Pink Himalayan Salt
So, what is pink salt?
Salt may be the most used kitchen staple, but let’s get really deep into the details here.
Salt is a crystalline mineral made of two elements, sodium (Na) and chlorine (Cl). Although you’ve been told to stop shaking that salt shaker for heart health reasons, sodium and chlorine are actually essential for your body and for your brain and nerves to send electrical impulses(1). Pink Himalayan salt in particular is a type of rock salt from the Punjab region of Pakistan, near the foothills of the Himalayas(2). The history books show that the mine where pink salt was first harvested formed millions of years ago from the evaporation of ancient bodies of water. Imagine walking into a whole cave of this stuff!?
Why should I eat more (or less) of it?
Let’s break down the usage of sodium itself, first. Believe it or not sodium within salt can support:
- contracting and relaxing muscles
- maintaining proper fluid balance and preventing dehydration
- preventing low blood pressure
- Reduce the risk of infection and kill harmful bacteria.
- Help with depression.
Have you been told as of late to always use pink salt over standard table salt? Here’s the reason why. Although pink Himalayan salt is actually chemically similar to table salt, the rest of it consists of some trace minerals (i.e. potassium, magnesium, and calcium) which give it it’s light pink tint and specific taste. Surprisingly, though, studies actually show that chemically, both table salt and pink salt contain around 98 percent sodium chloride, which doesn’t leave a whole lot of room for these trace minerals. Given the limited quantities in which people normally consume salt, the 2 percent is unlikely going to provide a huge difference when it comes to health benefits.
The main reason that you SHOULD always pick pink over table salt is the fact that it is au natural with NO additives. Table salt is heavily refined and has what’s known as “anti-caking” agents to stop it from clumping together. Yum…..
The bottom line here: mineral content may not make a huge difference in your over health and you can probably get the aforementioned benefits from ALL types of salt. BUT*, you should always choose the least refined kind which is why we are 100% proponents of going pink.
Where do I get it?
You can grab anything from the full crystals to the ground pink salt at your local grocery store. You can also buy in the form of a bath scrub (or make your own) if you’re in need of a little self-care! Grab our favs here:
Want the Recipe?
(recipe calls for sea salt, but pink salt is the PERFECT sub here).