Sole (pronounced so-lay) is a medicinal salt and water solution with a 26% salt saturation. Sole is created via the continual adding of salt to water, until the water is completely saturated and the salt no longer dissolves. The term Sole comes from the Latin word “sol” which means sun.
A similar reaction happens with salt lamps that are used around the home, here, the moisture is drawn towards the lamp due to the heat that is created when the light is switched on. On the surface of the lamp a chemical reaction takes place between the salt and the water resulting in a negative ion, this ion then searches the atmosphere for positive ions and removes them from the atmosphere.
As we continue to look at the health benefits of salt we realise that not all salts are created equally. Historically, salt has received negative comments for its purported contribution to disease, however here we are discussing sea salt, of high quality, harvested with traditional Celtic methods not the standard table salt that most are familiar with.
| Table Salt
100% chemically synthesised sodium chloride. Regular table salt is approximately 97% sodium chloride and 3% excipients such as iodide, moisture absorbers and anti caking agents. It is dried at extreme temperatures and is notoriously unstable in the body, as well as being the contributing factor to many health problems. It is essential therefore for this not to be used as part of a medicinal salt solution.
The difference with macrobiotic sea salt, is that it is packed full of useful nutrients and trace minerals such as magnesium; magnesium is required by the body as a cofactor to aid in over 300 biochemical reactions such as neurotransmitter catalysation, muscle contraction and relaxation and is a cofactor and stimulator of many enzymes in energy producing pathways; to name a few. Silver, a natural antibiotic and disinfectant, boron, essential for bone mineralisation and growth, manganese, useful in the treatment of allergies arthritis and cartilage damage. Sodium, along with many other minerals and trace minerals plays a critical role in the optimal functioning of the body.
According to Dr. Linus Pauling, a two-time Nobel Prize winner, "You can trace every sickness, every disease, and every ailment to a mineral deficiency."
Macrobiotic Sea Salt is perfect for making your Sole solution, because not only is it rich in sodium it has many other trace minerals that are often lacking from the modern diet of today. There are several benefits of consuming a Sole solution:
Place 185 grams of salt into a glass jar, add pure spring or filtered water and close the lid.Note: It is important to avoid using metal wherever possible when making and using sole as the metal can di-ionise the salt solution. Additiaonally refrain from using non BPA plastic to avoid the leaching of chemicals into the solution.
DilutionDilution normally happens within eight hours, so preferably the mixture can be left to sit on the bench over night. In the morning, iIf there are salt crystals remaining, then the mixture is saturated with salt and ready for consumption. If all the salt is dissolved then more salt needs to be added and the dilution process continued. The process of infusion is important here, ensuring that we are taking a medicinal solution rather than just salt in water. The solution when made correctly:
5 - 10mls (1 tsp) daily in a small amount of warm water upon rising is a sufficient dose.Beginners - take in moderation: For some people this salt solution can be irritating to the lining of the digestive tract and cause an expulsion of the stool. If this happens decrease the dose or dilute it further before consuming. Additionally, nausea may be felt in some rare cases. If this occurs follow the above advice or consume close to food.
Osiecki, H, The Nutrient Bible, 8th Edition, Bio Concepts Publishing.
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