I was talking to my mom recently about food. Ok, we talk about food almost every time we talk (or text), but this time it was about the most important spice in any kitchen: salt. And I made a recommendation to her that I’ll make to you – switch to Pink Salt. You won’t regret it!
I’ve had a love/hate relationship with salt for my entire adult life: I love how it brings out flavors in foods, but I hate how it makes me puffy, gives me sores on my tongue from overindulging, and has some pretty negative health side-effects. That is, until I made a life altering discovery. I met my new salty love, Pink Salt.
Six years ago, I was living in London, working on my Master’s degree, and battling some health issues. I knew I was gluten-sensitive, and I knew I had issues with certain foods, but I couldn’t quite put my finger on it. So, I dove headlong into health and food research mode, reading anything possible about food, hanging out at the Whole Foods on Kensington High Street, and soaking up all the knowledge my yoga instructors could dish out six days a week.
This is a timely post for me, because the day I decided to take all of my newfound knowledge and put it to the test was this day, Shrove Tuesday (aka Pancake Supper Night aka Fat Tuesday aka the reason we have Mardi Gras) five years ago – and I made the decision to use the 40-day season of Lent to recommit myself to health and to treating my body the way I know I should. This was before Whole30 was a thing, so I didn’t have the resources we do now, but with the help of a few other great books (like those by Kimberly Snyder), and a Biblical reason focused on reflecting on the Lord and learning to do without through fasts and taking on new disciplines, I began a 40-day fast of gluten, sugar/sweetener, and anything artificial.
While prepping, I read about how salt isn’t great for my body, and how it elevates blood pressure, how table salt has all sorts of anti-caking agents (artificial stuff I couldn’t have on my new Lent plan) and possible contaminants in it, and I knew from personal experience that even a touch too much salt and I was bloated and puffy for days. I needed a new alternative to salt my food and bring out the flavors in my homemade meals, especially now that I couldn’t replace it with other flavor enhancing items like Soy Sauce (I hadn’t discovered Tamari yet), sugar, and lots of commercial spice blends. What would I put on my food for 40 days?
I went into the Whole Foods on Kensington High street and ran into an employee there who asked if I needed any help. I usually say “Oh no, just looking, but thanks!” but this time I told her about my salt problem, and she led me to the spice aisle and introduced me to my new best friend: Himalayan Pink Salt. She told me about how
- It contains 84 trace minerals that have been removed from table salt that your body needs to operate at peak efficiency
- It can actually lower blood pressure
- It tastes saltier but contains less sodium chloride per teaspoon, so you use less with the same effect
- It’s mined from ancient mountains, not harvested from polluted water, so it is purer with less contaminants than Sea Salt
- Some people say it can even enhance sleep (watch this video to learn more)
Needless to say, I was sold. I bought my first little shaker of Himalania Pink Salt. Then I graduated up to buying it in larger bags and uses my own salt grinder (to match my pepper grinder), and I haven’t looked back since. In case you’re wondering, in our house we use pink salt in place of any other type of salt – for eggs, for baking, to salt meat. I grind it with the grinder so I can choose the coarseness I need – very coarse for salting meat, fine for seasoning eggs in the morning, you get the idea.
Pink Salt made my first 40-day sojourn into health easier. And, a client of mine in London (I edited academic papers for graduate students), ended up writing a paper on Pink Salt from her home in Peru, and her first hand accounts of harvesting and using the gorgeous mineral gave me much needed third-party validation that Pink Salt is the best salt. So, if you are on your own health journey, and you either miss being able to use salt, or you think a salt alternative could be good for you, go get a little thing of pink salt. If nothing else, it sure is pretty!
Bonus: You can find pink salt at almost any grocery store these days, but be prepared to shell out for it. For the best deals, either try Tuesday Morning (you can get a huge grinder bottle there usually for under $10 that will last you at least six months), online, or check around for prices at local healthy food stores.