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Himalayan Salts

Posted Aug 27 2009 9:28pm

Himalayan salt slabs are close to the coolest idea I have seen yet!  You can cook directly on this salt, just as you would in a skillet. You can grill on it, bake on it, cure meats and fish on it. You can chill on it, mix and grind herbs in it and serve on it. There seems to be no end to the creative applications of this 500 million-year-old mineral. (Yes, 500 million years.)

Due to its versatility these salts have many uses. The salt’s crystal lattice has a fairly high specific energy (energy per unit of mass), so it will tend to hold any temperature you bring it to for a good while. Also, due to its lack of porosity or moisture (.026%), the salt plates can be safely heated or chilled to virtually any extreme. Yup, that means you could impress your guests with a table top sizzle or grace a cocktail party with a chilled fruit and cheese platter laced with just the right amount of flavor and even more exciting, in just the right balance!

Their lack of porosity means that the surface area touching your food is minimal. Compared to, say, ground up salt or naturally evaporated salt crystals, these large blocks of salt will impart only a very moderate saltiness. Second, the high quantities of trace minerals (1.2% sulfur, .4% calcium, .35% potassium, .16% magnesium, and 80 other trace minerals) impart a more mild and full taste to the salt, taking the flavor complexity of your foods to an entirely new level!

So now that we have this great new kitchen tool I think it makes it even more exciting to learn about the many ways salts aid in the survival of all living creatures, especially humans!

First, we must agree that refined table salt is nothing more than just white poison. With the advent of industrial development, our natural salt was “chemically cleaned” and reduced only to sodium and chloride. Major producing companies dry their salt in huge kilns with temperatures reaching 1200 degrees F, changing the salt’s chemical structure in which becomes foreign to the human body.  The common table salt we use for cooking has only 2 or 3 chemical elements. Because your body requires nearly two thirds of all the elements currently known to man in order to maintain health, keeping these minerals in balance is a complex yet incredibly vital task and using table salt and eating an over abundance of process foods is not helping anyone! And we haven’t even dabbled in the conditions of our soils!

Cooking on or sprinkling it over your food and in your water, however you see fit for your needs, supplementing your diet with Himalayan salts can offer huge health and healing benefits. Containing all of the 84 elements found in your body, the benefits of natural Himalayan Crystal Salt include:

  • Regulating the water content throughout your body
  • Promotes a healthy PH balance in your cells, particularly your brain cells
  • Helps in blood sugar regulation
  • Aids in the absorption of food particles through your intestinal tract
  • Supports respiratory health
  • Prevents muscle cramps
  • Promotes bone strength
  • Regulates sleep patterns
  • Supports vascular heatlth
  • In conjunction with water is essential for regulating blood pressure

The earth was created with the perfect balance of all the nutrients that humans need to be happy and healthy.  Unfortunately, in today’s world, naturally occurring, nutrient-rich foods are becoming a thing of the past and we need to be aware of how we can provide our bodies with the tools they need in maintaining health!

EastWest Healing and Performance

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