Himalayan Salt Benefits
Crystal salt from the Himalayas, rich in minerals and trace elements, is the highest quality form of natural salt. It is very important for humans and animals. It is a natural product of high bio-energetic quality without additives.
For thousands of years it has been known that domestic and wild animals need salt just as man does, and not just for flavor. The virtues of salt for animals were extolled by the ancient Greeks. Early explorers in Africa, Asia and North America recorded observations of grazing animals traveling to salt springs or deposits to satisfy ravenous appetites for salt. Animals deprived of salt will risk grave danger or resort to unusual behavior to obtain it. Considerable evidence exists that early nomads and hunters took advantage of this fact to lure and capture animals by locating areas with salt and waiting for animals to come there periodically.
Salt is unique in that animals have a much greater appetite for the sodium and chloride in salt than for other minerals. Because most plants provide insufficient sodium for animal feeding and may lack adequate chloride content, salt supplementation is a critical part of a nutritionally balanced diet for animals.
Even though the body only contains about 0.2% sodium, it is essential for life and is highly regulated. About half of the sodium in the body is in the soft tissues of the body; the other half in bones. Sodium makes up about 93% of the basic mineral elements in the blood serum and is the chief in regulating blood pH. The ability of muscles to contract is dependent on proper sodium concentrations. Sodium plays major roles in nerve impulse transmission and the rhythmic maintenance of heart action. Efficient absorption of amino acids and monosaccharides from the small intestine requires adequate sodium.
The other nutrient in salt, chloride, is also essential for life. Chloride is the primary anion in blood, and represents about two thirds of its acidic ions. The chloride shift, movement of chloride in and out of the red blood cells, is essential in maintaining the acid-base balance of the blood. Chloride is also a necessary part of the hydrochloric acid produced by the stomach which is required to digest most foods. Unfortunately, it is often assumed that if the sodium requirement is met, the chloride requirement will automatically be met also.
Animals have a more well defined appetite for sodium chloride than any other compound in nature except water. Horses have been shown to have a specific appetite for salt if the diet is deficient in sodium.
An increasing amount of information is accumulating to show that many nutrients are needed at higher levels to improve the ability of animals' immune system to cope with infection. Sodium, chloride, zinc, copper, iron, selenium, phosphorus and magnesium already have been shown to be helpful in this regard. It is apparent from the Wisconsin and other studies that nutrient requirements for growth, feed efficiency, gestation and lactation do not necessarily mean that those levels will be adequate for normal immunity and high disease resistance. This indicates the need for more sophisticated studies that include the animal's nutrient needs for normal immunity against diseases. It also means that higher nutrient levels than those recommended by NRC may be needed for maximum productivity and health of the animals.
Horses deficient in salt will lick or chew on mangers, fences, dirt, rocks and other objects. They also develop depraved appetites, rough hair coat and reduced growth. Mares experience reduced milk production, according to reports from the Mississippi Station. Horses with severe salt deficiency, brought about by a low salt intake and considerable sweating, become fatigued and exhausted. Horses that sweat profusely can lose as much as 82.5 grams of sodium per day. Consequently, level of activity and degree of heat stress has a greater affect on salt requirement in horses than any other farm animal species.
The need for salt varies considerably, depending on a horse's level of work, riding or heat stress. Because sweat contains about 0.7% salt, the more a horse exercises the more salt is lost via sweat and the more it is needed in the diet. We here at Organic Beauty recommend offering Himalayan Salt free choice or by the scoop to your horse and giving the supplement, ProVision, to ensure a healthier horse.
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