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Sole Water for Adrenals, Fatigue & Mood Boosting

Magic Morning Series: SOLÉ WATER

It’s so easy to feel busy in this day and age – so many folks where busy as a badge of honor, and we gogogo without stopping. I get it – we’ve all had those moments when it feels like the day is just slipping away from me, and I have 473 things left to do. I get being busy, I get having a lot to do, and one of the most important things I do to support myself to prevent that overwhelm story (which is, after all, just a story) is to have a morning ritual, that I hold as Sacred every morning, no matter where I am or what my day may hold. Having this simple, easy, quick-while-intentional morning routine helps me start my day off on the right foot – mentally, physically and spiritually. I’m going to be doing a little series on morning routine, so keep your eyes out for that.

Today, I want to introduce you to my little friend: SOLÉ WATER

Solé (pronounced Solay) water, is just plain ol’ water (filtered please!) that has had pure, unrefined sea salt fully absorbed into it.  The salt and water combo is left to sit for 24 hours, until all of the trace minerals from the salt are absorbed into the water. You are left with an elixir which is an important part of my Magic Morning Prescription.

You may be thinking, “Why bother doing that? I can just dump a little table salt into my glass of water if I’m looking to get minerals….”  But Solé water is more than just salt water. By using a high-quality, GOOD salt, one that is sourced from ancient sea beds and is full of trace minerals, you get calcium, magnesium, iodine and so many more important nutrients in their purest form.

Our adrenal glands need minerals for optimal function, and when we’re stressed out, we need to replenish the minerals our bodies burn up. Ever felt light headed if you stand up too fast? Feeling depleted, low energy, foggy or just not on your game? Adding in more minerals is a great place to start, and solé water is a quick, easy, affordable, absorbable way to do it.

But isn’t Salt The Devil Incarnate?!

You may have heard that salt is bad for you. When we take anything and extract it so far from how nature intended, there are likely to be consequences. Table salt is 99% Sodium Chloride, which is heated to over 1200ºFahrenheit to remove the naturally occurring impurities. The bummer is that this heating also removes most of the naturally occurring goodness – the minerals we desire and need from our salt. The result is Sodium Chloride, unbuffered by the other minerals nature put into salt originally. Anti-caking chemicals, fluoride, dextrose (a kind of sugar), MSG, and even aluminum (which we know to be linked with several kinds of cancer (CITATION HERE) are added to the salt-like chemical slurry. Finally, the salt is bleached before it’s sent to the shelves, which is just bananas to me. I don’t want to be eating any of those chemicals – do you?

In short: real, mineral-rich sea salt doesn’t raise blood pressure for most humans. Some humans are salt-sensitive, meaning that even mineral rich salt in its unprocessed form can spike their blood pressure… but that’s not most of us. If you know you’re truly salt-sensitive, and hypertension or high blood pressure is an issue for you, skip the solé.

The Salt You Use Matters

We make our sole water with high-quality sea salt, which has been used for thousands of years to help with a variety of ailments, including loweringblood pressure by providing minerals the body needs.

Solé water has been shown to be beneficial for a variety of conditions as it can increase your energy, improve your digestion and support your body’s natural detoxification processes.

My favorite brands of pure, unrefined salt include Celtic Sea Salt, Redmond Real Salt, Mitica’s Mediterranean salts, and a good quality pink Himalayan salt that you would get at a health food store (and not at a chain store or discount store – there’s no telling what you’re getting there…)

The How To:

To make Solé water, start with a glass jar with a non-metal lid

  1. Fill the jar about 1/4 of the way with your choice of salt.
  2. Add filtered water to fill the jar, leaving about an inch at the top.
  3. Put on the lid and shake the jar gently.
  4. Leave on the counter overnight to allow the salt to saturate the water.
  5. To reap the benefits of Sole, mix 1 tsp of the Sole into a glass of water every morning and drink it on an empty stomach. Some folks up their dose to 2-3 tsps, but start low and go slow with this – too much salty water in the morning can give you looser stools

That’s it!  So quick, so easy, so nourishing.

If you see some salt on the bottom of the jar the next day, that just means that the water has absorbed all of salt it can possibly absorb and the Sole is ready to use. Also note that Solé water doesn’t love metal, so use a wooden spoon to stir your water, and measure the solé with a ceramic or wooden measuring spoon if you can – if you only have metal and your brain is spinning with the story “I can’t do this! I only have a metal spoon!” then fuhgetaboutit, and use what you’re got – don’t let Perfect be the enemy of Just Darn Great.

If you DON’T see any salt on the bottom of the jar the next day that means all of the salt was absorbed. Add more salt and continue doing so each day until some remains after you let it sit overnight. When you wake up and check on your Solé and find a wee layer of salt there, then you’ll know it’s ready — the water is fully saturated with the salt.  The completed and lovely Solé can be kept at room temperature indefinitely.  Add more water and salt as needed.

Brains love to avoid new things

Now comes the most important part, the part your brain might try to avoid, which is building the small habit of drinking some Solé in your water every morning.

I hold my morning ritual as sacred – something I do, to the best of my human ability, every single day, regardless of whatever else is going on. This can “feel challenging” some mornings, and when it does, I coach myself through it. “Challenging” isn’t a feeling – it’s a Thought. And when I recognize that I’m having the thought that a situation is challenging, I can realize that I’m creating the feeling that something is hard for me. I’m a champ at doing hard things, and you are too.

Adding a splash of salty water to a cup of water in the morning doesn’t need to get lumped into the story about things that are hard, challenging or stressful. Instead, you can choose the story that you are doing a new thing that is good for your body, your adrenal glands, your mood, and that you’re dehydrated from not drinking water overnight anyway, so why not enjoy a little shot of diluted Solé, and do your cells some good.

Hope you enjoy your morning Solé water as much as I do!

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Victoria Albina

Victoria Albina, NP, MPH is a licensed and board certified Family Nurse Practitioner, herbalist and life coach, with 20 years experience in health and wellness. She trained at the University of California, San Francisco, and holds a Masters in Public Health from Boston University and a bachelors from Oberlin College. She comes to this work having been a patient herself, and having healed from a lifetime of IBS, GERD, SIBO, fatigue, depression and anxiety.

She is passionate about her work, and loves supporting patients in a truly holistic way - body, mind, heart and spirit. A native of Mar del Plata, Argentina, she grew up in the great state of Rhode Island, and lives in NYC with her partner. A brown dog named Frankie Bacon has her heart, and she lives for steak and a good dark chocolate.

27 Comments

  1. Grace on July 1, 2019 at 9:13 am

    You mention wooden spoon- what about plastic spoon for stirring and plastic measuring spoon? Is that ok?
    I don’t use wooden bc of building bacteria.

    • Victoria Albina on July 10, 2019 at 2:06 pm

      Hi Grace! I use a wooden spoon and just make sure to wash it well with hot, soapy water and have never had a problem. You can use plastic, and just stirring the salt would be a minor exposure to plastic… but why have ANY exposure to plastic is my thinking! 😉

  2. Jeromy O'rien on November 18, 2019 at 5:44 pm

    Why does the wtaer need to be saturatedm, do you not get beenfits from drinking rightaway?

    • Victoria Albina on November 19, 2019 at 8:22 am

      Hi Jeromy, I suppose you could drink it right away, but I recommend waiting for it to saturate for optimal benefits!

      Best!

      • Reason A Ali on March 16, 2020 at 8:36 am

        Hello! Great article.
        How long does it keep? And do I leave it on the counter or in the fridge?

        Thanks!

        • Victoria Albina on March 16, 2020 at 8:38 pm

          Hi! So glad you enjoyed the article. It’s salt and water, and will keep indefinitely, though obviously if it has a funky or bad smell, better to pour it out. I make it in small 1 L batches and go through it pretty quickly. I leave mine on the counter

          Best!

          Victoria

      • MILUNKA RADICEVIC on May 6, 2020 at 3:30 pm

        Where do you buy your celtic sea salt and which brand please

        • Victoria Albina on May 10, 2020 at 11:00 am

          Hi! The brand is Celtic Sea Salt, and your local independent food cooperative or other independently owned food store/grocery should have it.

          You can also buy it right from the company: https://www.celticseasalt.com/

          As always, I encourage us NOT to shop from the big online or big box stores, but rather, to support real people who are not billionaires 🙂

          Be well!

          Victoria

  3. nate leal on December 15, 2019 at 8:02 pm

    thousands of article online say the same thing about sole. but none of them answer the question of whether or not to drink it more often than once a day.

    • Victoria Albina on December 17, 2019 at 10:53 am

      Hi Nate – No one other than you knows what is right for you. If your body feels better when you have sole water multiple times a day, then that’s the right thing for you. My body likes one serving every morning, and that’s all that I need. This is where bio-individuality comes in – you get to learn to listen to your intuition and your body and to decide what’s right for YOU.

      Best! – Victoria

    • Kirsten Mia on January 10, 2020 at 9:02 am

      I have a friend who also uses it as seasoning for soups and foods during the day. So, unless you are having symptoms showing you are getting too much, you probably aren’t. -K

      • Victoria Albina on January 10, 2020 at 2:58 pm

        Seconding Kirsten! 😉

      • Michaele on June 27, 2020 at 1:44 pm

        I have heart and kidney failure and try to avoid salt. Would this still be good for me? I am an exhausted caregiver.

        • Victoria Albina on June 30, 2020 at 8:20 am

          Hi Michaela,

          Im sorry to hear you’re so exhausted and are dealing with those health concerns. I cannot ethically (or legally!) give individual medical advice on this site.

          Please consult your holistic healthcare provider on this one.

          xo

          Victoria

  4. Natalie on January 7, 2020 at 11:29 am

    Hi. I keep trying to download your podcast PDFs but I’m not getting the email. Is this feature still working?

    • Victoria Albina on January 7, 2020 at 12:10 pm

      Hi Natalie! I have a 2-part system enabled to prevent folks from getting signed up for my list without their consent. You need to go into your social, promotions or spam folders, find the confirmation email from me, and click to confirm your subscription. I went ahead and did it for you 😉

      Thanks for checking out the show, and I hope you enjoy the free PDF guide.

      – Victoria

  5. Evonne on January 23, 2020 at 4:40 pm

    This is the most information packed article I have read so far – thanks for all the great information, and presented in such a positive manor!

    • Victoria Albina on January 24, 2020 at 9:30 am

      Hi Evonne, I’m so glad you found it helpful!

      – Victoria

  6. Lindsey on January 31, 2020 at 2:12 pm

    Hi! How big is your jar? I am trying to figure out how to make this in my home.

    Also, do you drink the sole straight? Or it is too strong and you use a little of it in regular water. I was told to do 1tsp in a glass of water and let us sit in the morning and drink it at night but it is WAY too salty for me to drink… I am very low on S and K but it is just hard for me to drink…

    • Kandace Phelps on May 3, 2020 at 1:01 am

      I am loving it in water with fresh squeezed lemon juice. Maybe try that?

      Bless you.

      • Victoria Albina on May 4, 2020 at 4:10 pm

        that works!

        V

  7. Marianne on February 27, 2020 at 6:49 pm

    I made my sole a couple months ago and forgot about it. Can I still use it or should I make a new one?

    • Victoria Albina on February 27, 2020 at 7:15 pm

      Hi Marianne,

      Gosh, I can’t comment for sure since I can’t see it or smell it… but if it smells fine, it *should* be okay – I’ve abandoned a jar here and there and it’s been totally fine 🙂

      best!

      Victoria

  8. Susan on May 13, 2020 at 10:24 am

    Thank you for the great information! I suffer from dehydration especially during the hot Georgia months which is usually May through October, November and even December. I have been using coconut water for hydration but it gets costly. I think Sole water will work much better for me!

    • Victoria Albina on May 13, 2020 at 3:26 pm

      Hi Susan – So glad this was helpful!!

      Be well, Victoria

  9. Sadie on May 13, 2020 at 1:29 pm

    Thank you for this article! A couple of questions… What kind of lid for the jar? Is a metal lid like the ones used for Mason jars OK? Do you shake it before you add some to your water each morning or do you just pull it directly from the top without disturbing the Salt on the bottom?

    • Victoria Albina on May 13, 2020 at 3:27 pm

      Hi Sadie,

      You can use whatever lid works for the container you’re using. I don’t shake it, I just slowly pour it or dip a very clean tablespoon in.

      Be well! Victoria

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