Call me an Onnit fanboy or a disciple of Rogan and I will not disagree. Listening to his podcast has changed my life and helped me lose weight, get in shape, and eat healthier. Without the knowledge that he passes on to his listeners, I’d be a lot bigger and growing fatter with each passing day. The amount of fruits and vegetables I used to eat in a month I now eat in a day.
On the topic of salt, you would think that salt is something you would want to eliminate from your diet, not add to it. But like many other minerals, salt is something our bodies need, albeit in limited amounts. What type of salt you eat is also very important. After Dave Asprey’s appearance on The Joe Rogan Experience, I decided to look into Onnit’s Pink Himalayan Salt.
I touched on this in an earlier blog post, but pink Himalayan salt is so much better for you than traditional table salt because it is packed with over 80 minerals that refined table salt is lacking. That’s why table salt is white. The lack of color indicates the absence of these minerals. The pink color of Himalayan salt is visual evidence that the salt is packed with the full spectrum of minerals your body needs.
Onnit recently added Pink Himalayan Salt to its store and I picked up a bottle and have used it in place of regular table salt. Despite its name, the salt doesn’t taste overly salty, at least not in the way we’re accustomed to salt tasting. It actually has a full, deep flavor with a mild salty taste, rather than simply a salty taste. It’s hard to explain and something that needs to be experienced. If you’ve thought about limiting your salt intake, consider replacing your table salt with Pink Himalayn Salt from Onnit. Best of all, it’s Kosher and comes with a little spoon attached to the jar!
You’re probably sick of me going on and on about Dave Asprey’s appearance on The Joe Rogan Experience by now. But Dave was on talking with Joe for about three hours and he was packed with useful information and an approach to health and weight loss that was completely new to me. Like the Bulletproof Upgraded Coffee I’ve written about on this blog before, Dave also talked about the benefits of Himalayan salt and why he takes a tablespoon of it each day.
What most of us think of as salt isn’t actually an organic product. In fact, the table salt we sprinkle on our french fries and roast chicken is artificially produced, devoid of any of the naturally occurring minerals that one would find in Himalayan salt, for instance. This is where iodized salt comes from: to put minerals back into the sodium chloride (table salt) we all keep on our kitchen tables.
The first thing you’ll notice about Himalayan is its striking pink color. This comes from the presence of the minerals that common table salt is lacking. The second thing you’ll notice is the taste. It’s not as harsh and biting as table salt and many find it much smoother on the palate. A good comparison to make is the difference between a fine, expensive, aged whiskey and a $5 bottle of swill.
When it comes to alcohol, age certainly makes a difference, and it applies to salt as well. The best pink Himalayan salt comes from mines that are a quarter of a billion (yes, billion with a B!) years old. This salt wasn’t produced in a factory with minerals added in later. The salt and its minerals were around long before we were, and long before they could ever be polluted or tainted by man and our pollution, chemicals, and industrial waste.
I mentioned in an couple of earlier blog posts about the benefits of hemp, more specifically in a protein powder form. It’s a great source of not only protein but also essential fatty acids and antioxidants as well. For months I used a few different types of hemp protein powders from Manitoba Harvest, like the one with added fibre, one which was vanilla flavored and one which was chocolate flavored as well.
One of my favorite nutritional/supplement companies is Onnit, and they released their own version of a hemp protein powder last year called Hemp Force. I must say, I was very surprised with the taste of it, sweetened with stevia (a natural zero-calorie sweetener) and cocoa so not only is it healthy, but it’s delicious as well. Also added is maca root, which has been used for centuries to boost energy and act as a natural aphrodisiac.
I’d say I have an overactive libido anyways, so I can’t comment on the power of maca in that respect, but I can tell you that the taste of Hemp Force protein powder was absolutely delicious. I’ve tried it mixed with milk, a little natural unsweetened greek yogurt and a bit of peanut butter and when mixed in my blender, created something that tasted so tremendous it was hard to believe that it was actually good for me.
On the topic of blending protein powder, I found that Manitoba Harvest–even after being blasted through the blades of my Blendtec blender–was grainy and I knew it was in there. I’m not sure what process is used with Onnit’s Hemp Force, but I had no grainy texture in any of my shakes. Just a subtle chocolatey flavor that elevated my daily shake routine from something I did each morning to something I look forward to drinking each day.