View Full Version : The Difference Between Celtic Salt & Himalayan Salt

25-05-2008, 14:20
hi everyone,

does anyone know what is the difference between celtic salt & himalayan i went to buy some from the health food store & the lady told me himalayan is much better than celtic salt as it has more minerals in it

25-05-2008, 15:40
The diffrence is considerable - but way to much to explain here.

Here are acouple of links for your reading -



Celtic salt refers to naturally moist salts harvested from the pristine Atlantic seawater off the coast of Brittany, France. These salts, which are rich in trace mineral content, are hand harvested using the Celtic method of wooden rakes allowing no metal to touch the salt. Celtic salts are available in coarse, stone ground fine and extra fine grain.
the Himalayas is known as "white gold." Together with pure spring water, Himalayan Crystal Salt offers all the natural elements exactly identical to the elements in your body -- the very same elements originally found existing in the "primal sea."

Containing all of the 84 elements found in your body, the benefits of natural Himalayan Crystal Salt include:
Regulating the water content throughout your body. Promoting a healthy pH balance in your cells, particularly your brain cells. Promoting blood sugar health and helping to reduce the signs of aging. Assisting in the generation of hydroelectric energy in cells in your body. Absorption of food particles through your intestinal tract. Supporting respiratory health. Promoting sinus health. Prevention of muscle cramps. Promoting bone strength.Regulating your sleep -- it naturally promotes sleep. Supporting your libido. Promoting vascular health.
In conjunction with water it is actually essential for the regulation of your blood pressure.
The Typical Table And Cooking Salt In Your Grocery Store Has Been "Chemically Cleaned"

What remains after typical salt is "chemically cleaned" is sodium chloride -- an unnatural chemical form of salt that your body recognizes as something completely foreign. This form of salt is in almost every preserved product that you eat. Therefore, when you add more salt to your already salted food, your body receives more salt than it can dispose of.

25-05-2008, 16:28
Andy very informative, so basically you are saying that the himalayan salt is better for our bodies than than the celtic salt???
As I went to the health food store also to get Celtic salt and the woman sold me himalyan salt and also told me it was better, I trusted her word and didnt research it, my blood tests came back deviation free and I have lost 18kgs in 5 weeks so figured it couldnt be doing me any harm.

Cheers Barb ~! :cheer:

25-05-2008, 18:27
Thanks Andy
that was a very good read thanks I will stick with the himalayan thanks again

25-05-2008, 19:35
As with any product and any commercial sale - the sales person is not so concerned about your health - but the most profit that can be derived from a product - maybe the margin between salts is more on one than the other ....... maybe !!

But so long as its not the processed salt I think that any food be it salt or vegetable or meat or grains and nuts - the more natural the better - if nothing else - my whole attitude to food has changed dramatically in the last 40 weeks - a true lifestyle change - due to the plan - that has worked so well.

Have a great salty week - enjoy your salt of the earth !!


Annabelle Joy
26-05-2008, 00:17
Andy, any recommendation on how much salt to include in a day? I was told to add 1/4 tspn for each two litres of water after the first two litres. However, with all the benefits you and others have mentioned I'm wondering if more may be beneficial.

Like you, I'm really enjoying the fresh, healthy food we are eating and want to continue eating similarly when I get to maintenance.


28-05-2008, 00:42
AJ - I have never been a salt user prior to doing Cohen's - rarely if ever would I add salt to anything and often complained that I could taste to much salt in most things - my wife was always trying to add less to my cooking so far as salt when cooking meals etc.

Then as I left processed foods behind I started to find I needed salt with Cohen's meals and started using a little each time - I also read taht the body would self regulate the amount of salt it needed and when using good salt would sort it out and expel the excess - but Wikpedia suggests - 4 g salt per day (1.6 g or 70 mmol sodium).

or go here as well for more info -


or here


So then grind your salt and let us know how many teaspoons of salt is 4 g - I tried but it seemed a lot of salt - but then we most lily need it if we are eating no processed food and you would then need to work out how much salt was in the vegetables and protein that you eat - naturally I would assume.

I just season with it but do find that some days if I have not used salt I get light headed - so then usually eat a good lick on the palm of my hand - like an old cow licking a drought salt block in a drought !!!!!

Will weigh some salt tomorrow - if someones does not before hand !!!!


Annabelle Joy
28-05-2008, 00:56
Thanks, Andy. I think that 4 gms would be almost 1 tspn, may even be more if it's not packed tight. One teaspoon of liquid is about 5 gms.

Like you, I've not added salt to my plate, or even to my cooking, for years, although many of the products that I've included in recipes pre-Cohens had added salt. I'm now feeling that meals would taste better with a little more salt added. I've been very sparing with it, and didn't miss it at all when I first started on the diet and didn't use any. I have a blood test this week. I might begin adding a bit extra after I've had that and see if it affects the results for the following blood test.


28-05-2008, 08:34
Well before breakfast I got a small muffin mold and measured exactly 1 (one) teaspoon of salt to be 4 grams of salt - so its enough for one day. No doubt there is natural salt in our normal food but would assume the experts would have calculated this in in their determinations that the average person in Australia needs 4 grams of salt per day.

One way would be to measure it out at start of day then use it during the day and see how much you do actually use as the day goes on and any left could be added to water and drunk if you wished later in the day.

Have a great salty day


28-05-2008, 16:05
This is all very intersting but DRINKING salty water??? ACKKK~!!! I get enough of that when I take my boys to the beach and they try and teach me to body board :rotflmao::rotflmao:

Cheers Barb ~! :cheer:

28-05-2008, 21:06
Funny you should say that but interestingly most water in the form of drinks and drinkable substances contains heaps and heaps of disguised salt to preserve it and we drank it no worries yet the thought of drinking water and salt is very off putting for some.

My previous consultant advised me that she all ways puts a pinch of salt per liter of water in her normal drinking water whilst on Cohen's and after.

I also find this interesting as well -


Have a great night - I will if you don't!!!


22-06-2008, 09:44
Everyday Seasoning & Seasoning For Steak & Chops

As well as Coarse Sea Salt, I have also been using "Everyday Seasoning" and "Seasoning for Steak & Chops" - they have all Cohen approved ingredients and are readily available - and add a little variety to most foods. I get mine from Aldi and carry a couple of spare ones in my car so that if I get caught out on the road I always have something to spice a container of mixed Salad leaf or lettuce leaf with.

Any other types that are Cohen Friendly as per the ingredient list allowed please add them here !!!

All helps to vary the meals a little for the long term plan users.


Annabelle Joy
22-06-2008, 11:06
What brands are they, Andy? Helps to find them when confronted with rows and rows of spices.

I've been using Caribbean Chilli, from the Screaming Seeds Spice Co. in some stirfries. It's a mix of allowed spices, mainly chilli. I have no idea where I bought it, found it unopened in the cupboard shortly after I started this, but I think they supply to specialty stores and online.


22-06-2008, 12:51
Aldi is Aldi brand I think - will have a look when I go home for you but Aldi does not have a huge range and they only have one area and usually they have all there grinder spice and salt shakers in the one cartoon as a mixed group - different colours and way cheaper than the other well known brands and much better quality I reckon.

They are usually above the frozen foods freezer - all Aldi shops are the same.


22-06-2008, 15:06
I bought two in woolies Andy.

They are from the Natural Grinder company. One is Chilli, Garlic and sea salt,the other is BBQ ( with Sea salt, coriander, black peppercorns, garlic, onion flakes, mustard seeds and parsley) you only need a small amount for a nice flavour burst, they have more but I haven't investigated them yet.


26-10-2009, 21:16

great post


10-05-2012, 14:20
Ditto (i.e. bump)

Now that I've re-found this thread, I'm going to buy some of that Himalayan Salt for myself !! ;)


19-05-2012, 16:37
Just in case anyone wanted to know where to buy himalayan salt, I've been looking for it since I read this thread, and voila, today I found it at my local woolworths........I nearly fell over!!!!

Fat lot of use it did visiting all these health food shops!!!

It was in the aisle where all the regular salts, spices and stocks etc are.

Good luck and I hope you guys can find it as easily as I did!!!

23-05-2012, 17:11
Well I just spoke to my clinic today regarding these salts.........and I was told that whilst on the program, Himalayan salt is not allowed. Celtic yes, but not Himalayan. I think they recognise the benefits of it, but recommend us to use Celtic sea salt.

Interesting......thought I'd share.


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