Have you been drinking your sole? (It’s pronounced Solay). Do you know what it is?
I hadn’t heard the term until recently and realized that I’d been consuming some sea salt in my water, just not enough.
It is essentially water that has been fully saturated with a natural salt. This isn’t just a small amount of salt dissolved in water, but rather water that has absorbed as much natural salt as it is able and will not absorb any more. The term Sole comes from the Latin “Sol” meaning Sun.
Let me back up…a few months ago I listened to a presentation given by a local naturopathic practioner and one of the tidbits I picked up was the benefit of adding a pinch of unrefined sea salt to your glass of water.
It adds additional hydration and it adds minerals. To me this seemed simple enough so I began that practice and still continue that today and have shared that info with my clients.
Recently though, I read an article talking about something a little different. It peeked my curiosity enough to dig and research. Beyond that, it peeked my curiosity enough to experiment.
If you’ve been following me for a while, you know that I’m an experimenter and researcher by nature. This was perfect.
Let’s look at the benefits of “pink gold”, which is a reference to Himalayan salt. It contains 84 elements found in your body. Because of the amazing nutrient load, doctors of functional medicine report that regularly eating Himalayan salt can help:
- Regulate the water content throughout your body
- Promote healthy pH balance in your cells (particularly your brain cells)
- Promote blood sugar health and can help reduce the signs of aging
- Assist in the generation of hydroelectric energy in cells in your body
- Absorb food particles through your intestinal tract
- Support respiratory health
- Promote sinus health
- Prevent muscle cramps
- Promote bone strength
- Regulate your sleep
- Support your libido
- Promote vascular health
- Regulate your blood pressure with sufficient water and potassium intake.
I’m sure you’ve heard that salt is bad for you, so I’m sure the idea of drinking salt water may sound exactly the opposite, but it turns out that this concentrated salt solution can have a variety of health-supporting uses.
This particular remedy has been used for centuries in some countries and claims both anecdotal and scientifically supported evidence for the following uses:
- Helps hydration – the body naturally repairs and detoxifies during sleep, but in doing so, it uses up a good amount of water.
- Boosts energy – the minerals and stored energy in Sole help boost energy throughout the day.
- Improves Digestion – sole stimulates the digestive system promoting food absorption and regularity naturally
- Improves blood sugar – some people note improvements in blood sugar levels
- A natural anti-histamine – This is likely due to its balancing effects on the body.
- Helps with muscle cramps
- Bone health – because Sole is naturally full of minerals and alkalizing, there is speculation that it is helpful with bone health as well.
- Healthy veins – by supporting the correct mineral balance in the body and blood, Sole can help reduce or avoid vein problems like varicose veins.
- Blood pressure – contrary to what we are told, many people notice a reduction in blood pressure from using Sole.
- Weight loss – by improving digestion and nourishing the body on a cellular level, Sole can help promote weight loss.
- Healthy skin, hair and nails – Sole’s high mineral content makes it great for healthy skin (and acne problems) and for hair and nail growth.
What I find really interesting is this. Most of the above problems don’t’ typically include salt, just the exact opposite. You have been told to remove excess salt/sodium from your diet.
While table salt most likely has negative side effects on your health, natural unrefined salt contains over 84 minerals is incredibly nourishing for the body.
If you don’t know where to find good salt, there are some good online resources as well as most local quality health food stores should carry it.
These are just a couple of examples. Just make sure to not skimp on the quality, make sure it is pure and pink.
Here’s the basic recipe for making sole. Mix ¼ Himalayan sea salt to ¾ water. As an example, I used a glass container, like a mason jar and mixed 1/4 cup salt to 3/4 cup filtered water. Cover with a plastic lid, shake gently let that sit, on counter for about 12 hours.
The next day, if there is still some salt on the bottom of the jar, the water has absorbed its maximum amount of salt and the Sole is ready to use.
If you find all the salt is absorbed, add more salt and continue doing so each day until some remains. This means that the water is fully saturated with the salt.
To mix it, I added 1 teaspoon to a 8-12 ounce glass of water and drank up. Do this first thing, on an empty stomach. Also use a plastic measuring spoon, as metal can cause a reaction.
Store the remaining Sole at room temperature. It will last indefinitely as salt is a natural anti-bacterial and anti-fungal. More water and salt can be added as needed to keep up the amount in the jar.
Now that I’ve been doing this for a few days I’ve noticed some of the benefits, like more energy, better sleep and digestive benefits as well. I’m excited to save money using a natural source that I can make myself.
Have you made Sole before? If so, what have been the benefits you’ve experienced? If it’s new…are you game to try with me? Leave your comments below.
To your health,
Holistic Wellness Mentor