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Too much pink salt?

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created August 08, 2012 at 1:02 PM

Hey everyone, I'm here with a question about pink salt and how much to use of it. Many people say go wild s long as it's not refined and contains nutrients. Sure I eat only good pink salt from the mountains. But my consumption of it scares me sometimes.I can estimate I consume between 6000mg to 8000mg a day, while recomendations lay at only a mere 2500mg. I've done this for a long time, I used and still do, suck on salt crystals as well, I love salt so much I cant seem to get enough of it on my food. Will I kill myself doing this? I mean I've done it for a year on a diet of grains and am still alive, now that I've started going Paleo, I wonder what I could be doing to my body not realizing.

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on August 09, 2012
at 04:11 PM

Fromthericefields, maybe you have an adverse reaction to nightshades

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on August 09, 2012
at 04:09 PM

Kyle, yes, you make a valid point, but can you tell me what harm can salt do to a healthy active person? http://www.marksdailyapple.com/salt-and-blood-pressure/#axzz2349ChI4Y

193f00d53ebcb13940c7a55afc78ad17

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on August 09, 2012
at 01:37 PM

Alvaro, the "If you feel fine, keep doing it" mentality doesn't really work. How many people here ate SAD for years and "Felt fine" before going paleo. Just because the damage is slow doesn't mean it's not occurring.

193f00d53ebcb13940c7a55afc78ad17

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on August 09, 2012
at 01:35 PM

The real question is, with all these risks, and all the advice you've gotten here, why continue to eat 6,000 to 8,000 mg of salt a day?

193f00d53ebcb13940c7a55afc78ad17

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on August 09, 2012
at 01:34 PM

Hypertension is a big risk, yes. Sodium can also inhibit calcium absorption, according to some studies, which leads to reduced bone density and osteoporosis. Also, high salt intake can increase the chances that you will develop gastric ulcers and cancer (due to sodium inhibiting normalized acid production). And unused sodium is passed in urine, so high levels of salt increase stress on your kidneys and give you an increased chance of kidney stones.

7278560e76901ded4081022b54c6e165

on August 09, 2012
at 10:47 AM

What is, hypertension?

7278560e76901ded4081022b54c6e165

on August 09, 2012
at 10:45 AM

Well those days when I feel awful is usually when I,add dried chilli to my meals

193f00d53ebcb13940c7a55afc78ad17

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on August 08, 2012
at 06:34 PM

I understand, but the levels you are consuming are probably more detrimental than beneficial, which was your question. The fact that it is pink salt, and not table salt, does not change the fact that you are consuming 2 to 3 times the recommended daily intake of salt.

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on August 08, 2012
at 04:21 PM

How do you feel? Do you get any adverse effects from the amount of sodium you're getting? If the answer is no, then i would keep doing what you're doing. Try sweating, it's healthy, it keeps your skin renewed and cleans your body of toxins and excess sodium

193f00d53ebcb13940c7a55afc78ad17

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on August 08, 2012
at 04:13 PM

Natural/unrefined salts contain trace amounts of mercury, arsenic, and uranium too. Nature rarely delivers all pros and no cons. To be fair, however, those--like all trace minerals in natural salts--are in too low of a quantity to be of any concern (unless you eat a dangerous amount of sodium).

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on August 08, 2012
at 03:59 PM

I don't eat salt for health benifits, just because I like it. But do avoid the known health killing salts such as table salt.

7278560e76901ded4081022b54c6e165

on August 08, 2012
at 03:58 PM

I know pink salt is better than table salt due to the contamination of the salt with dextrose plus it's cleaned and refined. I don't salt my food with that junk, but know some of the food I eat such as canned tuna or canned foods already have some added.

7278560e76901ded4081022b54c6e165

on August 08, 2012
at 03:56 PM

I don't really do any workouts except walk 3 times a day and eat a 2000 calorie diet, (except on binge days).

7278560e76901ded4081022b54c6e165

on August 08, 2012
at 03:55 PM

I eat between 100g-150g of carbs now, it's 8000mg of sodium, or more.

7278560e76901ded4081022b54c6e165

on August 08, 2012
at 03:54 PM

That's around my estimate as well: 3tsp of salt, or more depending on my mood. The more stressed, the more salt I eat. Lately my salt intake has gone up due to me cooking for myself, instead of eating the typical family pasta meal. I love salt, period, I can't pinpoint any adverse health effects I may be experiencing, other than excessive thirst at times, but I always drink lots of water.

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on August 08, 2012
at 03:48 PM

(1) I explicitly noted the possible positive/negative effects of other minerals; but that's not the issue at hand here. If too much salt is bad for you, is too much pink salt ok? The answer is a resounding no b/c you are eating at least 96% salt, and some other things. (2) There is no question SOME salt is good for you; all kinds of bodily function are regulated via concentrations of salt in your cells.

4e6baf393fd5f339ae5a92ffbeadc884

(305)

on August 08, 2012
at 03:27 PM

Maybe more Magnesium and Calcium, but how about Strontium or dozens of other trace minerals that we have no idea about how they effect the human body? Rather than go down the nutrionist confusing route I think salt tastes nice because we need it, and sea salt is the best fit for our bodies because all life begun in the sea.

193f00d53ebcb13940c7a55afc78ad17

(1260)

on August 08, 2012
at 03:03 PM

Yes, but those trace elements are available in such tiny amounts, you are much better off just taking a vitamin or eating some healthy veggies. A glass of coconut milk, for example, has more magnesium and more calcium than pink salt; without potentially problematic sodium levels.

193f00d53ebcb13940c7a55afc78ad17

(1260)

on August 08, 2012
at 02:42 PM

Also from the same site who makes amazing claims about pink salt is this warning: "Precautions: None known, **though high consumption of salt with result in numerous negative health effects**."

4e6baf393fd5f339ae5a92ffbeadc884

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on August 08, 2012
at 02:39 PM

No, can't agree there Salt can be precipitated out of water in many different situations, with differing compositions. There is more to salt than NaCL. If it is 96% Nacl then it is 4% something else, and those something else's can be rare and important minerals for your bodies funcitioning. Personally I go for Sea Salt, on a macro-scale paelo perspective we all came from the sea, so it is no accident our bodies need elements found in sea water.

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194d8e8140425057fe06202e1e5822a7

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on August 08, 2012
at 01:10 PM

I wonder a little too, but the fact is that I've been consuming about 3 tsp of unrefined salt a day for 8 months with no adverse effects. In fact, it makes me feel better. I completely indulge my salt cravings, and it feels great. Some people lose electrolytes faster than others, & sea salt replenishes them like no other.

7278560e76901ded4081022b54c6e165

on August 08, 2012
at 03:54 PM

That's around my estimate as well: 3tsp of salt, or more depending on my mood. The more stressed, the more salt I eat. Lately my salt intake has gone up due to me cooking for myself, instead of eating the typical family pasta meal. I love salt, period, I can't pinpoint any adverse health effects I may be experiencing, other than excessive thirst at times, but I always drink lots of water.

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91119f53c3827f5c7fc90b98cab85b04

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on August 08, 2012
at 01:51 PM

I would mix up the salt, use some celtic sea salt too, try redmond real salt, and take a look at beyond the shaker website for some awesome black salts. All are going to have different sodium/mineral profiles and therefore different benefits.

I have read many arguments on the purity of the sources pink salt comes from, and also that it is too hard for the body to eliminate, etc... There are countless raw food discussions on this if you care to take a look, as pink salt is widely used in raw food recipes and its supposed health benefits touted by many in that community. Essentially it is ground down rock as opposed to something like a celtic sea salt which is derived from a dehydration process. The celtic is probably a better choice in terms of remineralizing water for drinking or cooking, as it represents something closer in origin to natural salt water.

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193f00d53ebcb13940c7a55afc78ad17

on August 08, 2012
at 02:36 PM

Yes. I'd say that, in my non medical-expert opinion, 6,000-8,000 mg of salt a day is bad, regardless of the color. Pink salt is still salt, it just contains some trace amounts of other minerals (which give it its color). An average analysis of Himalayan Pink salt (the most common variety) yields:

Specifications Color - Light pink with variations of white and red. Odor - Salty Sodium Chloride - 98.35% Magnesium - .07% Sulfate - .05% Iron - .0006% Moisture - .026% Insoluble - .77%

So 6,000 mg of pink salt gives you roughly 5,901 mg of table salt 4.2 mg of magnesium, and 3 mg of "sulfate", with basically negligible iron content. If you are interested in the benefits of these trace elements, I'd suggest a multivitamin versus lots of salt.

Mountainroseherbs.com claims that pink salt:

Himalayan Pink Salt has a rich mineral content that includes over 84 minerals and trace elements such as: calcium, magnesium, potassium, copper and iron. This salt is recognized for its beautiful pink color, high mineral content, and its therapeutic properties. Regular consumption of Himalayan Pink Salt provides essential minerals, trace elements, balances electrolytes, supports proper nutrient absorption, eliminates toxins, balances the body???s pH, normalizes blood pressure, and increases circulation and conductivity. It can also assist with relief from arthritis, skin rashes, psoriasis, herpes, and flu and fever symptoms.

Any time a product claims to alleviate HERPES symptoms, I become highly suspicious that their claims are being inflated. It's salt, with an additional 1.65% composition of trace elements. Consuming the large amounts you are accustomed to puts you at risk for hypertension.

7278560e76901ded4081022b54c6e165

on August 08, 2012
at 03:59 PM

I don't eat salt for health benifits, just because I like it. But do avoid the known health killing salts such as table salt.

193f00d53ebcb13940c7a55afc78ad17

(1260)

on August 08, 2012
at 02:42 PM

Also from the same site who makes amazing claims about pink salt is this warning: "Precautions: None known, **though high consumption of salt with result in numerous negative health effects**."

193f00d53ebcb13940c7a55afc78ad17

(1260)

on August 08, 2012
at 06:34 PM

I understand, but the levels you are consuming are probably more detrimental than beneficial, which was your question. The fact that it is pink salt, and not table salt, does not change the fact that you are consuming 2 to 3 times the recommended daily intake of salt.

193f00d53ebcb13940c7a55afc78ad17

(1260)

on August 09, 2012
at 01:34 PM

Hypertension is a big risk, yes. Sodium can also inhibit calcium absorption, according to some studies, which leads to reduced bone density and osteoporosis. Also, high salt intake can increase the chances that you will develop gastric ulcers and cancer (due to sodium inhibiting normalized acid production). And unused sodium is passed in urine, so high levels of salt increase stress on your kidneys and give you an increased chance of kidney stones.

7278560e76901ded4081022b54c6e165

on August 09, 2012
at 10:47 AM

What is, hypertension?

193f00d53ebcb13940c7a55afc78ad17

(1260)

on August 09, 2012
at 01:35 PM

The real question is, with all these risks, and all the advice you've gotten here, why continue to eat 6,000 to 8,000 mg of salt a day?

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4b5be253ac1981c690689cab7e4bf06d

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on August 08, 2012
at 02:25 PM

8000 mg of sodium? Or of the salt itself? 1.5 tsp of salt has 3000 mg of sodium. If you are eating "8000 mg of salt," that works out to 3200 mg of sodium, which is fine. But, 8000 mg of sodium equals around 20,000 mg of salt.

How many carbs are you eating? Do you have any other symptoms of fatigue? Other health issues?

Personally, I eat my food pleasantly salty, and I don't measure. Craving salt, or wanting only salty things could be a symptom of dehydration or adrenal fatigue.

7278560e76901ded4081022b54c6e165

on August 08, 2012
at 03:55 PM

I eat between 100g-150g of carbs now, it's 8000mg of sodium, or more.

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3806d8d2d78746ce55d8201e67ef3128

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on August 08, 2012
at 09:22 PM

http://chriskresser.com/shaking-up-the-salt-myth-healthy-salt-recommendations. Salt intakes effects are a U shaped curve. You appear to be on the high end, but not by a lot. I say go for it, if that'swhat floats your boat. If you experience any problems, maybe cut down by 20 or 30 percent. I bet you are still better off than those out the who try to totaly avoid it.

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on August 08, 2012
at 02:27 PM

I just stumbled upon this website during a curious Google search - and immediately signed up when I saw your question to reply.

For comparison of all kinds of different salts to table salt in the market, just keep one principle: salt is salt is salt. When you say pink salt, I assume you're referring to the so-marketed Himalayan salt. Pink salt is rock salt from Pakistan. It contains at least 96% sodium chloride (which is table salt) with some other minerals (that sometimes gives its distinct color). Leaving aside the health benefits or adverse effects of other minerals, this means that you are consuming at least 5760mg of table salt when you eat 6000mg of salt.

There is no conclusive evidence for most of salt's adverse effects, but there is strong evidence that it causes cardiac enlargement.

Once you develop a taste for saltier-than-regular food, it is hard to give up; but please try to restrain your salt intake. No, pink salt is not better.

193f00d53ebcb13940c7a55afc78ad17

(1260)

on August 08, 2012
at 04:13 PM

Natural/unrefined salts contain trace amounts of mercury, arsenic, and uranium too. Nature rarely delivers all pros and no cons. To be fair, however, those--like all trace minerals in natural salts--are in too low of a quantity to be of any concern (unless you eat a dangerous amount of sodium).

193f00d53ebcb13940c7a55afc78ad17

(1260)

on August 08, 2012
at 03:03 PM

Yes, but those trace elements are available in such tiny amounts, you are much better off just taking a vitamin or eating some healthy veggies. A glass of coconut milk, for example, has more magnesium and more calcium than pink salt; without potentially problematic sodium levels.

4e6baf393fd5f339ae5a92ffbeadc884

(305)

on August 08, 2012
at 03:27 PM

Maybe more Magnesium and Calcium, but how about Strontium or dozens of other trace minerals that we have no idea about how they effect the human body? Rather than go down the nutrionist confusing route I think salt tastes nice because we need it, and sea salt is the best fit for our bodies because all life begun in the sea.

7278560e76901ded4081022b54c6e165

on August 08, 2012
at 03:58 PM

I know pink salt is better than table salt due to the contamination of the salt with dextrose plus it's cleaned and refined. I don't salt my food with that junk, but know some of the food I eat such as canned tuna or canned foods already have some added.

4e6baf393fd5f339ae5a92ffbeadc884

(305)

on August 08, 2012
at 02:39 PM

No, can't agree there Salt can be precipitated out of water in many different situations, with differing compositions. There is more to salt than NaCL. If it is 96% Nacl then it is 4% something else, and those something else's can be rare and important minerals for your bodies funcitioning. Personally I go for Sea Salt, on a macro-scale paelo perspective we all came from the sea, so it is no accident our bodies need elements found in sea water.

Eb7451ded09fcffefdfb43eff38a6860

(0)

on August 08, 2012
at 03:48 PM

(1) I explicitly noted the possible positive/negative effects of other minerals; but that's not the issue at hand here. If too much salt is bad for you, is too much pink salt ok? The answer is a resounding no b/c you are eating at least 96% salt, and some other things. (2) There is no question SOME salt is good for you; all kinds of bodily function are regulated via concentrations of salt in your cells.

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(3213)

on August 08, 2012
at 02:27 PM

As long as you follow Paleo/Primal nutrition, and your workouts make you sweat profusely, you are on the clear. Trust your tastebuds.

P.D. Stay hydrated

193f00d53ebcb13940c7a55afc78ad17

(1260)

on August 09, 2012
at 01:37 PM

Alvaro, the "If you feel fine, keep doing it" mentality doesn't really work. How many people here ate SAD for years and "Felt fine" before going paleo. Just because the damage is slow doesn't mean it's not occurring.

7278560e76901ded4081022b54c6e165

on August 08, 2012
at 03:56 PM

I don't really do any workouts except walk 3 times a day and eat a 2000 calorie diet, (except on binge days).

Medium avatar

(3213)

on August 08, 2012
at 04:21 PM

How do you feel? Do you get any adverse effects from the amount of sodium you're getting? If the answer is no, then i would keep doing what you're doing. Try sweating, it's healthy, it keeps your skin renewed and cleans your body of toxins and excess sodium

7278560e76901ded4081022b54c6e165

on August 09, 2012
at 10:45 AM

Well those days when I feel awful is usually when I,add dried chilli to my meals

Medium avatar

(3213)

on August 09, 2012
at 04:11 PM

Fromthericefields, maybe you have an adverse reaction to nightshades

Medium avatar

(3213)

on August 09, 2012
at 04:09 PM

Kyle, yes, you make a valid point, but can you tell me what harm can salt do to a healthy active person? http://www.marksdailyapple.com/salt-and-blood-pressure/#axzz2349ChI4Y

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B41cdb2253976ba9b429dd608d02c21f

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on August 08, 2012
at 02:00 PM

I've tried to do some research on pink salt with no good conclusions - I found that I had symptoms of orthostatic hypotension despite using some pink salt in cooking. I started supplementing with red sea salt and that is helping me not have the dizzyness and partial blackouts when I stand up. So I agree with the recommendation to supplement with other salts.

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