13 Curcumin And Turmeric Benefits: An Impressive Healing Spice

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Turmeric is a spice belonging to the ginger family. It is commonly used in Asian food, such as curry. The vibrant yellow-orange color and zesty flavor make a delicious and healthful addition to a variety of dishes.

Curcumin is a yellow chemical produced by the turmeric plant. It is loaded with antioxidants!

Many studies show that turmeric is more effective than many prescription drugs. And, because turmeric is all-natural, it comes without the bothersome side effects of prescriptions.

Turmeric is one of the most impressive nutritional dietary supplements available. So read on to learn what makes this spice so unique.

13 Curcumin And Turmeric Benefits

1. A Powerful Anti-Inflammatory

When our body experiences long-term inflammation it can lead to a host of diseases. In fact, it’s now believed that most Western chronic diseases involve ongoing inflammation. This includes cancer, metabolic disorders, Alzheimer’s, heart disease and many other diseases.

Amazingly, the curcumin in turmeric is a powerful anti-inflammatory, as strong as effective as some pharmaceuticals without the side effects (1).

2. Can Help Prevent And Treat Cancer

Cancer is a horrible disease caused by out-of-control growth of abnormal cells.

Encouraging research studies show that curcumin may help prevent and treat different types of cancer. (2)

3. A Natural Painkiller

Results of a study in the European Journal of Pharmacology show that curcumin turns on the opioid systems in lab animals. This our body’s natural pain-killing response.

The U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research recommends that burn victims be treated with all-natural curcumin instead of addictive opioids. This trend away from prescription opioids is a very good one if you ask me.

4. May Reverse Depression Symptoms

In one study, curcumin was shown to be as effective as prozac in treating patients with depression. (4) And, once again, without the side effects.

Evidence also suggests curcumin increases the brain’s serotonin and dopamine levels. (5, 6).

5. A Natural Treatment For Arthritis

Arthritis is a common condition that causes pain, inflammation and stiffness in the joints.

In a study published in Phytotherapy Research in 2012, patients with rheumatoid arthritis were given curcumin. It was found to be more effective than an anti-inflammatory drug for treating their arthritis symptoms. (7)

6. May Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer’s is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that destroys the memory. One feature of Alzheimer’s is the buildup of Amyloid plaques. Research shows curcumin can help wipe out these plaques. (8)

7. Lowers Heart Disease Risk

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Curcumin my lower the risk of heart disease.

Heart disease kills more people worldwide than any other disease.

There are many things that contribute to it, but curcumin may help reverse some of these processes. (9)

The endothelium is the lining of the blood vessels. It is essential in maintaining proper blood pressure and blood clotting. Studies show that curcumin can improve endothelial function, which is essential in preventing heart disease. (10)

8. A Powerful Antioxidant

Antioxidants protect our bodies from damage caused by free radicals. Curcumin is a potent antioxidant that can counteract free radicals. (11)

Curcumin can also activate the body’s antioxidant-producing enzymes. (12)

9. Lower Blood Sugar And Reverse Diabetes

Biochemistry and Biophysical Research Communications published a study in 2009 out of Auburn University that found turmeric can help reverse Type 2 Diabetes.

Furthermore, the study noted that curcumin is 200 times more potent than Metformin (a leading diabetes medication) when it comes to initiating AMPK, which improves insulin sensitivity. (13)

10. Can Help Heal The Gut

Over time, taking prescription drugs can damage the stomach floral and intestinal lining causing a host of gastrointestinal issues.

A review of all the studies assessing curcumin’s ability to manage inflammatory bowel disease found many patients improved so dramatically by taking curcumin that they were able to stop taking prescription steroids they’d been taking prior. (14)

11. Regulates Cholesterol

A 2008 study published in the journal Drugs in R & D found that curcumin was as effective or more effective at treating symptoms of high cholesterol than Lipitor. (15)

12. Reduces Risk Of Childhood Leukemia

Children under 5 are more susceptible to leukemia. However, in Asian countries there is a lower incidence of leukemia, likely related to diet. For example, curry is a popular dish there and curry contains turmeric.

Research shows that consuming turmeric may reduce childhood leukemia (12).

13. May Increase Longevity

Because turmeric is rich in antioxidants and helps prevent and reverse many serious diseases, it may add years to your life (or life to your years).

Either way you look at it, turmeric and curcumin are great choices if you’re searching for an anti-aging supplement. So read on for info about how to get the most benefits from this amazing spice.

How To Use Turmeric

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Curcumin is used to flavor many dishes, including this vegetable curry.
  1. Add it to your food. Popular in curry dishes, it’s also a great way to spice up soups, eggs, meat and veggie dishes.
  2. Take it as a supplement. I recommend taking one with black pepper, which contains piperine. The piperine greatly enhances the absorption of the turmeric, like as much as 2000%. Here’s an example of a turmeric curcumin supplement with piperine.
  3. Drink turmeric tea. Here’s a simple recipe, courtesy of realsimple.com:

 Replace the water with coconut or almond milk if you prefer, and modify according to taste, adding spices such as cinnamon, ginger or cayenne and natural sweeteners.

  • 1-2 cups of boiling water
  • Add 1-2 teaspoon of ground or freshly-grated turmeric (preferably USDA certified organic to avoid contaminants and pesticides) to the boiling water. If too strong, use less turmeric. Simmer for about 10 minutes along with any additional spices. If using freshly-grated turmeric, simmer for a few minutes longer.
  • Strain the tea into a cup and add lemon, milk or honey to taste.

The Takeaway

In closing, turmeric has some awesome health benefits such as reversing diabetes and depression, preventing Alzheimer’s, cancer, childhood Leukemia, and managing cholesterol and pain just to name a few. It’s also easy to take as a supplement or use to flavor your food or beverages.

I hope you enjoyed reading about curcumin and turmeric benefits because it really is an amazing spice!

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5 Favorite Intermittent Fasting Methods Explained

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As I’ve shared in earlier posts, Intermittent Fasting (IM) is so great for your health.

Not only can it help you lose weight and belly fat (1), but it also helps with:

  • cellular repair
  • hormone regulation (2)
  • lowering your risk of Type 2 Diabetes (3)
  • preventing Alzheimer’s (4)
  • preventing cancer (5)
  • reducing cholesterol (6)
  • reducing oxidative stress and inflammation (7)
  • increased longevity (8)

For a fast review of IF you might like to refer to The Quick Guide To Intermittent Fasting.

There are a few different ways to do IF. And I love this, because we’re all unique. We don’t need a “one size fits all approach”.

If you’re like me, you want a plan that fits your personality, style and life. So here they are.

The Most Popular Intermittent Fasting Methods

1. The 5:2 Diet

This one was developed by a British journalist and doctor, Michael Mosley. It involves eating normally 5 days of the week and greatly limiting caloric intake the other 2 days.

During the fasting days it’s recommended that women restrict their calories to 500 per day, and men to 600 per day.

So, for example, you might choose Tuesday and Thursday as your fasting days. You could enjoy 2 small meals of 250 to 300 calories each of those days. Or your eat all of your calories all in one meal. Then the other 5 days you would eat normally.

2. 24-Hour Fast (Eat-Stop-Eat)

Fitness expert Brad Pilon made this method popular. It’s recommended to do it only once or twice a week since you’re completely fasting for 24 hours straight.

It’s fine to have calorie-free beverages, such as black coffee, green and herbal teas and plenty of water.

If you’re not sure you can go a full 24 hours that’s fine. Start with 14 or 18, then work your way up.

Many people begin their fast after dinner one night, then break the fast the following night at the same time.

3. 16/8 Fast (LeanGains)

This is my favorite way to IM because (for me) it’s easy and fits my schedule. And this keeps me motivated. Also, I don’t feel like eating when I wake up, so the 16/8 allows me to simply grab my coffee and go.

With this method you’re fasting each day for 16 hours and eating within an 8-hour window. This is also known as the LeanGains method, which was started by fitness guru, Martin Berkhan.

The easiest way to do 16/8 is not to eat after dinner, then skip breakfast. For example, if you finish dinner at 7 pm, and don’t eat your next meal until 1 pm the following day, you’ve fasted for 16 hours.

Some recommend women only fast 14 to 15 hours at a time, but listen to your body. If you are able to go the full 16 and still be healthy about it, then go for it.

4. 20-Hour Fast (The Warrior Diet)

The Warrior Diet was started by Ori Hofmekler. The plan here is to fast for 20 hours, then eat one large meal in the evening.

Something that makes this plan unique is that during the 20-hour fast, you’re allowed to eat small snacks of Paleo-friendly foods, such as raw fruits and vegetables, juice and protein.

Some fasting purists say that because of this The Warrior Diet isn’t a fast at all.

Either way, many people have had great success with it.

5. Meal Skipping 

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You may want to try some different IF methods to find the one that’s right for you.

This is a less structured way to fast that some people enjoy. If you don’t feel hungry for breakfast one morning, simply skip breakfast (or lunch, or dinner).

And don’t worry about what you may have heard about meal skipping. You will not lose muscle or go into starving mode.

This is all a myth. Our bodies are actually quite adept at going without food for long periods of time, so skipping a meal or two here and there is fine.

So if you’re not hungry, or you’re too busy to stop and eat, just skip a meal and eat later.

Special Considerations

If you have an eating disorder, IM is not recommended.

And please keep in mind that it’s not for everyone. Some people love it, but others don’t, and that’s okay.

The Takeaway

IM has some pretty great health benefits including weight loss, increased longevity, and decreased risk of cancer and Alzheimer’s. It can also simplify your life because you spend less time prepping meals and shopping for groceries.

We’ve covered 5 of the most popular Intermittent Fasting methods here today. There is no right or wrong way to do IM. You might want to try a couple of different methods before you find the one you like the best.

Have you tried any of these IF methods? Do you have a favorite? Please share in the comments below!

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Quick Tips For Intermittent Fasting Like A Rockstar

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Continuing with my series on Intermittent Fasting (IM), I have some speedy quick tips to share with you.

I hope these help if you decide you’d like give it a try!

Tips For Intermittent Fasting Like A Rockstar

  1. Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water. I aim to drink 16 ounces first thing when I wake up, then throughout the day. Filling up with H2O keeps hunger pangs away. Plus, it’s just plain healthy.
  2. Drink green tea and coffee during the fast. If you want to add Stevia that’s fine, but stay away from sugar and creamers because of the added calories. And, best of all, caffeine naturally suppresses the appetite.
  3. Start your fast after dinner. This is the easiest time to start because you’ll be sleeping for the majority of the fast. There’s no reason to make it hard on yourself, right?
  4. Break your fast with healthy food. Make sure your first meal of the day includes plenty of nourishing whole foods. Try to stay away from processed junk food and sugar.
  5. Be aware of portion sizes. Chew your food slowly and savor the flavors. Don’t eat more than you would in a typical meal.

    tips for intermittent fasting
    Eat plenty of protein, fresh fruits and vegetables.
  6. Include plenty of protein in each meal. Protein is a great appetite suppressant and it’s essential for maintaining and building muscle. You might like to try this recipe for My Favorite Peanut Butter Protein Shake.
  7. Try it for at least 3 or 4 weeks. This gives your body time to adapt. And it gives you a fair amount of time to decide what you think about IM.
  8. Be flexible and expect ups and downs. This is normal, as are ups in downs in life. Try to relax through it and “this too shall pass”. In the meantime, revel in flexing your self-discipline muscles.
  9. Stay busy and be productive. You may find your most productive time is during your fast. This has been my experience. In fact, I’m writing this post while I’m fasting.
  10. Work out a little. There’s no need to overdo it here but you might lift some weights, do a kettlebell workout or go on a walk. The important thing is to move your body and do something you enjoy!
  11. Allow time for quality sleep. Everyone is different, but aim to catch plenty of zzzzz’s. Most adults need 7 to 8 hours.
  12. Listen to your body. Pay attention to energy levels, moods and emotions, hunger and food cravings, and how you feel overall. Fasting is the perfect time to get in touch with your body’s cues.

The Takeaway

I hope these tips for IM help you if you decide to try it. Different things work for different people, but I’m really loving it for better concentration, weight loss (1), fewer sugar cravings and many more health benefits.

But, whatever you decide, I know you’re a rockstar! 😉

Are you thinking about trying IM? Can you think of more tips to add? Please leave you comments below and get the conversation started. I love hearing from you and will reply to your comments as soon as possible. Thanks guys! XO

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Intermittent Fasting: The Effortless Way To Lose Weight

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Okay, so tell me the truth. Do you think I went too far?

With the title of this article, I mean.

Now before I start getting hate mail (which would never come from you, because you guys are great!) please hear me out.

Yes, I realize using the words “fasting” and “effortless”  in the same sentence may sound like an oxymoron, if not tasteless.

But I do have an explanation for this.

Weight Loss Yo-Yo

First, let me share a little background. I’m no longer the “skinny minny” I was in high school, and I’m thankful for that. Now I’m focused on growing healthier and stronger each day.

As a teenager, and like other young, impressionable girls, I was keenly aware, observing the world around me. Though I heard, “pretty is as pretty does” and “beauty comes from the inside”, I also observed a preoccupation with appearances, diets and physical attractiveness.

This combined with societal pressures that girls act and look a certain way places a world of confusion in young minds. As a result, my relationship with food was not always healthy. (Look for a future post on this as it’s a topic of great importance to me.)

But now, thankfully, I enjoy food as much as the next girl. And I’m no stranger to weight loss programs. As a mama to four beautiful, and now grown, babies my body has morphed from thin and frail from Lyme disease to round and 9 months pregnant, and everywhere in between more times than I can count.

fasting lose weightWith each pregnancy I was extremely nauseated, throwing up, unable to keep food down, the first several months. Needless to say I always lost weight and did not gain in the first half of the pregnancies.

And each time this would alarm my doctor, to which he would prescribe that I eat more and start putting on weight. This sounded like an impossible task until the nausea let up towards the latter half of the pregnancies. Then I would proceed full speed ahead by following my doctor’s orders.

You can probably see where this is going….With Drew, our first child, I ended up gaining 43 pounds in 4 months. For someone who’s only 5’6″ I’m pretty sure that set some sort of record?

After he was born I was so busy nursing and caring for a newborn that I was able to lose all the weight before we found out we were expecting his little brother, Cooper, 15 months later.

And, on it went. The weight went up and down with each little bundle of joy. And as our family grew, at times, so did my waistline. And may I just say, that our children have been the most amazing blessings.

So, thanks for indulging my little trip down memory lane, all to say this….

I understand the frustrations and difficulties of wanting to lose weight and putting it off because… I’m too busy with my job, or my family needs me, or there aren’t enough hours in the day, or I don’t want to spend money on a gym membership, or (fill in the blank with an excuse).

If you’re at all like me, we can come up with a million excuses, can’t we?

I truly understand.

The struggle is real.

If I could go back in time, I would approach my weight loss efforts with intermittent fasting (IF).

Why? Because (for me):

  • losing weight is easier with IF
  • it makes life simpler–less meal prepping
  • doesn’t require you to record what you eat (even though I like to do this anyway)
  • I can eat the healthy foods I want and not have to cut out entire food groups
  • it helps my concentration
  • has helped reduce my body pain (symptom of Chronic Lyme disease)
  • it’s improved my short-term memory (another symptom of Lyme)
  • fewer sugar cravings

Intermittent Fasting, Lose Weight The Easy Way

When you are fasting your body has to use its stored fat for energy. This is a good thing and much more effective than just cutting calories. If you want to lose any excess fat you’re carrying around IF is a great way to do it.

So forget what you’ve heard about eating 6 meals a day and read on.

Sciencey Stuff

When you’re fasting your body releases 2 essential fat burning hormones:

  • human growth hormone (HGH)
  • Norepinephrine (noradrenaline)

HGH can aid in both fat loss and muscle gains (1).

When Norepinephrine is released it breaks down body fat into fatty acids which are burned for energy (2).

Also, during fasting periods, insulin decreases significantly (3). This leads to fat burning.

Fat burning!

And more fat burning!

Simplify Your Life

When you eat less often you have fewer meals to plan for. You have less grocery shopping to do. Not to mention, you spend less money on groceries because you’re eating less food.

Yes, you do need to make healthful choices. But, because you’re making healthy choices when you do eat, there’s no need for calorie counting or point tracking. And attending meetings with weigh-ins and complicated point systems is not necessary.

And that hour-long aerobic workout you’ve done every day for as long as you can remember? Feel free to cut back to 2 or 3 days a week for 30 minutes instead. And you might even replace the aerobics with weight training, such as kettlebells. Stay active, but do something fun.

fasting lose weightI’m not saying counting points or working out every day is bad or that you shouldn’t do it.

I still keep a food diary because it makes me aware of what I’m putting into my body.

Whatever works best for you is what you should do.

I just want to share the success I’ve had with IM and encourage you to try it for yourself and see what you think.

Simply look at this as a chance to try something new.

The Takeaway

Intermittent fasting is a great way to burn excess body fat and lose weight. It’s easy to do compared to many other weight loss plans and has several health benefits.

Have you tried intermittent fasting for weight loss? Please share your thoughts and experiences below in the comment section. I love hearing from you and will reply to your comments as soon as I possibly can.

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Delicious Detox Vegetable Soup: The Ultimate Comfort Food!

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Are you sick of eating salads for lunch in an effort to be healthier this year?

Do you long for comfort food that not only nourishes your body, but also your soul?

Then you might want to try this Delicious Detox Vegetable Soup.

There’s not much I enjoy eating more than a bowl of piping hot soup, brimming with colorful veggies in a flavorful broth. Even people who don’t normally crave soup (like I do) reach for this nourishing comfort food, especially when it’s cold outside.

So this detox vegetable soup is perfect to eat anytime. And, best of all, it’s loaded with colorful, antioxidant-rich veggies.

It even has one of my favorite healthful ingredients, apple cider vinegar. But you’ll never even know it’s there. It’ll be our little secret. 😉

You can add beans, shredded chicken or beef if you want a powerful protein boost. Or, just eat some beef jerky or, my personal favorite, a big blob of nut butter. However, even though I’m a meat-lover, I find this soup to be hearty and sustaining all on its own. So you may not find it necessary to add an extra protein source.

Just call it your meatless main dish.

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Max approves of Delicious Detox Vegetable Soup.

Also, feel free to add extra veggies. If you have some leftover vegetables in the fridge, throw them in too. Make it your own!

The more, the merrier!

Also, I like to make this in my Crock Pot. But, you can also make it in a stock pot on the stove top. It turns out great either way.

Please note that the broccoli should be added towards the last 30 minutes of cooking time to prevent over cooking.

Nobody likes soggy broccoli. Unless you do, in which case you can add your broccoli sooner.

As you can see, this isn’t rocket science friends. It’s based on your personal preference.

I tend to like my veggies more crisp tender. But if you prefer mushy, then go for it!

Just keep in mind that the longer the veggies cook, the more the nutrients seep out.

But I figure if we’re comparing eating smushy, mushy veggies to eating no veggies, the mushies are gonna win every time

So, here we go with the recipe. I hope you enjoy it!

Delicious Detox Vegetable Soup: Lori Geurin

Delicious Detox Vegetable Soup: Lori Geurin

Ingredients

  • 1 large yellow onion, diced
  • 3 to 4 cups red or green cabbage, sliced thin
  • 2 celery stalks, sliced
  • 2 carrots, peeled and sliced
  • 1 cup green beans, fresh or frozen
  • 3 to 4 garlic cloves, peeled and minced
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 15-ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 8 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon pink Himalayan salt or sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cracked black pepper
  • pinch of cayenne pepper, optional
  • 4 cups broccoli florets, fresh or frozen
  • fresh baby spinach, optional

Instructions

  1. Clean, peel and slice all the vegetables.
  2. Add all ingredients, except the broccoli florets and baby spinach, to the crock pot or large stock pot.
  3. If using a crock pot, cook on low for 5 to 6 hours.
  4. Add the broccoli florets during the last 30 minutes of cooking time and cook until crisp tender or to your liking.
  5. Serve the soup over a generous bed of fresh baby spinach. The spinach will wilt when you pour the soup on top of it.
  6. Feel free to add chicken, beef or beans to the soup for a healthy serving of protein.
  7. Enjoy!
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The Takeaway

This Detox Vegetable Soup is full of fiber, antioxidants and deliciousness! It will fulfill your veggie requirements for the day (if you eat as much as I do), and help flush toxins out of your body.

Do you love soup? What other comfort foods do you like?

Please leave your comments below and get the conversation started. I love hearing from you and do my best to respond to all of your comments. Thanks friends!

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Pink Himalayan Salt Benefits That Boost Your Health

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Pink Himalayan salt is a wonderful alternative to table salt. And, best of all, it’s packed with some pretty amazing health benefits.

I first heard about pink Himalayan salt a few years ago from my doctor. I’d just learned I had Lyme disease after months of severe pain, fatigue and autoimmune issues.

I’d lost a lot of weight. Consequently, my muscles were wasted and my body depleted. So the doctor instructed me to start adding pink Himalayan salt to my food, and I did. I only wish I’d known sooner about this amazing pink salt. It tastes so much better than the white stuff.

So prepare to be impressed by this life-giving pure, pink salt!

What Is Pink Himalayan Salt?

Himalayan salt has been around for ages. We’re talking over 4 billion years….when planet Earth was first formed (1)!

Did you know people have used it over thousands of years as a natural medicine?

In the Himalayas it’s known as ” white gold”.

Other names for it include:

  • rock salt
  • pink sea salt
  • Himalayan sea salt
  • Himalayan crystal salt

Also, it is now widely known as the purest, most nutrient-dense salt you can buy.

Pink Himalayan Salt Nutritional Information

According to The Meadow, this special salt has the following electrolytes, trace minerals and elements. They’re listed in alphabetical order for your viewing pleasure. (Ready, set, go!) (2)

  • actinium
  • aluminum
  • antimony
  • arsenic
  • astatine
  • barium
  • beryllium
  • bismuth
  • boron
  • bromine
  • cadmium
  • calcium
  • carbon
  • cerium
  • cesium
  • chlorine
  • chromium
  • cobalt
  • copper
  • dysprosium
  • erbium
  • europium
  • fluorine
  • francium
  • gadolinium
  • gallium
  • germanium
  • gold
  • hafnium
  • holmium
  • hydrogen
  • indium
  • iodine
  • iridium
  • iron
  • lanthanum
  • lead
  • lithium
  • lutetium
  • magnesium

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    Himalayan salt is rich in trace minerals, electrolytes and elements.
  • manganese
  • mercury
  • molybdenum
  • neodymium
  • neptunium
  • nickel
  • niobium
  • nitrogen
  • osmium
  • oxygen
  • palladium
  • phosphorus
  • platinum
  • plutonium
  • polonium
  • potassium
  • praseodymium
  • protactinium
  • radium
  • rhenium
  • rhodium
  • rubidium
  • ruthenium
  • samarium
  • scandium
  • selenium
  • silicon
  • silver
  • sodium
  • strontium
  • sulfur
  • tantalum
  • tellurium
  • terbium
  • thallium
  • thorium
  • thulium
  • tin
  • titanium
  • uranium
  • vanadium
  • wolfram
  • yttrium
  • ytterbium,
  • zinc
  • zirconium

Did you make it to the end of the list? Wowzers – Nice work, friend! 🙂

As you can see, pink Himalayan salt is “mineral dense”. And this makes it incredibly beneficial to your health.

Where Does Himalayan Pink Salt Come From?

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The Himalayas

The salt is mined in the Khewra Salt Mines in Pakistan. These mines are located in the foothills of the Himalayan Mountain Range. Also, it’s the second largest salt mine in the world.

The salt from these mines range in color from transparent to shades of white, pink and red.

The mine incorporates 25 miles of tunnels on 11 levels dug into the mountains.

Pink Himalayan Salt Versus Table Salt

Pink Himalayan salt is a healthier choice compared to table salt.

First of all, Himalayan salt is incredibly pure and mined by hand.

In comparison, commercialized table salt is highly processed and stripped of its minerals. Most table salt also has anti-clumping agents added. These are bad for your health.

Even worse, many table salts go through a bleaching process and have other toxic additives which are known to be harmful to humans.

Even many sea salts, which were once viewed pure and healthy, contain an increasing amount of toxins due to the pollution in our oceans.

The ‘Salt Wars’

Salt has been blamed for many modern-day ills, such as heart disease, stroke and high blood pressure. However, despite what you may have been told, salt is vital to our health.

In fact, there are real risks to severely limiting your salt intake. These include insulin resistance, death from heart disease, increased LDL and triglycerides, and increased risk of death from diabetes. (8)

Please note that it is essential to get enough potassium in your diet to balance out your sodium intake. This is especially true for those who eat lots of processed foods and very little vegetables.

The Amazing Health Benefits Of Pink Himalayan Salt

1. Improves Respiratory Problems

Halotherapy is a natural treatment for those with respiratory issues. It loosens mucus and has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial effects. It’s especially effective for people who have bronchitis (3).

2. Improves Sleep

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Eating pink Himalayan salt may improve sleep quality.

Research shows that low-sodium diets cause disrupted sleep (4). I’m not saying to go crazy with the salt, but a high-sodium diet is related to longer sleep patterns with fewer wakings.

3. Detoxification

Taking a detox bath with pink Himalayan salt is invigorating. It also stimulates your circulation. First, dissolve 1 pound of salt in a hot bath. Next, soak in the tub for 20 minutes. You can also add essential oils if you like.

Most of all, be sure to drink plenty of water to move the toxins out of your body.

4. Balances pH

Having a well-balanced pH is essential for good health. When your acid-to-alkaline ratio is in proper balance it boosts your immune system. Because Himalayan salt has over 84 trace minerals and elements, it helps keep your pH in balance.

 5. Improves Digestion

You can make your own “sole”, which is a drinkable solution of Himalayan salt and purified water. Also, according to Dr. Sircus:

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 (5).

Here are directions on how to prepare sole.

6. Air Purifier

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Pink Himalayan salt lamps draw impurities out of the air.

Pink Himalayan salt lamps are all the rage. They can make the air you breathe cleaner. In addition, the dust and allergens in the air are drawn into the salt lamp (6). You can buy them on Amazon. Brilliant!

In addition, other health benefits of using pink Himalayan salt include: (7)

  • Increased bone strength
  • Reduced leg cramps (like a Charley horse)
  • Lowering the incidence of sinus problems
  • Promotes vascular system health
  • Promotes healthy blood sugar
  • Encourages a healthy libido
  • Circulatory support
  • Reduces common signs of aging
  • Regulates water levels in the body for maximal functioning
  • Promotes cellular energy creation
  • Encourages increased absorption of food in the intestinal tract
  • Promotes gall bladder and kidney health in comparison to chemically-treated table salt

The Takeaway

Using pink Himalayan salt instead of table salt is a healthy choice. When used in moderation, it can greatly enhance the flavor of your food and boost your health. For example, it can improve digestion, purify your air, balance pH, improve your sleep and detoxify your body.

I’m really glad I made the switch to Himalayan salt and think you might too.

Have you ever tried it? What did you think? Please leave your questions and comments in the comment section below, and get the conversation started.

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For a more in-depth explanation about the ‘Salt Wars’ you may want to watch this video featuring Dr. Mercola. He also talks about the health benefits of Himalayan salt.

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