Himalayan Pink salt side effects

Himalayan pink salt side effects

Are there any Himalayan pink salt side effects? We have already looked at the benefits of Himalayan pink salt, including things like pink salt for weight loss, but what about any possible side effects? 

Like with most things in life the advice would be ‘everything in moderation.’  

So if there are positives to using Himalayan pink salt then we also need to balance that with looking at possible negatives to using Himalayan pink salt. 

Is Himalayan salt bad for you?

Salt is still salt no matter what type or variety you use.  It doesn’t matter whether it has been mined by hand, or created via seawater evaporation, the overuse of salt (sodium) can lead to serious health conditions if used irresponsibly. 

Pink salt side effects

Sodium attracts water, therefore a high-sodium diet, i.e. using too much salt in your diet, can pull water into the bloodstream which may increase the volume of blood and subsequently cause problems with your blood pressure.  This can have a negative impact on your body and cause health issues to develop such as:

  • Hypertension 
  • Kidney problems
  • Liver damage
  • Stroke
  • Heart problems
  • Osteoporosis/brittle bones

In order to help us understand what level of salt is safe in our diets, and how much we should be consuming on a daily basis, health organizations around the world have created ‘recommended guidelines.’ 

The recommended guidelines currently advise that the minimum amount of salt an adult should consume should be less than 6g per day (2.4g sodium) – or about equal to 1 standard teaspoon of refined table salt.  This amount greatly reduces for children.

  • Children aged 1 to 3 should have no more than 2g of salt per day (0.8g of sodium)
  • Children aged 4 to 6 should have no more than 3g of salt per day (1.2g of sodium)
  • Children aged 7 to 10 should have no more than 5g salt per day (2g sodium) 
  • Children 11 years and over should have no more than 6g salt per day (2.4g sodium)

Remember to check the salt level of all the food you eat to get an accurate picture of what you are actually consuming.  You might be surprised!


Everything in moderation! We all need a little salt in our life and in our diets, so the best approach is to stick to the recommended daily guidelines to avoid any problems. Knowing your limit is is the best advice we can give.

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