Salt is one of those ingredients that have received a lot of bad press in the past. It has been linked with high blood pressure and accused of potentially raising the risk for heart attacks and strokes. Luckily, these accusations have no solid proof behind them and we know that salt is actually so good for us. The trick is to consume the right type of unrefined salt like pink Himalayan Rock Salt.
Regular table salt is man-made and contains only sodium and chloride. The unrefined salts have up to 84 different minerals, all of which the body has a need for. The only people who need to be cautious about salt intake are those who eat a lot of processed and fast foods and those with kidney disease. If you do not fall into those groups, you should aim to consume about 1-2 teaspoons of unrefined Himalayan salt each day, either in water or in food.
They reason that Himalayan Rock Salt is superior is because it is the cleanest and purest form of salt and it is the most mineral-dense salt found on earth. Unrefined sea salt is a good option, however the oceans are no longer very clean so it may not be the best option.
• You need salt for the basic building blocks of stomach acid (Hydrochloric Acid). Since salt provides lots of chloride ions it is perfect to make sure you have enough stomach acid and are therefore digesting your food properly and absorbing all the nutrition it contains.
• Consuming more unrefined salt may help you to sleep better. Its effects on balancing the body’s stress hormones help the body to relax and sleep more easily. The improved mineral status may also help to make sure your muscles are relaxed which promotes sleep too.