Salt they say, is essential for life, and saltiness, one of the basic human tastes. The popular table salt, a refined salt, contains about 97 to 99 percent sodium chloride, which is not good for health, and therefore, doctors recommend that salt should be consumed in limited quantities especially by those who suffer from high blood pressure and kidney related ailments.
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No need to worry, the black salt or popularly called ‘kala namak’ in Indian kitchens can come to your rescue!! It has immense health benefits:
- It has a coolant effect on body, so, consume it during summers to keep heat at bay.
- It helps in digestion, constipation, bloating and gas problems and acts as an effective laxative that’s why it’s an important ingredient in various churans and digestive pills.
- It helps in clearing sore throat and clogged nose.
- It’s an amazing antidote to acidity and heart burn owing to its alkaline nature.
- It helps in thinning of blood thus aiding in proper circulation of blood helping in cardiovascular disease.
- As black salt is less in sodium (as compared to table salt) and rich in potassium, it helps in relieving muscle cramps.
- It is rich in minerals, that boost hair growth and strengthen the hair.
- An effective remedy for joint pains when used as a heating pad.
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Teepz: Use it as a garnishing for salads, soups, chaats, lemonade, jaljeera , golgappe pani and many such items for a healthy and tasty version. But, do have it in moderation as anything in excess is harmful!