A nutritionist who used to train at a Bikram yoga studio I previously was a member of when asked how best to hydrate prior to classes said that her go-to was Himalayan pink salt in water. ‘SALT?!’ I thought at the time. She explained that not all salts are the same. Let me explain…
TABLE SALT: Common salt is comprised from Sodium Chloride, however is a processed form of salt which has been bleached, heated, and stripped of almost all its mineral content. In addition, dangerous chemicals like fluoride, calcium carbonate, aluminium hydroxide, magnesium carbonate are added. Table salt is devoid of all the healthful minerals your body needs, puts strain on your kidneys and aids in fluid retention. According to various studies, it has also been linked to heart disease, high blood pressure, cancer and osteoporosis.
ROCK SALT: Is a cheap alternative to table salt, and is at least a natural product. Biochemically, without getting too technical on you, due to it’s structure, the minerals in rock salt have great difficulty being absorbed through our cells’ walls within our body to be ulitised.
HIMALAYAN PINK SALT: Crystal salt from the Himalayas is deemed as the healthiest salt on Earth, due to its crystalline structure, which is in an ionic form that enables our body’s cells to absorb. Himalayan Pink Salt contains 84 minerals and trace elements essential to our health and well-being, and is able to restore our alkaline and electrolyte balance.
Salt is given such a bad rap, however it’s table salt which is the real culprit here. It’s not about limiting our salt intake, it’s about consuming natural and nutritional forms of salt along with a diet high of nutritious wholefoods, and avoiding processed foods which are often full of processed salt.
My verdict – get your hands on some Himalayan pink salt and retire your table salt to the rubbish!