Cleanse Your Colon with a Salt Water Flush
Most of you are probably familiar with a colon cleanse, even if you haven’t experienced one! Colonic irrigation or hydrotherapy is not the only method of detoxifying your digestive tract however. Performing a salt water flush is a safe
and inexpensive way of cleansing your colon and eliminating the accumulation of toxins in the body.
Drinking a mixture of real sea salt and water causes the body to push waste through the GI tract, release toxins and improve digestion. This method of stomach and colon cleansing has actually been used for many years and is thought to be a lot safer than some of the commercial colon-cleansing drugs like diuretic teas or laxatives.
Benefits of Performing a Salt Water Flush
Here are some of the many benefits that a salt water flush is thought to provide:
- Eases sore throats
- Cleans wounds
- Reduces pain from inflammation in the body
- Contracts muscles in digestive tract
- Provides trace minerals
- Forces out toxins & cleanses colon
- Clears fluid retention
- Balances hormones
- Balances electrolyte/mineral levels
- Facilitates metabolic processes
- Balances the body’s pH level
- Clears up digestive issues
Should I do a Salt Water Flush?
Salt water flushes have gained notoriety as more people have started to do “detoxes” such as the
Master Cleanse. Also known as the lemonade diet, the master cleanse is a liquid-only juice fast typically embarked on by people wanting to lose “weight” quickly (note fast weight loss rarely represents a loss of body fat). This diet is low-calorie and lacks any dietary fiber. It’s therefore not uncommon for you have to some trouble in going to the bathroom! As well as constipation, most people doing a master cleanse complain of low energy and bloating. A salt water flush can help combat these symptoms by encouraging muscular contractions in your digestive tract and forcing your digestive system to release the stored waste – however little there might be!
But what if you’re not interested in doing a master cleanse? Is it really necessary to cleanse and detox your colon in this way? The fact is that most people – especially those with a relatively poor diet – suffer from an accumulation of toxins and heavy metal waste build up in their colon due to insufficient and infrequent elimination. This can lead to digestive issues, inflammation in the body and fatigue.
Salt Water Flushes can provide tremendous relief from digestive irritability, gas, bloating, cramping and the aforementioned symptoms. This is especially true when you do a salt water flush regularly, or in scheduled sequences which is possible because it’s cheap, quick, and easy, making it practical and doable for the average person.
You might benefit from doing a salt water flush if:
- you’d like to regularly cleanse your colon, but you’re on a budget
- you have 1 bowel movement or less each day
- you have a history of constipation
- you have never cleansed your colon before
- you bloat after eating
- you’re gassy, especially after eating
- you suffer from IBS symptoms and/or digestive issues
- you have respiratory issues and/or allergies
- you have skin problems, including acne, psoriasis, etc.
- you have a history of eating refined foods, meat, and dairy
- you want to maintain optimal health
How do I do a Salt water Flush?
Salt water flushing is not a perfect science, so make sure you listen to the feedback you get from your body and start with a small amount of salt – see our starting recommendations below. For best results and for convenience, make sure you do your salt water flush first thing in the morning before eating and ideally before drinking any coffees or tea. If you have to do it later in the day then give your body at least 2 hours from the last time you ate. You will want to allow yourself plenty of time to use the bathroom after.
- 1 tablespoon (or start with 2 teaspoons) of Celtic sea salt or Himalayan salt (not iodized salt!)
- 1 liter jar of warm filtered water
- 2 tablespoons lemon water (optional but helps alleviate nausea)
- Warm your water but do not allow it to boil;
- Add the salt, water and lemon juice to the jar and put the lid on. Shake it to help the salt dissolve. You should not see any granules floating in the liquid.
- Drink the mixture as quickly as you can. Under 5 minutes is best but 10-15 minutes is OK too.
- Once you’ve finished drinking, you may want to lay down on your side and massage your belly to encourage the process to take effect.
- Shortly after consuming the mixture, you may notice your belly making noises and feel the muscular contractions occurring. You may also start to feel the need to go to the bathroom;
- Try to wait 30 minutes before going to the bathroom;
- When you can’t hold out any longer go to the bathroom. You may find you need to go several times. For some people your colon may take several hours to empty! This is why we suggest doing it from home and ensuring you have a bathroom nearby.
Trouble-shooting a Salt Water Flush
Did you perform a salt colon cleanse and found that it didn’t work well for you? Here’s a few reasons that might be the case, plus how to perform a more effective flush next time:
- Adjust when you perform the flush – Make sure your system is pretty empty and try doing it the morning if you didn’t the first time.
- Adjust how much salt you use – If you use too much or too little salt, it might not work well or might cause side effects.
- Make sure you use pure salt (not iodinated) – It’s possible to use the wrong kind of salt without realizing, which will effect how it’s absorbed. Recheck that you use un-iodized sea salt. Look for pink Himalayan sea salt or grayish colored Celtic sea salt, not the white type that is cheap and sold in most grocery stores.
Salt Water Flush Routine
If eliminating your body’s toxins is long overdue, you can perform several flushes in a row but we would advise against doing them every day. Space them out throughout the week. A salt water flush is safe and beneficial to the body but doing them to frequently may result in electrolyte imbalances and may cause dizziness, muscle fatigue or blood pressure changes. A cleanse every few weeks seems to be the most popular routine as this allows your body time to recalibrate and for the good bacteria to repopulate in your gut.
This salt water flush is not affiliated with the Master Cleanse and is not a quick fix for weight loss. Neither will bring you permanent weight loss. This flush is designed to cleanse your gut and improve the environment of your digestive system. When done in conjunction with flexible eating and it may assist with your weight loss goals. If you’re unsure at all about whether or not your body will be able to handle a salt water flush please do some research and check with your Doctor.