Most of us know that salt is essential for health as well as most of us are aware that too much salt is detrimental to our health. Excessive salt can contribute to high blood pressure and a whole host of other problems
Contrary to our knowledge, the common table salt often sold in the market is composed of 2.5% iodine and chemicals used to absorb moisture; and 97.5% sodium chloride. Manufacturing includes the use of extreme heat by means of 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit to dry the salt completely, which also affects its natural chemical composition.
Himalayan Salt Tastes Better Than Conventional Table Salt
From the name itself, Himalayan crystal salt came from the Himalayan mountain range passing several countries in Asia. The salt was formed naturally from crystallized sea beds millions of years ago until the lava took over and Himalayan mountains were formed. As a result, the salt was covered in snow for centuries, preserving the crystals from pollution and climate changes.
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It is currently hand-mined and hand-washed to bring the natural form closer to the culinary and health industry. Himalayan crystal salt’s color varied from hues of pink, orange, red and white which is due to natural minerals and healthy iron content.
Oil spills, chemical dumping and many forms of waste materials thrown at different bodies of water including the sea makes the commonly sold sea salt not as pure as we think. Crystal salt maintained its purity away from pollutants through extreme tectonic pressure from the mountains for over 250 million years.
What makes it unique is its ability to store vibrational energy wherein the innate minerals and trace elements exist in colloidal state. Through this way, the nutrients could be freely absorbed by the body. Around 84 trace elements are found to be present in Himalayan crystal salt working altogether in accord for a healthier response.
As conducted by the Frezenius Institute in Europe, a wide range of pure elements including electrolytes such as calcium, magnesium and potassium are integrated in the Himalayan salt. The electrolyte contents are balanced as it aid in homeostasis in the body which are beneficial to body’s overall functionality. Also, these electrolytes work by replenishing the lost supply after sweating heavily.
Comparison with Other Salts
- Sea Salt
Due to different ocean contaminants, 89% of sea salt manufacturers refine the salt to remove the impurities including the harmful toxins from pollutants. When viewed in a microscope, sea salt’s structure is uneven and separated from the surrounding elements while crystal salt is connected to every element present around it. With this, sea salt makes it harder for the body to absorb the vital nutrients, losing a huge amount of energy in the process. Crystal salt, on the other hand, is easily absorbed due to its even structure while generating a bigger amount of energy.
- Rock Salt
Another common salt used in the kitchen is mined salt, otherwise known as rock salt. Though microscopically it looks more even and contains more helpful nutrients than sea salt, it’s still incomparable to crystal salt. Its crystal web lacks sufficient compression. Therefore, the trace elements are higher yet the body still cannot thoroughly process and digest them.
Himalayan salt contains less sodium due to its bigger crystal structure taking up more space per teaspoon serving. On the contrary, it is rich in sulphate, bromide, calcium fluoride, bicarbonate, strontium and bromate as well. It is also capable of regulating the cells’ water content as it increases hydration to create equilibrium in electrolytes.
Acid reflux is prevented since the alkalinity and acidity of the cells are regulated. Metabolism is improved by means of better nutrient absorption in the intestines that results in improved blood circulation and lower blood pressure. Bones are fortified while muscle cramps are lessened. And the best thing about it is its anti-microbial property.
Aside from the basic use in cooking and food preparation, Himalayan salt slabs could also be used as serving platters for chilled, frozen and heated foods which act as a powerful heat conductor that distributes heat uniformly. It could be used as decorations when sprinkled on top of the food to add a pinkish crystal shimmer.
Himalayan salt bath could also be enjoyed by adding crystal salts to your usual bubble bath as it helps in detoxification while soothing tender muscles. Furthermore, the pink crystal salt bath creates a therapeutic and healing effect on the user.
Crystal rock lamps, sold online, are believed to purify air whereas fragmented crystal rocks are used for potpourri and oil diffusers.