Salt that actually HYDRATES you!

Hi there!

I LOVE SALT!!!! Yep, me… a health weirdo… LOVES SALT. I may or may not carry Trader Joes himalayan salt grinder in my purse… Mmhhmm. Don’t hate…!

Here I am, going through the differences of Himalayan Salt vs Regular Salt– I find this wealth of knowledge below!

Once upon a time (a couple of hundreds of millions of years ago) crystallized sea salt beds, now deep within the Himalayans, were covered by lava. Aside from it being kept in a flawless environment that has been surrounded by snow and ice year round, the lava is thought to have protected the salt from pollution leading to the belief that Himalayan Pink salt is the purest salt to be found on earth. It is now hand-mined from the mountains and brought to the culinary market.

Why Pink? 

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The many hues of pink, red and white are an indication of this salt’s rich and varying mineral and energy-rich iron content.  The pale pink color stemming from iron oxide deposits (rust) in the mountains as I mentioned in the paragraph above!! Many people believe it has many health benefits and is the purest salt on earth.

Wait a sec…. all these years and I’ve been told to cut back on Sodium because it’s bad for me?!?!?!

The reason salt is often perceived as unhealthy , is that it can bind water in the bloodstream and raise blood pressure which causes a plethora of other issues (i.e. heart attacks, strokes… etc.)

Just like anything in life- if consumed in excess it can be bad for you and cause health problems. And when I say this I am talking about “table salt” in every packaged food item and most dining out places.

There is a difference in these salts!! Yay! More salt for me! haha

I have a science-mind and always want to learn the background so I can perform my own analysis. So if that’s not you- skip ahead!

 

Wooden spoons with different salt

Table salt

  • Stripped of potassium during process (this is needed for natural Sodium and Potassium- so stripped of necessary minerals)
  • Sodium Chloride
  • Iodine is added
  • Many companies add anti-caking because salt
  • Color is added so easy to pour

Sea Salt

  • Natural evaporated seawater
  • Still has some naturally occurring minerals = 5%

Himalayan Salt

  • Naturally occurring salt. – has the potassium, sodium and magnesium already
  • Himalayan mountains of Pakistan
  • Used to exfoliate
  • Himalayan Salt lamp (companies claim it aids in improved sleep and decrease in stress– I haven’t felt either)
  • Detoxes you if you add to warm water and drink in the morning (i’ve been doing this for years and it actually works– does not work with regular table salt)

All in all- Researching all this has been confusing…  however, what I do know is table salt is no bueno and Sea and Himalayan salt actually hydrates your cells due to its greater concentration in trace minerals— so I’ll stick with those two. (NOT in excess my friends!). (By the way the himalayan salt at Trader Joe’s is $1.99 (cheaper than everywhere else).

Let me know if you have any questions in the comments! 🙂 Have a great hump day! 🙂

XOXO~ Meag

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*I am not a dietitian or scientist so please take this information with a grain of salt (no pun intended)

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Want to Get Naked?

By all means, get naked, take your clothes off but do yourself a favor and don’t by into this Naked drink.

Naked- bare, undisguised, uncovered…

Naked

See what this smoothie brand owned by PepsiCo did there… ?  This “All Natural” drink is far from actually being all natural.  It is mislabeled and PepsiCo had to pay 9 million dollars to settle a lawsuit on this smoothie (USA Today)

Let’s pick this baby apart.

On the bottom of the bottle it states “No Sugar Added” … this is deceiving.  No CANE sugar has been added but let’s look at the ingredients.

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The first thing that jumps out at me is the 1st ingredient! APPLE JUICE. Not Apples, not apple puree, APPLE JUICE PEOPLE! The juice that contains all that sugar! Pineapple JUICE! What is in puree? Sugar? You got it! When it says fruit juice and puree, they add concentrated fruit sugar without the benefit of the fruit’s fiber.

Let’s look at the grams of Sugar in this beloved drink.

28g Sugar x 2 PER BOTTLE = 56g Sugar…  I thought the bottle said “No Added Sugar” ?  (key in Thinking Emoji)

Fifty-Six grams is equivalent to 11 teaspoons of sugar. Might as well go have a Coke instead – same size container of Coca Cola has 41 grams of sugar. Just kidding. Please don’t…

Go have a Snickers instead at 29 grams of sugar. HA!

And the protein… 2 gram. Really? I hope you aren’t drinking this for the gains!

Whip this smoothie up instead my friends!

  • 3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk (I use unsweetened Vanilla Almond Breeze)
  • 1 frozen banana (chopped) (or another frozen fruit)
  • 1 scoop protein powder
  • A handful of spinach
  • 1 tsp chia seeds

Blend until smooth!!! YUM – about 280 calories and delicious !

What’s your favorite smoothie combination?

 

-Meag