ayurveda + himalayan pink salt vs. regular white table salt or sea salt

For thousands of years of Ayurvedic medicinal tradition, Himalayan Salt has been the one salt that is considered truly therapeutic. Himalayan Salt contains the full spectrum of 84 minerals and trace elements. It is an unrefined, unprocessed raw salt that is hand-mined from abundant salt caves that were formed over 200 million years ago as ocean salt settled in certain geologic pockets around the earth. I recently took part in an Ayurvedic workshop on the elemental approach to foods and tried Himalayan pink salt for the first time. I was so surprised by the taste and of course the pretty pink color! I was also impressed to find out that Himalayan Salt can actually take care of dehydration due to the low sodium and high electrolyte count – the opposite of what iodized white salt does! A pinch of Himalayan salt in a glass of lemon water is the perfect drink to rehydrate with!

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Back to the nitty gritty. Regular white table salt is made via a chemical compound: sodium chloride. It’s highly processed and chemically “cleaned” so that it’s left only as sodium in the end.  Oh, but they do add in extra iodine (artificially) so that you’re getting at least one mineral ;)

And sea salt, which I have been using for ages thinking it was superior to regular white  salt, is in fact, just regular table salt. The term “sea salt” is essentially meaningless. White processed salt can still be called “sea salt” even though it is devoid of full-spectrum sea minerals. Unless you’re buying a pure, organic, non-refined sea salt, but keep in mind that oceans are often polluted by oil spills, dioxins and mercury so you may want to switch over to the pretty pink stuff.

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According to Ayurvedic medicine, here are the benefits:

Regulates the water content throughout your body.

  • Promotes a healthy pH balance in your cells, particularly your brain cells.
  • Promotes blood sugar health.
  • Promotes the absorption of food particles through your intestinal tract.
  • Supports respiratory health.
  • Promotes sinus health.
  • Prevention of muscle cramps.
  • Promotes bone strength; ensures optimum delivery of the key minerals for good bone density.
  • Encourages healthy sleep patterns-it naturally regulates sleep.
  • Supports your libido.
  • Promotes vascular health.
  • In conjunction with water it regulates blood pressure.
  • Serves as a source of balanced electrolytes.
  • Natural treatment for athletes’ foot.
  • Oral hygiene.
  • Helps reduce the signs of aging.

I’ll be sharing some self-remedies using Himalayan salt so keep an eye out for new #modernmombeauty posts!

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Amanda Robinson is the eco-chic, green living, fitness loving mom behind Natural Mommie. Since early 2009, Amanda has been the source for moms to learn how to bring more balanced green beauty, eco-friendly, sustainable, organic products into their lives without being too “crunchy” or “granola”. Amanda is passionate about wellness and inspiring moms to make more eco-friendly and healthy choices without having to give up their hip mama selves and trade in their stilettos for Birkenstocks. She can often be found sipping green tea, behind her camera, diy’ing, instagramming, in the middle of a workout, chasing her two little boys around her farm or with her nose in an ingredients list in efforts to help other moms become more aware of what is really in the products they buy.

Comments

  1. Thanks for the explaination! I’ve been wondering what all the fuss was about….and now I know!

  2. Leanne Mc says:

    One of the things I’ve heard about some of these other salts (I use a pink salt as well as some sea salt) is that they don’t have any iodine added and therefore some people may not get sufficient iodine, which we do need in our diet.

    Have you looked into iodine at all and the amounts we need versus what you would get through your regular diet? I haven’t ever taken the time to look into it with enough depth to know if we actually do get enough through diet.

    • Apparently Himalayan salt has naturally occurring iodine, so no need to add it in. One gram contains approximately 500/mcg of iodine. I also read that dairy is generally pretty rich in iodine so you’d be getting it there too if you’re eating dairy. Let me know if you find out more!

      • Leanne Mc says:

        Interesting! I didn’t know any of the other salts actually had iodine as well…..all the better!! :)

  3. I find this so interesting. I have a friend that is really passionate about Ayurvedic practices. I haven’t thought about the implications for salts.

    Really informative!

    • Glad you got something out of it Kerrie! I’ll be posting more regularly on Ayurveda from a modern mama’s point of view so if you enjoy it, definitely check back!

  4. I’ve never heard of this before but now definitely want to start using it. Where do you get it? Any health food store or is it something I’d order?

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