Can Himalayan Salt help you lose weight? Yes it does, if you know how to use it correctly. Here’s how Himalayan rock salt benefits the key areas of weight loss.
Himalayan salt can contribute to weight loss, but I must point out that it doesn’t work like a diet pill. What this pink salt does is support natural, holistic weight loss and should only be used as a supplement to complement a healthy diet and lifestyle.
If you are serious about losing weight and keeping it off for good, there are a few crucial areas which I think are the keys to weight loss success. To boost your metabolism so that it can burn fat and calories effectively, it’s important to curb food cravings, control your appetite and improve your digestion first. As weight loss is a holistic effort, your emotional and energetic states are important too. This is where we should take a step further and rid ourselves of toxins inside-out.
I have tried many ways to deal with those areas separately; for instance, counting and cutting calories, taking a few different supplements and health drinks and so on. They don’t seem to work very well as I fell off the wagon frequently. I suppose it was because there were just way too many things to do at once that I never got around establishing them as daily habits.
This is where Himalayan rock salt helped as it kept things simple and minimal. All I need to attend to all those different areas of weight loss is to take a teaspoon of Himalayan pink salt sole (pronounced so-lay, water saturated with Himalayan rock salt – here’s the recipe) every morning and have a pink Himalayan salt bath every other evening.
1. Curb cravings naturally
In my experience, taking a teaspoon of sole with my daily morning water has helped to reduce my frequent cravings for junk food. I have not found a scientific explanation for this yet, but logically, I think it’s because when I crave for junk food like potato chips or French fries, it could just be the salt (and also the crunchy sensation) that I am really after. Just by regularly supplementing my diet with good salt, I am able to curb those cravings and do away with the extra calories that come from non-essential snacks – which, of course, contribute to weight loss.
2. Control appetite
A daily sole intake has proved to be one of the best ways to reduce appetite. Occasionally, I’d get hungry even after a large meal and it was mind-boggling. I soon realised that at these times I was not really hungry-hungry, I was actually hungering for the minerals that my meals weren’t able to provide. With Himalayan salt’s 80 over minerals, the daily dose of sole seems to help with this sort of “missing-mineral” hunger. Some people argue that the minerals in Himalayan salt water is too minute to produce any effect – but based on experience, a little every day still helps. Of course, you also need to make sure that you have plenty of vitamins and minerals from fresh vegetables, fruits and lean meat. Paired with a healthy diet, Himalayan rock salt can effectively help to fill in the small blanks of missing minerals.
3. Improve digestion
Himalayan salt helps to improve digestive health so that our body can absorb nutrients from food better. This is important because better digestion leads to better metabolism resulting in more effective fat burn. Sole salt flush can provide your gastrointestinal (GI) system with a powerful detox as it clears out stagnant matter from your GI tract, resulting in improved digestive functions. When your GI system is working well, you can absorb nutrients better. Some recommend this every morning, but as I am already doing the 1 teaspoon every day, I don’t want to go overboard. So I just do sole salt flushes once every month as a housekeeping process for my digestive system.
4. Detox inside out
Toxins in the body hinder internal processes which can mess up our hormones. Hormonal dysfunction is commonly one of the reasons of weight gain and it’s one of the hardest problems to rectify as it involves a lot of interconnected issues in the body. Himalayan salts can help to iron this out as it also provides many detox benefits. When dissolved in water, Himalayan rock salt offers an ionic solution that helps to draw out toxins of our skin and adipose tissues. For detox benefits, the easiest ways is to have a pink Himalayan salt bath every other day. Soaking for 30 minutes or more is recommended. There other benefits of a Himalayan salt bath as well, including helping you to absorb more minerals through your skin. There are studies that show transdermal absorption of minerals is actually more effective than consuming them. It’s also a good way to de-stress and clear away the energetic muck you have picked up during the day.
I’d like to emphasise again that ingesting salt or sole doesn’t directly cause weight loss, so be careful about your salt intake. Be reminded that what this pink salt does it to create a better “body environment” so you can lose weight more efficiently. I firmly believe that in any weight loss programs, it has to be approached holistically inside out. While Himalayan rock salt won’t give you a miracle weight loss cure, it’s a pretty supportive mineral that will you lose weight more easily and keep it off after that! Here are more benefits of Himalayan salt.