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Is Himalayan Salt Toxic? Is It Any Better Than Regular Salt?

I got asked the other day the following question,
which I almost blew off before I did some more research about it. Thus, I wanted to share it with all of my
subscribers “Dr. Sam – I have high blood pressure and
I was watching your videos about lowering it and so far, in the past 3 months I’ve
been able to get off of my blood pressure drugs by using your diet changes and supplement
recommendations. However, I have a question about Himalayan
Salt – I read that it’s toxic? Is this true? I thought it was natural and good for you
and better than regular white table salt? I’m super confused. What do you say?” Before I start with the Himalayan salt topic,
I want to point out the fact that high blood pressure is NOT caused by adding some salt
to your foods. Salt isn’t even the primary cause of high
blood pressure – it’s more of a hormonal imbalance and aging thing. I know this because my dad’s side of the
family has very high blood pressure and because of this, I had to learn how to lower it naturally. More about this later. Himalayan Salt & Lead Poisoning? In regards to Himalayan salt being toxic?… My first thought was, “no, it’s not. And anything in excess will be toxic, including
water”. However, before I reply back with a quick
“no”, I decided to do some research. And yup, I found a few articles stating that
Himalayan salt is in fact, toxic. Or, it “could” be toxic due to higher
levels of lead. Which is a heavy metal and you don’t want
this in your body. Just to let you know, lead is a naturally
occurring element found in your body, the environment and in the foods we eat. Heck, it’s even in the air we breathe.1
But you just don’t want anything extra added if possible. Anyway, the amount of lead in Himalayan Salt
is very, very small. It’s nothing to be concerned about unless
you’re having table spoons full of it daily. In which case, you’ll have other health
issues. Now, I have Himalayan Salt daily – probably
half a teaspoon full. And these days, I have more Celtic Salt instead. It is slightly healthier. The only negative is that it’s a “wet”
salt. So, you can’t put it in a salt shaker because
it’ll stick to the walls and it won’t come out. So, you just take a pinch and put it on your
foods. Is It Healthier? Now, a lot of people state how Himalayan salt
is so healthy because it has about 84 trace minerals, including potassium, calcium, iodine,
magnesium, iron, zinc and others. Which sounds great… However, the reality is that there’s just
very small amounts of these minerals, nothing that’ll make much of a difference in your
life.2 Pink Himalayan Salt
Table Salt Calcium (mg)
1.6 0.4
Potassium (mg) 2.8
0.9 Magnesium (mg)
1.06 0.0139
Iron (mg) 0.0369
0.0101 Sodium (mg)
368 381
As you can see, table salt may have more sodium, but pink Himalayan salt contains more calcium,
potassium, magnesium and iron.2 Again, amounts that are not worth even mentioning. How Does It Compare To White Table Salt
And since we’re speaking about regular white table salt, what are the main differences,
pros and cons as it compares to Himalayan Salt? Honestly, the only real benefit to regular
white salt is if you get the ionized version, which contains iodine. These days, many people are actually deficient
in iodine, which is a shame since it has many benefits. One of the main ones is improving thyroid
function. Thus, if you are having a hard time losing
weight and thus, may have a slower metabolism due to less thyroid production… Taking iodine will help speed up your thyroid
and increase the levels. So, you can take it as an iodine supplement,
or eat more seaweed or take ionized salt. However, white salt does have extra additives
you may not want, such as fluoride, which is a toxin. Also, anti-caking agents to prevent the grains
from sticking together. Remember how earlier I said how Celtic Salt
is “wet” and sticks together, this is one reason – no anti-caking agents or additives. And white salt does cost much less than Himalyan
and Celtic salts. Summary & Bottom Line
Himalyan salt isn’t toxic, even though it has very low levels of a toxin called lead. One of the biggest promoted benefits about
Himalyan salt is that it contains about 84 trace minerals, but the levels are so low
that there are no real benefits. White table salt does have two main benefits:
(A) It’s cheaper than Himalyan (B) the ionized version is good for a slow
thyroid because it contains iodine. A big negative with white salt is that it
contains additives that you don’t want – fluoride and anti-caking agents. So go ahead and continue using Himalyan salt
or do what I do, use Celtic Sea salt the majority of the time. And don’t worry about the added salt raising
your blood pressure. The majority of salt in your diet comes from
packaged foods. The real cause of hypertension is the change
in your hormones due to aging. You can get more details about improving your
blood pressure and still enjoy eating salt, by visiting the special link below this video,
where I reveal how I quickly lowered my dad’s blood pressure in just a few days – no diet
changes or drugs.

20 thoughts on “Is Himalayan Salt Toxic? Is It Any Better Than Regular Salt?

  1. Thanks Dr. Sam!
    Off to salt my food now!
    On a serious note, I put grains of rice in my salt shakers to absorb the moisture. It works great!

  2. Thanks Dr. Robbins. Could you actually do a vid on salts. I buy Celtic salts & people think it's too expensive. Am I throwing away $$ dollars?

  3. If you found any food that labeled as "healty food" it doesn't mean that you can eat it as much as you want. Just eat it like normal portion of any other food.

  4. Some say sea salt is polluted by plastic waste while other say mountain salt (himalaya) is polluted by dust. Were can we get the non toxic salt ever?

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