Pink Himalayan Salt
This is not something I recommend. Himalayan salt is actually toxic to the body. It's diatomic in particle size, meaning it has 6 sides to it like colloid silver size elements do, making it harmful to cells. It also has no allostatic taste warning when you have consumed too much, unlike Celtic sea salts. So one can overdo it without obtaining the warning of the body to stop. Place a Himalayan rock salt block outside and animals won't even come to consume it, it's not similar at all to regular salt.
It is not a health food, nor an adequate form of salt. I feel that salt should contain certain qualities about it that make it healthy, just like foods. However, Pink rock salt is like trying to lick a rock for minerals, this simply is not a beneficial way to obtain your elements.
For one, this salt has no ability to inform the body when you have consumed too much of it unlike fruits and fats like pineapple, for example, which burn your tongue when you reach maximum exposure. Himalayan salt does not do this, like its sea salt counterpart. Thus, overdose is usually the result. And because many of the minerals in this salt (60) are toxic and radioactive, they are not only useless to human physiology but also harmful. Radioactive elements like uranium can be detected in trace amounts in the human body, but they should be considered contaminants, not useful nutrients.
Here is the spectral analysis of the salt; it shows those harmful elements.
Multiple studies showing everything from sodium intake and higher blood pressure.
First study: Association of Urinary Sodium and Potassium Excretion with Blood Pressure
Second study: Urinary Sodium and Potassium Excretion, Mortality, and Cardiovascular Events
Third study: Global Sodium Consumption and Death from Cardiovascular Causes
There is no evidence that Himalayan salt lowers blood pressure and it is biologically implausible that it would have an anti-hypertensive effect.
The role of Himalayan salt in bone density seems to be an urban (or bloggers) myth!
The role of Himalayan salt in improving circulation seems to be another urban (or bloggers) myth!
There are 20,000 online posts for studies relating to the treatment of acid reflux. Guess how many mention Himalayan salt? None!
There are no studies on Himalayan salt which means that we cannot and should not recommend it.
Not to mention vegans care about the Earth and these are dug out of the side of mountains destroying natural habitats.
What about sea salt? Isn't it contaminated with plastics?
A recent study examined 39 different salt brands spread out geographically across the world to determine the magnitude of microplastic pollution. The findings were alarming and showed that many areas are being contaminated with microplastics, particularly Asian regions. As I'm sure you are aware, microplastics do pose dangers to our health. Studies have found that they have toxic effects on the liver and induce gut microbiota dysbiosis, intestinal barrier dysfunction and metabolic disorders.
Because of this, I have researched some sea salt brands that are safe to use and have not been contaminated. One of the brands that I found is Redmond's Real Salt. The reason their sea salt has not been contaminated by the microplastics is because they mine their salt from an ancient sea bed that is not sourced by the ocean. They even put out a statement about their salt to reassure the public, which you can read here: https://realsalt.com/has-real-salt-sea-salt-been-contaminated-by-plastic/
Another salt that I have found in my research that is uncontaminated is purple bamboo salt. Bamboo salt was originally created about 1000 years ago by Korean doctors and monks as a folk medicinal remedy. It has since been found to be therapeutically effective on "numerous pathological conditions, including inflammation, viral diseases, diabetes and cancer." It is made by encasing sea salt in 3+ year old bamboo trunks. The ends are then sealed with natural yellow clay that is rich in minerals. The filled trunks are then roasted in a pinewood furnace for 10 hours at temperatures between 1800 to 2700 degrees Fahrenheit. This process is then repeated 3 to 9 more times. It has been found through repeated experiments that the bamboo salt increased in its medicinal benefits if it was baked for more time.
I don't usually recommend consuming foods that have been heated at high temperatures, but the fact that these heats are more than enough to purify the sea salt of microplastics AND increase its medicinal effectiveness causes me to recommend it as something to seriously consider.
Following are links to several studies which show its medical benefits:
Additionally, I would like to provide you with a few more salt options and alternatives that you may want to consider. Those of you that do not have issues with sodium may want to try gluten free tamari. One of the bonuses to this fermented soy product is that it contains a newly discovered vitamin called PQQ, which fights mitochondrial dysfunction and protects neurons against oxidative damage. It also supports energy metabolism and healthy aging, which I am a huge supporter of. Its dark color is also indicative of it being high in antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals.
Another semi-salty option you may want to try are kelp flakes. These are lower in sodium and are a natural source of numerous vitamins and minerals not to mention iodine. The only drawback to kelp is that like sea salt it comes from our polluted oceans. One of the great things about kelp is that it is highly absorbent and holds onto toxins, however, that is also something that can be detrimental about it. Just think about it, why would you want to consume something that is absorbing all the pollution and radiation in the surrounding oceans that it came from? So, if you want to eat kelp flakes, some more research is required to find out where it is sourced from and if it has been tested for pollutants and radiation.
Some of you may be trying to avoid products with sodium altogether, but would still enjoy the enhancement of flavor that it provides. For that, I would recommend checking out Bragg Organic Sprinkle, which contains 24 herbs and spices, many of which are known for enhancing flavor. Another alternative you may want to look into is nutritional yeast. Nutritional yeast is a delicious cheesy flavor alternative that may provide just what you need for certain dishes. I recommend looking for a brand that is non-fortified as I do not recommend consuming synthetic vitamins.
Vinegars like apple cider vinegar and balsamic vinegar or citrus juices like lemon and lime juice are some more great options you may want to try. The tanginess of these liquids are definitely a flavor enhancer and also help to balance out the richness of fats in dishes.
I hope that I've given you a lot to think about and consider in your quest for truth about these salts. Best wishes to you on your journey of health and vitality! Feel free to comment below if you have any questions or things to share. ☺