Why you should be drinking salt water on the blog today!

Until recently, I was under the impression that salt was something to be avoided as much as possible. I filed it under the same category as sugar, trans fats, and prolonged exposure to UV rays. In a word: bad. But while white table salt gets a bad wrap for a reason, I was surprised to learn that natural unrefined salts, like Himalayan pink salt, have a much different mineral composition.

Himalayan pink salt is packed with over 84 trace minerals and elements that make it incredibly nourishing for your body. Pink salt has numerous benefits from helping the body detoxify to boosting energy to improving digestion to promoting healthy hair, skin, and nails.

So how do you use it? Of course you can use pink salt in any dish you would use regular salt in, but it goes beyond that too. To get a boost of caffeine-free energy, you can add a pinch of pink salt to your morning lemon water or smoothie each day (this Dark Chocolate Salty Maca Crunch smoothie is a favorite of mine). To experience the full benefits of Himalayan pink salt, you can also make salt water sole (pronounced so-lay), which is water that has been fully saturated with natural salt to the point where it won’t absorb anymore. This is the form of the salt that is easiest for the body to absorb.

According to holistic nutritionist Kelly LeVeque, pink salt water makes a great sports drink: When we sweat and workout we lose minerals (or electrolytes), and sole is a great way to add them back in the body with water. Himalayan Pink Salt is packed with over 84 trace minerals and elements, as opposed to table salt that is 97.5% sodium chloride. Excess sodium increases your risk of hypertension, osteoporosis, and kidney disease, whereas the diversity of elements in Himalayan pink salt is shown to create an electrolyte balance within your body, strengthen bones, lower blood pressure, and improve circulation. It also helps to protect the delicate balance of minerals in your cells, avoid excess water retention, and prevent premature aging. Every cell needs a balance of potassium and sodium.

The benefits of drinking pink salt water by LaurenConrad.com

Here is how to make and use your salt water sole:

  1. Fill a jar about ¼ of the way with pink salt.
  2. Add filtered water to the jar, leaving a bit of space at the top in case you need to add more salt later.
  3. Put a lid on the jar and shake gently. Leave it on the counter overnight to give the salt time to dissolve. The next day you should still see some salt at the bottom of the jar that can’t be absorbed by the water. This is how you know you have a true “sole” solution. (If you don’t see any salt at the bottom, simply add a couple teaspoons more and let it sit for another day.)
  4. To use your sole, add up to 1 tsp of the salt water to another glass of filtered water first thing each morning. Drink up!

Are you going to give Himalayan pink salt a try?

Let me know your favorite healthy habits in the comments.

xo Ilana
Team LC

Photos: Valorie Darling for Lauren Conrad.com
  • Nadine

    Due to today’s agricultural practices, most fruits and vegetables are devoid of almost all trace minerals and beneficial bacteria. Unfortunately, this also includes organic produce. Modern agriculture has sucked our Earth’s soil dry of its minerals and beneficial bacteria, leaving our bodies with deficiencies no matter how much produce we consume. So, yes, that last 3% of salt, that should have a full spectrum of minerals, is important to your bodily functions; our bodies are fine-tuned machines, the little details are equally important. A teaspoon of Himalayan Pink Salt water sole each morning wont hurt, and just could possibly help. Best way to find out is to experiment, try it yourself, your body will tell you what’s best for it as long as you listen. And, the internet is full of ADVICE to try-out, trial and error is the best way to discover your own truth. (PS; We are exposed to far more radiation every second of our day than what a few trace minerals could ever contain. And 90% of body/beauty care products available contain very harmful ingredients, but people still slather it on.. Choose your “poison”)

  • Celeste Beckmann LaMosse

    The article is beyond ridiculous.

  • Kelly

    If you look on nutrition facts on the bottle of pink sea salt there is only 24 % sodium not 97 %

  • opossumdreams

    “In a nine-week study undertaken in 2003 at the Inter-University of Graz, Austria examined the effects of Himalayan Crystal Salt on physical and psychological functions of the body. It is the only salt ever to have been the subject of comprehensive double-blind scientific research. The results of the study, presented in the book, Water & Salt – The Essence of Life by Dr. Barbara Hendel, M.D. and biophysicist Peter Ferreira, confirmed significant positive changes in respiratory, circulatory, organ, connective tissue and nervous system functions. Patients also reported increases in quality of sleep, energy and concentration levels, brain activity, weight loss, enhanced consciousness, and noticeable hair and nail growth.”

  • Charles Mounce

    It’s best to drink after a morning workout before you eat anything for the day. Then have a good sized breakfast but I recommend to give yourself about 30 minutes before you need to leave for the day.

  • Ellie

    You must make sure the cap on your jar is plastic: metal causes oxidation with salt