Himalayan contains 84 trace minerals and electrolytes. Some of these minerals include calcium, iodine, potassium, magnesium and iron. In fact, Himalayan salt contains triple the amount of potassium, per serving, than Maldon or Celtic sea salt.
While lacking scientific evidence, high mineral content in Himalayan rock salt attributes to many health benefits. Here are f
our things people believe Himalayan rock salt helps with:
1. Electrolyte Balance
Himalayan salt contains all six electrolytes we require for health: sodium, potassium, chloride, magnesium, phosphorus and calcium. Therefore, you can replenish your body’s natural supply of electrolytes by adding Himalayan rock salt to your diet. This is especially helpful on hot days or after an intense workout when electrolytes are lost through sweat.
You can make a natural “gatorade” with Himalayan rock salt by adding ¼ teaspoon of Himalayan rock salt to 1 quart (1 liter) of water, with the juice of half a lemon and some raw honey or green leaf stevia.
2. Thyroid Function
Since Himalayan rock salt contains iodine – the element your body needs to synthesize thyroid hormones – it may help promote and maintain healthy thyroid function.
Research links Iodine deficiency to hypothyroidism. It’s a common condition primarily present in countries such as India, Asia and Africa. As a preventative measure against iodine deficiency, synthetic iodine gets added back into table salt (also known as iodized salt).
Now, to state the obvious: unrefined salt already contains iodine. So, why not get iodine from a natural source, like Himalayan rock salt?
3. Adrenal Health
Your adrenals are two little glands sitting on top of your kidneys. They’re responsible for regulating your body’s stress response by producing the hormones cortisol and adrenaline.
Your adrenal glands depend on minerals for proper function. You can find minerals like sodium and potassium in Himalayan rock salt. Ideal sodium and potassium balance is essential to adrenal health. It prevents your adrenals from over-functioning (resulting from excess sodium) or under-functioning (excess potassium).
Himalayan rock salt balances sodium and potassium for optimal adrenal health.
Promoting adrenal health is important to preventing chronic fatigue, burnout, and other hormone imbalances — such as hypothyroidism.
4. Migraine Relief
Researchers suggest a primary cause of migraines and headaches comes from magnesium deficiency.
Since Himalayan rock salt contains magnesium, people often use it as a natural remedy for migraine relief. Himalayan rock salt also contains calcium, helping to relax constricted blood vessels.
PINK HIMALAYAN SALT vs. TABLE SALT
Simple table to help you understand the differences: