The Pink Himalayan Salt

Himalayan pink salt has long been a salt favoured by those who believe in balancing the body's salt and minerals levels. Popular belief holds that salt causes "salt shock," causing the body to crave for more. As a result, we crave for more salt and other salty foods, which can eventually lead to an unhealthy lifestyle and build up of toxins in the body. This build up of toxins can contribute to many problems throughout the body, including cancer, heart disease, nerve damage, etc.

Pink Himalayan salt comes from the foothills of the Himalayan Mountains in Pakistan. This is a type of rock salt that is heavily processed to make it different from regular sea salt or table salt. The salt, which usually has a pink tint due to mineral salts, is used for food seasoning, cooking and even as a spa treatment, decorative lamps and even mineral supplements. A variety of health benefits have been ascribed to the mineral rich attributes of this natural crystal.

One of the many health benefits associated with pink Himalayan salt (also known as Pana Rock) is its ability to provide trace minerals. Trace minerals are important to our overall well-being, and these trace minerals can only be found in naturally occurring salt rocks like the Himalayan pink salt. Many of the minerals found in salt rocks can only be found naturally in nature, there are some mineral qualities in seawater that are naturally occurring in salt rocks, and we are able to get most of these minerals from seawater, too, but we need to ingest them through eating or inhaling the salt itself. In a way, Himalayan salt allows us to slightly alter the way we obtain these trace minerals in our diet, and to indirectly contribute to a healthier life.

Trace minerals help our bodies to fight off certain diseases and infections. We would not be able to survive without the presence of helpful amounts of calcium and magnesium in our everyday diets. However, because our soils are so depleted of these minerals, it is important to supplement our diets with them periodically in order to maintain healthy bodily functions. Trace minerals found in pink Himalayan salt or any other type of naturally occurring salt are beneficial not only to our blood sugar levels but also to our skin, bones and our teeth. The more magnesium and calcium in our bodies have, the better chance we have of fighting off infections and other disorders.

As with any food supplementation, it is important to take in only enough to help you meet your nutritional needs. One serving of any sort of commercially prepared salt contains approximately two teaspoons of minerals, so just a small portion of any commercially prepared pink Himalayan salt would be beneficial to your health. Some experts believe that the regular consumption of trace minerals may reduce the incidence of heart problems and certain types of cancer. Eating a moderate amount of commercially prepared salt from a source such as pink Himalayan can also improve your eyesight and may prevent some forms of Alzheimer's disease. Consuming a diet rich in trace minerals has been shown to boost energy and immune function and may help prevent heart disease and certain types of cancer.

Because pink Himalayan salt lamps are naturally produced in remote areas, their production costs are much lower than those of many other mineral lamps. For instance, an African country where miners live in caves for years at a time, producing hundreds of tons of salt per year, will not be able to produce any high quality lamps for less than a few dollars per lamp. Furthermore, this same country is so poor that it would cost too much to allow any decent lamp manufacturing facility to operate. In short pink Himalayan salt lamps can be bought for a fraction of what you'd pay for similar products in stores. If you love the earth and want to save some money, buying natural mined salt rather than manufactured salt is a better economical choice.

One of the trace minerals most essential to human health is calcium. Calcium is present in abundant quantities in seawater and may be depleted in the water due to pollution. In order to get the required calcium, the best option would be to buy a Himalayan salt lamp or buy sea salt. Pink Himalayan salt lamps are both beautiful and affordable, so adding a sea salt lamp to your home is a good way to get more calcium into your daily diet.

Salt is essential to human life, without which our bodies cannot survive. However, excess salt consumption has been linked to various diseases including cancer and heart disease. Excess sodium chloride (salt) intake may cause high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol, poor cardiovascular health and a variety of kidney disorders. Many people who eat foods rich in salt will benefit if they also take a small dose of a natural sea salt every day.