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WHY TO SALT YOUR WATER: Salt is required by our bodies for optimum health. While we can add it to our food, should we also be adding it to our water? After exercise and during hot weather, the answer is, Yes.
Why to salt your water: A balance of electrolytes
Called Hyponatremia, the Weston A. Price Foundation informs us,
Studies have confirmed the importance of a balance of electrolytes: sodium, calcium, potassium and magnesium. When the body loses electrolytes in perspiration or when suffering diarrhea, serious consequences ensue. Likewise, when we drink only water after exercise, the usual electrolyte balance is not restored and “water intoxication” or hyponatremia occurs…If you are thirsty for water—plain or sparkling—be sure to add a pinch of salt to it. Otherwise the body simply gets rid of the water as fast as possible so as not to further dilute low salt levels. If you are using unrefined salt, you will be taking in small amounts of magnesium, and even calcium and potassium, as well.
Interestingly enough, soft drinks, while being an unhealthy mix of ingredients, do provide sodium. This one quality makes them beneficial to rehydrate the body after a sweaty workout. But we needn’t consume the rest of soda’s negative ingredients to get the one thing we’re after!
Easy solutions for salting your water
- I carry sea salt in my purse for whenever I need it. Small tins are perfect for using at restaurants or in waiting rooms when you’re thirsty but don’t have your water bottle handy. (Simply sprinkle sea salt from the tin into your cup of water, and stir.)
- This 4-pack of Redmond Real Salt is also a good option that will even fit in a pocket.
- Make homemade electrolyte drinks, and bring them with you in a water bottle. (See recipes below.)
- This DIY Electrolyte Powder is excellent. Often as we’re headed out the door to my son’s soccer or basketball practice we put a scant teaspoon into his water bottle (and give it a shake to dissolve).
DIY Electrolyte Beverages
Fermented beverages provide sodium. Lacto-fermented sodas and beet kvass are great examples of good ways to hydrate. We often make an electrolyte beverage for my daughter who dances: It’s just filtered water, Celtic sea salt, fresh minced ginger and apple cider vinegar — easy and helpful.
Here’s the link to my Beet Kvass recipe.
And here are a few other favorites:
If you haven’t made switchel before, it’s SO easy and fast. Switchel is the perfect hydrating beverage for summer time or after physical exertion.
Here’s our general Electrolyte Drink recipe:
- Place the following ingredients into a water bottle:
- Put the lid on and shake it vigorously to dissolve the honey.
- Add the following optional ingredients, as desired:
- 2 to 3 teaspoons grated fresh ginger
- 1 Tablespoon basil seeds (My son loves this version.)
- 1/8 tsp. cayenne (I like it this way; but it’s too spicy for most kids.)
Or, enjoy this Basil Seed Electrolyte Drink.
We no longer use liquid minerals as a source of sodium, as we once did. The reason is: They contain minerals our bodies don’t need more of, that we get enough of from our food, minerals like boron. So instead, we supplement individually with just the minerals we need.
Sea salt and potassium chloride are the most important in water.