Taking Minerals the Natural Way (with homemade “sole water”)Print This Post
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“You can trace every sickness, every disease, and every ailment to a mineral deficiency.”
- Linus Pauling, PhD, winner of two Nobel prizes
In this day and age, most of us (if not all) need to consider mineral supplementation due to depleted minerals in our soil, as well as from stress and the consumption of processed foods, which make minerals and other nutrients harder for us to assimilate.
One of my favorite way to get pure, clean minerals naturally (and inexpensively) is to drink a solution of diluted mineral-rich Himalayan salt crystals with water. These “salt diamonds” are nearly 250 million years old and contain at least 84 essential and trace minerals that our bodies need every day.
Diluting the crystals in water ionizes the minerals, charging them electrically, making them easier to absorb right into the cells. When it comes to absorbing minerals, whole, unprocessed sources are best, as each element relies on the other to make it work properly (1). This concept often goes overlooked with isolated mineral supplement therapy.
Sole Water – An Ocean of Energy
Sole water (so-lay) is an ultimate infusion of ionized minerals. When the salt crystals and the water meet, the minerals better represent the minerals that naturally occur in our blood (2). Unlike common table salt, these salt crystals are not made up merely of sodium and chloride; they contain within them at least 82 other important minerals waiting to be unlocked and absorbed.
According to Dr. Robert Mercola, drinking a sole mineral water solution has many benefits, including (3):
1. Regulating the water content throughout your body
2. Promoting a healthy pH balance in your cells, particularly your brain cells
3. Promoting blood sugar health and helping to reduce the signs of aging
4. Assisting in the generation of hydroelectric energy in cells in your body
5. Absorption of food particles through your intestinal tract
6. Supporting respiratory health
7. Promoting sinus health
8. Prevention of muscle cramps
9. Promoting bone strength
10. Regulating your sleep
11. Supporting your libido
12. Promoting vascular health
13. In conjunction with water it is actually essential for the regulation of your blood pressure
Not all salt crystals are the same, though. You’ll need natural, unrefined crystals, where nothing has been taken out or added in. For a sole water solution, you’ll need large, unprocessed rock salt crystals.
Although granulated Himalayan table salt can be purchased readily at natural foods stores, large crystal stones are less available. You’ll most likely have to purchase them online.
How to Make and Use Sole Water (it’s easy… and fun)
- Place several (3-5) Himalayan crystal salt stones in a glass jar with a lid. Add filtered water to cover about 3-4 inches above the stones. Let sit overnight.
- If all the salt crystals have dissolved, add a few more salt crystals to the water. Your sole is ready when the salt no longer dissolves, meaning the water has become fully saturated with the salt. If ever you notice the crystals have dissolved, add more crystals. Add water and more crystals as you use up the sole. Remember, there should always be undissolved salt crystals on the bottom of the jar. This is your visual proof that the water is totally saturated with salt.
- Each morning on an empty stomach, add one teaspoon of the sole to a glass of filtered water and drink. The amount of water is up to you, but you do not need more than 1 teaspoon of the sole. The water will taste more or less salty, depending upon how much water is diluting it.
- Store, covered, on the counter or cupboard. The fully saturated sole will keep indefinitely. Salt is a natural anti-bacterial and natural fungicide – it cannot spoil or go bad. Remember to add crystals once they have dissolved.
To Salt or Not to Salt?
There’s still a big controversy over whether reduced sodium intake lowers blood pressure. Major studies show both sides of the spectrum. But in general, results show that blood pressure is minimally affected by long-term reduction in sodium, and that only some people are affected positively by reducing salt intake (4). This goes to show that each person is different and that the general RDA’s could go up or down, depending upon the individual’s genetic make-up.
RDA’s for sodium are up to 2400mg per day. One teaspoon of mineral-rich sole water with a glass of filtered water is approximately 478mg. Drinking sole water in the morning, and moderately salting foods with granulated Himalayan salt, Celtic salt, or other good quality sea salt throughout the rest of the day (while limiting consumption of packaged, salted foods) should pose no health risks for most people.
Of course, if you have known high blood pressure, you should consult your physician to see if sole water is appropriate for you.
1. Bauman College Holistic Nutrition and Culinary Arts. Nutrition Educator Handbook: Introduction to Micronutrients. Bauman College: Penngrove. 2008.
2. The Original Himalayan Crystal Salt. Benefits of Ionized Minerals. 2009.
3. Mercola, Robert. The 13 Health Benefits of Himalayan Crystal Salt. 2009.
4. National Institutes of Health. Statement on Sodium Intake and High Blood Pressure. 1998.