So remember when I went in for a massage a few weeks back, and came out with a recipe for Himalayan Salt Sole? Well, I’m on the third or fourth week of drinking a bit every day, and let me tell you, this is a magical elixir.
First off, let me give you a recap of what Himalayan Salt Sole (or salt brine, as it’s also called) is.
Note: I’m not an expert on this, but I play one in my blog. I have received most of my information from several different websites, particularly this one, and from personal experience.
To make the sole (pronounced so-lay), you take a jar of water and add 3-4 Himalayan Salt Crystals to the bottom and let it sit overnight. If there are still crystals the next day, it’s ready. It means that the water has become so saturated with salt, the crystals are unable to dissolve any further – there just isn’t enough room in the water. However, if the crystals are all dissolved, add another crystal or two and wait till the next day.
In a Cliff Notes version of what Sole is, it’s basically liquid sunlight, or as we know it, a pure form of electrolytes. Consuming the sole creates energetic vibrations throughout the body that last a full 24 hours. A more detailed (and slightly new-agey) description can be found here.
More than drinking sole, you can breathe it in through steam, bathe in it, rinse your eyes, and many other uses for it. But I had very specific reasons for needing to drink the sole. I suffer from what doctors like to blanket as IBS. Basically, the #2 function just doesn’t work like it should. But when it does, hooboy. I can go 3-4 days without a movement, and then I’ll be praying to God from the porcelain throne until the pain has subsided and my insides are turned inside-out.
I’d say more, but I wouldn’t want to give you TMI.
Basically, I just needed to be regular in all senses of the word. And I preferred to do it naturally.
Next, I was constantly dehydrated. I tried to drink enough water, and I know I failed. But still, water seemed to just go through me without actually curing my thirst.
I began taking one teaspoon of sole in a glass of water every single morning before I even had my first sip of coffee. And then I waited 30 minutes till eating anything. The first day, it took only 45 minutes before my stomach started gurgling and I was running to the bathroom. Worse, I was at work. Worse still, this went on for multiple episodes for a full hour or so as I ran back and forth. And it felt horrible!
However, I was determined to give this a fair shot. So the next day, I timidly did it again. My stomach rumbled at me a little, but everything managed to remain calm. But on the third day, pain and misery again.
But that was the last of it.
Ever since then, things have slowly been returning to normal. The past week I have been regular almost every day of the week. And I have not suffered a painful episode since.
And there’s more.
Call me crazy, but I actually feel this burst of energy radiating from the middle of my chest about an hour or two after I drink the sole. It gives me this feeling of being light and happy, and just having the stamina to move around when I had lacked energy before. It’s not as prominent now that I’ve been drinking the sole daily for weeks now, and I suspect that’s because I’m used to it. But I do notice I’m run down in the morning when the sole has worn off, and liven up not long after I drink the sole.
Second, I am definitely more hydrated. I am now encouraging this hydration by making sure I drink at least 4 glasses of water along with the sole a day. Slowly I’ll build up to 8.
Third, I have noticed I have less desire to cheat with food. Sure, the impulse is still there. But it’s easier to fight through it. I think it’s because I’m more hydrated. I’ve heard that many times when you want to snack compulsively, your body is really crying out for water. All I know is that it’s been a week since Easter, I can legally eat chocolate, and I don’t feel that major calling to indulge. This goes for all unclean foods, and I’m not as hungry as I used to be.
At any rate, I’m totally a believer in this solution. I’ve even been using the sole in my nasal rinses, and it works just as well as the packets of salt I usually use.
– I noticed that the sole was hard to drink on an empty stomach when I added it to cold water. I began adding it to warm water, and can drink it easily.
– Metal should NEVER touch the sole solution. That means metal spoons, and metal lids. Use a plastic cap or cork on the jar, or go like me and put saran wrap in between the cap and the jar. The reason is that for some reason, the sole reacts negatively to metal and will not be as effective.
– Table salt, Sea Salt, or other kinds of salt will not create the same benefits of Himalayan Salt Crystals.
– It’s recommended you give up coffee since it works against the health benefits for your intestines. At the very least, try to drink coffee closer to the afternoon to give the sole a chance to work its magic.
– Read up more on Salt Sole at himalayancrystalsalt.com or through books like Water & Salt, and always consult your doctor.
Can I take the salt brine on an empty stomach at bedtime as It is hard for me not to have one cup of coffee at breakfast.I do not drink anymore coffee during the day and have had tea so now I see I need to drink herbal tea instead of green or black???
I’m sure it’s fine. I even went ahead and had it after my coffee in the morning. Optimal time is in morning before any food, of course, but it won’t hurt at other times.
I have always done this in the morning on an empty stomach and waited at least 15 min. before I eat or drink anything but when I read recently not to drink coffee or green tea I was very surprised as I have been drinking both since I started the sole brine about 6 months ago.I did try it at night but I woke up frequently to go to the bathroom and it seemed to act as a means in promoting urinating all night so I still want to take it in the morning.So why does some of the information tell you not to drink coffee or tea and other sites do not say anything about that?
It has made such a difference in my digestive system and helped my edema as I stand all day.I am also drinking energized water all day with my green tea.
Terri, I would like to know the answer too. I know that there is medical proof that a couple cups of preferably organic coffee is good for you…..I also know that there is lots of health benefits to drinking green tea (organic)…I just started my first day of sole. I am hoping that this is one more healthy thing that I have added to the healthy life style I am trying to live. let me know if you find out. thanks