FB_IMG_1465996751358With the recent heat wave people are concerned about water and hydration. Signs of dehydration include confusion, problems with walking or falling, dizziness or headaches, dry or sticky mouth and tongue, sunken eyes, inability to sweat or produce tears, rapid heart rate, low blood pressure that drops when changing from lying to standing, constipation or dark and decreased urine output.

The effects of dehydration can be scary and life-threatening. (My mother suffered a stroke after becoming dehydrated while on fluid restriction for a medical test).   On the other hand, prevention is particularly easy and inexpensive.

Drinking enough water is of course the first step; however it is not the only solution. Water intake should be instinctual yet we seem to be the only species so unaware of our bodies that we can create serious circumstances by either under or over drinking water. As with everything we need a balance of water for optimal function both outside and inside the cell. Drinking too much plain water dilutes the extracellular (outside the cell) fluid which creates a stress response and the release of adrenaline.

The best way to hydrate the inside of the cell is to eat foods high in water content — raw vegetables and fruits (watermelon, cucumbers, celery, apples…). Isn’t it interesting that nature provides us with loads of vegetables and fruits during the heat of summer when we most need to hydrate?

In addition, vegetables and fruits are mineral rich. What do minerals have to do with it?   Most gardeners know that plants need a balance of minerals in the soil to grow and thrive. It’s no different with humans. Go figure.

Linus Pauling, the great proponent of Vitamin C and two time Nobel Prize winner said “you can trace every sickness, every disease, and every ailment to a mineral deficiency.” They are foundational to your health and without them no system in the body works as it should. Vitamins simply do not get absorbed and amino acids (proteins) and enzymes will not work without minerals.

This brings us to the fastest, easiest and most effective way to prevent dehydration and to improve your health at the same time: Put Sea Salt in your water. Different than white table salt, this gray, moist, natural salt contains over 80 trace minerals. It is well absorbed and utilized by the body for many wonderful things besides hydration, such as improve bone and skin health, calm the nervous system so you sleep better, improve digestion, and help the body’s detoxification processes.

Recipe for Sole Water (pronounced So-lay and means Sun):

  1. Fill 1/3rd of a mason jar with unrefined natural sea salt.
  2. Add filtered water, leaving 2 inches at the top.
  3. Cover the solution with a plastic (not metal) storage cap.
  4. Shake and let it sit for 24 hours.
  5. Check in 24 hours to see if all salt crystals are dissolved, and add a little more salt.
  6. When the salt no longer dissolves, the recipe is ready.
  7. Store covered on counter or in cupboard. The antibacterial and antifungal properties will help make it last indefinitely.

How and when to take it:

Add ½ teaspoon of the Sole water to an 8-oz. glass of filtered water (this can be warm water) each morning, before breakfast  Dilute or add to your own taste and trust what your body tells you. The dilution may change with each day.

Impatient with recipes, I simply add a pinch or two of sea salt in my drinking water throughout the day.  How can it get any easier than that? My clients also tell me they feel better and like the taste better than plain water.

People who have high blood pressure should of course check first with their doctor and eat plenty of potassium rich foods (those vegetables again). But the majority can tolerate this kind of mineral salt solution very easily.

If you do decide to apply this simple daily drink in your life (I especially like its name), it might be fun for you to watch for these added benefits over time: improved energy, reduced blood sugar and blood pressure, reduced muscle cramps, healthier veins and weight loss.

For more info, questions or to let me know how this works out for you, please feel free to contact me.

signature_w_heartCathy Lidster, Health Educator, offers free nutrition classes monthly. She can be reached at Centennial Building Wellness Centre, 250-819-9041,, or

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  1. Thanks Cathy — very relevant article! I got very dehydrated – resulting in a bad headache 2 days ago. After reading your great article, I realize that I have also been waking up with leg cramps. I have begun adding several drops of “ConcenTrace” (ionic mineral and trace element supplement, plus magnesium) and no more cramps (and hopefully headaches!). Just drinking water does not seem to be enough when I losing so much water sweating in the heat!


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