Water and salt can be considered the essence of life.
Salt can also be argued to be the foundation of modern civilization. It was discovered early on that salt could preserve food, therefore eliminating the human specie’s dependence on only seasonal and local food availability (salt allowed food to be transported over long distances and kept over time). From ancient Rome to British kings it has been documented that salt was sometimes considered as valuable as its weight in gold and was even used as currency in some parts of the world. Salt was difficult to obtain, and often a product indulged only by the rich.
Today the common table salt is everywhere as are refrigerators. But salt today can get a bad rap. Table salt – a highly refined, processed substance devoid of nutrients aka sodium chloride (which is found in abundance in processed food) has dragged salt’s reputation through the grinder. Salt is now synonymous with heart disease, strokes and hypertension. But, salt in its purest form – in moderation – can actually have a very positive effect on our bodies: PH balancing, enhance metabolic functions and is alkalizing.
This is where PINK salt or Himalayan salt gets a shout out. (You may have seen it popping up everywhere). Himalayan salt is mined out of Pakistan about 300km from the Himalayas. It is prized for its “84 natural elements exactly identical to the elements in your body – the very same elements originally found existing in the “primal sea.” (www.naturalnews.com). The salt was indeed created during the pristine Precambrian age ecosystem of 300 millions years ago by an ancient ocean. The pink color is attributed to the iron oxide; in fact a good way to see if your salt does contain nutrients is if it is NOT white. Celtic Sea salt, another salt full or trace minerals and natural elements has a brown hue.
Salt can make the difference between an average cheese and turkey sandwich to a ‘lip smacking give me another one’ sandwich. Lack of seasoning with salt can be the reason cooking contestants get eliminated and chefs get fired.
Salt is also a great way to replenish electrolytes and re-hydrate the body. Just putting a few grains of unrefined salt in your drinking water can help recharge work outs, hiking or just fun days in the sun. (It naturally does what Gatorade claims to do without all the artificial add ons).
With this in mind, below is an adaptation of a great healthy recipe I found online (cheekybumsblog.com).
It will help keep our kids and us happy and hydrated and unlock the 300 million energy stored in the Himalayan salt.
Image Credit: Benedicte Lechrist