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Himalayan Salt and High Blood Pressure: What You Need to Know

Salt or sodium is essential in our daily life. But does sodium cause high blood pressure or hypertension?

There was just one study called the DASH-sodium study in 1997 that said it does; but because the DASH diet is also low in sugar and fructose as well as sodium, it is not sufficient to show that a low-salt diet can control hypertension. According to mercola.com, excess fructose actually contributes more to high blood pressure than excess salt. There are also other studies done (see the list here) but they have not really been able to link high blood pressure directly to high salt intake.

How Much Salt to Take?
If fact, there are higher risks involved if your salt intake is too low. Generally, the daily allowance for sodium intake is 1,500mg to 2,300 mg daily, as recommended by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Eliminating it all together to prevent or control hypertension is not ideal, as we still need salt in our bodies. That said, if you are suffering from high blood pressure, you may need a lower consumption than the requirements above. Do consult your doctor to determine the appropriate amount of salt you can take daily.

If you are looking to consume less salt for high blood pressure reasons, consider making the switch to Himalayan pink salt. For one, if you like the taste of salt, you can use a lot less to get the same saltiness that you enjoy.

Less Salt, More Saltiness
In my experience, I tend to use a smaller amount of pink salt than white salt because it’s so much saltier. For example, I normally have to use about a teaspoon of normal white salt when I boil veggies to taste the salt. But with Himalayan salt, all I need is just a pinch (less than half a tsp) to get the same saltiness. For me, pink salt also actually tastes better. Here’s actually where you need to be careful of using too much, especially if you crave salt frequently.

While it’s saltier, it’s interesting to note that Himalayan salt contains less sodium chloride (about 95%) than regular salt (usually around 98%). The rest of it are trace minerals (some are not available in regular salt) that benefit our body.

From these observations, I would say that Himalayan pink salt is safe to consume whether you are in good health or have high blood pressure. But as I am not a medical expert, if you have hypertension, my advice is to talk to your doctor first about your Himalayan salt intake.

5 Comments

  1. I always prefer the Himilayan or pink salt to the white salt and now I think I might make the switch completely because at the moment I still have white salt which I use in the cooking and pink salt that I put on my food.

    The only thing is, do you know if it matters what brand you buy – or are they all controlled and therefore trustworthy? I ask because I recently saw a tiny pot of too-bright-pink salt being sold at a very high price and I couldn’t help wondering whether it was fake and dyed rather than the genuine article.

    • Hi Soraya, natural pink salt has a soft, very watered down pink color. You are right that those with bright pinks are probably artificial ones. Always check the source and buy from a reputable manufacturer. 

  2. I’ve read before that the Himalayan Crystals have almost every essential mineral the body needs in one teaspoon, is this an accurate statement?

    Would it be better to use Himalayan Salt in your cooking as opposed to refined table salt?

    It’s amazing how many foods are stuffed with salt these days and I always like to try and reduce salt intake as much as possible.

  3. This is a beautifully presented article about Himalayan salt. I like it for its color but I had not thought about it being less salty than regular white salt.The other thing I learned is that Himalayan salt is actually better for you having more trace elements than regular salt.
    Thank you for writing this article. I will be looking to buy more pretty pink Himalayan salt.
    Cheers
    Judy

  4. I’m glad I came across your article about Himalayan salt. I have been using this salt in cooking for quite a long time now and really like it. It is definitely better than refined salt. I have even bought Himalayan salt lamps as well which is also very good. You can visit the given website of ittefaq.co to know more about different Himalayan salt products.

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