The Case Against Pink Salt

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Whenever the topic of salt comes up, especially all of the negatives associated with it, a few people always ask “What about pink salt?”

One of the biggest scams in the natural health industry is that of Himalayan Salt. The industry has led thousands of people to believe that this salt is somehow unique and healthy, and some even think of it as a miracle cure.

This health myth is not based on science. Because of it, millions of people are not reaching their health goals and will suffer the same consequences caused by excessive sodium chloride in their diet — which can indeed be called “salt poisoning.”

My main arguments against Himalayan Salt or pink salt are that:

  1. Pink salt is mostly sodium chloride. In fact, it contains 95-98% of this compound.
  2. Excess sodium chloride leads to numerous health problems, no matter what the source is.
  3.  The other minerals found in pink salt are better obtained in natural foods. In fact, pink salt is not a great source of those minerals.
  4. All of the numerous claims made regarding pink salt have absolutely no scientific proof backing them.

What’s actually in Pink Salt

Pink salt is a rock salt from Pakistan. Like other rock salts, it is composed mostly of sodium chloride (95-98%). Excess sodium chloride in the diet is the culprit in hypertension among other health problems that I have covered in this article.

Why is the salt pink? To put it simply, because it’s impure. The impurities in the salt make it appear pink.

People who claim that pink salt is the “purest salt available” instantly lose all credibility.

Top Claims Made About Himalayan Salt

Dr. Axe, a chiropractor popular on Facebook, is often cited regarding the benefits of pink salt.

Let’s take apart an article published on his website about Himalayan salt.

You won’t believe the number of false statements made in his article.

As scientific research has pointed out, “US Dietary Guidelines recommend a daily sodium intake 2300 mg, but evidence linking sodium intake to mortality outcomes is scant and inconsistent.”

First off, Dr. Axe’s article starts off with a lie. The US Dietary Guidelines have absolutely no minimum requirement for sodium. In fact, the 2300 mg. figure is a MAXIMUM. In fact, they recommend 1500 mg. for many people that are at risk. The American Heart Association supports a maximum of 1500 mg. for everybody.

In fact, all health organizations worldwide, without any exceptions, recommend a lower sodium consumption. The evidence is clear, and any research to the contrary is biased and flawed.

“The right salt in the right amount is very good for your health. Pink Himalayan sea salt contains over 84 minerals and trace elements, including calcium, magnesium, potassium, copper and iron…”

It doesn’t matter that pink salt contains over 84 minerals. Dirt contains a lot of minerals too! The bottom line is that pink salt is mainly sodium chloride. Why would you want to consume a product that gives you essential minerals but poisons you with excess sodium?

Then, the article rambles about what makes the salt special. All stuff we don’t care about because it’s romantic but utterly meaningless.

“Pink Himalayan salt is a truly unique salt. It’s also referred to as pink salt, Himalayan sea salt, rock salt and Himalayan crystal salt. This salt is classified as rock salt or halite, which comes from the Punjab region of Pakistan about 190 miles from the Himalayas. This region has one of the richest salt fields in the entire world, and they are very, very old. I’m talking Precambrian Age or over 4 billion years ago when planet Earth first formed!”

So what?

“Commercial table salt is typically 97.5 percent to 99.9 percent sodium chloride. Meanwhile, a high-quality unrefined salt like Himalayan sea salt is only about 87 percent sodium chloride.”

Even if Dr. Axe’s figures were correct (and they’re not: Himalayan salt is at least 95% sodium chloride), it wouldn’t make sense to consume a product loaded with something you don’t need to get a little of something you might need. Get your minerals from natural foods instead.

Now, we get into the juicy meat of the articles. The “Benefits.”

There are many awesome health benefits of Himalayan salt, with the following as some of my favorites.
1. Improves Respiratory Problems
According to the Lung Institute, salt is antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, loosens excessive mucus and speeds up mucus clearance, removes pathogens in the air like pollen, and decreases IgE level (immune system oversensitivity). (7) If you Google “Himalayan salt cave,” you see that there are now salt caves made of Himalayan salt all over the country (and world) so people can experience the beneficial health effects, especially when it comes to the respiratory system.

You can already see the level of “research” that went into this article. First, the “Lung Institute” sounds credible, but is not. It’s simple a for-profit organization that offers alternative, but often unproven treatments for patients with lung problems. They have even a class action lawsuit against them.

Then, the recommendation to “Google” Himalayan salt, to only come across even more dubious websites, is downright an insult to your intelligence.

“2. Balances Body’s pH
Pink Himalayan sea salt’s rich mineral content can help balance your body’s pH levels.”

There is no research to back up the second claim, only a link to another article on the website, equally worthless.

3. Natural Digestive Aid
You can use pink Himalayan salt to make your own sole, a saturated solution containing purified water and Himalayan salt. Sole is very similar to my salt water flush recipe, in which you can use pink Himalayan salt to help you obtain all the many possible benefits of a salt water flush.
According to natural health practitioners like Dr. Mark Sircus, an acupuncturist and doctor of oriental and pastoral medicine, a dose of sole each day can really help the digestive system in major ways. He says that “daily use of sole is believed to stimulate the peristalsis of the digestive organs, balance the stomach acid, support the production of digestive fluids in the liver and pancreas, regulate the metabolism and harmonize the acid-alkaline balance.” (9)

For the third claim, the reference leads to a website by this Dr. Sircus, who’s an acupuncturist who happens to sell salt! His article also contains no research to back up his point.

I don’t think I need to go any further in the article by Dr. Axe to show you how devoid of real research this whole hype about pink salt is. It’s simply just some people fabulating and quoting each other on claims that they’ve made without any proof.

If you really want to improve your health, give up all salt, including pink salt!

Comment on this article below, but if you’re going to dispute any of my points and claim that pink salt is healthy, please provide actual proof.

Frederic Patenaude

Frederic Patenaude has been an important influence in the raw food and natural health movement since he started writing and publishing in 1998, first by being the editor of Just Eat an Apple magazine. He is the author of over 20 books, including The Raw Secrets, the Sunfood Cuisine and Raw Food Controversies. Since 2013 he’s been the Editor-in-Chief of Renegade Health.

Frederic loves to relentlessly debunk nutritional myths. He advocates a low-fat, plant-based diet and has had over 10 years of experience with raw vegan diets. He lives in Montreal, Canada.

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  1. Linda says:

    This is an amazing informative article, I have often wondered about pink salt and it’s so called health benefits, so thank you for the clarification. I will use up what I have to activate my nuts and seeds. What do you think of celery salt? I do put celery in my salads when it is available and have heard you can dry it to make a celery salt.

    • Thanks Linda! “Celery Salt” sold in stores contains salt. But if you dehydrate celery and turn it into a powder, that could be a salt replacement. It would be a relatively higher sodium source but it would be difficult to use too much of it. I did that for years, but now I prefer to just use spices and other salt-free flavorings.

  2. Kim says:

    My understanding is table salt is bleached and more heavily processed to eliminate minerals and usually contains an additive to prevent clumping. A just saw a study that claims all of the sea salt except for that coming from France was found to have microplastics in it unfortunately due to all of the plastic pollution in the ocean. I use
    100 % unrefined Himalayan Pink Salt having been taught that it has 84 trace minerals. I use it sparingly. It still seems to be the best choice but if you think another product is better please let me know!

  3. Interesting. Thanks for the article.

  4. Nuria stewart says:

    You are very wrong
    Before misleading people please do your research….
    It’s not easy but it is there….
    Yes Is very hard to find pure natural organic salt….
    The only one I know is the one I make myself from
    SEA WATER obtained from the source… Ocean!
    Sodium is needed for an optimal functional body…
    Our intracellular mineral is Na but we also need all
    the other ones Also. SEA WATER has them all…
    Find information on the values of our oceans…
    The air we breath is not clean… we can’t control that…
    The oceans have been here since the beginnings
    They are self sustaining … the sea water is the same one
    it sustains life … and very well (has its own microorganismos
    That clean it for us… like we are made of microorganismos
    That keep us alive and healthy …

    Research ….
    I understand we don’t know everything,
    You have good intentions…most of us do, but we have
    been kept blind for so long….

    Wishing you health all the way around!
    NURIA AM

    • Nancy says:

      Nura is completely right. If anything, most people are sodium deficient especially if you do low carb, Keto or Paleo. Most people on the Standard American Diet eat plenty of salt. On most natural food diets where you restrict “junk” food, most people do not get enough salt. In fact, it is dangerous when you restrict your carbohydrates not to get enough salt. When your carbohydrates are low, your kidneys hold on to what little salt you do take in. You need to supplement with adequate salt.

      Please, do the research. It is out there. It is probably the biggest concern on a low carb type diet and people do not even understand why they are having issues when they are simply sodium deficient and do not have enough sodium to run your body efficiently. We need salt. If you restrict your carbohydrates and you have any muscle cramping or muscle weakness or general fatigue, swollen feet or hands, etc.. it is usually a sodium deficiency. Instead of your kidneys excreting the fluids, your body holds on to it because it doesn’t know when it will get enough sodium to run your body and this is what cause the symptoms.

      It is not evil! Sodium is vital to health.

      Just look up salt & Keto or low carb diets and the information is out there.

      • Nancy, you have not provided any proof for your claims. Only 0.6% of the population consumes less than the recommended maximum of 1500 mg. (This is my source: http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/early/2012/07/31/ajcn.112.034413.abstract) There is absolutely no basis behind your claim that “on most natural food diets… most people do not consume enough salt.” I challenge anyone to take a little time to read this document by James J. Kenney, Ph.D., and refute its claims: http://jeffnovick.com/RD/Articles/Entries/2013/10/3_The_Truth_About_Sodium_Intake_Levels_files/Jay%20CPE.pdf
        Please provide actual credible, peer-reviewed studies or reputable sources to back any of your claims. So far, nobody in the comments has done so.

        • Nancy says:

          Check out Dr. Mercola or Dr. Stephen Finney & Jeff Volek – The Art & Science of Low Carb, While I greatly respect Jeff Novick, his specialty is a low fat vegan diet. On any natural whole foods diet where you are getting adequate carbohydrates eating fruits and vegetables you may not experience low sodium & potassium symptoms. If you are on a natural whole foods diet that restricts carbohydrates, you will get into trouble restricting sodium. The research is out there.

  5. Joan says:

    Interesting article thank you for sharing. Looks like I have some research to do. I noticed that you have at least 9 foot notes within your article but I can’t find where they are or what they are as far as the references concern .

  6. Daniele says:

    Dear Dr Patenaude,
    Thank your for your newsletter and for this article, and for keeping us informed of scams in the natural health/ vitamin/supplement world.
    I have Lyme disease, and with Lyme it is recommended to keep up your level of vitamins and minerals. If Himalayan salt does contain 84 different minerals, would it not be a good source of these minerals all at once, rather than having to find it in all different types of foods? I take a teaspoon a week of this highly concentrated water salt (sole) I make myself from blocks of pink salt. I take it only once a week because I don’t want the risk of high blood pressure associated with salt and because of my sole high concentration (I have 3 blocks equivalent to a fist size (total) sitting in a pint of water in a glass jar). What is your take on this? Is it worth it? Is there still a risk of blood pressure with a weekly intake? Thank you.
    Daniele

    • Hi Daniele. I would strongly advise to stop this practice. It is in fact probably more dangerous to have this very high quantity of salt all at once than spreading it out over the week. This dramatically increases your risk of a stroke on the day you consume the salt. (see: https://nutritionfacts.org/video/sodium-and-arterial-function-a-salting-our-endothelium/)
      The “84 different minerals” is misleading. In fact, very few of those minerals are actually needed by the human body. And for those that are, the quantities are tiny. It’s a myth that it’s difficult to get the minerals that the body needs from eating actual food. You simply have to eat vegetables every day and you will get all of the minerals that you need. I recommend at least 10 ounces of greens every day. Hope this helps!

  7. LOL when I read who’s an acupuncturist who happens to sell salt this is becoming common these days where so called experts just happen to be selling what they are touting, and not only that they throw shade on any other salt manufacturer as not being as good as theirs, or even of being fake. Dr. Axe does not do this, but its more common than not. Because of your last article I gave up my heavy salt use, and can better taste the natural sodium in all foods, and their flavors. I don’t know what I was thinking for some many years of extreme salting, I was definitely addicted like a drug, like some people are to sugar. Thank you for calling out so much bs in the raw vegan world, I am a high raw vegan but no longer a fanatic. I can see that it easily becomes a holier than thou ego trip!

  8. Eileen says:

    I don’t believe you at all…….And i think you are totally wrong…..why would i believe you over Dr. Mercola or Dr. Axe or Ayurveda doctors…….why would you know more than either of those three?…..where are your studies….

  9. ROBERT JOKEL says:

    Dear Frederic, seems you are on a campaign against sea salt and salt in general.
    I wrote previously how eliminating sea salt from your diet can be life threatening for some people and how important it is to address the dietary needs of the INDIVIDUAL. Hyponatremia ( low sodium levels) can be deadly! This is especially of concern with people with kidney and adrenal dysfunction as well as people challenged by later stage cancers. Now I saw how you wrote these exceptions don’t invalidate the rule. Rules such as yours if followed to the letter are highly dangerous for individuals. I hope in time you discover that focusing on the needs of the individual is a more respectful way to teach and practice than focusing on groups of people. Also just practically as prescribed by Batmanghelidj, MD, taking doses of sea salt and water in very precise ways can help people heal themselves of numerous illnesses when their cause stems from dehydration. I have personally seen remarkable recoveries to excellent health from chronic fatigue, chronic pain and headaches, low energy, etc. from these methods. Chronic dehydration is epidemic! Now it is true if you dehydrate yourself, by not using any “added” salt, you will lower your blood pressure, but at a cost. Of course it is possible to be hydrated without adding sea salt … by having ample foods with sodium such as celery and beets and other electrolytes. Also “regular” salt is highly processed and is quite different from sea salt contrary to your writings. Frederic, when you write such things you remind me of the many uninformed pharmacists and MD’s that think a vitamin made from food is equal in effectiveness to those made synthetically. After all they have almost identical chemical structures. Except one acts similarly to a drug and the other works with the self healing mechanisms of the body. I am sorry for the loss of your father and I admire your courage to be take such excellent care of your own health. I have found one secret key to health that works so well that when followed many individuals challenged by catastrophic stage 4 cancers have restored their health. I teach my clients this “secret” and Lawrence LeShan. Ph.D. used this secret in the 1950’s and 1960’s to help 55% of his clients to live at least 10 years! These results unfortunately are still better than what mainstream medicine offers now over 50 years later. I have worked with Larry co-teaching workshops together and learning from each other for over 20 years. He will be 97 soon. Frederic please disclose your level of experience in helping people/individuals to heal themselves? I have over 40 years experience in helping people to heal themselves from chronic and serious illnesses.

    • Robert,

      Ever since you started commenting on this issue on our website, you have only used scare tactics, ad hominem attacks and anecdotal evidence. I do not claim to be a anything other than a health writer who, in this case, agrees with the scientific consensus on salt and sodium in our diet.

      And what’s the point of bringing up my father in this discussion?

      My claims would warrant more scrutiny if I were saying something outrageous, but you are the one making those kinds of claims. If you wish to go against all the health organizations worldwide and convince our readers that giving up salt and getting around 800-1000 mg. of natural sodium a day in food is dangerous, then please provide proof that:

      1) A daily intake of around 600 to 1000 mg. of natural sodium in food can cause hyponatremia if one doesn’t supplement with salt.

      2) People with late stage cancer need more than 1000 mg. of natural sodium a day.

      3) Taking high doses of salt can heal diseases. Which diseases? Where is the proof other than Dr. Batmanghelidj’s book, which is devoid of proof?

      4) Not adding salt to the diet causes dehydration if one gets between 600 to 1000 mg. of natural sodium in food per day.

      When you reply with your proof, please provide actual links of studies or other scientific proof that we can discuss. Anectodal evidence won’t cut it.

      You are the one making the extraordinary claims. “Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence.”

  10. Grace says:

    Thank you. Your article was helpful. I will be starting a short water fast of 7 days max. and friends advised I do a liter with 2 tbl of pink salt halfway through. I didn’t do that on my last water fast 18 months ago, but was really considering it. Do you have any research on this?

    • Hi Grace,

      I don’t know where your friends got the idea of taking pink salt (did you mean 2 tbs?) in the middle of a water fast. Not only would that be dangerous, that could even be fatal. Please don’t do this! I can point you to Dr. Goldhammer who has supervised thousands of fasts. (http://www.healthpromoting.com)

  11. Anne Osborne says:

    Interesting and well researched article Frederic.
    I have avoided inorganic salt for 26 years, getting what I need from the fresh produce I eat.
    And my blood sodium levels are fine when I get a blood test.

    I think that when we get our sodium from plant foods, and avoid refined inorganic salts we become efficient at utilising the natural organic sodium in the foods we eat.
    If there are concerns about not getting enough sodium, then we can always opt for fruits and veggies that contain useful levels of sodium.

    When humans lived in the rain forests thousands of years ago, there would not have been any refined salt available and if people lived away from the sea, they would have not been able to access sea water; and yet they survived!

    Thank you again fro the article.
    Love and Peaches,
    from Anne.

    • Krista says:

      Interesting. But I lived in a landlocked location as a child, and in the woods near our home there was a natural “salt lick”. The deer had a path to an area on the ground about 10 feet wide that had nothing growing on it and lots of traffic from the deer primarily. They licked the ground there for the salt content. The deer seemed to be supplementing their usual diet with extra salt. What does that say?

      • That’s an interesting idea. The idea has been studied by others and it appears that animals can get addicted to salt just as much as humans. In fact, salt is added to the food of farm animals so they eat more and fatten up more quickly. So I don’t think the deer was supplementing their diet with salt, but rather just liked the taste of salt. Salt licks are rare in the natural world, and most wild animals don’t have access to them, yet they thrive.

  12. Geri says:

    TU Frederic. There is so much bull out here in cyberville..we do not know which way to turn sometimes. Especially in the raw food and Natural Health arena. I have seen ACTUAL lies because I have been at this for over 40 yrs. ANY kind of “healthy” sea salt for me has NOT worked. Salt is salt. It causes my body to collect fluids NOT GOOD.

    I can get my minerals from plant food
    Juicing is another area peeps on the net think they know everything about and most of it is cow dung.

    Life and keeping healthy is: Less is better than more
    Eat and drink from nature
    Get sunshine, fresh air and MOVE.

    TU Frederic for being so astute and concerned and sharing. R AWESOME

    Hugs

    Geri

  13. Sorry Frederic, I do not agree with you! I have been using “pink salt” for many years, and have experienced very good results. Before using this salt, I had chronic low blood pressure, chronic fatigue, under-functioning adrenals, etc., and have experienced good results after using the pink salt. What you are saying in your article is not a one size fits all.

  14. Patti says:

    Those who are saying it’s not a one size fits all are correct. My mom is 93 and in excellent health other than periodic spiking of her blood pressure. Over the past couple of years she has collapsed twice and found somewhat incoherent. Each time, the hospital advised the only thing they could find wrong was she was low in sodium.
    Now she drinks a glass of pink salt (actually Hawaiian pink salt) as well as fresh celery juice each day and electrolyte drops in water. Well, her blood pressure has stabilized,no more collapsing and she has more energy and sleeps better!

  15. Liam says:

    I have to agree there are lots of claims and counter claims to many alternative practices and in most if not all cases personal bias claims the day. This does not necessarily mean its not accurate and just because you sell something whether it be via a web site or other means doesnt always mean that financial gain is at the heart of the matter. If for example I fully believed in the Value of a particular salt, that it helped myself or others I had witness turn poor health into good health ! Why on earth would I try to sell what I considered an inferior product or not extol the virtues of what I believed to be the best. Similar to the fact that you have only included reference’s that support your stance on Salt, your just selling information instead of a product.

    Frederic, when I checked out your website its clearly obvious that your web site is dedicated to creating income, you even offer to help others create passive income from web marketing. Again this does not mean that you are out there solely to create wealth for yourself and have little or no concern for others, the same as others you are criticizing. I assume you believe what you have to offer is accurate and valuable information and its up to readers to do their own research and evaluate that for them selves.

    I have been involved in the natural health scene for over 20 years, I have covered a lot of areas over the years and openly admit that I have forgotten most of what I have learnt. I believe there are some core truths, which guide me when I am researching, a few being
    People are different and so different approaches are required.
    Everyone favors their beliefs
    Those that put a lot of effort into debunking people are not worth listening to.
    Just because it has the label Science does not mean its reliable information
    Just because it has the label research does not make it credible
    What works is far more credible than peer reviewed, scientific or recommended/approved by any agency or government body who almost always have agendas and conflicting interests.

    Its just my take on things, thanks for reading.

    • Thanks for sharing Liam. I would just like to point out that the burden of proof is on the person making the claim. You do not have to prove that someone’s claim is wrong. That’s their burden. With pink salt, while I have not PROVED that it is harmful beyond the known problems with excess sodium), I have simply shown that the people selling it do not back up their claims with solid evidence. If your personal experience shows you that it is helpful to you, then that’s okay. I just offer my take on things.

  16. One-size-fits-all has never been correct in medicine. We live on a planet with numerous climates, numerous food-zones, and numerous individual health requirements. Different people in different places need different things. Some people need more sodium in their diet, some people need to reduce their sodium intake, and some people have their sodium just right. (Think: Goldilocks and the three bears. Childhood fairy-tales have their place in adulthood also.)
    To try to follow the recommendations of organizations such as the WHO, the CDC, the AMA, etc., etc. is a fool’s game of believing statistics (all paid for by capitalists with a profit agenda). Remember Mark Twain’s (Samuel Clemens’) quote about lies: “There are three kinds of lies: lies, damn lies, and statistics.”
    Mr. Patenaude, while I deeply respect your passion to live healthily and share this information, please remember that what is good for you may not be good for others. Especially, consider the wide variance in human medicine as determined by which gender one is, male or female.
    Since our egos are such fragile things, choose battles carefully. Connect with those whom we are able, let others go. I believe that life is meant to be enjoyed for the small amount of time which we are allotted. In the words of the late Jim Morrison: “No one gets out of here alive.”

  17. Carol says:

    I appreciate your scrutiny over Himalayan salt and Axe’s information. Yes the info appears dubious.
    In the past I have bought Aztec salt which I did purchase thru Kevin’ Giannis’s recommendation and link to the same distributer that you and Kevin are promotiing Avocado oil.
    So are you and Kevin in agreement about salt consumption? If so then Kevin must have changed his opinion on the health value of Aztec salt which I have not heard from him.
    Just looking for consistency here since you are both representing and giving health advice from the same company site.

    • Hi Carol. Kevin and I do disagree about a few things. But essentially I took over his website and this transition can’t be completely consistent since we have a lot of content on the website that was written previously. But I hope the information coming my way has been consistent so far.

  18. James says:

    Was curious about salt rooms. You brought it up in your article but didn’t mention what your thoughts on it are. If you have any good information I would appreciate it. Was referred to someone who has a salt room (said it would be good for my lungs). Some symptoms I picked up as a firefighter. Thanks and have and awesome day.

    • I honestly don’t know. But the good thing is that it seems pretty harmless, so there are no negatives in trying it out. (As opposed to consuming salt, which has many known negatives).

  19. Great article Fred!

    As you know, I eat 100% raw vegan, low-fat, fruit-based diet (i.e. 80/10/10 raw vegan). I eat big salads regularly and never add salt to my food. I haven’t eaten salt in my diet for many years now. I figure I’m a pretty good example that humans don’t need to eat salt, and are much better off getting their minerals from ideal whole food sources (i.e. vegetables).

    I have run over 60 ultramarathons of up to 240km (and up to 41 hours), and completed most of them since I stopped eating salt, yet have never suffered from hyponatremia (i.e. low sodium in the blood) and haven’t cramped in any of my races since I started eating big, fresh, raw vegan, leafy-green-rich salads regularly.

    Its seems obvious to me that I’m getting enough minerals from fruits and vegetables, without eating salt, and despite running over 3000km (1864 miles) every year.

  20. chusmacha says:

    Does anyone know if there is a connection between too much salt intake and tinitis? What is the effect of too much salt on the pineal gland? Does too much salt intake tend to leach out minerals from the body? Thanks for any thoughts or factual evidence on these questions.

  21. Micki Gilley says:

    You are saying pink salt will raise blood pressure? Ha! Funny, I have talked several friends with high blood pressure into using it instead of regular table salt and it hasn’t effected their blood pressure at all. I got everyone of my friends with asthma to take a teaspoon of pink salt followed by a big glass of water when they have an asthma attack instead of using an inhaler. Funny, it worked for all of them! That would be the minerals in it. Then if you are going by statistics and advise from the American Heart Association, you really don’t know how to find truth. Sorry, but my experiences are more proof than your advice from the so called reliable sources that deem their selves reliable sources.

  22. Jeanne says:

    I really get tired of reading how too much sodium causes high blood pressure. That is not everyone! I am willing to bet that more people are like my husband who gets high blood pressure when his weight goes up. Salt had absolutely no effect on his blood pressure. We have tested that. It’s similar to saying that the cholesterol you eat causes high blood levels of cholesterol. That is another bunch of hogwash! When I ate almost no cholesterol in my diet is when one doctor started getting concerned about my levels. Bah!

    • Salt raises blood pressure in nearly everyone on a population level. By the end of the average lifespan, 95% of the population has hypertension. But it may take decades to develop. It’s a big mistake to look at your current diet and blood pressure and make deductions based on what happens on a day-to-day basis. You would discover that salt has an effect on your husband blood pressure if he went on a no-salt diet with no more than 1000 mg. of sodium a day for a minimum of 3-6 months. Then you would likely see a big difference. But even if that’s not the case, salt harms your health in many more ways, even if it may take decades on some individuals for the effect to show up on their blood pressure. In the meantime, the body works harder and harder to maintain proper pressure. By the way, optimal blood pressure is bellow 115/75 for a lifetime.

  23. The human body is something like 60% water and that water I believe is very like sea water especially it’s mineral content. The only difference is the sodium level of sea water is higher in the form of Sodium chloride.

    The balance between Sodium and Potassium is very important for the transfer of nutrients into and wastes and toxins out of our cells. Most westerners generally test high for Sodium on mineral analysis and I guess this is due to the high sodium intake in western diets.

    We also show up as Calcium rich mostly despite the claims we need more. 13 or more minerals (including calcium) have been identified as critical to bone health and they ALL exist in sea water so de-mineralised table salt (or any other) that is 99% pure as it says on most packets is definitely NOT what we need.

    I have been curious about the content of Pink Himalayan Salt for as long as it has been around though consuming large amounts of any dietary salt needs caution even if we humans need to consume salt for proper biological function.

    Recommended daily allowances (RDA’s) and any other source of recommendation about maximum and minimum amounts need extreme caution. The origin of RDA levels is a guidance for sustaining military forces in war and has no relevance to the general public. Despite some revision they may still be very wrong or deliberately distorted and caution and lots of homework is advisable with any dietary advice.

    I am extremely wary of recommendations from organisations like national heart foundations, medical bodies, and some claiming scientific credibility etc. as these groups often are locked into other agendas which can corrupt their policies and information.

  24. pinky says:

    My impression of Dr Axe is that he is trying to be the latest version of Dr Mercola, but if you read enough of his “articles” on his site it’s clear that he farms out his content to outsourced writers. People who are used to reading substantial health blogs can easily spot when the figurehead for the website is actually doing the writing versus a team of writers doing research and ghostwriting for the person. I was intrigued at first, hoping to find new information I may have missed in over 10 years of reading on health and alternative treatments, but quickly got over the hype. His site is just a cut above Livestrong– another farmed content website done for the SEO and clicks, but nothing new to say in health that hasn’t been said better and more authentically by someone who actually writes their own material. I’m with you on the pink salt craze. It’s still sodium chloride… just colored prettily.

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