My journey to better health has led me to research some pretty interesting and sometimes pretty controversial topics. So many of us are led to believe things like avoiding fat, sugar, and salt are the ultimate answers to achieving the skinny waste-line and health you’ve always wanted, but what if I told you that this isn’t true?
Sure, avoiding PROCESSED fat and sugar is really important, but HEALTHY salt? I have to disagree.
Whether you believe it or not salt is not the villain we make it out to be. Unless you eat table salt.
What’s that? Do you think table salt is fine? Well, I’ll let you in on a little secret – table salt is composed of 97% sodium chloride, is chemically produced, and it’s bleached. It also happens to contain aluminum more often than not which has been linked to Alzheimer’s disease.
Table salt is not in any way natural and is completely devoid of trace minerals. So okay, “avoiding salt” has its place, but only if you’re using table salt.
Healthy salt, on the other hand, is a totally different matter and here’s why:
The human body contains many highly concentrated minerals and other nutrients that allow it to function properly WITH the proper levels of salt.
Do you experience any of these?
• Asthma or other respiratory ailments
• Brain fog
• Diabetes or blood sugar issues
• Fatigue and poor adrenal health
• Gall bladder problems
• High or low blood pressure
• Insomnia or poor sleep
• Irregular heartbeat
• Kidney stones
• Poor muscle tone or lack of coordination
• Sore or swollen joints
• Water retention, edema or swelling (which is actually the result of too little salt in the body – not too much!)
Consuming table salt can actually aggravate these ailments and make them worse because it creates mineral imbalance. Eating natural unrefined salt in the proper amounts can help reverse these ailments.
The Benefits of Himalayan Salt
Besides tasting great, Himalayan salt has the ability to balance and regulate electrical, chemical, and hormonal processes.
Some other notable benefits are:
• Improved nutrient absorption and assimilation by releasing amylase in the saliva and hydrochloric acid in the stomach
• Detoxes cells because Himalayan salt contains negative ions that bind with toxins
• Can help correct blood pressure when taken properly
• Can stabilize cardio health by supporting electrochemical reactions
• Alkalizes the body and balances PH
• Balances blood sugar levels by increasing insulin sensitivity
• Flushes the sinuses of allergens and lowers the histamine response when used as a nasal wash
• Sinus and lung ailments can be relieved by using a Himalayan salt inhaler
• Improves sleep due to balanced trace minerals in the body and by lowering cortisol and adrenalin levels
• Improves reproductive health in men and women
• Reduces cellulite
• Improves the communication between cells due to proper PH balance and ion concentration
• When salt is too low the body will pull salt from our bones which weakens them. Taking sole will balance salt levels in the body
• Supports proper thyroid and adrenal health
• Supports proper nerve function
• Regulates water and trace mineral content in the body
• Supports healthy libido
• Can help increase stomach acid by optimizing the digestive system. This makes is easier to assimilate nutrients
• Helps re-mineralize teeth
• Decreases varicose veins
• Support weight loss on a cellular level
• Can help dissolve stones
• Helps with muscle cramps by keeping trace mineral topped up
• Helps clear up acne by providing essential minerals like chromium, zinc, iodine, and sulfur
• Reduces stress because salt has a calming effect on the nervous system
Sounds good to me!
Which Natural Salt is Best?
I’ll admit to owning quite a few varieties of natural salt like Celtic Sea Salt, Maldon Sea Salt, regular sea salt, Velvet Du Guerande, Hawaiian Bamboo Jade Sea Salt….but I always go back to Himalayan.
This type of salt does not come from the ocean, but from high in the Himalayan Mountains and contains all 84 trace minerals our bodies need. Its flavor is much less intense than sea salt so it works well in sole; a natural salt drink that I’m going to teach you how to make!
How to Take/Use Himalayan Salt
Did you know that our bodily fluids are primarily made of salt? A mother’s amniotic fluid, the blood in our veins, lymphatic and cellular fluid, even the contents of our tears all rely on life-giving salt. Without it, our neurons cannot communicate clearly (brain fog anyone?) and our adrenals can get run down more easily. Every cell in our body depends on salt’s ability to help our body transport nutrients, balance fluid, and support hundreds of biological pathways. Having the proper amount of natural salt in our bodies ensures speedy cell regeneration and improved metabolism. Without it, our bodies become prone to disease and other ailments.
Besides using it in sole, you can use Himalayan salt in a variety of ways.
Here’s how to get your daily intake of healthy Himalayan salt:
• Sprinkle over food to taste and don’t worry about the quantity. Your taste will tell you what is the proper amount for you that day
• Add it to water to help raise and balance electrolytes and trace minerals. Add ½ tsp to 1 quart of water daily
• Making sole and drinking it in water daily. I personally use 1 tsp of sole in 8oz of water
• Add it to a relaxing bath
• Use a salt slab for cooking
• Use it as a salt inhaler
• Use it as a deodorant or soap
• Use it in natural toothpaste
How to Make Sole and What it is
“The blend of water and salt, the so called “Sole” is the mother soup of all lifeforms and is a flexible physical representation of pure sun and light energy. The word “Sole” is derived from the Latin word for sun – Sol, and it is the liquid materialization of sunlight. Sole means liquid sunlight or liquid light energy.”
I LOVE that description, don’t you? Who wouldn’t want some liquid sunlight in their body?
Sole (pronounced solay) is water that has been fully saturated with natural salt. The water has absorbed so much salt that it cannot absorb anymore producing an electrolyte-rich brine that can be used as a daily supplement. Properly made sole will always have a layer of salt at the bottom. This means that the sole is at 26% salt solution; the proper ratio for good sole.
When the salt is dissolved in water the result is a highly concentrated, electrically charged (think detoxifying) matrix of all 84 trace minerals. This elixir offers balanced nourishment to every cell in your body and assists the kidneys in maintaining fluid balance. Its energetic vibration will last in the body for a full 24 hours. Some people may feel the need to have more sole later in the afternoon in place of their tea or coffee.
For years we have been told that salt is harmful to our health but as we’ve learned above, true healthy mineral-rich salt has a variety of health-supporting benefits. Sole has been used for centuries for these very reasons. Today, making sole is a simple inexpensive addition to any healthy lifestyle. I mean really- it’s cheap and offers boundless health qualities. There’s really no excuse not to make it.
Where to Get Healthy Salt
Since sole is just salt and water the quality of both ingredients is very important. Be sure to use clean water (NOT tap) and a very high-quality salt like:
1. Real Salt– My favorite as it has the most pleasant slightly sweeter flavor (not harvested using dynamite)
2. HimalaSalt (not harvested using dynamite)
3. Celtic Sea Salt (harvested from the sea salt beds of France)
You can use any of these salts and get the same health benefits in your homemade sole. Feel free to experiment! To learn more about these particular salts, please check out this article.
How to Make Sole – Because Salt is Good for You
To make sole you will need:
• A glass jar
• Healthy unrefined salt either ground or in chunks (I use this one though my salt had way bigger chunks)
• A plastic lid(not metal or your sole will turn black and acrid tasting)
• A non-metallic utensil for stirring (like a clean chopstick)
• A wooden or plastic spoon for making your sole drink each morning
Loving Preparation- How to Make Sole
1. Fill a clean glass jar ¼ of the way up with your healthy salt of choice
2. Fill the rest of the jar will clean filtered water and stir with a non-metallic utensil
3. Let the sole sit overnight
4. Check the sole in the morning. If there is salt at the bottom of the jar then the sole is perfect! If there is no salt at the bottom add more salt until it stops dissolving completely. No need to stir or shake the jar once this happens
5. Once you’re sure that no more salt can dissolve (there will be a layer of salt at the bottom), take 1 tsp of sole mixed in room temperature water upon rising- that’s all you need!
6. Wait 20 minutes before eating or drinking anything else
7. Keep refilling the jar with water and healthy salt as it runs low.
[yumprint-recipe id=’7′]Sole will never go bad as long as there is always a layer of salt at the bottom AND you refrain from using metal utensils. Salt is naturally anti-bacterial and anti-fungal in high concentrations- which is exactly what sole is!
Why shouldn’t you use metal in sole?
“The reason for [not using metal lids/utensils with sole] is that salt when mixed with water can (and will) oxidize metals. It is the same reason that salt on the roads will rust your car. Dry salt can sit on dry metal without it causing a chemical reaction – however when you add water to the equation everything changes and the chemical and physical reactions start to take place. When this happens it can release other metals and chemicals into the salt water as the metal lid (or metal spoon) starts to corrode. Even if they are stainless steel or other non-corrosive metals that won’t rust in theory, they can still react to the salt water.
Now that said, using a metal spoon to scoop water out a little water or to quickly stir the solution probably won’t be in contact with the salt water to start the reaction, so I would not worry too much about that few seconds. I do that myself without worry. Leaving the metal spoon in the salt water, or using metal canning jar lid that is in contact with the salt water for longer periods really increases the potential of having oxidization and corrosion issues by drawing chemicals/metals/elements out of the metal and into the water.”
Doesn’t Salting my Food do The Same Thing as Drinking Sole?
No. And here’s why:
When natural salt is mixed in water the minerals become ionized which charges them electrically. They also become hydrolyzed which makes the salt very easy for the body to use. The solution literally passes right through cellular membranes to offer nutrients to cells. It is the absolute best way to absorb minerals.
Furthermore, mixing natural salt in water changes its structure because the positive ions of the salt surround the negative ions of the water. This happens in an interchangeable cycle. The electrical charge that results allows cells to communicate with one another.
Simply eating natural salt does not create quite the same effect. Of course, you will still benefit from eating natural salt itself but taking it as sole really allows the body to use it to its full potential.
Can You Just Add a Spoonful Salt to Water and Get The Same Result?
A tsp of sole mixed in water is 478mg of sodium while mixing 1 tsp of natural salt in water is 2,292mg of sodium. The resulting ratio is WAY out of balance and you will not get the same health benefits at all. In fact, I wouldn’t call taking a whole tsp of natural salt at once healthy in any circumstance. And besides, I doubt you could comfortably drink that much salt in 8oz of water comfortably anyways.
Sole is the perfect ratio of salt and tastes just right. Not too salty at least in my opinion. Some people may still have trouble when they first begin drinking sole. Adding a small squeeze of lemon or a small amount of raw honey usually fixes the issue but I’m not sure if this affects the result.
Here are more great articles on the health benefits of salt:
The Amazing Health Benefits of Himalayan Pink Salt
Healthy Salt? What are The Health Benefits of Salt?
11 Practical Tips to Buy, Store, and Serve Your Salt
Monday Mission: Switch Your Salt
Why Sugar Will Raise Your Blood Pressure More Than Salt
Why I Buy Healthy Salt
Water is Not Enough! Why to Salt Your Water
How to Cook with a Himalayan Salt Block
Salt is Essential for Health
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