Himalayan Sea Salt

I started out my research for this month’s blog post on the benefits of consuming Himalayan Sea Salt (HSS), but ended up being drawn to the health benefits of the lamp as well.

These crystals have been forming since our planet’s birth 4 billion years ago. The mines for this salt are 5000 ft below the Himalayan Mountain Range in Punjab, Pakistan. You can find true HSS in pink, whitish red, dark red, black and orange colors. They are composed of the dried remnants of the primal sea from the Precambrian Age, okay- they are very very old.

With 4 billion years of formation, this salt is packed with tons of nutrients, 84 minerals which include; calcium, copper, gold, iron, magnesium, potassium and silver, just to name a few. So, besides this salt making your food better to taste, it has a lot of health benefits too.

HSS helps regulate the water in your body giving you the proper pH levels and aids in vascular health with regenerates cells properties, which might be attributed to it’s anti-aging benefits as well.

At this age, I’ll eat anything that will help with my libido, circulatory health, strengthening my bones, keeping my blood sugars in check and reducing leg cramps.

We buy our grinder of Himalayan Pink Sea Salt at Costco for around $4.

Now, let’s shed some light on this topic…

My wife was recently telling me about the benefits of having a HSS lamp, but I was skeptical about all its reputed health benefits, but I was wrong.

These lamps emit negative ions in small amounts, which cancel out the positive ones. We are exposed to electromagnetic radiation (EM) in the form of positive ions via our televisions, stereos, cell phones, computers, microwaves and so on.

There are 1000s of studies linking the toxic effects of EM, aka electro-smog on our health. EM causes stress, fatigue and weakens our immune systems. Everyday exposure to these low-level radiation ions cause a variety of cancers, increase heart disease and have been attributed to Alzheimer’s disease as well.

The HSS lamp emits the negative ions, acting as a air purifier and also reducing the allergens in the air for people suffering from asthma, allergies, and other airborne illnesses.

The Lung Institute has conducted may clinical trials on the benefits of HSS which include;

  • Anti-flammatory agents
  • immune system oversensitivity
  • removes airborne pollen
  • antibacterial properties

Studies have shown that Halotherapy ( salt respiratory) practices have aided in bronchial illnesses for years.

In conclusion, whether you ingest HSS , breathe it or set the mood with one of it’s calming lamps, you will benefit both internally and externally.

Enjoy!

Kimchi

Kimchi is a spicy condiment that has helped Koreans maintain the No. 2 slot for the least obese people on earth, just behind Japan. Koreans consume about 40 pounds of this spicy vegetable in many different forms; cabbage, radishes, cucumbers, carrots and more. This fermented cabbage made it’s debut around the 7th century, but the version we commonly use today started in the 18th century with the addition of chili peppers to the mix. For Koreans this is more than one of their staples, it is a comfort food and it is actually good for you.

How many of your comfort foods are good for your body? In our twisted Westerner’s mindset, we have equated comfort food as something that is a once in a blue moon guilty indulgence, something that is actually bad for our health. Mac n’ Cheese, Fried Chicken and Gravy just clog my veins with unhealthy fats and toxins just thinking about it.

If you really can’t live without your comfort foods, doctor them up with Kimchi. Mac n’ Cheese tossed with Kimchi, Kimchi Grilled Cheese, Kimchi Tacos, Kimchi Omelette. I always like to top off my favorite grilled cheeseburger with some Kimchi.

Cabbage helps detox the body, ridding the body of toxins clinging to the walls of your intestines. Kimchi stimulates your bowel movements, cleans out your digestive tract and fights constipation. Kimchi is an excellent source of probiotics to aid your cardiovascular and digestive systems. In addition to limiting obesity, Kimchi can assist with diabetes, cholesterol, gastric ulcers, cancer  and has anti-aging properties.

You can find Kimchi in the produce section of some grocery stores or go to an Asian store, a 32 oz. jar of Kimchi Cabbage (usually bok choy) is around $5. If you are a spice wimp like me, you can dip it in a dish of soy sauce or better yet, use Bragg’s Amino Acid sauce, to take the sting out of it’s bite.

You could also make it yourself, if you don’t mind the stench of fermenting cabbage in your kitchen. A nice substitute for the bok choy would be Napa cabbage. Here is a nice easy Korean recipe from epicurious.

High in fiber, Kimchi is packed with Vitamin A, B1, B2 and C, with a nice amino acid package and minerals like; iron, calcium and selenium.

Put Kimchi on your next shopping list and start adding it to your diet, you can eat it with almost any meal.

Eat Right & Be Well!