Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Sole, The Magic of Water and salt

In my last post, I shared my discovery, or should I say rediscovery of salt. There is a vast difference between table salt (refined salt) and unrefined salt. Himalayan Pink Salt Crystals is unrefined salt  that is mined from the Himalayan mountains. In its unrefined state it contains 84 minerals and trace elements and table salt contains only one (two if Iodine is added) and it is the high content of Sodium Chloride that causes the ill effects of  “salt” . 

For the most part I have replaced my table salt with natural salt, but just a month and half ago, I’ve replaced my sea salt for pink salt. I do not use pink salt any more than I have used table salt in the past. It should be noted that, more is not better. Excessive use of pink salt is not going to give you the health benefits you want, but rather the replacing of pink salt ( or any other unrefined salt) of table salt is the key to seeing results. Everything in life should be about balance. 

Sole


Because pink salt has the highest mineral content of any salt, refined or not, you can create a wonderful solution called SOLE (pronounced solay) when combining it with water. Sole is a detoxifying solution with many, many health benefits. Many sites list varying health benefit results from its daily use. Because so many websites are capitalizing on it’s  health benefits, I have to take the information I get with a grain of salt…no pun intended :) As a matter of fact some of the references of information listed at the end of the post are from those selling pink salt, which I have to say I do not necessary endorse.
A study conducted at the University of Graz in Austria found that people who drank water containing Himalayan crystal salt daily experienced improvement in respiratory conditions, organ functions, and connective tissues. Participants also reported sleeping better and having more energy. The study noted a boost in the ability to achieve higher concentration levels. Some of the study participants stated they lost unwanted weight while others involved in the study showed enhanced hair and nail growth. -  www.livestrong.com
For more on the benefits of sole, click here.


My Personal Experience


I have been using sole everyday for a month. The results I am experiencing are tremendous to say the least. Hands down, this has been my most healthiest pregnancy ever. What I have experienced…
  1. More energy
  2. Weekly hair growth
  3. Thighs slimming down (!!) My love handles have always increased in size during pregnancy and slimmed down afterwards. Being 7 months pregnant and watching my thighs slim while, I’m still gaining the baby weight, is astounding!
  4. Little or no craving for chocolate or refined sugary products (!!!) Another amazing and unexpected result. I have always been the chocoholic for as long as I could remember and was one prior to taking sole. No craving for the M&Ms and ice cream with hot fudge! AMAZING. I recognize this as my body’s need for certain minerals are being met through the sole so my cravings have been cut down tremendously.
  5. Cuts/Bruises – I’ve used sole on cuts and bruises on my family and self. As well on my scalp…the results are quick healing, faster than I’ve seen with other products.
  6. Dental improvement – I had a little cavity starting to form on one tooth….using sole to brush and gargle…I don’t want to say it because it sounds a little crazy, but my cavity is closing…sounds far fetched, but it is true for me. It’s also helped the bleeding gums associated with pregnancy.

My husband and my mother in law noticed the “adjustment of weight” (to clarify, I haven’t lost any weight) about two weeks after I started taking sole. It was then I started to notice myself. I find myself looking forward to a tall, cold glass of sole each morning the way one does coffee. The taste needed getting used to, but once I got over it, was easy sailing, and of course the results are truly motivating. I have to put in a disclaimer. These are results that I have personally experienced based upon the needs of my body. Every body has different needs to be met and sole may meet the needs of your body in a way it doesn’t with mine. Additionally, I cannot tell you what sort of effect sole will have if you are on multiple or heavy medication. You will need to do your research in accordance to your own needs.


Where to Find Himalayan Pink Salt


There are a LOT of sites capitalizing on health benefits of pink salt. You don’t have to spend tons of money to feel as though you’re being healthy. I bought my pink salt from my local Trader Joe’s store. A 4.5 ounce bottle grinder will run you $1.99. I’ve used 2 to 3 pink salt bottle in a 26 to 32 ounce jar. That’s about $4.00 to $6.00 that will last you a month or more, depending of usage of course. In my home, my teenage daughter and I use sole daily. The whole family uses it as a dental hygiene 2x a day. There is 8 of us, and we still have about a fourth of a 32 oz jar of sole left.  (Oh, and I also use it for cuts, scrapes etc.) So if your family is smaller than  mine, which is most likely the case :), $4.00 to $6.00 will last you over a month. Another place I strongly recommend is Mountain Rose Herbs. While other sites are set up to sell only Pink Salt Crystals. Mountain Rose Herbs sells other fascinating items such as organic herbs, spices and oils. They also sell salts that are new to me, but would love to try like Black Lava Rock Salt.  In addition, they have been around for a while, so they are a solid company.


Pregnancy and Sole


On the AmericanBlueGreen website, their FAQ page says this about sole and pregnancy:
Q. I am wondering what would be the effects of taking the sole when pregnant if any. I guess is it safe for someone who is less than three months to start taking the sole now and througout the pregnancy. I couldn't find anything pertaining to this in the book could you please advise.
A. Unless your doctor has told you to eliminate salt from your diet, there’s no reason to have any apprehensions about taking a teaspoon of Sole each day. It’s mostly the sodium that doctors warn patients about. The average American adult consumes about 5,000mg of sodium daily, derived from processed, poisonous salt. The USDA recommends no more than 2,500mg per day of sodium. Based on these facts, most Americans are using excessive amounts of sodium.
One teaspoon of Original Himalayan Crystal Salt Sole contains about 412mg of unprocessed, natural sodium. The USDA also states that the body absolutely requires a minimum of 500mg of sodium per day just to live. Sodium is fundamental to our very existence. In fact, we could not live without it. So when choosing your source of sodium for your daily need, I believe that you’re wise in choosing to take the Sole each day.
The effect of the Sole will be that your body will have balanced energy, the perfect foundation for keeping your body at its maximum level of energy necessary to carry you through your pregnancy. It’s better to have natural sodium with its 84 minerals and trace elements running through your veins and the forming veins of your baby than a harmful, processed salt. Did you know that the blood in your body is composed of a 3% Sole solution? And, that the same 84 minerals that are in our salt are found in your bloodstream? This is the salt that our body recognizes and accepts as a vital source of energy – Life Force – and Consciousness.
Just remember, more is not better.
Stay with the 1 teaspoon of Sole each day and also use the salt for all your cooking and food seasoning needs. Try to keep your salt intake within the recommended doses and your body will be operating at its peak.


How to Make Sole


1.  In a 26 to 32 ounce jar, add 9 to 10 ounces of Himalayan Pink Salt crystals. I use the jar grinders from Trader Joe’s. Many sites and companies tout their special pink salt crystals work better over another. I say, go with what works best for you. I’ve been using the ones from Trader Joe’s for a month now with all the results I spoke about earlier. Pink salt is pink salt, if they come from the same source, one should not necessarily work better than the other. Capitalizing on these vital health benefits by various companies are disturbing at best, because sole truly is a good, natural way to detoxify and cleanse the body of various toxins. So please do  your research of a company when purchasing pink salt online.

2. Fill the jar with spring water, any good water will do. I used filtered water. You can filter water and then boil it for good measure.

3. Let the jar sit over night, 8 to 24 hours, until all the salt has dissolved. If all the salt has dissolved at that point add more salt. Salt should be added until it is no longer dissolving. Then you will have what I call “salt sediment” at the bottom of the jar. Then you know your sole is ready for use. It is at this point the water becomes saturated, meaning it cannot absorb any more of the salt. If there is a lot of salt sediment at the bottom, you can add more water as  your sole solution gets lower.

4. The recommended amount to take is 1/2  to 3 teaspoons per glass of water. It varies with each individual. Pregnant women should take about 1/2 teaspoon, once they have determined sole to okay to take.  Take the sole with a glass of water, every morning on an empty stomach, 15 minutes before you eat. Follow it up with 8 glasses of water throughout the day.
For more information on how to make sole, click here.




More About Sole:

Is Table Salt Giving Salt a Bad Name?
Making Himalayan Salt Sole For Health
Jeenas Kitchen
Salt of Life: What is Sole? (Facebook)
Choose Unrefined Sea Salt Over Table Salt (NaturalNews)
Dr. Barbara Hendel Unearths Truth From The Past (Swanson Vitamins)
Using Sea Minerals in Agriculture ( NaturalNews)


Disclaimer:
I am not a doctor, nor do I know your body personally. All information on this site should be taken with a grain of salt along with checking out the links I’ve provided in this post. Knowing and comparing your own bodily needs to the facts should be your primary focus. The results of sole use listed in this post is mine alone, independent of any monetary influence.  I will freely say that I am an affiliate of Mountain Rose Herbs a company that offers quality organic herbs and more. If you do wish to purchase Himalayan Pink Salt from them, you would be purchasing from a solid and reputable company.

7 comments:

  1. I have been taking 1/2 tsp of pink Himalayan salt in a big glass of water for a few weeks now ever since I heard it helps with energy levels throughout the day. Making sole is new to me and seems very interesting. I will likely try it.

    I use Trader Joe's Pink Himalayan salt too and notice there is red sediment at the bottom of the glass after all the salt has dissolved. Like teeny red rocks. Do you know what this is? Does it point to the salt being of poor quality, or is it a natural byproduct of the salt? I can't seem to find any info on it. Do you find you get a pile of red sand at the bottom of your sole jar?

    Last question is about prices. I did the math and the TJs salt works out to be about $7/lb, which actually seems to be better than buying it in bulk. Is this your experience as well? Thanks a lot for your interesting and informative article!

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  2. Hi Kim!

    You're making a wise choice using Pink salt. It's truly a full-spectrum salt with all of it's minerals intact. In stating this, Himalayan Pink salt is mined from the Himalayan mountains, unprocessed and raw which makes it a far more superior quality than processed table salt devoid of at least 80 minerals. I haven't done any research on which business sells a "better" pink salt, but in my reasoning, if they all mined from the same place, unprocessed and raw, then the quality of one should be equal to the quality of another. This is just my opinion. It all comes down the the price for me.

    I still purchase my pink salt from Trader Joe's. In all of my years of purchasing it, the price has stayed the same and I still stock up and use it in all the ways mentioned in the post. Your math is correct. I came up with $7.98 per lb with 4.5 oz of salt at $1.99 for 4 jars of salt. Technically, 3.5 jars would give you $7.07 per pound :). However, it's been some time since I did a price comparison and two sites that I went to were both selling their salt at approximately $3.80 per pound, which is less expensive than Trader Joe's. I couldn't give you a personal recommendation since I haven't purchased salt with another company. I'm pretty loyal to Trader Joe's quite honestly and they are very conveniently located...about a 5 minute drive from me. If you do go on a price and company hunt, let me know what you find. I'm considering contacting a good company for a review.

    Finally, the sediment is absolutely a good thing and is definitely a natural byproduct of the salt! You'll want to stir it back in your water and make sure you get all that stuff in you. :) Before taking my daily teaspoon, I shake the jar up to make sure it's evenly distributed. When you make your sole, make sure you shake the jar before using it for anything. Try it on scrapes, bruises and infected sores, You'll be amazed at how quickly it heals. It's also a great way to get your minerals directly from the source and avoid all of the inferior and synthetic vitamins in the marketplace.

    Thanks so much for stopping past Kim!

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  3. I've got my sole ready and waiting for me to try first thing tomorrow morning!

    I'm wondering, how do you brush your teeth with it? Just pour the water onto your toothbrush?

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    1. Yay!

      Once you shake up the mixture, you can take a tablespoon or two and brush with the solution in your mouth. You can drizzle the solution on your toothbrush and brush that way, but I've found having a mouthful of sole and brushing to be much more effective. When you do this, brush gently and swish the sole around your mouth for a bit.

      Let me know how this works for you!

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  4. If you are willing to buy in bulk, you can find himalayan salt on Amazon for $2.50 lb - http://www.amazon.com/The-Spice-Lab-Finely-Himalayan/dp/B005MER0RA/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1372874110&sr=8-1&keywords=himalayan+salt - check the 20lb price.

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  5. In a consultation with an herbalist, she advised taking any good natural salt in water first thing in the morning, so I've been doing that. A half tsp.. Real Salt in a cup or so of water. Is this as effective as sole as long as the salt crystals are dissolved? I put the salt in warm water for that reason (warm enough to dissolve).

    I often rinse my mouth with salt water, I keep a container handy for just that reason. I agree the dental benefits are great.

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    1. Hi Jen!

      Let me preface this by saying I'm not expert in any capacity, nor am I very familiar with Real Salt. I did a preliminary search for Real Salt. Apparently Real Salt has 60 trace minerals. Pink Himalayan Salt has 80+, the highest amount found. Both apparently come from an Ancient sea. I am a bit confused by one thing, I'm surprised that Real Salt, which is apparently, a natural product sourced from the Redmond mines, is branded and trademarked. From my extremely basic understanding of patent law, you cannot patent a natural product without altering it somehow. I'm not understanding how Real Salt from the Redmond mines is branded this way and haven't been able to find an answer online. This is really the only thing that stands out to me. That said, Pink salt has a higher mineral content and is considered one of the most complete & nutritious salts there are in existence. It contains at least "84 minerals, electrolytes & elements", amazing considering there are 118 elements known to science! http://www.naturalnews.com/043692_himalayan_salt_detoxify_mineral_deficiency.html#

      My personal opinion, sprinkling pink salt in your water is just as good as sprinkling it on your food, however, sole (saturating the water with Pink salt) is simply a concentrated solution. I like having a jar of sole to use for a variety of purposes. Add a teaspoon to water, take it straight for gargling or use it on a cotton ball to clean cuts. Its a wonderful resource that's ready for use!

      Best of blessings for your good health!

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