Updated: May 27, 2020
So you have your Complete Intermittent Fasting Bundle and you're getting your kitchen ready for some amazing things to happen... when you read the importance of Celtic Sea Salt within the Programs. Unless you've been using the Programs for a while, you follow me on Instagram or you're one of my clients, you may not be totally familiar with this type of salt. You're looking through your pantry and you see that you have some Himalayan Salt tucked in the back corner... does this count?! Will the Himalayan Salt work and provide the same benefits?
Today, I'm sharing the deets on both salts and whether or not you can use Himalayan Salt in place of Celtic Sea Salt!
First of all... why have either?!
Low sodium = good health, right? Not necessarily. In fact, minerals within high quality salt are needed for a variety of functions within your body such as muscle contractions, absorption of certain nutrients and prevention of Hyponatremia. I use a pinch in my water first thing in the morning to improve hydration after a night of sleep. It's also useful in your post-workout water to help balance electrolyte levels and help some headaches (see the video below for the deets). You'll even seen Celtic Sea Salt in the ACV Sipper in The Complete Intermittent Fasting Bundle. You can get a complete list of benefits of having high quality salt daily HERE.
The deets on Himalayan Salt
Himalayan Salt comes from land locked regions, usually Pakistan. This fact alone blew me away when I first learned this - you mean, it's NOT from the Himalayas?!🤯 Location aside, Himalayan salt gets its pink color from iron oxide (aka rust). This is generally harmless but can be a problem if you already suffer from iron overload which will increase oxidation in the body. Increased oxidation can lead to increased cellular damage, which of course isn't good. Does this mean Himalayan Salt is causing your cells to become damaged? Not necessarily, but it is something to consider, particularly if you already suffer from iron overload.
Himalayan Salt contains between 60-84 different trace minerals (this amount is debated). In terms of price, Himalayan Salt generally comes in at around .86 cents per ounce, but this can vary depending on the brand you purchase it from.
The deets on Celtic Sea Salt
Celtic Sea Salt is typically hand harvested in Brittany, France. The only processing it experiences is the natural drying of the salt on the shores. Celtic Sea Salt also undergoes testing for microplastics, heavy metals and radiation. It contains less sodium and more trace minerals (around 60 total trace minerals) than typical table salt. It's my personal go-to as I have found it to be less expensive (typically around .41 cents per ounce) and available at most health food stores.
Both salts are MUCH better options than table salt. And honestly, if you have regular table salt, you're better off just tossing it right now and swapping it for either of these for all of your cooking. Both Celtic Sea Salt and Himalayan Salt are high quality, unrefined salts with trace minerals that are perfect to use within The Complete Intermittent Fasting Bundle!
Psssst - Did you know we have a Summer Intermittent Fasting Challenge going on RIGHT NOW?! Hundreds of #AENpeeps around the WORLD are participating in the Challenge! You can still join in on the Summer Intermittent Fasting Challenge and feel AMAZING again HERE.
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