Salt, like fat, has a BAD reputation in relation to its effect on health. Do you hear the bells and whistles? They should be going off in your head right now. We should all understand that fat is not unhealthy and in fact supports many body functions that promote good health. Just like the spread of big “fat lie” that has been perpetuated for so many years, the same is true for salt. Not all salt is created equal.
In history, salt was the preservative used to helped maintain a constant food supply prior to refrigeration. The value of salt flourished so much so that it was used as a monetary exchange system and was better known as “white gold”. Even Roman soldiers were paid with salt as a salary (sal is Latin for salt) for their work. Just as an aside, you may find it interesting that the word salary comes from the Latin word salarium.
Today processed white table salt (void of any other minerals and processed with anti-caking agents, i.e. sodium silicoaluminate or sodium ferrocyanide) is still used as a preservative and like any processed food is something I recommend avoiding. I just prefer staying away from processed foods as natural foods tend to be healthier. Processed salt, like processed food, is a staple: at home, in restaurants and commercially prepared items such as canned and frozen foods.
According to the CDC, http://www.cdc.gov/features/dssodium/, we use too much table salt. While most Americans consume about 3400 mg of salt each day, The Institute of Medicine recommends a range of 1500-2300mg/day. Although studies have linked table salt with negative health consequences of high blood pressure, stroke and heart disease, there is controversy regarding salts true role with these conditions.
Unprocessed pink Himalayan salt is found across the Himalayan Mountains in China, Nepal, Myanmar, Pakistan, Bhutan, Afghanistan, and India. Unlike table salt, pink salt contains less salt and 84 trace minerals and elements that are found in the human body. These include magnesium, calcium, potassium, strontium, fluoride and Iodine, that provides health advantages that can help:
- Reduce blood pressure
- Balance electrolytes
- Improve hydration
- Equalize pH (alkaline/acidity)
- Support and strengthen bone health
- Minimize acid reflux
- Alleviate muscle cramps and stimulate circulation while relaxing in the tub
- Prevent goiter
Adding pink salt to water is a much healthier and a more cost-effective way to replace electrolytes for athletes than using Gatorade or any other beverage that also adds unhealthy ingredients.
Try eating real food. Stay away from the products that have salt already added to them. Table salt does not add to your health, pink salt will help better your health and exercise performance. If you have been depriving yourself of adding salt to your food and to your cooking, deprive yourself no more. So do not pass on the pink salt, make sure you sprinkle it on…you will feel the difference when you use it instead of table salt.
When it comes to salt, think pink, add Himalayan salt to your foods and beverages