The Power of Himalayan Pink Salt – The “Purest Salt on Earth”

White table salt leaches minerals from our bodies, pink Himalayan salt replenishes them

Salt is essential to life and good health. Not all salts are equal, though. There’s a big difference between colorful natural mineral salts and refined, white sodium chloride, which unfortunately has come to be known as “table salt.”

According to many natural health experts, Himalayan pink salt is the purest salt left on Earth, because of its 84 minerals, which occur in perfectly balanced ratios.

Table salt contains 97.5% sodium chloride and 2.5% chemicals and synthetic additives, such as anti-caking agents and iodine.

Dried at over 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit, the excessive heat alters the natural structure of the salt crystals.

Himalayan salt is 84 percent sodium and chloride and 16 percent complementary minerals.


As a natural source of sodium, Himalayan salt provides an essential mineral for healthy bodily functions. Sodium helps to regulate blood volume and pressure, as well as helping to control muscle contractions, nerve transmissions and heart functions. Sodium can be found naturally in a number of foods, but it can also be consumed as added salt, as in the case of Himalayan salt.

Sodium has gotten a bad rap because it’s usually consumed isolated from all the trace minerals it naturally clings to, and in the case of MSG, it’s isolated from its other half — chloride.


In addition to its functions as an electrolyte, chloride aids with digestion, breaking down proteins, absorption of other metallic minerals and absorption of vitamin B12.

It helps maintain proper fluid levels in the body and works together with bicarbonate to keep the body pH balanced. Chloride, along with sodium and potassium, is required for the nervous system to transport electrical impulses throughout the body.

Other Minerals

Himalayan salt is widely regarded for its mineral content, containing 84 minerals in total.

In addition to sodium and chloride, it contains all five other macro-minerals (electrolytes) — calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium and sulfur.

It also contains nearly 80 trace or “micro” minerals:

actinium, aluminum, antimony, arsenic, astatine, barium, beryllium, bismuth, boron, bromine, cadmium, cerium, cesium, chlorine, chromium, cobalt, copper, dysprosium, erbium, europium, fluorine, francium, gadolinium, gallium, germanium, gold, hafnium, holmium, indium, iodine, iridium, iron, lanthanum, lead, lithium, lutetium, manganese, mercury, molybdenum, neodymium, neptunium, nickel, niobium,  osmium, palladium, platinum, plutonium, polonium, praseodymium, protactinium, radium, rhenium, rhodium, rubidium, ruthenium, samarium, scandium, selenium, silicon, silver, strontium, tantalum, tellurium, terbium, thallium, thorium, thulium, tin, titanium, uranium, vanadium, wolfram, yttrium, ytterbium, zinc and zirconium

All together the trace minerals comprise around 1 percent of the salt, but they are present in the perfect ratio with the macrominerals to create balance in the body. Consuming salt without all 84 minerals causes the sodium and chloride to attach to them and flush them from the body, causing deficiencies.

According to Dr. Mercola, Westerners today consume about half the salt that we consumed traditionally, as most meat and fish were preserved by salt rather than refrigeration.

He claims patients see the following heath improvements after switching to Himalayan salt:

  • Regulates the body’s water content
  • Regulates blood pressure and promotes heart health
  • Improves nervous system and neurological function
  • Improves metabolism and digestion
  • Improves adrenal function/hormone production
  • Promotes healthy pH balance in your cells, particularly your brain cells
  • Supports respiratory and sinus health
  • Promotes bone strength
  • Regulates sleep
  • Boosts libido

In Pakistan Himalayan salt is known as “white gold.”

“Together with pure spring water, Himalayan Crystal Salt offers all the natural elements original to its source – the very same elements originally found existing in the primal sea,” Mercola says.

One final tip: If you have a headache simply mix yourself a little drink:

Salt of Life Elixir:

16 oz spring water

squeeze of lemon

Pinch of Himalayan salt





2 responses to “The Power of Himalayan Pink Salt – The “Purest Salt on Earth””

  1. Andreas Avatar

    Shipping salt from the Himalayas (or drying it at 1200 degrees) doesn’t sound very kind to mother nature. One might even call it environmentally irresponsible. 🙁

    Also, arsenic and plutonium doesn’t sound very healthy.

    1. Lauren Avatar

      I believe you may have misread the article.
      Table salt is the salt dried at 1200 degrees, not himalayan salt.
      Arsenic and plutonium are trace elements, as in all togther they make less than 1% of the chemical mass in the salt. Arsenic sounds scary but you’re surrounded by it daily. There are many chemical structures of arsenic and they all behave differently. It’s found in fish, chicken, and your mobile phone/basically every electronic device on the market.