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Nutrition

HEALTH BENEFITS OF HIMALAYAN SALT

Claire Chitham

A Grain Of Salt: Not all salts are created equal. Claire reveals her favourite salt. 

What’s The Difference Between Himalayan Salt and Sea Salt?

Pink Himalayan salt is a rock salt mined from the Himalayas in Pakistan at a depth of 1500 metres. Some of these salt mines are part of a salt range as old as 800 million years, which means pink himalayan salt is a totally naturally occurring salt. By contrast, celtic sea salt is another ancient salt that is comparable to Himalayan salt in its health benefits. Celtic sea salt is naturally harvested in Brittany, France near the Celtic Sea. It’s gathered by salt farmers using the same method as 2,000 years ago by hand raking the moist salt crystals across the clay and sand that lines the salt fields.

What Are The Health Benefits Of Himalayan Salt and Sea Salt?

Known as “pink gold” because it is so good for you, pink Himalayan salt contains all of the 84 trace minerals found in your body. This means himalayan salt has many health benefits including promoting healthy pH balance in your cells (particularly your brain cells), allowing for better blood sugar health, ensuring food is properly absorbed in the intestinal tract and even helping to regulate sleep. As a good natural source of sodium, it helps to control muscle contractions, nerve transmissions and heart functions.

Celtic sea salt is another “living” salt with an incredible nutritional profile. Some of the health benefits of Celtic sea salt include its ability to alkalise the body, support better immunity, increase energy and help to provide an electrolyte balance. Like Himalayan salt, it is also excellent for preventing muscle cramps.

Why Are Himalayan Salt and Sea Salt A Good Substitute For Table Salt?

Table “salt” is manufactured by taking natural salt and heating it to very high temperatures. During this process, the chemical composition is completely altered and all of the nutritional benefits are destroyed. Table salt then has other ingredients added, such as anti-caking chemicals, iodine, MSG or white sugar to stabilise the iodine and aluminium derivatives. If you are concerned about your iodine levels, there’s lots of natural supplements you can take and ways you can get more iodine into you through the foods that you eat. We’ll bring you more ideas on this in an upcoming blog.