If your mind has turned to your health and wellbeing in the New Year, then more likely than not you’ve contemplated your diet.
For many, one of life’s culinary pleasures is a generous sprinkling of salt on our favourite food. Regardless of the temperature outside (for us Aussies, the New Year has ushered in a heat wave of epic proportion, while our friends in the Northern Hemisphere are probably enjoying a snowball fight right now) salt is a tempting addition to our food. But the question is, should we be feeling guilty about it?
Salt has evolved into the ‘Dr Evil’ of our diet over many decades. We know that excessive consumption can increase our risk of stroke, weight gain and osteoporosis and that salt is added liberally to processed foods, themselves a Pandora’s Box of health problems.
Table salt – that is, the small white grains of salt we buy at the supermarket is the actual problem.
It undergoes a process of purification involving heating at high temperature to remove all its natural minerals and nutrients and altering its chemical structure. The refining process involves the use of aluminium, ferro cyanide and bleach. After anti-caking agents are added, and sometimes fluoride, table salt comprises 97.5% sodium chloride and 2.5% additives.
Given that sodium is an essential nutritional element for our bodies, how then do we ensure the salt we consume is the best for our health?
Himalayan pink salt is a completely natural crystal rock salt. It comprises 85% sodium chloride and 15% natural minerals. Studies undertaken have found that pink salt crystals contain 84 essential minerals including calcium, chloride, iron, magnesium, phosphorus and potassium.
And the good news? Salt can do lots of wondrous things for our bodies, including:
• Regulating our water content
• Promoting healthy cell pH
• Regulating blood sugar
• Absorbing food particles in the intestines
• Supporting respiratory health
• Preventing muscle spasm and cramps
• Improving bone density
• Regulating our sleep cycle
• Improving vascular health and regulating blood pressure
Ancient physician Hippocrates was definitely onto something nearly 2,500 years ago when he prescribed saltwater inhalation therapy for bronchial and lung disorders. Indeed this technique has enjoyed a resurgence in popularity as ‘Salt Rooms’ crop up all around the world, simulating the environment of a salt cave to treat a range of respiratory, skin and even psychological problems.
As the world re-embraces the amazing benefits of pure crystal salt for their health and vitality, maybe it’s time you swapped the table salt for some Himalayan Pink?
If the food miles bother you – then investigate the plethora of local options. In Australia, try Murray River Gourmet Salt Flakes. Naturally pink and completely unprocessed they add a glamorous touch to your table as well as being packed with magnesium and calcium.
So make your New Year’s Resolution simple, make the switch to pink salt and enjoy the nutritional difference. It’s a ‘health food’ that’s pretty easy to love.