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What is Himalayan rock salt?

Updated: Mar 2, 2023

Himalyan rock salt is a type of salt which contains all 84 elements found in the body. The benefit of using it as part of your diet include: Promoting healthy pH balance in cells Regulation of water content in the cells in your body Promotion of vascular health, blood pressure and healthy blood sugar levels Promotion of respiratory health Preventing muscle cramps Regulation of sleep Promoting sinus health and bone strength Assisting nerve impulses in the body

What is table salt? Table salt is refined salt. It has been chemically bleached and broken down until it forms sodium chloride. It is found in many of the processed and packaged foods that are available on supermarket shelves today, including in cereal. Therefore adding more table salt just increases the amount of processed salt in our diet, which is a little more than the body can handle, and causes a few problems in the diet. The difference in the way that the body processes rock salt and regular table salt is incredibly different. The body uses more energy to digest and utilise the crystal salt (and can extract more of the minerals mentioned above). The processed sodium chloride on the other hand can actually work against your ideal fluid balance and stress your body’s natural elimination procedures. In order to break the bonds of the table salt into sodium and chloride ions, water is required from the surrounding cells. That means that the surrounding intracellular water is being sacrificed simply for the purpose of eradicating the toxic sodium chloride. Excess processed salt in the body can contribute to cellulite, kidney and bladder stones, and has been linked to worsening of arthritic symptoms and gout. For each gram of sodium chloride that the body cannot process, the body uses 23 times the amount of cell water to neutralise the salt. the reason that many processed foods use this kind of processed salt is because it preserves the food for a longer shelf life. In fact the salt itself has a longer shelf life for manufacturers which allows them to order more at once for greater bulk discounts. One of these is the anti-caking agent that is used to stop the salt from forming into clumps. However there is often traces of aluminium in these, which has been shown to associated with Alzheimer’s. The body does have a need for HCl each day (ideally not from processed sources), but the needs are below what a typical person has on a daily basis.

Celtic/ sea/ Himalayan rock salt? With the amount of pollutants in the oceans today, it is probably more advisable to opt for Himalayan rock salt instead of one of the crystals derived from the sea. Himalayan rock salt has been mined and washed by hand, formed over millions of year under extreme tectonic pressure and away from exposure to impurities. The trace elements (84 of them) are available in the rock salt in colloidal form and this makes them easier for the body to digest them. The body does not attempt to absorb excess amounts of rock salt, unlike other processed table salts. This means that excess consumption is less likely to contribute to hypertension. The structure of the salt also stores vibrational energy, and each element is interconnected and bonded to the others. It s for this reason that even when packaged it does not need anti-caking agents or silicon for preserving shelf life. There you have it: the difference between table salt and rock salt. Why not try to reduce table salt in your diet by changing your household salt to Himalayan rock salt? And where possible, opt for less processed food in your diet.

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