Every morning before I make my breakfast I drink a glass of salt water. You might be thinking this sounds a little strange and that’s understandable, I used to think that too. I’ve been doing it for a few years now and there are many reasons why I’ve implemented it in to my daily routine.
Just before I continue, I’d like to clarify one important detail. I do not drink salt water made containing standard table salt i.e. Sodium Chloride. This salt is not healthy for you and all and causes a lot of health problems.
Table salt is highly processed has lots of chemicals added to it including synthetic iodine and anti- caking agents such as Sodium ferrocyanide (E535), Silicon dioxide (E551) and talcum powder (E553b). In addition to this, table salt is usually beached to give it a uniform white colour. The processing of this salt, strips it of all its minerals.
On the other hand, unrefined salts have not been processed or have had chemicals added to them and contain over 50 trace minerals needed for healthy cellular function. Examples of unrefined salts are Celtic sea salt and Pink Himalayan crystal salt. Celtic sea salt is grey in colour and harvested from coastal areas of France whereas Himalayan salt is harvested from the foothills of the Himalayan Mountains in the Punjab region of Pakistan and is over 250 million years old. It originates from the evaporation of the primeval sea by the Sun’s energy way before humans polluted the Earth. It is also the only salt that includes the full spectrum of 84 trace minerals that are essential for life. In my cooking, I use both of these salts interchangeably. However, it is the Himalayan salt I use to make my morning drink.
Sole (pronounced So-lay) is a brine that is made by dissolving pink Himalayan crystal salt in filtered water until the solution becomes saturated i.e. no more salt can dissolve in the water. The great news is, it’s both cheap and easy to make and has a multitude of health benefits. Listed below are some of the health benefits of this drink.
Many salts break down in to their component ions when dissolved in solution. For example sodium chloride (NaCl) dissociates into its component positive and negative ion which is (Na+) and Cl -) respectively. This saltwater solution conducts electricity therefore it’s an electrolyte solution. The salt ions of which it is composed are known as electrolytes. There are several common electrolytes found in the human body that each play a specific and important role. Electrolytes are required for many different functions, one of the most important being maintaining the balance of fluids between the intracellular (inside the cell) and extracellular (outside the cell) environments. This balance is critically important for hydration, healthy pH level, muscle contraction and nerve impulses.
Sole is antibacterial and antifungal. It has a cleansing effect on the body, helping to break down mucus and flush the body of waste materials and heavy metals such as mercury, lead and arsenic.
Sole encourages healthy digestion in a number of ways. Firstly by aiding the production of amylase, an enzyme used to break down carbohydrates during the digestive process. Sole promotes the production of hydrochloric acid as well as enzymes from glands in the stomach lining that assist the breakdown of food and it stimulates peristalsis (intestinal activity) thereby supporting healthy metabolism and helping to prevent constipation.
Sole is very beneficial to the skin and can help conditions such as acne, psoriasis and eczema. A healthy gut is linked to healthy skin and since Sole helps to cleanse the intestines and regulate gut flora, this can be reflected in our skin. Minerals found in Sole such as Zinc, Sulphur and Chromium can really make a difference to the heath and appearance of our skin. Since Sole aids the fluid balance in the cells, it can help skin cells to retain more water and thus diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, giving the look of a brighter, more radiant complexion.
Supports thyroid and adrenal function:
Sole supports both the adrenals and thyroid by providing the body with sodium and zinc which are necessary for strong adrenal function and iodine which is crucial for thyroid health.
Supports Weight Loss:
Sole helps to regulate metabolism, improve blood sugar balance and reduces cravings. All of which play an important factor in weight management. Therefore, Sole can help you to lose weight if you are overweight.
Decreases incidences of muscle cramps:
Muscle cramps can be caused by an imbalance of electrolytes or a depletion of minerals. Calcium, Magnesium, Sodium and Potassium are required for healthy muscles. All of these minerals are found in Sole.
Aids good quality sleep:
The trace minerals found in Sole, most notably Magnesium have a calming effect on the nervous system. They help to reduce stress hormones such as cortisol thus promoting good relaxation and sleep.
Boosts energy levels:
Since Sole helps to keep the body optimally hydrated by providing electrolytes and minerals as well as helping thyroid an adrenal function, it can result in higher energy levels and increased overall vitality.
Good for healthy bones and teeth:
Sole’s high mineral content helps to prevent leaching of minerals from bones. This means that bones and teeth can be stronger and it can help to prevent conditions such as Osteoporosis.
Now that I’ve spoken about some of the amazing health benefits of drinking Sole, I’ll let you know how I make it.
What you need:
A few Himalayan rock salt crystals
Glass Jar or glass jug with a lid or cover
Small wooden, ceramic or glass spoon
1. Place a few salt crystals in your jar to about a third of the capacity of the container.
2. Fill the jar with cold filtered water.
3.Cover with a non metal lid (I use a jug and put a plate over the top.)
4. Leave for 24 hours.
5. The crystals will dissolve in the water. Keep adding a little more salt until there is salt at the bottom of the jug and the solution is saturated.
6. Now your Sole is ready to drink!
7. Use a wooden, ceramic or glass spoon if possible as metal will negate the ionic charge in the solution.
8. Fill a glass of water (use good quality spring or filtered water).
9. Add 1tsp of Sole to the water and stir.
10. Drink on an empty stomach each morning and if possible wait at least ten minutes before eating or drinking anything.
***Note: Sole can cause a detox reaction as it helps to cleanse the body. If you notice effects such as skin breakouts, headaches or slight stomach upset then decrease the dose to about ¼ tsp and slowing work up to 1 tsp over the course of a week or two.
Disclaimer: I am not a medical practitioner. Please consult with your health care provider before starting a new routine such as drinking Sole, especially if you are pregnant, nursing or taking other medications.
Personally speaking, I have found that Sole has helped me in a variety of ways by continually taking it over time. I have noticed the most benefits in regard to increased energy levels and vitality, my skin is more radiant and nails and hair and stronger. Sometimes I take a second serving in the afternoon if I feel like it or if I’m doing some pretty intense exercise to replace salts lost in sweat. Overall I feel it’s a ‘feel good’ tonic and a great all rounder to add to your health routine without having to spend a fortune or go to a lot of trouble.