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 are unrefined salt that is mined from the Himalayan mountains. In its unrefined state, it contains 84 minerals and trace element. Table salt contains only one (two if Iodine is added). 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, replacing pink salt with table salt is the key. Everything in life should be about balance.
SoleBecause 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 for a variety of health benefits. There are so many websites capitalizing on the pink salt trend, 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 necessarily endorse.
From Livestrong.com -
My Personal Experience
I have been using sole every day for a month. The results I am experiencing are tremendous, to say the least. Hands down, this has been my healthiest pregnancy ever. What I have experienced…
- More energy
- Hair growth
- Thighs slimming down (!!) My love handles have always increased in size during pregnancy and slimmed down afterward. Being 7 months pregnant and watching my thighs slim while, I’m still gaining the baby weight, is astounding!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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, 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 on the needs of my body. Everybody 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 medications. You will need to consult with a qualified healthcare professional.
Where to Find Himalayan Pink Salt
As I mentioned previously are a LOT of sites capitalizing on the health benefits of pink salt. You don’t have to spend tons of money. I've 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 bottles in a 26 to 32-ounce jar. That’s about $4.00 to $6.00 that will last you a month or more, depending on usage of course. In my home, my teenage daughter and I use sole daily. The whole family uses it as dental hygiene 2x a day. There are 8 of us, and we still have about a fourth of a 32 oz jar of the 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. While other sites are set up to sell only Pink Salt Crystals.
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 is 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 on a company when purchasing pink salt online.
2. Fill the jar with spring water, any clean water will do. I used filtered water. You can filter water and then boil it for good measure.
3. Let the jar sit overnight - 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. 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.
More About Sole:
Is Table Salt Giving Salt a Bad Name?
Jeena's Kitchen - http://jeenaskitchen.blogspot.com/2009/05/benefits-of-himalayan-pink-salt.html
Salt of Life: What is Sole? - http://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=35889628735
I am not a doctor, nor do I know your body personally. All information on this site should be taken with research and consultation with a healthcare professional. The results of my own DIY sole use listed in this post is mine alone, independent of any monetary influence.