Know the health benefits of black salt or kala namak

By: Lifestyle Desk | New Delhi |

Published: January 6, 2020 12:50:59 am

black salt, kaala namak health benefits, kaala namak, healthy, weight loss, lifestyle, indian express Black salt has a pinkish-grey hue due to the presence of iron and other minerals. (Photo: Thinkstock Images)

Commonly used in Indian cuisine, black salt or kala namak has been a part of Ayurvedic medicines and therapies since centuries.  The salt is pinkish-grey in colour due to the presence of iron and other essential minerals. A little stronger than common salt, the black variety adds a distinctive flavour to dishes, and is considered to be a healthier alternative as well. Our usual table salt has high sodium levels, and should be consumed in limited quantity. On the other hand, black salt is less iodised and a more natural form of the salt which is usually found in stores.

Here’s why you must add a pinch of black salt to your daily diet:

Treats acidity and acid refluxes

Black salt has alkaline properties which help reduce excess acid in the stomach, while its high mineral content lessens the damage caused by acid reflux.

Laxative benefits

Black salt helps improve digestion and also alleviates intestinal gas. Many people also consider it to be an effective remedy for constipation. All you need to do is mix it with a dash of lemon juice and ginger and drink in the morning to see the best results.

black salt, kaala namak health benefits, kaala namak, healthy, weight loss, lifestyle, indian express Unlike common salt, black salt has lesser sodium content. (Photo: File Photo)

Promotes healthy hair

The essential minerals in black salt are known to boost hair growth by strengthening weak hair and preventing split ends. Including black salt in your diet can also help cut down hair fall and reduce dandruff.

Reduces water retention

Water retention occours when fluids get accumulated in your body. This happens when one has an excessive intake of sodium. Which is why you need to ditch your high-sodium intake and move to black salt which has lesser sodium.

Works wonders for skincare

The salt’s anti-inflammatory properties and coarse texture helps heal cracked heels, and also acts as a cleanser that opens clogged pores and provides glowing skin. In fact, it also acts as a great body scrub.

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