HIMALAYAN ROCK SALT
This high-altitude mineral is packed with health and home benefits WHY IT’S HEALTHY HOW TO USE IT
Most of us have too much of it, but salt – or sodium chloride, to give it its official title – is essential for health. In fact, we couldn’t exist without it, Eat Fit Food nutritionist Katherine Rothwell says. As well as helping the body to maintain its water balance and blood pH, it’s needed for stomach, nerve and muscle function. But not all salt is created equal. Here, Rothwell explains what makes Himalayan sea salt top of the heap in terms of health. This natural rock salt comes from the Himalayan foothills of Pakistan. It’s not bleached or chemically altered, like processed table salt, and its crystals are often reddish, pink, off-white or transparent. Himalayan salt has an impressive nutritional profile with dozens of minerals (some studies have found more than 80), including calcium (for bone health), iron (to transport oxygen), zinc (for immunity), iodine (to maintain a healthy metabolism) and selenium (for sperm health).
According to anecdotal evidence it also works as a complementary therapy in treatment of respiratory conditions such as asthma, and eases congestion and dry coughs. Exchange it for table salt in your cooking; use it to ease respiratory conditions by adding it to a nasal spray or a salt air diffuser, which turns saline solution into a salt aerosol; or add it to your bath as a detoxifying agent. It also works well as a natural cleaning product and becomes an effective scouring agent when combined with vinegar; it’s particularly good for cleaning stained cups, clearing drains and soaking up spilt wine.