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
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  • 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.

    • Lynn Peters

      Yeah it is, I mean I am 49 years old and do not have any make-up on except for some eye brow grooming stuff. I take sole and have taken sole for the last decade. It works. You don’t have to believe it. I see it and feel it on a daily basis. <3

      • Nina

        Lynn, do you take it with spring water? Or can any filter water be fine?

  • 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.”

    • zzzzz

      If you have links please post them. Googling your info, is leading me nowhere.

      • Lynn Peters

        The Internet is like a library, you can, believe it or not, do your own research – that way you know what you’re finding is the real thing. Man some people are very, very lazy.

        • zzzzz

          This very very lazy person is replying to your hardworking comment, with no actual content.

          • breakinbri

            Lmao..funny

  • 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

    • Woodzeebeck

      Hi Ellie,
      I’m afraid that this is nonsense. The metal won’t oxidise anything. I’ve also read that metal “de-ionises” the salt. I’m a chemist. It really does no such thing.
      There is a lot of “pseudo-science” on here.

      Woodzeebeck

  • Bryon Clemons

    will it remove alcohol metabolites ?

    • Lynn Peters

      Are they positively ionically charged? If yes then yes.

      • Woodzeebeck

        Hi Lynn, how does Pink Salt remove positively charged metabolites? Can it not also removed negatively charged ones too? Or neutrally charged ones?
        Thanks in advance
        Woodzeebeck

  • Lynn Peters

    With all due respect, who is going to pay for a published scientific study on something 250 million years old, so it can’t be patented? Please advise. Because that’s not how “science” works – science works by keeping the money machine chugging along.

  • Lynn Peters

    LOL because you know right? Well I’ve been supplementing with it for over a decade and it’s simply amazing; of course I also go in the sun a lot too and yeah, not many wrinkles for someone almost a half century old. Wow! Supplements and sun work, but don’t listen to the masses, they will say supplements don’t work and sun will age you.

    People would be wise to listen to those who are walking the walk instead of talking a lot.

    • Cheryl Ann

      Ive been taking it daily for about four months and notice I’m not nearly as bloated. I have a lot of trouble with that. I started using it because my specialist told me my pituitary gland was sleeping and so i heard the salt can help the adrenals and i feel so much better. I’m off all thyroid meds now . I also do an eye wash with it and it feels marvelous

      • Theresa

        Does it have any health benefits when used as a colonic?

        • Woodzeebeck

          Hi Theresa,
          As a general rule, if table salt works well at doing something then Himalayan Salt will work in EXACTLY the same way.
          Woodzeebeck

      • Woodzeebeck

        Hi Cheryl Ann,

        Im glad that you are feeling better.
        Do you think that it could have been the meds that your doctor gave you that cured you, the pink salt or a combination of the two?

  • Lynn Peters

    They have nothing but to insult people. No doubt hired by the poor health promoters. We know what we know. It works awesome.

    • Theresa

      That is rude. If Himalayan pink can make me a prettier woman, I’m not going to let someone like you put me off. I’m trying it.

  • Jack Pyf Leach

    I think this article has lead away from the true benefits. Yes pink salt is probably the best form you will find a high sodium source from. However the benefits of pink salt with lime/lemon water are down to its effect of our hormonal responses. Himalayan Salt nourishes the adrenals. The adrenals are responsible for the maojrity of hormones involved in energy level and stress management, such as adrenalin, noradrenalin and cortisol.
    Cortisol is the major stress hormone but at the same time cortisol is very important for your energy levels as you need cortisol to work, train and survive. The lemon/lime juice has a great effect on pH level. At night our pH drops, which is necessary, especially to optimise hepatic biostransformation. In the morning the Ph has to get more alkaline again, mainly to optimise energy production in the cells. So an optimal pH level, especially in the morning leads to more energy. So drinking a 1/4 tsp of himalayan pink salt with the juice of 1 lime in a glass of water is supposed to optimize your cortisol levels and balance your body’s pH, resulting in better sleep, improved digestion, and less body fat. There isn’t such research out there but it is based on the basics of our bodily functions. I myself have seen a big difference but remember not everything works for everybody but give it a try, even a placebo effect is often worth the trouble.

    • Jen

      It changed my life! I make sure that I cook with it of course but I use the Sole Solution EVERYDAY! It has basically given me my “cellular function” back…..

    • Woodzeebeck

      Hi Jack,
      I don’t believe that anybody wants to have a high sodium diet, where ever the sodium may be coming from.
      As for lime/lemon juice, this would LOWER the pH in your blood, not raise it. But in any case, buffers (blood proteins) in your blood mean that this citric acid has not effect what so ever.

  • Jen

    Well….there may not be “scientific” proof…but it changed my life!!!!!!!!!

    • Sonia

      In what way, Jen. I am really interested.

  • Theresa

    Different cultures have different health hacks. I’ve not tried unfiltered cider vinegar, but will look into that. While living in Kazakhstan we used to start our days with unfiltered Yak’s Urine, which was good if you were prepared to give it a chance

  • Holbrook

    Which is the best brand of protein shake and or what should I aim for in the contents?

  • EPISODE

    I can think for myself, so I’ll see if it works or not.

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