Sole (pronounced Solay) is essentially water that has been fully saturated with natural salt. In other words, this is water that has absorbed as much natural salt as it is able and will not absorb any more, that being 26%. Himalayan salt is known to be the purest form of salt on earth and unlike fortified table salt, Himalayan salt is naturally rich in iodine. It is said that Himalayan salt is rich in 84 trace minerals and is known to release unique energy when soaked in water which can be beneficial for your health.
According to Dr. Simran Saini (Nutritionist), "Sole water provides electrolyte balance in the body. According to Ayurveda, it is believed to impart positive energy to your body and is known to improve blood circulation."
"It triggers the process of osmosis in the body, providing essential minerals and maintaining your salt concentration.I wouldn't recommend it to someone who has a salt, mineral and vitamin imbalance, or someone who is hypertensive."
Dr. Anju Sood - Bangalore- based Nutritionist
When the water and salt are mixed together the negative ions of the water molecules combine with the positive ions of salt and vice versa. This way they are electrically charged (Electrolytes) and therefore, the minerals in this drink can be easily absorbed by the body. Electrolytes are essential for life and they carry a charge which ionizes when dissolved in water. It helps in maintaining the fluid balance in your body by sending signals form one cell to another and thus, assist the kidneys in eliminating wastes and toxins.
This 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. This is why we are often more thirsty in the morning. Sole water contains the necessary electrolytes that give you the required minerals to function, keep your energy levels up, and replenish the minerals we lose. Drinking regular water flushes out toxins and bad bacteria but it also causes us to dilute and eliminate some important minerals.
Helps the Body Detoxify – The minerals in Sole make it useful in the natural detoxification that the body already does. Sole is naturally antibacterial and can help remove bad bacteria in the body.
Improving Digestion – Sole water activates your salivary glands. Himalayan salt also stimulates hydrochloric acid and certain enzymes that help in the metabolism of proteins which breakdown the food. It aids the intestinal tract and the liver in performing the digestive functions.
Improves Blood Sugar – Some people note improvements in blood sugar levels after using Sole.
Natural Antihistamine – Sole can work as a powerful natural antihistamine. 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. Vitamins and minerals are the foundation of the human body as they work overtime to repair tissues, boost our immune system, strengthen bones, and heal wounds. The 84 trace minerals found in Himalayan salt makes the absorption much easier.
How To Make Sole
The only ingredients are Himalayan salt and water. You’ll also need a glass jar with a plastic or non-metal lid.
- A Glass Jar ( I used a wide-mouth mason jar)
- A plastic or non-metal lid (like this one)
- 1-2 cups of Himalayan Salt, Celtic Salt or Real Salt (see sources above)
- Spring water
1. Fill the jar about 1/4 of the way with Himalayan Salt, Real Salt or Celtic Salt (or a mixture of the three).
2. Add filtered water to fill the jar, leaving about an inch at the top.
3. Put on the plastic lid and shake the jar gently.
4. Leave on the counter overnight to let the salt dissolve.
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 all of 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.
While sole water has amazing benefits, please consult before deciding to add it to your daily routine especially if you are suffering from chronic ailments like high blood pressure or diabetes where your diet can play a role.