Read my comments at the bottom pertaining to the popular question, 'Is Pink Himalayan Salt a Scam?'
Talking "healthy eating talk" to a co-worker a while back, I mentioned Pink Himalayan Salt which he never heard of. He said that he uses sea salt, and then asked me why is that I think Pink Himalayan Salt is better.
I said "dah, um, I had read quite a bit about both, let me go back to all my saved notes and links and get back to you".
Since I save everything I research, I was able to show him a ton of reliable information on the subject. Now that I'm blogging, I just wanted to present some of that information here. My personal philosophy on presenting a case on something is to just present those facts that the person can at least go out and confirm for themselves. Here are some of the main bullet points that I presented to him.
– Sea salt may dehydrate the body whereas Himalayan Salt helps hydrate the body
– Sea salt is difficult to digest and assimilate for our bodies because it is not at the mineral electrolyte size which is immediately usable in our blood and cells (I know that's a mouthful)
– No digestion is necessary for Himalayan Salt, therefore it is ready for immediate use by the body when dissolved in water, unlike sea salt.
– Himalayan Salt [supposedly] contains all the 84 minerals in the perfect balance
(though as with any salt, Pink Himalayan Salt is still mostly sodium, and many of the other minerals are in "trace" amounts or even "negligible", but they are in they are in the proportions that nature intended, assuming this salt is truly unrefined, and remember, some estimates have reserves of Pink Salt to be a half billion tons, so we must assume there will be variations in mineral content, there is much heated debate on the web to the validity of this point)
– Himalayan Salt is unrefined, and almost in it natural state as it was when created hundreds of million of years ago, over 80% of Sea Salts are now refined in some way (not Celtic Sea Salt however, from what I understand, Celtic Sea Salt is still seen as another quality Salt)
– Sea salt can be taken from oceans whose waters have become progressively more toxic waters over the last few decades
– Manufacturers are now playing games with the "sea salt" label. Any salt can be labeled sea salt and still be a refined salt with a weak mineral profile.
– Unlike Sea Salt, Himalayan salt is almost always hand mined and never comes in contact with chemicals that may be harmful to the body.
– I want to do more research to confirm this for sure, but as I understand it, Pink Himalayan Salt contains traces of EXTREMELY important Iodine, whereas sea salt does not contain the all important iodine (I'm not sure if that applies to every sea salt, but it seems with any processed sea salt, the iodine is stripped away).
– My own personal note is that Himalayan Salt has a taste that is almost like a "sweet-salty" spice, it's awesome
As a final note, I hate to be the type of blogger that presents a case by just presenting one side of a case. I did go out and look before writing this post to see if anyone was claiming that sea salt was superior to Himalayan Salt.
I came up with nothing, although I would have preferred one or two articles to present both sides, to allow a reader to have two competing cases to choose from. If someone has an link that speak to Sea Salt over Himalayan Salt, I'll be happy to add it to this post.
Also, a few drops of Pink Himalayan salt dissolved in water for you workouts, long distance running, hiking, or just in your watter bottle on hot summer days work miracles for keeping the body hydrated and replenishing the body after a workout.
I can confirm this one for myself. I am my own "lab rat". It naturally does what Gatorade and the other sports drinks claim to do, without the fructose or other artificial ingredients.
When you drink Pink Himalayan Salt dissolved in water, you are consuming the energy and "essence" of the sun and the earth from deep back into time.
I know it sounds weird but the first thing I do in the morning, before I put anything in my mouth, I have a large glass of quality filtered water and with an eyedropper, drop in a few drops of Himalayan Salt sole, from Pink Himalayan Salt crystals pre-dissolved in spring water, stored in an airtight glass flask. This daily ritual has many health benefits, and you don't really taste the salt, it's almost like regular water.
Anyhoo, I can "feel" the very subtle energy and vibration, like my molecules and my internal vibrations are being calibrated properly, on the right track for the day. I'm not making that up. Oh, and I buy my salt online at The Salt Works, and they have an extensive selection of not just Pink Himalayan Salt but other salts as well.
Is Pink Himalayan Salt a Scam?
(WARNING!!!! I get "long winded" below, but sometimes I have to "go lawyer" on the critics to present my case)
I think web research will thoroughly confuse anyone on this matter. Remember, I'm not trying to make any money here off anything, nor am I selling anything here (note this is an Ad-Free Blog). I'm only presenting the facts as I have learned them, with my original goal being only to determine if I should put this stuff in my body everyday, which I have been doing for 8 years now.
I think Pink Himalayan Salt is guilty of being "Over Marketed", with salt lamps and all the rest, but its a great product that is not a "Scam". I put it in category of legitimate products that were over-marketed but because they were actually good products that were attempted to be brought into the lucrative American consumer market. The best recent example of a "latest craze" was Acai, a superfood I use, whose health benefits are verifiable, but definitely over-marketed, low quality versions of the product coming in, and so forth. Anyway, with all this web-confusion on a product, for me, I always ask myself one simple question…..
"Has this product been used for hundreds or more preferably thousands of years, and is it unprocessed and harvested in the same way as ages old, and do the native people that originally produced it still consume it?"
The answer to this question from my investigation is a resounding YES!!!
(an example of a resounding NO!!!, is how we use Soy in the USA, which is NOTHING like how fermented soy was traditionally used in the Far East)
When I determine to use a product or not, that is the only question that really matters, because history seems to have a "natural selection" process in weeding out products of no value. That being said, the main Pink Salt mine is the Khewra salt mine in Northern Pakistan. The mine is supposedly the second largest salt mine in the world. The mine became active during time of Alexander the Great, after he got there about 329 BC. I'm not sure if any salt was extracted there before Alexander's time. Supposedly, Alexander's calvary horses were noticed to be licking the ground to replenish themselves, and it was discovered they were licking surface salt. After that, salt was extracted "unscientifically" all the way up to the 1800's, as it was traded extensively as far away as Central Asia during various periods like the Mughal Empire in the 1500's. Later on, when the British officially started the 1800's version of modern scientific salt mining, the modern era of salt mining began there.
In general, extraction methods have not changed a heck of a lot, although some new technology, like trucks, dynamite blasting, tunnels, and machine tools, obviously comes into play today, but much of the extraction is still considered "manual". When you see YouTube video of work at the mine, you will still see men using hand drills and saws as well as wheelbarrows to haul the salt rocks. Although unknown, some estimates have reserves of salt there to be over half a billion tons, which obviously implies there is a lot of "product to push", and although I think a good product, as it goes international, much "hype" will follow, such as claims that it cures anything and everything (which I find a common theme of many healthy products).
Part of what I personally consider a "flimsy" logic for calling it a scam, is the very name itself that we use in the USA, Pink Himalayan Salt. I am assuming that is a "marketed name". The salt is not actually mined in the Himalayan Mountains, in that the city of Khewra is south of the major mountain ranges, averaging about 1000 feet above sea level, much lower than Denver, Colorado. However, the groups of mountains that run east-west across the Asian land mass, being the Himalayas that we all have heard of, as well as the lesser known Karakoram and Pamir mountain ranges, and the Hindu-Kush mountain range, all blend together as one broad mountain range extending all the way from China, back west, thru Nepal (which borders on Mt. Everest and the other highest peaks), through Northern India, Pakistan, and even Afghanistan and to a certain degree, Tajikistan, formerly part of the old USSR.
In Northern Pakistan, the mountain range is called the Karakoram range, with the second highest peak in the world, named K2, and actually more peaks higher than 8000m than the Himalayas proper. Karakoram is separated from what we know as the the Himalayas by an intricate network of rivers. So technically, though it's splitting hairs, high mountains do run through Northern Pakistan, but there, they are named something else, and even with that, those mountains are further north of the Khewra salt mine. Henceforth, the fact the salt is not actually mined in the Himalayan Mountains means absolutely nothing, to me, it's just an "exotic" name for us Americans, the "Himalayan" name has absolutely no bearing on this being a quality product or not. My suggestion, to eliminate 90% of the scam claims, is to rename the salt to "Khewra Salt", or the name we use sometimes, just "Pink Salt".
It is often also considered "rock salt" (the scientific classification is "Halite"), though I thought I have heard it also classified as sea salt, from an ancient sea bed which is now underneath hills and mountains. The pink color is from the mineral composition, though I'm not sure that "Pinker means Healthier", I thought I read somewhere less pink is more pure? The colors of salt blocks can vary wildly, from near white to near red, from near transparent to near solid color, so there is not technically one true "pink" color to all the salt mined here. Like anything consumable, there will be "higher grades" and "lower grades", I am assuming, just by how business works in the USA, lower grades have slipped into the USA at high prices. Same thing I wrote about with bogus UMF Manuka Honey.
With all the above being said, I think it is easily verifiable to establish this is a natural and historically used product, sitting in mother earth for hundreds of millions of years, and now being extensively extracted from underground. The only other question is find out, when the salt is extracted, is it being processed in any way? As I understand it, it is not processed at all, but I will see if I can find the specifics and put a sentence here after more research. But, in the end of this analysis, we must conclude that we are dealing with a totally different animal than processed salts, which are generally not the same substances extracted from the earth and sea, due to various forms of processing, like common table salt, and even some sea salts as I try to point out in this article, in which they often process out most trace minerals, leaving the sodium, and sometimes adding iodine. I suppose various grades of Pink Salt may be lacking in some minerals, and some or all may contain things like fluoride (fluoride in Pink Salt being one of the many reasons some call it a "scam"), but it does seem that we are getting exactly what nature put into the ground for use as nature intended it. Another [of many] reasons Pink Salt is called a scam, is because of other trace elements like mercury that are found naturally in the salt, and thus they say it can't be "healthy". However trace elements of mercury are in just about everything, as I wrote in my Safe To Eat Seafoods article, where I note the Alaskan Dept of Health says most Alaskan fish are safe to eat even for pregnant women, in spite of trace amounts of mercury.
In conclusion, for me, giving my opinion here and not stating fact, I think the Pink Salt is being heavily marketed (and probably overpriced) in the American consumer market (as every "latest craze" will be). For me, I think it is a great product (when you find a high quality version), and I have to go by what my body tells me, and what historical use tells me to use.
One thing I have learned from Wellness blogging and research, people put health and wellness stuff on the web for 5 reasons #1- to make money #2 – because some people are obsessed with proving their point right and will manufacture facts if need be #3 – for whatever reason, some people like to "vent" and argue back and forth on the web (as opposed to what I find to be rare, which is healthy discussion and courteous/constructive disagreements in the exchange of ideas, to get at some sense of truth). #4 – Though it sounds hard to believe, big business pays people to get on the web and stir up confusion, to stop people from buying natural products, so we will stick to their manufactured, often less healthy goods. Then there's #5 – which is me, (keep in mind I'm not for profit) in that I only wanna do what I can to try to put the best nutrition I can find in my body, and maybe show others. I might not get it right all the time, I freely write about my mistakes in my wellness journey, but everything is a learning process, I make my "adjustments" as I learn, and continue my "never been sick", healthy life as I step through the process.
…hope my opinion helps with your thought process on what I think is a valid and important question.
P.S., sorry for being "long winded" here 🙂
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