Crystal salt mined from the Himalayan Mountains is the healthiest salt there is. It is rock salt that has been subjected to enormous pressure over 250 million years, which turns the salt into crystals, similar to how diamonds are made. These crystals contain particles of essential life elements that are small enough to penetrate human cells and be metabolized.
In Europe, there has been much testing of water and salt and their relation to health in recent years. The only salt that has been tested in this way is "The Original" Himalayan Crystal Salt. Studies showed that test subjects consuming this salt experienced more physical energy and greater vitality, noticeable hair and nail growth, increased ability to concentrate, increased sexual activity, an overall feeling of enhanced well-being and other positive benefits.
Perhaps you have seen a beautiful lamp that looks like illuminated stone--either in its natural form or cut in to an orb, pyramid, or other geometric shape--and were drawn to the glow of its soft, magical light. Chances are, it was a salt lamp made from a solid piece of natural salt crystal, formed millions of years ago in the majestic Himalayan Mountains.
When the mountains were formed, tremendous heat and pressure refined the structure of the salt crystals, making them translucent. Depending on the amount of iron in the mix of minerals, the crystals emerged in luminous shades of amber from light to dark, with infinite variations.
A NATURAL SOURCE OF NEGATIVE IONS
One of the benefits for which salt lamps are known and valued is the production of natural negative ions, creating an effect similar to being at a beach, standing next to a waterfall, or using a man made ion generator. When the lamp becomes warm, it absorbs moisture and the crystal becomes damp on the surface. This binds negative ions with the excess positive ions, neutralizing the positively-charged atmosphere of a room. The emission of negative ions from salt crystal lamps have a very positive effect on all our body functions. Here are just a few...
Circulatory System--Our blood is the transportation system to carry oxygen and nutrients through the veins into each cell of our body. Sometimes those transport lines are congested with cholesterol. The negative ions of the salt crystal lamps reduce the cholesterol content of the blood, lowering the blood pressure and the burden on the heart.
Immune System--The negative ions from the salt crystal lamp help the body's defense system by detoxifying the blood. This, in turn, helps stop inflammatory processes. Salt crystal lamps can also help with allergies because the negative ions go with oxygen into the blood and into the cells. Negative ions can also help with respiratory diseases.
Digestive System--Stomach troubles and diarrhea are often caused through stress, disappointment or anger. Constipation is caused by a blockage of the peristalsis. Those complaints can be handled with an increased supply of negative ions from salt crystal lamps.
Complaints of old age--Negative ions both slow down the deposit of pollutants in the body and encourage their release. This has a positive effect on the metabolism and animate nerve activity, in turn increasing memory, liveliness, and ability to concentrate and react. This increase in body activity can slow the aging process.
In general, our bodies benefit overall from being in an indoor environment full of negative ions, as it is more similar to the outdoor environment. How many salt lamps do you need for effective ion generation? The amount of negative ions emitted by a salt lamp is directly related to the amount of surface area--bigger lamps give off more negative ions (and increasing the wattage of the bulb will also increase the amount of ions). But, keep in mind that the field of negative ions around a lamp drops off dramatically within a few feet of the lamp, so if the ionization benefits of a salt lamp is more important than it's beautiful light, it would be better to have a number of smaller salt lamps placed around your room rather than one large lamp.
COLOR BENEFITS BODY AND MIND
The spectrum of warm colors inherent in salt crystal lamps, each has its own influence on the well being of body and mind. If you wish to choose a lamp that will give color therapy benefits, consider these choices:
Orange--facilitates a feeling of security and is helpful to our nervous system and our mind and activates the kidneys and bladder.
Yellow--encourages intellectual comprehension and stimulates the pancreas, liver and gallbladder.
Red--strengthens vitality and activates the heart and circulation.
Pink--supports the sense of partnership and love and opens the emotional body.
Brown--helps to find one's own balance and supports earthiness.
White--has a cleansing and detoxifying effect and represents the healing aspect.
Together, these colors bring a warmth to a room similar to the soft glow of candlelight.
USE SALT CRYSTAL LAMPS ALL THROUGH YOUR HOME
Salt crystal lamps are a healthful addition to any room.
In the office... A salt crystal lamp at work can help improve your concentration, and neutralize the effects of stress, artificial light and air environment.
In the bedroom... A salt crystal lamp can have a comforting and soothing effect for children and the bedridden, and can be a gentle night light (the orb lamp looks like a glowing planet!)
Near the computer...Place a Salt crystal lamp near your computer to reduce fatigue, and counter the effects of electro-magnetic pollution and monitor radiation. Wherever you place your salt crystal lamp, it is sure to light up your life.
Do You Crave Salt?
Do you crave salt? Do you put salt on your food? Do you love salty nuts, potato chips or French fries, popcorn, pretzels, cheese puffs, or other salty snack foods? Chances are, you are eating the wrong kind of salt!
Salt, as it occurs in the Earth, is a complex crystal containing eighty-four elements that are vital to life. These include hydrogen, carbon, nitrogen, oxygen, sodium, magnesium, silicum, chloride, calcium, titanium, chromium, manganese, iron, copper, zinc, selenium, zirconium, silver, iodine, platinum, gold, and many more. As salt moves through the ecosystem, salt nourishes plants and animals, supporting all life.
These nutrients are the same elements originally found existing in the "primal ocean" where all life originated, and the same elements our bodies need for good health.
Table Salt -- Industrial Sodium Chloride
What is sold as table salt for us to eat is actually a product of industrial production.
About 93 percent of salt production worldwide is used directly for industrial purposes. It is essential to make products such as laundry detergent, varnish, plastics and other products.
For these industrial uses, chemical processes require pure sodium chloride. To obtain sodium chloride, all the essential minerals and trace elements are removed from natural salt and discarded as impurities.
The remaining sodium chloride is used to preserve foods inexpensively, which is why so many ready-to-eat food products are heavily "salted" with sodium chloride. The sodium chloride inhibits the natural breakdown of the food, increasing its shelf life of foods that would naturally spoil very quickly. Since foods break down in our bodies with the same processes nature uses to break foods down outside of our bodies, sodium chloride in food products also makes them more difficult to digest.
Sodium chloride is fine for factories, but it doesn't belong in our bodies!
It is an unnatural, isolated substance that is nothing like the living salt found in Nature.
Our Bodies Contain a Living Sea
Our bodies contain the same salty liquid as that of the primal sea--a fluid consisting of water and salt. This flows through more than 56,000 miles of waterways and blood vessels, regulating and balancing the functions of our bodies.
To replenish this sea, our bodies need natural salt. While our bodies require only 0.007 ounces of whole, natural salt per day (that's about 1/25th of a teaspoon), we could eat sodium chloride--with only two of the eighty-four essential elements--all day long and still be deficient of the nutrients we need from real salt.
Nutrient-deficient Sodium Chloride Makes Our Bodies Crave Real, Natural Salt
Because our bodies need natural salt, when we eat less than 0.007 ounces of natural salt per day, a salt craving kicks in. When we eat sodium chloride, it contains none of the nutrients our bodies need. Craving the nutrients found in natural salt, we eat more and more sodium chloride and set up a vicious cycle that results in more and more cravings.
Whether or not we are aware of the dangers of sodium chloride, our bodies recognize sodium chloride as an unnatural substance--a poison--and try to eliminate it as quickly as possible. The problem is, we eat more salt than our bodies can process out. Here in the United States, our average daily consumption of table salt is between 0.4 ounces and 0.7 ounces. Our bodies are only able to excrete 0.17 ounces to 0.25 ounces a day through our kidneys, depending on our age, constitution and sex.
Our bodies then try to neutralize whatever sodium chloride is left in the body by surrounding it with water molecules in order to break it down into sodium and chloride. For this process, our bodies take water from our cells. Without water, our body cells die.
The result is edema, or excess fluid in the body tissue. This is why doctors tell us to avoid salt.
If there is more sodium chloride in a body than it can neutralize by pulling water out of cells, the body get rids of the excess sodium chloride by binding it with uric acid to form new crystals. These are deposited directly in the bones and joints and are known as arthritis, gout, and kidney and gall bladder stones.
The Natural Salt Solution
When we eat natural, living salt, which contains all it's original elements, our bodies receive the 0.007 ounces of actual salt it needs to thrive. A little goes a very long way to creating good health.
Because natural salt provides the elements the body needs, the body no longer craves salt and the natural balance of salt intake and elimination is re-established. Ills caused by excessive intake of sodium chloride disappear. You can enjoy the enhanced flavor of foods with salt that will add to your good health, naturally.
Salt is Essential to Life
Though in today's modern world we are warned about the dangers of salt, in fact, salt is essential to life.
Salt is necessary not only for humans but for animals and plants as well. Salt is required, along with water, to activate cells in all plant and animal life. Bodies are able to endure periods without food, but without both salt and water, living cells quickly perish from dehydration.
Since the beginning of human civilization, the obtaining of salt has shaped history. So important was salt that populations went to war over rights to procure salt from abundant areas. So valuable was salt that Roman soldiers were given salarium "salt allowance"--as part of their pay. This is the origin of the word salary, which now applies to all of our wages for work.
The adult human body contains about four ounces of salt. Without enough salt, muscles don't contract, blood doesn't circulate, food doesn't digest, and hearts don't beat.
Our bodies lose salt all day long as water leaves the body in the forms of perspiration and urine. Low salt levels in the body can produce muscle cramps, nausea, vomiting and dizziness, and eventually, a lack of salt can lead to shock, coma and death. And so salt needs to be replenished in our bodies on a daily basis.
QUANTITY AND QUALITY
There is no lack of salt in our modern diet. Processed foods are heavily salted, so much so that many people get more salt than their bodies really need. Too much salt can contribute to high blood pressure and other common ills. But the salt that is commonly sold as table salt and used in processed foods is not the salt that our bodies need. Table salt is a highly refined substance containing only sodium and chloride. What our bodies need is natural unrefined salt made up of all elements of the Earth--all the minerals and trace elements that compose life. These same minerals and trace elements are also found in the human body, as both natural salt and the human body are but different forms made of the same essential building blocks of life.
In order to maintain health, we need to replenish our bodies with the substances that it needs. Our bodies need sodium, chloride, hydrogen, carbon, nitrogen, magnesium, potassium, calcium chromium manganese, iron, zinc, and many more minerals and elements, yet ordinary refined table salt provides only sodium and chloride. Without all the elements needed for health, bodies quickly degenerate and become ill. Even if our bodies have enough sodium and chloride, they can still be missing other minerals and elements that are vital to life. If our bodies are to have good health, it is essential to include natural, unrefined, living salt in our diets, just as nature intended.
Cooking With Healthy Salt
One of the major health benefits of preparing foods at home from fresh ingredients is that you have control over the ingredients in the dishes you prepare. You want the highest quality ingredients, the foods that will bring the most health to your body and your family, so you choose fresh, whole natural foods, perhaps organically-grown. But what about the salt you use?
These are the Himalayan salt blocks for cooking on the stove or grill. Whether it’s warming some brie cheese with fig preserves or searing tiger prawns with garlic and lemon zest, Cookware Grade Himalayan salt blocks provide perfect cooking heat and incredible taste. Go with the Cookware Grade for seared scallops or flank steak, fried onions and peppers, or fried eggs and bacon!
Cookware Grade Himalayan salt blocks are selected not just for their extraordinary natural beauty, but also for their structural integrity and uniformity. They can be warmed repeatedly to 130°F (55°C) for melting chocolate, heated to optimal cooking temperatures ranging from 400°F (200°C) to 550°F (290°C), depending on the recipe - and they are rated for heating up to 700°F (370°C). Cookware Grade Himalayan salt blocks generally contain fewer contain natural irregularities. While they may not be as dramatic or unusual in appearance as Tableware Grade salt blocks, the heating process mellows their color, so much of this distinctiveness would be lost anyway.
Himalayan salt platters, plates, blocks, and rocks are each unique, and can be enjoyed both as a natural artwork and as a tool for cooking and presenting food. Serve thinly sliced apples and Mozzarella on a cool salt brick and experience how a delicate saltiness is infused into the tart apple and creamy cheese. Try beef carpaccio or ahi tuna sashimi on a salt brick and watch the salt cure the edges of the fish. Heat the Himalayan salt slab on the stove-top and sear thin strips of flatiron steak or medallions of kobe beef!
Natural Salt is Healthy Salt
The health affects associated with salt--edema, arthritis, gout, kidney and gall bladder stones, high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke--are the result of eating refined sodium chloride, not from eating natural salt.
When we eat natural, living salt, which contains all its original elements, our bodies receive the salt they need to thrive. It's easy to just use natural salt in any recipe instead of refined salt. It's healthier for your body and tastes better too.
But what about all those convenience foods that contain salt?
Here's a recipe that you can try that is very easy. You can make this chicken soup with natural salt, then freeze it in serving-size containers so you'll have it on hand to heat up just like a can of soup. Though it takes some cooking time, the preparation time is very short, so you can put it together and let it cook while you do something else. Your family will love this warm, nutritious soup.
How To Order "Salt-Free" in Restaurants
Most Americans today eat too much refined salt. While our bodies do need some sodium to survive, the amount is very little. Many health experts say that 220 milligrams (1/8 teaspoon) to 500 mg (1/4 teaspoon) per day is more than enough.
The federal Dietary Guidelines now say that Americans should eat no more than 2300 mg (just under 1 teaspoon) of sodium per day. That's just less than one teaspoon of added salt.
While it's easy to cut down on salt at home, what about when you eat out in restaurants? There you could get several days allotment of salt in a single meal. But with a few easy guidelines, you can keep your salt intake well within reason and still enjoy a delicious meal.
Salt, as it occurs in the Earth, is a complex crystal containing eighty-four elements that are vital to life. These include sodium, magnesium, silicum, chloride, calcium, titanium, manganese, iron, copper, zinc, selenium, zirconium, silver, iodine, platinum, gold, and many more. These nutrients are the same elements originally found existing in the "primal ocean" where all life originated, and the same elements our bodies need for good health.
By contrast, refined table salt contains none of its original minerals. To make refined table salt, natural salt from the sea or mines is refined to pure sodium chloride. Then sodium ferro cyanide and green ferric ammonium citrate are added as anti caking agents. If you purchase iodized salt, it also contains potassium iodine, dextrose (that's refined sugar) to help stabilize the iodine, and sodium carbonate to preservative the color of the salt. Instead of building health, eating refined salt destroys body health.
Whether or not we are aware of the dangers of sodium chloride, our bodies recognize sodium chloride as an unnatural substance--a poison--and try to eliminate it as quickly as possible. The problem is, we eat more salt than our bodies can process out. Here in the United States, our average daily consumption of table salt is between 6 to 18 grams (1 – 3 teaspoons). Our bodies are only able to excrete 0.17 ounces to 0.25 ounces a day through our kidneys, depending on our age, constitution and sex.
Our bodies then try to neutralize whatever sodium chloride is left in the body by surrounding it with water molecules in order to break it down into sodium and chloride. For this process, our bodies take water from our cells. Without water, our body cells die.
The result is edema, or excess fluid in the body tissue. This is why doctors tell us to avoid salt. If there is more sodium chloride in a body than it can neutralize by pulling water out of cells, the body get rids of the excess sodium chloride by making it into new crystals. These are deposited directly in the bones and joints and are known as arthritis, gout, and kidney and gall bladder stones. Refined salt also contributes to high blood pressure, which greatly increases the risk of developing heart disease or stroke.
Refined Salt in Restaurants
Refined salt is present in many foods in restaurants. Most restaurants cook with refined salt, and it is also an ingredient in most packaged prepared foods that restaurants use.
Because many people are now on low-sodium diets, restaurants are now accustomed to their customers wanting to minimize salt.
Here are four simple tips for reducing your intake of refined salt while eating in restaurants.
1. Choose restaurants that make dishes from fresh ingredients rather than "fast food" establishments that serve pre-prepared dishes. While you will spend more on the meal, you will save on medical bills.
2. Choose dishes that are likely to be prepared from scratch and ask that your dish be prepared without salt.
3. Watch out for condiments such as catsup, pickles, mustard, mayonnaise, and salad dressings that contain a lot of refined salt (ask for oil and vinegar or lemon juice for your salad or ask for the dressing to be served "on the side".
4. Watch out for ingredients that contain a lot of salt, such as bacon and ham, and avoid them. Canned soups and soups made with bouillon cubes also contain a lot of salt, so only order soups that are made from scratch in the restaurant's own kitchen.
Bring Your Own Natural Salt
Now, just because you are reducing the amount of refined sodium chloride you eat doesn't mean that you need to eat completely salt-free. The health affects associated with salt--edema, arthritis, gout, kidney and gall bladder stones, high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke--are the result of eating refined sodium chloride, not from eating natural salt.
When we eat natural, living salt, which contains all it's original elements, our bodies receive the salt it needs to thrive. Though you probably won't find natural salt in the shaker at most restaurants, you can carry a small amount of natural salt with you to use when you eat away from home. The perfect container for carrying salt is a small cotton bag (4" x 3") with a drawstring (don't use metal or plastic containers, such as a pill box, as they may leach toxic components into the salt).
By carrying your own natural salt, you can enjoy the enhanced flavor of foods with salt that will add to your good health, naturally.
Natural Electrolytes -- The Spark of Health
Salt has a very unique property--its atomic structure is not molecular, it's electrical.
The benefit we receive from salt is it's electrical charge, the salt itself actually still remains in its original form. If you were to take a glass of water, and dissolve salt into it, the salt would "disappear" into the water. However, when the water evaporates, there will be salt in the bottom of the glass.
This electrical charge is essential to the life functions in our bodies.
So basic is this electrical function, that salt is one of a group of elements called "electrolytes". These are made up of ions, which are groups of atoms that carry a positive or negative electric charge. An ion can be either positively charged or negatively charged, and, like magnets, opposites attract.
Sodium is positively charged and chloride is negatively charged, so they attract each other and bond tightly. Our bodies also contain other electrolytes, including potassium (+), calcium (+), magnesium (+), bicarbonate (-), phosphate (-), and sulfate (-).
Electrolytes are essential because our cells use them to transfer liquids, nutrients, and wastes across their membranes and to carry electrical impulses through nerves and muscles to communicate with other cells. Salt is even essential to brain function --without it, our brains would not even be able to send a message to lift a finger.
The kidneys work to keep electrolyte concentrations in your blood constant when your body changes. When your body perspires (from exercise or high temperature), for example, electrolytes are lost in the sweat and must be replaced to keep the electrolyte concentrations of your body fluids constant. This is why athletes drink "sports drinks" after exertion--to replace the salt they have lost.
Did you ever do the salt conductivity experiment in science class? You would have attached two ends of an electric current to a light bulb and submerged it into a glass with distilled water. The bulb would not have lit up, because distilled water has no conductivity. But when you added a bit of salt to the water, the bulb would start to glow. It's the same in our bodies. If there is not enough salt in our body fluids, the electrical charge of our bodies will be weak and the electrical functions won't "spark."
Ordinary table salt contains only sodium and chloride. Unrefined natural salt, however, contains all the other electrolytes our bodies need as well for a "full charge". Here's a recipe for a electrolyte-replacement sports drink, which you can easily make at home using natural salt and natural sweetener. It's a great alternative to sports drinks made with industrial sodium chloride, refined white sugar, and artificial colors.
Natural Salt for Healthy Skin
Did you know you can use salt to give your skin a healthy glow? Salt is an ancient, natural beauty secret! But don't reach for the refined sodium chloride table salt in your saltshaker. You'll need Original Himalayan Crystal Salt, which still retains its full spectrum of beneficial minerals.
The most effective natural salt for skin treatments is that mined in the majestic Himalayan Mountains. Millions of years ago--when our planet Earth was a pristine ecosystem--a primordial sea was evaporated by the sun, leaving absolutely pure crystalline salt that contains the 84 minerals and trace elements essential to health. Today, this salt still retains the bio-energetic qualities of an unpolluted planet.
Here's how natural salt works to beautify your skin. Skin protects the internal functions of our bodies from outside influences and is our body's largest organ of purification. To function optimally, our skin needs neutral pH factors. Most skin care products from the cosmetics industry make our skin more acid. Natural salt can regulate the pH of the skin to its optimum level through its balancing and neutralizing effects.
Healing Problem Skin
Acne, unhealthy skin, and eczema can all be greatly helped by the application of salt mixed with water. This releases the healing properties of natural salt.
To make the salt solution, add enough Original Himalayan Crystal Salt Stones to pure water to fully saturate the water with salt. You can tell when the water is fully saturated because you cannot dissolve any more salt into the water, and the salt crystals will just sit in the bottom of the glass. Use a coarse ground salt or salt stones. Place them in the bottom of a glass, add water, and allow the salt to dissolve. If it dissolves completely, add more. When the salt crystals will no longer dissolve, the water is fully saturated. An 8-ounce glass of water will take several tablespoons of salt.
Once a day apply this salt solution to the troubled areas and allow it to absorb into the skin. Do not use any creams or other skin treatments.
Twice a week, mix this salt solution with powdered clay to make a mud mask. Apply the mask to your skin and let it soak in for 15-20 minutes, then remove the dried mask with a wet washcloth.
Though initial worsening of the skin is possible, once this phase passes, the skin improves dramatically.
Though many "bath salts" made of refined salt and artificial fragrances are sold, natural salt in the bath has real beauty and health benefits.
Unlike regular baths, which pull moisture from the skin, the upper callous layer of the skin absorbs and holds salt from the natural salt bath, binding water and bringing moisture into the skin. This maintains the skin's natural protective film and keeps the skin from drying out.
In addition, toxins from the body are released into the bath water through osmosis, while the minerals from the salt are absorbed through the skin. A 30-minute bath containing natural salt has the detoxifying effects of a three-day fast!
To make a natural salt bath, you'll need two pounds of the Original Himalayan Crystal Salt for an average-size bathtub. Pour the entire contents of the bag into your bathtub. Add enough water to just cover the salt and let it dissolve for a half hour. Then fill your bathtub with body temperature water (98.6 degrees -- check it with a thermometer). Do not add any other bath products--just the salt. Soak 15-30 minutes.
If you want to optimize the benefits of the Original Himalayan Crystal Salt Bath, take a bath to absorb minerals at the new moon and a bath to detox the body at the full moon.Bodies love a natural salt bath, for it is like bathing in a primal sea. It rejuvenates and revitalizes, using the healing power of nature.