Drinking warm salt water every morning might sound like a strange idea, but the benefits are many.
Too much salt can be bad for your body and can lead to strokes, fluid retention, osteoporosis and even stomach cancer. These problems come from studies of people who use too much over-processed and refined salt that has been stripped of its beneficial properties.
Too little salt can also cause health problems for us as well. Too little salt can cause “spasms, irregular heart rhythms, sudden death and even increase the risk of heart attack in hypertensive patients.” The average American consumes about 2-3 teaspoons of salt per day, which is almost double the FDA’s recommended daily amount.
In a study of the effects of water lost by workers who are in hot conditions, researchers found that “in order to obtain the best performance, water must be given in amounts equal to the volume of sweat lost.” Being thirsty did not occur until water loss from sweating had been too much for immediate replacement of fluids lost.
When workers replenished their fluids, after a day’s work, it was not enough to make up for the sweat loss. “The amount of water drunk in the day, during the period of working and sweating, is usually about two-thirds of the amount of sweat lost.” Researchers said that the remainder of fluids lost could be made up in food intake.
Salt has gotten a bad rap, but as we know from our article on the great things that happen from eating Himalayan salt, natural, unrefined, raw Earth salt provides so many important health benefits.
Unrefined seas salt has more than 80 different rare trace minerals in it, which gives us our daily intake requirement of these elements when we consume the salt.
Drinking warm salt water also helps our hydration process. We are better able to absorb and use the water that we drink when it contains a slight saltiness. The salt in the water stimulates our salivary glands to produce saliva, which will also aid our digestion of food later in the morning.
Here’s Why You Should Drink Warm Salt Water Every Morning
The Sole warm salt water drink trend
Sole (pronounced so-lay, like Ol‚) is the name for a warm salt water drink that you can make at home for your morning beverage. This salt water drink is made by saturating water with salt to create a highly concentrated, but dissolved salt water mixture.
You do not drink the saturated sole salt water, but you can use some of the pre-dissolved salt water mixture in a glass of water. Rather than following the recipe below. Please consult with your medical practitioner prior to drinking warm salt water or sole in the morning as some health concerns, like hypertension, might be worsened by drinking it.
Keep metal utensils, bowls and jar lids out of the process of making sole, because they can affect the ionization of the salt water, which s part of its benefit. You can use a Himalayan salt, Celtic salt, real salt or sea salt for this as long as it is not refined.
In a mason jar with a plastic, not metal lid, place 1-2 cups of salt and fill with water, Replace the lid and shake for a minute. Leave the jar on the counter overnight. Most of the salt will dissolve into the water. In the morning, if the salt water mixture still has salt at the bottom of the jar, that means that the water has absorbed as much salt as it can take.
Warm some good quality drinking water and add one teaspoon only of the sole water to your drinking water. The recommended ratio is 1 teaspoon per 16 oz of water. Do not exceed this amount unless directed by a yogic master or physician that it is safe to do so.
Yogic practice of morning cleanse with warm salt water drink
Please consult with your medical practitioner prior to drinking warm salt water. Make sure that you have access to a restroom before drinking this warm salt water recipe since it will likely bring on a bowel movement.
Many have heard of the practice of cleansing or ‘doing a cleanse.’ In yoga, regular advanced practitioners use what is called Shankhaprakshalana (also known as shuddhi kriyas), which is the process of cleaning the intestinal tract by removing the digestive impurities with salty water.
Warm salt water recipe:
* 16oz of still warm water should be used, heated to your preference like you would for hot tea.
* 1 teaspoon of salt
* juice of half of one lemon
Start drinking warm salt water early in the morning between 6:00 and 7:00am. Drink one 16oz glass of the warm salt water quickly. In a study of this yogic cleansing processes, warm salt water was found to help in the removal of infective secretions.
Yoga therapist Ananda Seva also writes in a review of how obesity is helped by yoga that the drinking of warm salt water ‘Will relieve a clogged up and devitalized digestive system, overtaxed bowels, [and] depleted liver and pancreas. As a result, long forgotten mental and physical lightness; increased vital energy and clarity of mind are again experienced.’