components as table salt, the crystal structure is larger than the refined product. That means that Himalayan salt actually has less sodium per serving, because the sea salt crystals take up less room in a teaspoon.
- 80+ Minerals and Elements
Himalayan salt forms naturally within the earth and it is made up of 85.62% sodium chloride and 14.38% other trace minerals including sulphate, magnesium, calcium, potassium, bicarbonate, bromide, borate, strontium, and fluoride (in descending order of quantity).
Himalayan salt provides the following benefits:
– Create an electrolyte balance
– Increases hydration
– Regulate water content both inside and outside of cells
– Balance pH (alkaline/acidity) and help to reduce acid reflux
– Prevent muscle cramping
– Aid in proper metabolism functioning
– Strengthen bones
– Lower blood pressure
– Help the intestines absorb nutrients
– Prevent goiters
– Improve circulation
– Dissolve and eliminate sediment to remove toxins
Some even claim it can help to increase the sex drive, detox the body and reduce the signs of aging.
Pink Salt vs. Sea Salt
Even though the pink salts come from the mountains, they technically are sea salts as well. All salt comes from a salted body of water—namely, salt-water lake or ocean. However, the Himalayan salt is said to be the purest form of sea salt on Earth.
Why Table Salt is Inferior
Commercial refined salt is not only stripped of all its minerals, besides chloride and sodium but is also bleached, chemically cleaned and heated at unnecessarily high temperatures.
Also, it’s treated with anti-caking agents that prevent the salt from mixing with water in the salt container. In addition,these agents prevent dissolving within our system which leads to build up and then deposit in tissue and organs, causing severe health problems.
Finally, the iodine that was added to salt is usually synthetic which is hard for the body to process properly.
The Many Uses of the Pink Salt
Before you start soaking up all these benefits and uses without even knowing where to buy the stuff, we have got you covered. You can use the So Well’s Himalayan Salt for anything from food to cosmetics so that you and your family reap its external and internal benefits!
Cooking and Curing
Use a pre-ground salt or grinders as any other salt.
They are used as serving platters, and they will impart an enhanced salt taste and mineral content.
Frozen: on cold desserts and even sorbets.
Chilled: decorate with fruits, vegetables, cheese or sushi.
Heated: use the slabs to sear the vegetables, fish fillets, shrimp or thinly sliced beef or even for frying an egg.
Best of all, the Himalayan salt is naturally anti-microbial, so cleaning up requires just a quick scrub or rinse.
You can also use Himalayan salt as décor crystals, in containers, or just sprinkled on various dishes for presentation.
Himalayan salt crystals can relieve respiratory problems, purify the air naturally and promote emotional health and well-being. So, consider using Crystal rock lamps to cleanse and purify the air.
In case you are a meat lover, then you probably know that brining can make the meat juicy and succulent!
Low-Sodium Brine Recipe for Poultry and Pork
– 3 oz. of sea salt
– 1-gallon of water
– 1 tbsp. of Citrus zest: orange, lime or lemon (if desired)
– 3 oz. of sugar (if desired)
– Add the salt, sugar and other aromatics to a pot and bring the water to a simmer until the salt and sugar have dissolved.
– Remove the pot from the heat and chill before using the brine.
– Let your protein brine for 6 hours.
– Drain the protein, and let it rest and air dry in the fridge for 2 hours.
– Roast, broil or grill as you would!