Healthy salt

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Table is a refined product stripped of its natural mineral structure and is virtually all sodium. Part of the process for table salt involves the use of aluminium, ferro cyanide and chlorine as a bleach. These are all toxic to your body. One or two servings of salt won’t send you to an early grave, however as most processed foods contain table salt it is a good idea to look for alternatives.

Natural salts are loaded with trace minerals essential for the proper functioning of all your cells. The key word here is essential, meaning without them your cells can not function properly. It is therefore important to include them in your daily diet.

Himalayan Salt is a grey or even pinkish colour salt originating in a mountain region in Pakistan that is known for its highly mineral-dense salts. Himalayan salts are mineral packed crystals which formed naturally within the earth 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).

In Drew Canole’s post 10 Amazing Benefits of pink (Himalayan) salt he details an impressive list

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
It is even said to support libido, reduce the signs of aging, and detoxify the body from heavy metals.

Most products labelled as ‘sea salt’ will be a good substitute for table salt. As natural salt is a dirty grey colour and very coarse, look for one that is as close to its natural form.

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