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Today I would like to talk to you about Himalayan Crystal Salt. Himalayan Crystal Salt is said to have many health benefits. It contains 84 minerals, is all natural, and has been said to be the purest salt available. It was formed when a primitive ocean dried up, leaving behind deposits of pure crystallized salt. It has been protected for centuries by the Himalayan mountains and therefore not exposed to modern pollution.
Salt is salt, you say, and salt is bad for you.
Regular table salt is highly processed which removes virtually all of the minerals. The processed product on our table ends up being 99% sodium chloride. While regular table salt has some value to keep the ratio of salt to water content in our body balanced, it is possibly connected to health problems such as: arthritis, rheumatism, gout, cellulite, gall bladder and kidney stones, and more.
Himalayan Crystal Salt
Himalayan Crystal Salt ranges in color from a pale pink to a rose color. It is 85% sodium chloride, and the rest is composed of minerals. It is known for it’s pure taste and and it’s distinctive pink color. Since it is all natural, it is not subjected to the processing that regular table salt goes through. The minerals contained in Himalayan Crystal Salt have many health benefits. They can remove toxins, create balance in your body, prevent muscle cramping, help your body absorb nutrients, regulate or balance your PH, and much more. Many people choose this salt over table salt for the above reasons.
Himalayan salt is commonly used in a bath for detoxification purposes. It is said to help detoxify the body by osmosis. The toxins will be released but the minerals will be absorbed. The water should be pleasantly warm, not hot. I’m not sure what the experts recommend; but I would recommend using one to two cups to a tub of water. A few drops of lavender essential oil may be added. This bath also helps to soothe away sore cramped muscles. The magnesium absorbed through the skin may help heal damaged muscle and other soft tissues. Minerals also fortify bones.
Note: If you have heart problems or hypertension, a better option might be an epsom salts bath, since it is composed of magnesium and sulfate and not truly a salt. Epsom salt or magnesium sulfate is also good for detoxification.
You can make your own sports drink containing Himalayan Crystal Salt. The body absorbs electrolytes faster with this mixture, as opposed to drinking plain water. Sodium, calcium, potassium, magnesium and chloride are contained in over the counter sports drinks. These elements are also present in Himalayan Crystal Salt. Just mix 3 1/2 cups of water with 1/2 cup orange juice (or other juice) and 1/4 teaspoon of salt and sweeten with a teaspoon or so of honey.
Acid Reflux Reducer
When the body’s PH is out of balance it can cause health problems such as weight gain, loss of bone density, immune deficiency and kidney stones. Due to it’s alkalinity, Himalayan Crystal Salt can balance an acid condition present in our body.
The alkalinity in HCS also works as an antacid. You can make a drink with a teaspoon of HCS in a full 8 ounce glass of water to counter excess stomach acid and reflux.
You can use HCS as an air purifier. They make HCS lamps. These lamps are not only decorative; but they are a natural air purifier. They pull moisture from the environment into the salt. The heat from the lamp quickly evaporates the water. The water goes back into the air but without the toxins it went in with. The salt traps the toxins inside. Here is an example from Amazon. If you wish to purchase, simply click on the Shop now.
Relief for Sinuses
Anyone who suffers from sinus problems knows the relief that can be obtained by the use of a neti pot. A saline solution run through the neti pot will help clear bacteria and other contaminants from our nasal passages. If you can’t tolerate using a neti pot, you can put some HCS and water in a saucepan, bring to a boil, turn off the heat and steam sinuses by breathing in the vapors.
Lower Blood Pressure
Salt raises blood pressure, right? Actually excess salt contributes to high blood pressure. Using all natural Himalayan Crystal Salt in lieu of regular processed salt may help. Your body has an easier time processing the natural minerals contained in HCS. Also it may take less water to clear out any excess sodium, so you may retain less water. HCS is completely natural and unprocessed and therefore a healthier choice than processed table salt.
Salt is still salt
Though you may find that you like the taste of Himalayan Crystal Salt better than processed table salt, it is still salt. Since it is only 85% sodium chloride and 15% minerals, I feel it is a healthier choice. It is said to be the purest naturally occurring salt in the world. I think, because of the pure flavor, I use less to be satisfied with the taste of my food. Even though I believe it is a healthier choice, if you have high blood pressure or heart disease, you will still need to limit the use. Just because it is a healthier choice doesn’t mean you can consume more of it.
Heart Health Sodium Intake Guidelines
Recommendations from the American Heart Association says no more than 2,300 milligrams (mgs) of sodium a day, with an ideal limit of no more than 1,500 mg per day. A teaspoon of salt contains 2,300 mg. of sodium. So shake lightly and don’t add at the table. If you have health problems, please consult a doctor before making any changes in your diet.
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I hope this has been informative for you concerning the health benefits of Himalayan Crystal Salt. If you have comments or questions, please leave them in the comment section below. I love to get comments and I will answer as soon as I can.
Do any of you already use HCS instead of table salt? If so, how do you like it? I think it has a saltier taste and I am able to use it more sparingly.
Have you ever taken a salt bath? How did you feel afterward? It makes me feel extra clean and leaves my skin soft. It relaxes my muscles, so I ache less afterward.
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Disclaimer: I am not a medical doctor. The information contained in this post has been acquired by first hand use and research on the product. Please consult your family doctor or do your own research before purchasing. Thank you.