It’s a new year (happy 2019!), so what better time to think about detoxing and developing new healthy living habits? It’s always fun to incorporate a new ritual into your routine, especially one that can improve sleep, digestion, circulation, skin appearance, and enhance your mineral intake and overall hydration. And you can drink it, so even better. What is this miracle detox drink? It is a salt water sole (pronounced so-lay).

What is a Salt Water Sole?

A sole is essentially a salt water solution. It is salt dissolved into water over a 24-hour period. You then add a bit of the sole to your regular glass of water and reap the benefits. But not just any regular salt—you want to use pink Himalayan sea salt (or Celtic grey) for their rich mineral properties. The sole makes it easy to consume and absorb the electrolytes and minerals in the salt.

Why Himalayan Sea Salt?

Himalayan sea salt is naturally harvested and contains potassium, magnesium, and calcium, as well as up to 80 other minerals and trace elements. The sodium composition of Himalayan sea salt is 98% sodium chloride. Potassium, an electrolyte, helps regulate blood pressure, water balance, digestion, and pH balance. Magnesium plays an important role in bone health, insulin sensitivity, and may also help fight anxiety and depression. It is a vital macromineral and helps during enzymatic reactions in the body (like energy creation, gene maintenance, and protein formation), but many of us have low magnesium levels. Calcium is known to be necessary for strong bones and teeth but the heart, nerves, and even our blood also need calcium for healthy functioning.

How to Make and Drink a Sole

It’s very easy to make this beneficial, delicious detox drink. You will need:

  • A 1-quart Mason jar with a plastic cap (or other non-metal, non-reactive cap, so as not to de-iodize the salt)
  • Pink Himalayan sea salt
  • A wooden (or other non-metal) spoon
  • Filtered water

Fill about 1/3 of the jar with the sea salt. Fill the rest of the jar with water, leaving room at the top. Stir, then cover, shake well, and let sit for 24 hours. After 24 hours, check on your sole. If there are still salt crystals at the bottom of the jar, it is ready. If all the crystals have dissolved, add more salt, and check in another two or three hours. The goal is to have the water saturated with the salt so all the minerals are easy to absorb. The sole will last for a few weeks if tightly covered and stored in a cool, dark place.

To drink, start by adding a ½ teaspoon of the sole to your water glass. If your water tastes like seawater, you have added the right amount. You may need to add more or less sole, depending on your taste preference. Drink first thing in the morning to start your day off right!

Let us know if you’ve tried a salt water sole.

Lia is a makeup addict in Washington, D.C. When not at her digital marketing day job, she explores all things beauty and works as personal makeup shopper. She enjoys a strong latte in the mornings and a strong cocktail in the evenings.