Sea Salt, Himalayan salt and a short word on iodine!

himalayan-salt-seasaltSalt is essential for life.

To produce sea salt you evaporate off the sea water. In the process the iodine is lost so you can’t rely on sea salt for your iodine supplies. Sea salt contains traces of minerals like magnesium, calcium and traces of other minerals. You need it from clean oceans to be best for you. There are some good sea salts you can try.

Biotrace do a Pink Salt from clean sources that you can sprinkle on your food and their Concentrated Mineral Drops are free from aluminium and toxic metals - rich in boron, selenium and magnesium as well as some sodium  so a good pick - you will see the CMD label in Harvest and IE and other wholefood stores. Or order direct from Biotrace phone 570 5923. Or

Malcolm Harker does a great sea salt with kelp that I enjoy it has both fresh NZ sea salt and kelp. to order online.

Most salts are basically sodium chloride. Iodine is present in kelp (very rich) and the seaweed wakame, nori sheets and the sea vegetable “bladder wrack” also contains iodine.

Look out for Pacific Harvest products in whole food stores.

Fish like herring, sardines and salmon do have some iodine in them too. Fennel, spinach, garlic and carrot all have traces of iodine.

Kelp is the most concentrated per volume or weight for iodine. If you overdo it you’ll notice your heart rate increase and metabolism shoot up. Some kelp in your diet is very good for condition of hair, nails, skin and overall mineral status.

Himalayan salt when you read about it seems to be great in that it has 84 key trace elements for your health. It is marketed as coming from a non-polluted source deep in the Himalayan mountains. My Biotrace source Robin mentioned it actually comes from a rock salt mine in Pakistan at the foot of the Himalayas so that is interesting.

The analysis has some traces of aluminium,lead and some toxic metals as well as lots of good trace minerals so I guess any mineral or rock salt runs the risk of having some traces of aluminium and similar. Below is the analysis I was sent by Robin Day from Biotrace re the contents of the Himalayan salt.

Himalayan Crystal Salt - Chemical Analysis
1. Aluminium (Al) 0.45 ppm 2. Antimony (Sb) 2.27 ppm 3. Arsenic (As) <0.5 ppm
4. Barium (Ba) 0.18 ppm 5. Beryllium (Be) <0.1 ppm 6. Bismuth (Bl <0.1 ppm
7. Boron (B) <0.1 ppm 8. Bromine (Br) 4.76 ppm 9. Cadmium (Cd) 0.13 ppm
10. Calcium (Ca) 1380 ppm 11. Carbon (C) 68.0 ppm 12. Cerium (Ce) 1.87 ppm
13. Caesium (Cs) 0.82 ppm 14. Chloride (Cl) 598,000
ppm 15. Chromium (Cr) 0.191 ppm
16. Cobalt (Co) <0.1 ppm 17. Copper (Cu) 0.69 ppm 18. Dysprosium (Dy) <0.1 ppm
19. Erbium (Er) 0.219 ppm 20. Europium (Eu) <0.1
ppm 21. Fluoride (F) 7.22 ppm
22. Gadolinium (Gd) 1.72
ppm 23. Gallium (Ga) 1.65 ppm 24. Germanium (Ge) 0.39 ppm
25. Gold (Au) <0.1 ppm 26. Hafnium (Hf) <0.1 ppm 27. Holmium (Ho) <0.1 ppm
28. Indium (In) <0.1 ppm 29. Iodine ( I ) 1.42 ppm 30. Iridium (Ir) <0.05 ppm
31. Iron (Fe) 14.2 ppm 32. Lanthanum (La) <0.1
ppm 33. Lead (Pb) 0.07 ppm
34. Lithium (Li) 0.59 ppm 35. Lutetium (Lu) <0.1 ppm 36. Magnesium (Mg) 20,100
37. Manganese (Ma) <0.1
38. Mercury (Hg) <0.02
ppm 39. Molybdenum (Mo) <0.1 ppm
40 Neodymium (Nd) <0.1
ppm 41. Nickel (Ni) <0.1 ppm 42. Niobium (Nb) <0.1 ppm
43. Osmium (Os <0.05 ppm 44. Palladium (Pd <0.05
ppm 45. Phosphorus (P) <0.5 ppm
46. Platinum (Pt) <0.05 ppm 47. Potassium (K) 2900 ppm 48. Praseodymium (Pr) 0.19 ppm
49. Rhenium (Re) <0.1 ppm 50. Rhodium (Rh) <0.05
ppm 51. Rubidium (Rb) 7.99 ppm
52. Ruthenium (Ru) <0.1
53. Samarium (Sm) 3.87
ppm 54. Scandium (Sc) <0.1 ppm
55. Selenium (Se) <0.05 ppm 56. Silicon (Si) 10.7 ppm 57. Silver (Ag) 0.063 ppm
58. Sodium (Na) 374,000
ppm 59. Strontium (Sr) 6.98 ppm 60. Sulfur (S) 1680 ppm
61. Tantalum (Ta) 0.53 ppm 62. Tellurium (Te) <0.1 ppm 63. Terbium (Tb) <0.1 ppm
64. Thallium (Tl) 0.69 ppm 65. Thorium (Th) <0.1 ppm 66. Thulium (Tm) <0.1 ppm
67. Tin (Sn) <0.1 ppm 68. Titanium (Ti) 0.38 ppm 69. Tungsten (W) <0.1 ppm
70. Vanadium (V) 8.78 ppm 71. Ytterbium (Yb) <0.05
ppm 72. Yttrium (Y) <0.05 ppm
73. Zinc (Zu) 4.92 ppm 74. Zirconium (Zr) 0.48 ppm
Helium, Argon, Neon, Krypton, Xenon, Radon, Technetium and Promethium could not be
included in this specific test analysis. In order to trace these elements, one needs an extremely
sophisticated and costly analysis.

Himalayan salt health properties are listed as helping you:

  • Control blood sugar
  • Digest food – chloride helps with hydrochloric acid
  • Hormonal especially adrenal health
  • Keep respiratory health
  • Helps prevent muscle cramps
  • Helps bone health
  • Helps you regulate water content and pH in your body
  • Helps regulate your blood pressure along with water

Dr Mercola does a great short video about salt here if you’d like to know more…

I guess the key thing is to try find clean salts. Premier Research Laboratory PRL does a clean Pink salt from under the Mediterranean Sea, but it is expensive. "Premier Pink Salt" from clean sources. Phone 570 5923 to order the Pink Salt.

Normal iodised commercial table salt sometimes has aluminium or ferrous cyanide in it to keep it flowing as “anti-caking” agents or has been chemically cleaned at high temperatures. So avoid these and go for one of the health giving sea salts dried by natural evaporation from your whole food stores and keep up some iodine too. Malcolm Harker does a nice celtic salt with added kelp or you can add kelp seasoning sprinkles to your own salt. Pacific Harvest make a great Kelp seasoning sprinkle.

There is sometimes concern about salt and high blood pressure, but if you are generally healthy and drink water then using plenty of salt in the form of sea salts or Himalayan salts is fine. The highly processed table salts are not good when taken too much. If you are fatigued salt can actually help recovery.

So sprinkle some salt from clean local waters when you can or pink salts to add flavour to your foods and your adrenal glands and your body will love it! The body can detox a certain amount of trace toxins, but ideally we are not adding more to the food so try the cleaner salts as per the above and don't stress too much - the body needs salts.

A swim in the ocean is a natural way to absorb salt via the skin too. Enjoy!