I happened to have pre-eclampsia during my pregnancy with twins, which is supposed to be rather common. After I gave birth I was put on a super strict sodium free diet by the hospital. I remember it being a pretty rough few weeks. Not only did I have the pain from the c-section to deal with, but my food was pretty gross! I was limited to almost 100% elimination of salt, which meant no salt in anything we cooked. Obviously processed foods and marinated meats were off the table, as those contain high levels of sodium. Simply stated, I learned salt was bad.
Six years later, I accompanied my mother to a doctor’s appointment I made for her – the first time at my naturopath, a newly discovered hobby of mine, as he was teaching me so much. My mother has high blood pressure, so as he started to read through her protocols, I jumped up and said “Don’t worry, she lays low on salt Dr., as do I.” I was proud of myself. He looked at me funny and said “why”? I said salt is bad for you. His response: “Processed table salt that has had all the minerals and vitamins stripped out and is total junk IS bad for you but not real salt.” I looked a bit confused and asked what that means. “Eat Himalayan salt only, use as much as you need, a little goes a long way, you won’t need that much, its real salt and its good for your health and can help CONTROL your blood pressure. Don’t touch anything else.” Huh?! So on our way home, I stopped by Trader Joe's, ran to the salt isle and picked up the only pink salt I could see and rushed home to use it. That same night I threw out all the other “fake” salt. Since then, we have never turned back.
It is sad that restaurants have those salt shakers out with chemicals in them disguised as salt. Remember, commercially refined salt is not only stripped of all its minerals, but is also chemically cleaned, bleached and heated at unnecessary high temperatures. Himalayan salts are mineral packed crystals which are formed naturally within the earth. Not only is it a natural source of iodine, but it is made up of 85% sodium chloride and 15% of other trace minerals that include: sulphate, magnesium, calcium, potassium, bicarbonate, bromide, borate, strontium, and fluoride.
Here are the top 10 benefits of Himalayan Salt:
• Lowers blood pressure
• Balances pH (alkaline/acidity)
• Increases hydration
• Improves circulation
• Aids in proper metabolism functioning
• Creates an electrolyte balance
• Reduces acid reflux
• Prevents goiters
• Strengthens bones
• Removes toxins from the body
Think about the salt you use at home and consider a refreshing change. You can find Himalayan salt anywhere. I order the huge packs from amazon in a bulk order that lasts me a while.