Taking Charge of Your Health

Hey, guys. Dr. Josh Axe here. Welcome to “Ancient Medicine Today.” On today’s episode, I’m going to be talking
about the difference between table salt, sea salt, and Himalayan salt. This is a question I get all the time. You might be surprised by some of the answers
because I’ve heard a lot of people say over the years salt and sodium are unhealthy. They cause heart disease, other health issues. And other people are touting the benefits
of Himalayan salt and sea salt. Well, I’m here to tell you the truth today
about salt and how it can be harmful but also helpful to your health. So, also, I’d like to start off the show here
by asking you to be on this mission with me, help me spread the message “Food is medicine”
by taking a second right now, punching that “Share” button, click that “Like” button,
help me spread the word. Because a lot of people don’t realize there
is a big, big difference between table salt, iodized salt, and Himalayan salt and sea salt,
and even truffle salt and things like that. So there’s a big difference between the types
of sodium we get in our diets on a daily basis. In fact, another thing I’ll talk about is
certain vegetables are even high in sodium, like celery, and they have tremendous benefits
here as well. So let’s dive right in and talk about which
is better, table salt versus Himalayan salt. Now, let me say this about table salt. Table salt was developed in part because many
people were developing iodine deficiencies. They were having iodine deficiencies and the
diet was part of it. Also, it was anti-caking, it was actually
smaller, in many cases, than Himalayan and sea salt. And so people preferred it because it was
processed and companies can make a lot more money making iodized salt versus gathering
real salt from the sea or from caves like Himalayan salt there as well. But here’s the truth about table salt. Number one, it is highly processed and we
know anytime you take a food and process it, you change the way it interacts within the
body. And so when you have a highly processed table
salt, and by the way, most of these table salts come from very unclean sources and,
again, they’re actually changed. So listen, it’s not even a food. If you’re consuming table salt on a regular
basis, it completely moves out of the food category because it’s processed to the point
where something is added. This is literally not found in nature anywhere
when you’re looking at regular iodized table salt versus sea salt and Himalayan salt, these
are found in nature. So, number one, it’s highly processed so it
affects the body in a different way. One of those ways is by raising the blood
pressure. Now, sea salt and Himalayan salt may actually
help balance out irregular blood pressure, whereas iodized table salt will, every time
and every instant, cause your blood pressure to rise, which isn’t good. It actually puts pressure on your heart, on
you arterial system, long-term, may, in fact, cause heart disease or heart failure and increases
your risk of a heart attack. That’s medically proven through scientific
studies that table salt increases your risk of high blood pressure and of a heart attack,
both. So again, it’s highly processed is one of
those reasons. Something else you may not realize about table
salt is many of the minerals are stripped down. Now, if you look at Himalayan salt, for instance,
10% of it is going to be other minerals, trace minerals found in mountains and in our Earth
and in the ocean. When you’re buying sea salt or Himalayan salt,
the problem is that table salt, all of those have been stripped out so now you’re only
getting sodium. And remember this, minerals balance each other
out. Sodium and potassium help balance each other
out. Calcium and magnesium help balance each other
out. In fact, even chloride. All of these electrolytes and minerals help
keep each other balanced. So if you’re consuming regular table salt,
what’s going to happen is you’re causing imbalances in potassium in your body. We know potassium is key for supporting the
function of your kidneys, for supporting detoxification of your cells, it is crucial. So your body actually becomes more toxic when
you’re consuming regular table salt. And by the way, if you’re enjoying this live
training and you agree with me that everybody should stay away from table salt, take a minute
right now, punch that “Share” button, click that “Like” button, and remember, “Food is
medicine,” it should not be poison. I truly believe iodized table salt, for many
people, acts as a poison to the body. Now, here’s another thing, iodized table salt
is not just salt. Actually, there are other chemicals added
that are anti-clumping agents. Have you ever noticed, even if you go to the
ocean, and so if you’re sitting at an oceanside restaurant, it’s very moist out? If you’re using a sea salt, it tends to clump
together a little bit, sometimes you need to shake it up. Well, when you go and consume table salt around
the ocean, it’s still these fine crystals. They never clump or cake together. That’s because they put in toxic anti-clumping
agents, actually in table salt today. These anti-clumping agents can be toxic to
your digestive tract, to your small intestine, increasing your risk of leaky gut. Also, again, it’s going to be toxic to your
liver and your kidneys. Stay away from table salt. And last two things, did you know, this might
surprise you, table salt has aluminum additives. Again, aluminum additives are added to table
salt. So this another major problem. We know aluminum has been connected with dementia
and neurodegeneration of the brain, as well as liver toxicity. So staying away from table salt. And then last issue here with table salt,
it causes iodine imbalance. Remember, iodine is an essential mineral in
our body. Even though iodine is added, it’s not the
type of iodine we need. And listen, this is particularly important
for anyone struggling with Hashimoto’s thyroiditis and types of autoimmune disease. If you have a certain type of autoimmune disease
and you’re not getting a food-bound iodine supplement, something like kelp in its natural
form, if you’re doing an isolated iodine, like you’re going to find in table salt, it
can actually increase your risk and symptoms of Hashimoto’s thyroiditis and autoimmune
disease. So this might come as a shock to you, but
table salt, again, not good for you, highly toxic, has been linked to high blood pressure,
heart disease, as well as other issues, such as toxicity of the body. So if you’ve got table salt when you get home,
throw it away. There are great natural alternatives, such
as Himalayan salt and natural Celtic sea salt, wild truffle salt, which is found at the bottom
floor of the ocean. These are the best types of salt you want
to be getting in your diet. So, hey, take a minute with me right now,
help me spread this message, press that “Share” button right now here on Facebook and YouTube,
if you’re watching with me. So, hey, all right, let’s jump in and talk
about all the benefits of Himalayan salt. Number one, it improves respiratory health. Now, one of the things that I recommend everybody
gets in their home is a salt lamp. Have you ever seen those Himalayan salt lamps? Actually, I’d like to ask you right now, if
you’re watching here on Facebook or YouTube, you know, let me know right now if you use
Himalayan salt, Celtic sea salt or truffle salt on a regular basis. Those are the healthiest forms of salt and
truffle salt, I mean, that’s found in the deep bed of waters of the Pacific Ocean, like
Hawaii. But getting those wild type of salts, I’d
love to hear, if you use those in your family, if you noticed a health difference. Also, do you use those pink salt lamps? Those salt lamps are great for respiration. Have you ever noticed this? Have you ever gone to the ocean and you just
noticed that your health just got much better? You know, you were on vacation, you went to
. . . whether it was Florida or Cancun or California or wherever you’re at, maybe you
go to the ocean and you notice, you just seem to breathe better. Well, that’s because those minerals, specifically
the types of sodium and those trace minerals found in the ocean actually help drive things
out of your system, especially if you have things in your lungs. So, salt, sodium, and this a principle of
Chinese medicine, actually drives things down out of your body. It helps drive things down, support your kidneys,
and it helps you excrete things through your urinary tract. So that actually happens when you are around,
especially when you breathe and inhale, not just drink, but more so when you’re inhaling
these healthy forms of salt that are found in Himalayan salt lamps or by breathing in
ocean water. Those actually help with respiratory issues. In fact, anytime I have a patient that’s really
chronically ill, one of the things I’ll do is I’ll recommend they’ll go spend some time
by the ocean on the coast and spend time walking the beach, spend time in the ocean, and practicing
deep breathing. It is incredible for your respiratory health. And by the way, if you know what I’m talking
about, if you’ve ever been to the beach and you noticed that it cleared your sinuses,
it cleared your respiratory airways, you noticed an improvement, let me know that right now
here on Facebook Live and YouTube Live. I’d love to hear from you. Here’s another incredible benefit of using
Himalayan salt. It balances your body’s pH. Now, there’s a really unique type of salt
that I use that comes from Hawaii, it’s a type of truffle salt, and that actually has
about almost 80% of it is sodium, the other 20% are trace minerals, similar thing. Himalayan salt is probably at 10% to 12% other
types of trace minerals that are found in caves and in the mountains. These trace minerals include things like manganese,
magnesium, calcium, potassium, chloride, iodine, selenium, and other powerful minerals, even
zinc. So getting many of these trace minerals . . . actually
even things like silver, silver is actually really beneficial for your health. It’s great for killing up bad bacteria. Gold is actually good for your heart. These are actually your trace minerals found
in sea salt today or Himalayan salt. These help balance your body’s pH. Now I want to say this, you can’t have too
much of a good thing. So I’m not telling you to go home and do multiple
tablespoons of Himalayan salt every single day. But sprinkling a little bit on your food can
help balance your body’s pH and have tremendous health benefits. So, again, use it sparingly, but use a little
bit of Himalayan salt or wild salt, sea salt every single day. It’s also a natural digestive. And I mentioned this earlier, salt actually
helps dry things up. So if you noticed that doing a lot of salt,
we know, is a natural drying agent. And so doing some salt is actually good for
the digestive system. Not too much, a little Himalayan and sea salt,
but it’s actually good, especially if you have candida, getting a little bit of salt
goes a long way or getting some of those good electrolytes. Also, as I mentioned earlier, it’s an air
purifier. Getting a Himalayan salt lamp, having that
by your bed at night. This is great for kids. If you have a child who has respiratory or
breathing issues, you know, in a lot of times, rather than having those night lights that
give off the wrong color, some of that blue light, Himalayan lights are much better. They’re good to have in the bathroom, if you
have a child or you need to go to the restroom during the night. Rather than turning on those brighter lights,
this actually is a type of light that’s more red in nature. And red, orange, and yellow lights actually
don’t cause your melatonin production to drop, they help keep it elevated. So, they’re good to use at night or in the
evening. But also, they’re great for purifying the
air, as I talked about the benefits earlier, that ocean water and of these lamps. They’re so good for your overall health. Also, they actually help induce better sleep
because of the type of light they give off. Also, did you know that minerals actually
help your hormone production and actually help calm your system? This is why, oftentimes, magnesium is referred
to as the relaxation mineral. But it’s not just magnesium. It’s trace minerals consumed or breathed in
in the right amount. So it’s a combination of magnesium, calcium,
iodine, potassium, chloride. All of these in combination in nature have
tremendous health benefits. And think about the ocean, there’s . . . obviously,
the ocean is a little bit different. But even using a salt lamp, it’s very calming
to the nervous system. It’s very calming to the body. It has many, many benefits. And I want to mention this last here as well. Himalayan salt is great for athletes. If you’re an endurance athlete, a marathon
runner, a triathlete, a swimmer, and you’re doing any type of long distance, or just a
lot of cardio, you’re out sweating a lot, it is crucial you’re getting the right type
of sodium in your diet on a daily basis. And Himalayan salt, sea salt, these are some
of the best forms of sodium. In fact, when I used to race triathlons, one
of the things I would always do is I would make my own sort of energy pack and I would
get some raw local honey and I would drop in a little bit of Himalayan salt in there. And that’s what I would consume when I was
actually doing a workout. A little bit of sea salt and a little bit
of raw local honey, it was a great natural energy booster there to use as well. So, again, we know it’s great for athletes. If you’re sweating a lot, you can do a little
bit there as well in that way. So let’s review some of the side effects and
the reason you want to get rid of table salt. By the way, if you are with me on this, that
everybody should throw out their table salt and start using sea salt, press the “Like”
button right now, also press the “Share” button because more people need to know the difference. You know, I look at one of my grandfathers
who had chronic heart issues and he used iodized . . . this table salt, all the time. In fact, his doctor put him on a low-salt
diet. That wasn’t the answer. He should have been using real salt from the
sea or from caves, the salt that our ancestors consumed that has all of these health benefits
for the body. So help me spread this message. So here are some of the side effects. Again, table salt risks it’s highly processed,
it has the minerals stripped out of it, toxic clumping agents, harmful aluminum additives,
iodine imbalance within the body. Also here, look at the benefits of Himalayan
salt. Improves respiratory problems, balances your
body’s pH, it’s a natural digestive aid, purifies your air, and improves your overall sleep,
all of these benefits. And I want to give you this last tip as well. It’s important that we are flooding our bodies
with minerals on a daily basis. If you want to know the most mineral-rich
foods as well, again, one of them is Himalayan salt. Along with this type of salt, what’s also
beneficial is doing fruits and vegetables. You know, celery juice or juicing vegetables
are incredible for flooding your body with vitamins and minerals. Also, certain types of food, grass-fed beef,
chicken liver. Bone broth is packed with minerals like potassium
and healthy sodium. Actually, that perfect balance is found in
bone broth. So make sure, again, you’re getting these
beneficial types of minerals in your diet every day from great sources like fruits,
vegetables, organic wild meat, bone broth, as well as Himalayan salt and sea salt. And one of my favorites is doing ocean, Pacific
salt that’s found in things like truffle salt. So many benefits there. So again, throw out the table salt or, hey,
throw it over your shoulder for good luck and start using Himalayan salt, both as a
lamp in your house every single day and, again, sprinkling a little bit of sea salt or Himalayan
salt on your food every day. And again, I would love to hear from you. If you use sea salt, truffle salt, or Himalayan
salt on a regular basis, let me know that right now here on Facebook Live and YouTube
Live. I would love to hear it from you. And remember, every day, Monday through Thursday,
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about how to naturally improve your health with Himalayan salt.

100 thoughts on “Table Salt vs. Himalayan Salt: Which Is Better?

  1. I just saw that recently I bought the Morton’s sea salt this time… and there is an anti clumping agent!!! ??

  2. I mostly use sea salt and sometimes himalayan salt. Have been thinking of getting a himalyan salt lamp. I had bad eczema and everytime I went to the ocean I noticed it would clear up.

  3. I use pink Himalayan salt in my cooking and on my food. I found my box of table salt in the pantry and it had dust on it.

  4. My mother always said, “The ocean cures all ails.” Every summer when we would visit the beach, she would have us go “soak” in the water each day.

  5. just threw away all my crap table salt and bought some Himalayan salt, also people have to remember table salt is in EVERYTHING. So im gonna be cutting way back on fast food or well restraunts too in general ( they put table salt on everything too!) I will just try to make more natural balanced meals with minimum table salt in it from now on

  6. Here on the pueblo we have Zuni salt that the men get from either the lake or river. I also use Himalayan and sea salt.

  7. Interesting facts about table salt. I've been using Himalayan salt for several months now, simple because I like the taste. I've been turning friends and clients on to it as well and they like it. Now that I know the health benefits I won't go back. I never knew how processed table salt is, thanks for the info!

  8. I have been to this Himalayan salt mine. It’s incredible with ceiling heights inside the mountain more than 150 feet high. There is a hospital inside the mine for people with respiratory problems.

  9. I started using sea salt few years ago, never heard about Himalayan salt before, did not know the difference. I'm so glad my sister shared this video. Thanks Doctor

  10. I use Himalayan salt but now i know why. Thanks for this video. Love these doctors online how they explain the health, dr Berg, dr Ekberg, and of course dr Axe. Quick, simple and understandable. Thanks, you are improving our lives.???


  12. I use Himalayan salt mixed with baking soda with distilled water to wash my mouth and remove any plague… then brush my teeth with fluoride free tooth paste …the salt is a miracle cleanser and gum healer !

  13. I have used exclusively Himalayan pink salt for approximately 5 years now in addition I have two salt lamps in my bedroom and one in my massage Studio

  14. I juat started using pink himalayan sea salt like 3 to four years ago but. Not on a regular basis but im going to start im actually going to be doing a garlic and pink salt water dr ink every day for 30 days

  15. I just checked my cabinet and the only salts in there were Himalayan and sea salt, I don’t think we’ve had iodized salt in over ten years

  16. I use pink Himalayan salt but I've noticed I have to use more in foods than table salt when I use to use that. Why is that so?

  17. Don't think I seen him take a breath of fresh air ha'ha.
    But he is so right!!!
    Thanks for your message to the people!!!

  18. Dr. Axe with all your insight you should read the book Ministry of healing I am sure there is lot of information both of you will like.

  19. As a herbalist over 25years this is all I use. I have not brought sugar since 1981 I use liquid Stevia a natural plant. Artificial sugars cause Cancer and illness.

  20. . the Hawaiian truffle salt it is black and you eat this correct ? is it just for skin or is it for both eating and for bath salts ?

  21. I just started using Himalayan salt a few weeks ago. To me, it tastes much better. I seem to feel its naturalness.

  22. For the last 6 or 7 years I've used Himalayan salt, and also a few years ago have been using Redmond Real Salt from Redmond Utah. This is a ancient sea salt cave. Thanks for all your info.

  23. I just paused the video to throw all my table salt onto the weeds on my path. Two birds with one stone 😉
    French sea salt and Himalayan salts are the only ones in the house house.

  24. I use table salt to clean and scrub because it's abrasive. It's also great for absorbing wet carpet stains. So don't throw it out. But don't eat it either.

  25. First I want to say how much I truly enjoy watching your videos!! Awesome, awesome!!! Just have a question. Shortly after arriving to the ocean I began to have swelling. I love the ocean air and I know it has tremendous benefits!! What can I do to avoid this? We love taking our vacations at the beach?

  26. I have used Himalayan salt for at least 5 years. Both my mother and my sister had completely white hair in their late 50's, and mine was getting there UNTIL I started using Himalayan salt. My hair is now more dark than white!

  27. Anyone worth their salt already knows this ??
    Top tip.. dont throw your table salt out ….use it on your paths on cold and frosty mornings…

  28. I only use sea salt and Himalayan salts love them better flavour and no chemicals check out my channel for camping vids new channel need the support and subscriber guys like and share

  29. I used to use Himalayan salt but recently I watched a video and the presenter was asking why this particular person ( don't know who he is) recommended H. salt, because on his web site he says H. salt is bad for you. I think he it was poison. So I checked the web site of this particular man and sure enough he has it on his site that's is no good. If I find it again, I'll put it and a link in here about it.

  30. Ever since I discover the health benefits of Himalayan pink salt.
    I throw out table salt and I can honestly say I've seen the benefits.

  31. Hi Dr. Axe! I use pink himalayan salt in everything. I use table salt for cleaning and laundry only. Thanks for this great video!

  32. We use Himalayan salt exclusively in our cooking. It just tastes better ?. I use a salt grinder for it! Thanks for this video, Dr. Axe!

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