Hey everyone, I'm here with a question about pink salt and how much to use of it. Many people say go wild s long as it's not refined and contains nutrients. Sure I eat only good pink salt from the mountains. But my consumption of it scares me sometimes.I can estimate I consume between 6000mg to 8000mg a day, while recomendations lay at only a mere 2500mg. I've done this for a long time, I used and still do, suck on salt crystals as well, I love salt so much I cant seem to get enough of it on my food. Will I kill myself doing this? I mean I've done it for a year on a diet of grains and am still alive, now that I've started going Paleo, I wonder what I could be doing to my body not realizing.
I wonder a little too, but the fact is that I've been consuming about 3 tsp of unrefined salt a day for 8 months with no adverse effects. In fact, it makes me feel better. I completely indulge my salt cravings, and it feels great. Some people lose electrolytes faster than others, & sea salt replenishes them like no other.
I would mix up the salt, use some celtic sea salt too, try redmond real salt, and take a look at beyond the shaker website for some awesome black salts. All are going to have different sodium/mineral profiles and therefore different benefits.
I have read many arguments on the purity of the sources pink salt comes from, and also that it is too hard for the body to eliminate, etc... There are countless raw food discussions on this if you care to take a look, as pink salt is widely used in raw food recipes and its supposed health benefits touted by many in that community. Essentially it is ground down rock as opposed to something like a celtic sea salt which is derived from a dehydration process. The celtic is probably a better choice in terms of remineralizing water for drinking or cooking, as it represents something closer in origin to natural salt water.
8000 mg of sodium? Or of the salt itself? 1.5 tsp of salt has 3000 mg of sodium. If you are eating "8000 mg of salt," that works out to 3200 mg of sodium, which is fine. But, 8000 mg of sodium equals around 20,000 mg of salt.
How many carbs are you eating? Do you have any other symptoms of fatigue? Other health issues?
Personally, I eat my food pleasantly salty, and I don't measure. Craving salt, or wanting only salty things could be a symptom of dehydration or adrenal fatigue.
Yes. I'd say that, in my non medical-expert opinion, 6,000-8,000 mg of salt a day is bad, regardless of the color. Pink salt is still salt, it just contains some trace amounts of other minerals (which give it its color). An average analysis of Himalayan Pink salt (the most common variety) yields:
Specifications Color - Light pink with variations of white and red. Odor - Salty Sodium Chloride - 98.35% Magnesium - .07% Sulfate - .05% Iron - .0006% Moisture - .026% Insoluble - .77%
So 6,000 mg of pink salt gives you roughly 5,901 mg of table salt 4.2 mg of magnesium, and 3 mg of "sulfate", with basically negligible iron content. If you are interested in the benefits of these trace elements, I'd suggest a multivitamin versus lots of salt.
Mountainroseherbs.com claims that pink salt:
Himalayan Pink Salt has a rich mineral content that includes over 84 minerals and trace elements such as: calcium, magnesium, potassium, copper and iron. This salt is recognized for its beautiful pink color, high mineral content, and its therapeutic properties. Regular consumption of Himalayan Pink Salt provides essential minerals, trace elements, balances electrolytes, supports proper nutrient absorption, eliminates toxins, balances the body’s pH, normalizes blood pressure, and increases circulation and conductivity. It can also assist with relief from arthritis, skin rashes, psoriasis, herpes, and flu and fever symptoms.
Any time a product claims to alleviate HERPES symptoms, I become highly suspicious that their claims are being inflated. It's salt, with an additional 1.65% composition of trace elements. Consuming the large amounts you are accustomed to puts you at risk for hypertension.
I've tried to do some research on pink salt with no good conclusions - I found that I had symptoms of orthostatic hypotension despite using some pink salt in cooking. I started supplementing with red sea salt and that is helping me not have the dizzyness and partial blackouts when I stand up. So I agree with the recommendation to supplement with other salts.
I just stumbled upon this website during a curious Google search - and immediately signed up when I saw your question to reply.
For comparison of all kinds of different salts to table salt in the market, just keep one principle: salt is salt is salt. When you say pink salt, I assume you're referring to the so-marketed Himalayan salt. Pink salt is rock salt from Pakistan. It contains at least 96% sodium chloride (which is table salt) with some other minerals (that sometimes gives its distinct color). Leaving aside the health benefits or adverse effects of other minerals, this means that you are consuming at least 5760mg of table salt when you eat 6000mg of salt.
There is no conclusive evidence for most of salt's adverse effects, but there is strong evidence that it causes cardiac enlargement.
Once you develop a taste for saltier-than-regular food, it is hard to give up; but please try to restrain your salt intake. No, pink salt is not better.
http://chriskresser.com/shaking-up-the-salt-myth-healthy-salt-recommendations. Salt intakes effects are a U shaped curve. You appear to be on the high end, but not by a lot. I say go for it, if that'swhat floats your boat. If you experience any problems, maybe cut down by 20 or 30 percent. I bet you are still better off than those out the who try to totaly avoid it.