Himalayan Salt Benefits Reign Supreme
Himalayan salt is a rock salt from Pakistan. It is mined in the Khewra Salt Mines, which is the second largest salt mine in the world. It is located approximately 300 kilometers from the Himalayas.
What It Isn’t
Himalayan salt isn’t processed in the same way refined white table salt is. Refined salt is harvested mechanically from salt mines as brine, which is a highly concentrated saltwater solution. Chemicals such as sulfuric acid or chlorine are used to treat the brine in order to remove it of its “impurities”, including minerals. The water is then evaporated under high compression and heat, which alters the molecular structure of the salt. Once the moisture is removed, usually in a fluidized-bed dryer, what is left is refined salt. In the U.S., up to 2% of food-grade salt is allowed to contain anti-caking, free flowing or conditioning agents. Refined salt is also often bleached to appear white and cleaner, attributes that are desired by the consumer. The final product is virtually lifeless, because the lack of active, living enzymatic and nutritional properties ensures a longer shelf life.
What It Is
Like other unrefined salts, Himalayan salt is a “full-spectrum” salt. By that I mean it contains the full spectrum of minerals and other nutrients that improve your health. It contains 84 minerals and trace elements, because it is unrefined, unprocessed, and basically “raw”. Himalayan salt is hand-mined from salt caves formed some 250 million years ago.
In the 20th century, doctors noticed that those who consumed refined salt began to develop chronic degenerative diseases, often incited by a lack of iodine in salt. Salt refiners then began to add iodine to salt, hoping to fill the gap. What they did, however, was miss the entire point altogether. Unrefined salt, such as Himalayan salt, not only contains iodine, a naturally occurring mineral, but also more than 80 other minerals. Refining salt in the first place not only stripped salt of its iodine content but also of its entire mineral profile. But because iodine was the most obvious missing piece, salt refiners simply added it back in to otherwise lifeless refined salt. This is how iodized salt was born, but artificially so.
Himalayan salt is formed under extreme tectonic pressure, in an environment with no exposure to toxins and impurities. It has a light pink hue, a good indication of its “full spectrum” qualities, and a unique cellular structure. Its minerals are in colloidal form, which means that they are small enough for the body’s cells to absorb quickly and easily.
Benefits of Himalayan salt include: regulating water levels in the body; maintaining a healthy pH balance; promoting blood sugar health; reducing the signs of aging; increasing absorption of minerals in the colon; improving heart health; reducing cramps; improving bone strength; promoting positive sleep patterns; encouraging sexual appetite; promoting kidney and gall bladder health; and reducing sinus problems.
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7 Steps to a Bountiful Organic Vegetable Garden for First Timers
1. Choosing A Site
Whether you’re planning on building raised beds, growing straight in the ground or in pots and containers, you’ll want to choose a site with ample sun exposure. Most vegetables like at least 6-8 full hours of sun a day in the peak of the summer months. This means that a south-facing site is ideal, while a southwest or southeast site may be fine for some vegetable varieties.
2. Know Your Soil
Figure out your soil type by testing it or comparing it to soil type descriptions you can find on online gardening resources. This will tell you what you need to add to it, and a soil test will tell you what nutrients your soil may be deficient in. You can enrich your soil with compost, sand and lime, depending on the type of soil already in the ground. If you are filling a container, use a good planting mix. Most vegetables need loamy and well-drained soil that is not too rich in nutrients.
3. Know Your Hardiness Zone
Check the first and last frost dates in your zone to know when you can start planting or transplanting.
Water is an especially important consideration, as vegetables need at least 1 inch of water per week, and more during the hot months. Consider how you are going to water your veggie plants, and whether you want to set up sprinklers or hand water. Water on overcast days in the cooler months, and in the early mornings before the sun rises in hotter months.
5. Basic Tools
The basic tools that you’ll likely want for your first gardening project are a spade shovel, garden fork, hand fork, soaker hose, hoe, a wheelbarrow and buckets. Choose quality brands like Fiskars and Cold Steel as you’ll want your tools to take you through more than one season, or even one week.
6. Choose Your Plants
Think about what vegetables you would like to grow in your garden and consult seed packets, catalogues and online resources to see how much space growing them takes. If you’re working with a relatively small plot, it’s better to start off growing a few things rather than trying to grow several different things. You can easily start seeds indoors or in a greenhouse, but buying seedlings is a perfectly feasible option – just make sure they have been started and grown organically when purchasing.
Once you’ve transplanted seedlings into their beds, it will be all about watering, weeding and caring for these little green creatures. Make sure to weed gently around the roots of your vegetable plants, and use those weeds to make some rich compost for your garden. Also make sure you learn organic pest control methods for your plants to keep any unwanted bugs at bay.
Now wait for harvest time and enjoy!!!
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Valor Dark Chocolate, 70% cocoa
Theo Organic Dark Chocolate, 70% cacao
Valhrona Le Noir Amer 71% cacao
Dagoba Dark Chocolate, 59% cacao
Dagoba New Moon 74% cacao
Dagoba Eclipse 87% cacao
Endangered Species Organic Dark Chocolate, 70% cocoa
Endangered Species Chocolate All-Natural Supreme Dark Chocolate, 72% cocoa
Vivani 100% Organic Dark Chocolate, 72% cocoa content
Lindt 50% cocoa, Mild Dark
Lindt 85% cocoa, Extra Dark
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Food Emporium 72% Dark Belgian Chocolate
Green & Black’s Dark Chocolate, 85%
Simply Lite Dark Chocolate, Sugar Free, 50% cacao
Scharffen Berger Semisweet Fine Artisan Dark Chocolate, 62% cacao
Scharffen Berger Extra Dark 82% cacao
Hershey’s Special Dark
Ghiradelli Intense Dark Evening Dream, 60% cacao
Ghiradelli Intense Dark Midnight Reverie, 86% cacao
Ghiradelli Intense Dark Twilight Delight, 72% cacao
Simon Coll 70% cacao chocolate
Simon Coll 50% Cacao Chocolate
Simon Coll 54% Cacao Chocolate
Venchi Without Sugar, 75%
Trader Joe’s Dark Chocolate
Trader Joe’s Dark Chocolate 73% super dark
Trader Joe’s The Dark Chocolate Lover’s Chocolate Bar, 85% cacao
Sirius Pure Icelandic Chocolate, 56% bittersweet
Hachez 88% cocoa
Cote d’Or 86% Noir Brut Belgian Dark Chocolate Confection
Emergency Chocolate 55% cocoa