I'm always talking about the benefits of salt and that's because I have felt a DRASTIC difference in my well-being by ADDING salt to my diet & water (and not restricting it, like most tell us to do). Yes, even those with high blood pressure have noticed benefits of using real salt (however, if you have kidney problems always check with a doctor and it's always good to monitor your blood pressure if you have high blood pressure).
But I'm only a proponent if it's the RIGHT salt. Table salt (think: Morton's iodized salt) is refined, bleached, and not good for us. That is what raises our blood pressure. The good salt is Himalayan or celtic sea salt. My favorite brand is REAL SALT.
Now let's talk SOLE (pronounced SO-LAY). I've recently learned about this magical chemistry experiment and here is a great blog post from Wellness Mama that gives you some great background and the recipe. Basically it's a super saturated salt water concoction you drink from each morning. It never goes bad because salt has anti-fungal properties.
Also, when we drink water without minerals, it just goes right through us and we only absorb some of the water. So we can still end up dehydrated! Most of us are so depleted in minerals that when we drink salt water it tastes delicious! I can attest to this. By adding a small teaspoon of sole to your water every morning, you are making sure you're rehydrating your cells.
Here are the amazing benefits Wellness Mama talks about:
Helps Hydration– The body naturally repairs and detoxifies during sleep, but in doing so, it uses up a good amount of water. This is why we are often more thirsty in the morning. Consuming a salt solution like Sole helps the body re-hydrate.
Helps the Body Detoxify– The minerals in Sole make it useful in the natural detoxification that the body already does. Sole is naturally anti-bacterial and can help remove bad bacteria in the body.
Boosts Energy– The minerals and stored energy in Sole help boost energy throughout the day.
Improving Digestion– Sole stimulates the digestive system promoting food absorption and regularity naturally.
Improving blood sugar– Some people note improvements in blood sugar levels after using Sole.
A Natural Anti-histamine– Sole can work as a powerful natural anti-histamine. This action is likely due to its balancing effects on the body, and I have noticed this personally.
Helps with Muscle Cramps– When I played sports, we attributed leg cramps or other cramps to lack of potassium and ate more bananas (which are now the only food I won’t eat). Don’t know about the potassium theory, but I know that since using magnesium and Sole regularly, I don’t get leg cramps anymore (even during/after extreme exercise or in late pregnancy).
Bone Health– There is a theory that a potential cause of Osteoporosis and other bone disorders is the body utilizing calcium and other minerals from the bones for survival and to neutralize acidity in the blood. Sole is naturally full of minerals and alkalizing, so 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 often hear, 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.
Here is the recipe taken from the Real Salt Website
What You’ll Need:
- Pint jar
- Real Salt or other unrefined salt (granular, kosher, or coarse)
What to Do:
Place about ¼ cup salt in the bottom of the jar. Fill the jar the rest of the way with water, leaving a small space at the top. Put the lid on. Wait at least an hour, then check on it. There should be some salt remaining in the bottom of the jar. If all of the salt is absorbed, add more, then wait again. If there are crystals at the bottom of the jar, your solution has reached full saturation and is ready to use. Remove a spoonful, add to a glass of water, and drink.
To Health With It,