We’re told to cut back on salt, but knowing your table variety from the real deal can make a big difference to our health—and therefore beauty—at a cellular level.
Ancients have long known the benefits of salt, and even more so in the concentrated elixir known as sole (pronounced sol-ay), a Celtic sea salt or Himalayan salt solution that has been known to lower blood pressure, support the body with detoxification, improve digestion, regulate blood sugar, act as a natural antihistamine and more.
Made by simply adding Celtic or Himalayan salt to clean water until the water can absorb no more salt, sole is gaining a modern day appreciation amongst health practitioners and enthusiasts to help bring the body back to balance.
There’s good reason the body likes and needs salt of the earth, according to Dr Barbara Hendel and Peter Ferreira, authors of the widely renowned book Water and Salt, The Essence of Life. The human body, it reads, primarily consists of two elements: water and salt, with blood made from one percent sole solution—the same concentration as found in the ocean. Therefore, topping up our sole reserves can have myriad of positive health effects on the body and its functions.
“Salt can neutralise the acids in our bodies, but it can also cancel out harmful electromagnetic vibrations in our environment,” writes Dr Hendel. “Without potassium, which is stripped from table salt, and sodium, we could not think or act.”
Why Not Table Salt
Wholefood chef and bestselling author Cynthia Louise (www.chefcynthialouise.com) who regularly uses homemade sole in her Bali kitchen says choosing nature derived salts over the common table variety is crucial for real food preparation and to enhance health and overall vibrancy.
“Table salt is refined and highly processed, with 82 out of the 84 minerals stripped away, leaving behind only sodium and chloride that has a huge amount of caking agents in it,” she says. “Table salt is bad stuff… since it’s processed to remove the good stuff, they then have to replace it with lots of other stuff to try and make it similar to its natural state. This doesn’t do your favourite dish or your body any good.”
Salt Water Sole Benefits
Better Digestion: Found to stimulate digestion, taking salt-water sole daily may help with food absorption and regulate elimination.
Detoxification: Minerals in Himalayan or Celtic sea salts are brimming with essential minerals that the body needs to function properly. This also includes detoxification. The anti-bacterial properties found in sole may also help eliminate undesirable bacteria.
Enhanced Energy: With 84 minerals from calcium and magnesium to boron and iron found in Himalayan salt, a concentrated salt water sole solution can give the body the extra boost it needs.
Hydration: Adding a few teaspoons (using a non-metal spoon) of salt water sole to your morning drinking water enables the liquid to be absorbed at a cellular level, therefore hydrating the body more effectively. Hydrating properly first thing can give our bodies a much-needed energy boost to start the day.
Vibrant Skin: Getting enough of the right vitamins and minerals is essential for healthy skin, hair and nails. Sole’s plentiful mineral content is a big beauty helper.
Anti-Histamine: Thanks to sole’s balancing properties, it has been known to work as natural anti-histamine.
Cramp Relief: Whether caused by pregnancy or general lack of minerals and magnesium, salt water sole is said to bring relief to those who suffer from muscle cramps.
Weight Management: Thanks to its digestive healing properties, sole may help the body digest food more effectively and therefore assist with weight loss.
Blood Pressure: While often thought as a quick route to raised blood pressure, sole made from nature’s unprocessed salt has been found to lower blood pressure in some people.
Chef Cynthia Louise’s Sole Recipe
What you’ll need:
- A glass jar such as wide-mouth mason jar or glass salad bowl
- A plastic or non-metal lid
- 1-2 cups Celtic Sea Salt
- Filtered water (not tap water)
- Fill the jar about ¼ of the way with Celtic Sea Salt.
- Add filtered water to fill the jar, leaving about an inch at the top.
- Fasten the plastic lid and shake jar gently. If you are using a bowl, stir it with a wooden spoon.
- Leave on the counter overnight to let the salt dissolve.
- The next day, if there is still some salt at 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 (yes more!) and continue doing so each day until some remains. This means that the water is fully saturated with the salt.
Mix 1 tsp of the salt water sole into a glass of water and consume every morning on an empty stomach. Do not use a metal utensil to measure or touch the sole with any metal object.
Note: As with any health advice, consult a qualified practitioner before adding any new supplements to your diet, especially if pregnant, nursing or if you have a medical condition.