Here’s the skinny on salt. It’s gotten a bad wrap over the years but the thing is, salt is actually healthy, if you use the right kind. The average American consumes the unhealthy kind of salt, which is refined and stripped of all the minerals that actually make it healthy.
Pink Himalayan sea salt, which comes from the Himalayan Mountains, actually contains 84 trace minerals that are all needed by the body for optimal functioning! If you are still skeptical on salt, check out this link for more research articles from Harvard and more. There are other healthy salts too like Celtic sea salt, and black lava salt.
Who knew that salt could be so posh?
Here’s why you need to start adding more healthy salt into your life.
Instead of electrolyte drinks typically filled with sugar and food coloring, you can save money and get instant hydration from the natural electrolytes found in salt — chloride and sodium.
Most of us can use a little extra digestive support and salt is a simple and affordable way to effectively breakdown food. It actually activates enzymes that help digest protein and carbohydrates. It also helps stimulate hydrochloric acid which is a large part of the digestive process.
Salt is a wonderful addition to your diet and can actually support weight loss! Salt can boost your metabolism, help digestion (which also supports weight loss) and even curb your appetite. Of course, diet, exercise, and regular self-care practices to regulate your emotional state, such as meditation, are also important.
Salt is also naturally antifungal and antibacterial. I think you may agree that we could all use some immune boosting, antibacterial action, given the current state of our world.
Come join the salt train!
Here are 3 insanely simple tips for adding more (healthy) salt into your life.
Not only is a relaxing bath with candles and music incredibly good for the soul, it also is good for your health (if you add Himalayan or Celtic salt). Add baking soda as well (especially for the ladies) to prevent UTI’s and keep your PH levels balanced.
Here’s a salty blend to try:
- 1 cup Epsom salt (you’ll get a good dose of magnesium from this!)
- ½ cup Himalayan or Celtic salt
- 3 TBSP Baking Soda
- Essential Oil (of your choice)
- Dried flowers (optional)
Sole water (pronounced so-lay)
Now, onto this fancy drink called Sole. The Latin origin of the word sol, means sun, which of course we can not live without. Essentially, Sole water is a highly concentrated salt drink to get a high dose of the health benefits that healthy salt provides. Think of it as your morning vitamins!
To make it, grab a mason jar and mix in some Himalayan salt (about ¼ cup) with water (filled to the top of the cup). Let it soak overnight so that the salt is absorbed into the water (should be a little bit of salt left on the bottom of the jar) and voilà! Your salt magic is ready for consumption.
Add 1 tsp of your Sole mixture to a full glass of regular (non-salty) water and drink it first thing in the morning before having anything else. Repeat daily. Of course, with any health advice, please consult your doctor or qualified health practitioner.
Salt Body Scrub
Last but not least, if you don’t have time for a bath, why not exfoliate and detox your body with a quick salt scrub? You could make a DIY blend or buy one. Here’s a DIY recipe to try.
- 1.5 cups Himalayan salt
- 8 TBSP Oil of choice (grapeseed or almond oil work well)
- 15 drops of your favorite Essential Oil