Have you ever taken a drink of warm salt water in the morning? Unless you take a pre-breakfast swim in a saltwater pool and occasionally swallow an unwanted mouthful, chances are you haven’t.
And while we’re on the topic, have you ever heard of Sole water? If not, that’s okay — lots of people probably haven’t. But it’s time you learned about this amazing, 100-percent natural drink.
Sole water (pronounced so-lay), is not a miracle cure or hip new fad. Rather, it’s a life-supporting mixture of mineral-rich, unrefined salt and water. It supports the body’s natural ability to regulate and heal itself. The term Sole comes from the Latin sol, which means sun.
For years we have been told that salt can be detrimental to our health. The idea of actually drinking salt water may sound more than a touch counter-intuitive. However, a concentrated salt solution made with 100 percent natural salt is healthy and good for your body.
The average American consumes about 10 grams of salt per day, which is predominantly sodium chloride (refined salt) from processed foods. Historically, naturally mined salt played a huge part in the development of civilizations and trade. Salt was once one of the most sought-after commodities. Problems with salt consumption have only come into play with the use of refined table salt and its excessive addition to processed foods.
How refined table salt is made
Unlike unrefined sea salt, table salt has been stripped of its naturally-occurring minerals during processing. To produce your average bag or shaker, large salt producing companies mine poor quality rock salt from the earth, then dry it in large kilns. These kilns heat the salt to temperatures upwards of 1200 degrees Fahrenheit, changing the salt’s chemical structure into pure sodium chloride. This is very different from natural salt, which contains a wide range of trace minerals.
Following this intensive heat-treating process, the resulting salt is now chemically dead. To make the salt edible again, those companies must now add back in a whole host of additives (I know, it makes absolutely no sense, right?). These include fluoride, which we now know to be harmful to our health. The salt also contains synthetic iodine and multiple anti-caking agents.
These anti-caking agents are designed to make the salt more free-flowing (easier to pour), but do so at great cost to your health. Ferrocyanide and silica aluminate are two such additives. Ferrocyanides have been shown to be damaging to our kidneys. They tend to react with certain other common food additives to produce body-wide health problems.
The dangers of refined table salt
Aluminate consumption has been associated with the development of neurological disorders, particularly in the absence of selenium, which would otherwise help the body break it down. Heavy metals like aluminum bio-accumulate in the body, causing the development of further developmental and health disorders.
Not only are these harmful compounds added to table salt after heat treatment, this salt has now had all of its original natural minerals removed. These minerals are a critical part of balancing blood pressure during salt consumption. Meaning, eating table salt causes significant elevations in blood pressure.
High blood pressure, otherwise known as hypertension, can weaken the body’s blood vessels over time. This leads to the development of life-threatening health conditions and complications, including aneurysms, chronic kidney disease, heart attack, stroke, peripheral artery disease and eye damage. A study published in the Journal of Hypertension estimated that just a three-gram reduction in table salt per day could result in a 13 percent lower risk of stroke and a 10 percent lower risk of heart disease.
Finally, have you ever wondered how your table salt is always so pristinely white? That’s certainly not the way nature intended it. Unrefined sea salt or rock salt is never such a perfect shade of white. Table salt is colored white by those mischievous salt companies with the use of bleach. Yup, the same bleach you use to whiten your clothes or kill off stubborn mold or grime in the bathroom.
Yes, natural salt is good for you
The truth is, unrefined salt is actually good for you. It helps to balance blood sugar, keep bones strong, regulate metabolism, boost the immune system and more. Natural salt provides a number of nutrients and minerals in a form the body recognizes and knows how to use.
Naturally filtered salt water gets its vital grayish color from more than 80 trace minerals. Its slight moistness keeps the salt and minerals in a form that the body can utilize effectively.
What happens when natural salt is added to filtered water?
When combined, positive ions in the salt surround the negative ions of the water molecules and vice versa. This creates a new structure that has an electrical charge, which is easily absorbed by the body. Water is no longer water and salt is no longer salt.
Once ingested, the electrical charge in the solution works with the body to send electrical signals between cells and assist the kidneys in maintaining fluid balances.
Drinking a mixture of natural salt and water is nothing new; it has been used as a remedy around the globe for centuries. Both anecdotal and scientific evidence support its use for the following:
Yes, we are told to drink more water. While most people do need to drink more water, it is possible to drink too much. According to Matt Stone, author of Eat for Heat: A Metabolic Approach to Food and Drink, consuming too much plain water can actually cause the body to become over-diluted.
When this happens, it can put a tremendous strain on the body and slow metabolism. Cellular health is dependent on a particular concentration of minerals and electrolytes. When we drink large amounts of plain water, extracellular fluid becomes diluted, which creates a stress response and the release of adrenaline.
Stone says, “No other creature is so removed from its instinctual programming to the point of accidentally over drinking.” Consuming water with natural salt allows the body to absorb and use the water you are taking in.
Have you ever watered a plant when it is extremely dry? The water just runs out the bottom of the pot. Drinking water all the time is much the same — we just keep on peeing and drinking. A little natural salt and water slows this process down and allows all the goodness of the water to be absorbed and used.
Saltwater begins to activate salivary glands in the mouth, releasing amylase. This initial step in the digestive process is highly important. In the stomach, natural salt stimulates hydrochloric acid and a protein-digesting enzyme, both of which help to break down food.
The role of unrefined, natural salts in stimulating stomach acid cannot be downplayed. The stomach is designed to secrete hydrochloric acid, which kills pathogens such as harmful bacteria, fungi, and yeast. It also renders protein as more digestible. People with low stomach acid are therefore unable to digest these proteins, which can remain in the stomach and cause gas, bloating, and food allergies.
When undigested food begins to accumulate in an unhealthy stomach, heartburn, and reflux occur. This is because the food sits so long in the stomach that it begins to ferment (gross!). It then produces gases, introduces new strains of potentially harmful yeast into the digestive tract, and creates secondary acids that contribute to heartburn.
When people begin to suffer from these symptoms, their first step is often to reach for the antacids. But as this 2008 study shows, by increasing the stomach’s pH, antacids further interfere with the digestive capacity of the stomach. This leads to a further reduction in the digestion of proteins, increases food allergy potential and really just makes the situation a whole lot worse.
The wonder of warm salt water is that it helps to resolve this problem of poor digestion by supporting the stomach’s natural function, rather than impeding it. Just another reason why conventional “health” products often make situations far more complicated that they need to be!
Warm salt water also stimulates secretions in the intestinal tract and liver that help with digestion. Regular consumption of Sole can help with regularity and increase nutrient absorption, as well.
3. Reduced inflammation
The human body’s basic requirement for salt is 1.5 teaspoons or 8 grams per day. If we don’t consume this essential amount of sodium, the body shifts into a “crisis mode” called sodium-sparing so that it can maintain fluid balance and blood pressure. This crisis mode is a critical survival mechanism, but it also has negative consequences.
With low salt intake, an enzyme called renin and a hormone called aldosterone begin to rise rapidly. If this state is prolonged, higher renin and aldosterone levels lead to circulatory damage and increased inflammatory agents in the body.
Researchers have associated a prolonged lack of salt with an increased risk of chronic diseases, such as metabolic syndrome, cardiovascular disease and cognition loss.