The Benefits of Rock Salt during Fasting
Rock salt is a variant of salt which is obtained directly from salt mines. It is sourced from underground mineral deposits deep within the earth. The salt forms in beds when large lakes and seas evaporate; the beds could be hundreds of metres deep. These deposits are typically the residue of inland seas which have dried up millions of years ago.
Rock salt or sendha namak forms as isometric crystals. It is typically white but the colour may vary depending upon the amount and type of minerals present. Characteristically, the salt forms in large crystals, compared to the fine crystals of table salt. It has a host of trace minerals - iron, potassium, calcium, magnesium, zinc, and copper.
The ‘fasting’ salt
Rock salt is very popular during the fasting period, especially, during the festive days of Navratri. In fact, for many people, this is the only salt that is consumed during fasting. It is unrefined and free from chemicals or additives. Fasting lays a deep emphasis on the consumption of foods which are light and place minimum burden on the gastric tract. Sendha namak functions like a coolant and helps cool the body from within. Rich in various minerals and sodium, rock salt helps sustains a good balance of electrolytes in the body.
For example, Navratri is celebrated at a time when the season changes. Fasting during this phase is said to be strengthening, and helps reinforce the body from within so that you can cope with the change in the season. All refined foods, packaged products and processed foods take longer to digest. They also generate heat in the body and are strictly avoided. The sattvic food consumed during Navratri is cooked using rock salt to keep the body healthy and hydrated during this period.
Let’s look at the benefits of Sendha Namak
Ayurvedic healers strongly advocate rock salt, over table salt for a myriad of reasons. It is the purest, unadulterated form of salt, given that it is left in its unprocessed form.
- Sendha Namak boasts of strong cooling properties.
- It contains various essential minerals such as - iron, calcium, zinc, magnesium and copper; these help maintain the electrolyte balance in the body and consequently keeps you energized all day long.
- It is good for digestion, it combats constipation and flatulence.
- Perks up metabolism and fortifies the immune system functioning.
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This article is authored by Dr. Shweta U. Shah
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