Many of us are under the impression that salt is unhealthy, when in fact, not all types of sals are equal. While processed table salt may not be a healthy option, Himalayan pink salt, however, contains over 84 trace minerals and elements that make it very nourishing for the body and has many health benefits: detoxifying, boosting energy, improving digestion and promoting healthy hair, skin, and nails.
You can use pink salt in any dish you would use regular salt in, or a host of other ways. To get a boost of caffeine-free energy, you can add a pinch of pink salt to your morning lemon water or smoothie each day. To experience the full benefits of Himalayan pink salt, you can also make salt water sole (pronounced so-lay), which is essentially water that has been fully saturated with natural salt to the point where it won’t absorb anymore. This is the form of the salt that is easiest for the body to absorb.
According to holistic nutritionist Kelly LeVeque, pink salt water also makes a great sports drink:
When we sweat and workout we lose minerals (or electrolytes), and sole is a great way to add them back in the body with water. Himalayan Pink Salt is packed with over 84 trace minerals and elements, as opposed to table salt that is 97.5% sodium chloride. Excess sodium increases your risk of hypertension, osteoporosis, and kidney disease, whereas the diversity of elements in Himalayan pink salt is shown to create an electrolyte balance within your body, strengthen bones, lower blood pressure, and improve circulation. It also helps to protect the delicate balance of minerals in your cells, avoid excess water retention, and prevent premature aging. Every cell needs a balance of potassium and sodium.
A Few of our Current Favourite Clean Beauty Products
And while we’re on the topic of detoxifying, we recently read an article at goop about the safety of beauty products and discovered that 80% of the chemicals in personal care products in the United States have never been tested for safety. While the E.U. has banned or regulated more than 1,300 ingredients in personal care products, the U.S. has only banned 11. For this reason, it is exceptionally important for those living in the latter to read the labels of all beauty products for they may contain chemicals that are either known to be harmful, or whose long-term effects on health are completely unknown. Here are a few of our current favourite safer beauty products …
Fragrance. “It’s a trade secret, which means that companies are not required to disclose what’s in it—usually, there are dozens, if not hundreds of potentially toxic chemicals, including phthalates, which cause the fragrance to stick to your skin.”
Parabens. “The presence of this toxic preservative—an endocrine disruptor—is indicated by any word that ends in paraben, like methylparaben, propylparaben, etc. Many big companies have vowed to take parabens out of their products, though it will be important to ensure that they don’t replace them with something just as toxic. By law, preservatives are required in any product that contains water, so if a product promises to be preservative-free, and it doesn’t require refrigeration or immediate use, something is fishy. When this is the case, there’s a good chance that the product includes a raw ingredient—like aloe, grapeseed extract, or Japanese honeysuckle—that came to the formulator pre-preserved. Preservatives that are hiding with other raw ingredients do not need to be listed on the label.”
Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES). “The surfactant Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) can cause skin irritation and allergies. The much bigger problem is that in the process of making it less harsh for the skin (ethoxylation), a carcinogenic byproduct emerges: 1,4-dioxane, which shows up on the label as SLES. It’s never listed on an ingredient label because it is a “contaminant,” but it’s often present where SLES appears. Avoid SLES whenever you can.”
Formaldehyde. “This is another preservative that you’ll never actually see listed on the label: It’s also a carcinogen, and it is linked to asthma, neurotoxicity, and developmental toxicity. It’s likely present where quaternium-15, DMDM hydantoin, imidazolidinyl urea, diazolidinyl urea, sodium hydroxymethylglycinate, and 2-bromo-2-nitropropane-1,3 diol (Bronopol) are listed on ingredient labels.”
Phthalates. “Abbreviated to DBP, DEHP, and DEP, these plasticizers make products more pliable—and make fragrances stick to skin. They are endocrine/hormone disruptors commonly used in nail products, and they hide in ‘fragrance.’”