What to know before you try the salt water flush!
There are salt water flush dangers you should be aware of before attempting this intestinal cleanse. Individuals with certain medical conditions shouldn't even consider attempting it.
The problem is this flush doesn't work as predicted for everyone. Some people can't keep the salt water down and vomit it up almost immediately; some people's systems, possibly having a different balance point, absorb all that salt water rather than passing it through, thereby gaining the extra water weight and storing the extra salt.
This can cause problems for hypertensive individuals and those with a tendency toward edema, can cause lower back pain from overworked kidneys, not to mention uncomfortable bloating. This would hinder the body's ability to detox and would instead, itself, become an additional burden to the body's systems.
If these difficulties happen to you, we suggest you alter the amount of salt slightly until you find the amount that moves right through your system and produces a bowel movement within one hour. However, meanwhile, you have already absorbed all that salt, 2600-4700 mg of it, depending on the brand.
How many times should you attempt this while you search for that perfect balance point?
Specific Salt Water Flush Dangers:
- altars critical pH and mineral levels in the body
- kills all beneficial intestinal bacteria
- can overwork the kidneys as they attempt to regulate the sodium level in the blood, which has just been dramatically thrown off balance.
- excess sodium the kidneys can't eliminate quickly enough, accumulates in the blood, essentially "thickening" the blood, making the heart work harder and causing your blood pressure to rise.
- causes electrolyte imbalances
- can cause edema
- some individuals have reported "bad reactions" to the salt water flush, ending up bedridden for several days.
Granted, the more serious of these effects occurs in individuals for whom the process doesn't work at all, for those whose systems absorb the salt water. But, the first time you do a salt water flush, you don't know if you'll be one of those people or not.
Medical conditions which prohibit the use of the salt water flush:
- weak or diseased kidneys, or having only one kidney
- high blood pressure
- heart disease or weakness
- stomach/intestinal disease
More reservations about the salt water flush
Drinking sea salt water sounds so wonderfully natural and healthful, we can easily be drawn to this method of colon cleansing. But fighting a gag response or actually throwing it up, as so many do, should be a red flag. Forcing something on the body that it clearly doesn't want, is a red flag. The "downer" this procedure becomes during peoples' fasts, is a red flag. The manipulative attitude toward our bodies, is also a red flag.
Many of us drink water with a pinch or two of high quality sea or crystal salt mixed in for the minerals and other healthful benefits. But sipping a glass of salt water that tastes good, and feels good, is very different than chugging down a quart of salt water while the body protests every inch of the way.
Fasting isn't supposed to be a scary experience. Same goes for the salt water flush -- if it scares you, or even just doesn't feel right, don't do it.
Again, the idea of using something as natural as sea salt for cleansing ourselves internally can be very appealing, but there are a few salt water flush dangers that if you think twice don't do it
How to salt water flush
Modern life is filled with toxins that our bodies struggle to eliminate. Key to this process is a healthy colon. What most people don’t know: A salt water flush is a superior and less expensive way to detox your colon than a colonic irrigation procedure.
A popular adage maintains: “Death begins in the colon.” This medical maxim is more than a mere generalization. When toxins build up in the colon due to insufficient and infrequent elimination, poisons breed, leading to complications, disease and eventually death.
A shocking 85 percent of Americans battle poor digestion and inadequate elimination. And food can putrefy and rot in the body when not properly digested and eliminated. The process is similar to the way unrefrigerated meat rots and turns sour because of bacterial action on animal proteins.
Parasites dwell in the colon, intestines and other organs, feeding off tissues and producing undesirable wastes. When your body transports parasitic wastes and byproducts of improperly digested food through the bloodstream, these substances wreak havoc on the body.
A long-term buildup of toxins hinders your body’s natural ability to get rid of poisons the accumulated effects of which could eventually kill you.
Colon cleansing optimizes digestion and ensures against toxic buildup. But professional colonic irrigations, also referred to as colonics or colon hydrotherapy, can be expensive and rely on the care of a medical practitioner.
But if you are looking for a natural, inexpensive detoxification program to either replace or to complement colonics, opt for the sea salt detox, a simple, at-home treatment that effectively and safely cleanses the colon and digestive system.
Salt water flushes are not only safer than traditional colonics and enemas, but are also more effective. Colonics treat only the colon, but salt water flushes move through the entire digestive tract, without any harmful side effects.
Salt water has many uses. It is a well-known treatment for a sore throat. You can soak in salt baths to help treat wounds and soothe sore muscles. In a similar manner, the salt in the salt water cleanse promotes the rejuvenating capabilities of the body by gently coaxing the body to repair itself.
Picture a sea salt detox as a therapeutic soak for your insides. As your body relaxes, toxins that have been trapped inside your digestive tract — much like the grime and oil that builds up in household pipes — are removed. A good washing cleans those pipes and your body so that fluids and solids move through with more ease and efficiency.
A Simple Procedure
- 2 level teaspoons unrefined, non-iodized sea salt. Do not use iodized table salt or Epsom salt.
- 1 quart (32 oz) purified lukewarm water.
- Quart jar made of glass.
- Kettle for warming water. Do not microwave.
- Place 2 teaspoons of sea salt into quart jar.
- Pour in warm water and stir.
- Drink the entire 32 ozs of salt water first thing in the morning, without food and as fast as possible. Most people find it easiest to drink the salt water with a straw.
- After drinking the salt water, lie on your right side for 30 minutes so the salt water reaches the lower right side of the stomach, which houses the opening to the small intestine.
- After 30 minutes, you are free to move about as you wish, though you should remain near the bathroom.
Traveling through the small intestines, the salt water flush triggers contractions that push the liquid through your digestive tract. You can further stimulate the passage of liquids through your abdomen by massaging the area.
While everyone reacts differently and at different speeds, you should feel the need to eliminate within one to two hours. You will need to use the bathroom more than once; intense and frequent diarrhea is common and is a sign that the cleanse is working as it moves through the digestive system.
Nausea and vomiting are also side effects. In fact, hospitals once used cleanses similar to the salt water flush to induce vomiting. Please note that the urge to vomit reduces with each use.
Since the salt water flush is moving through the digestive tract at such speed, eliminating, while brief, may be uncomfortable. The discomfort is temporary, while the lasting effects of the cleanse are impressive. Make sure you pass gas only over a toilet in case liquid emerges.
Tips on Practicing the Salt Water Flush
Herbal laxative teas and or Botanical Quests Herbal Detox are good supplements the night before a flush; they intensify the process. Massaging your stomach to help shake up waste matter is also beneficial, speeding up the process. Brisk abdominal exercises also help.
The salt water flush is a safe, natural alternative to expensive colon cleanses. Ridding your body of toxic buildup increases energy, aids digestion, encourages weight loss and promotes a stronger immune system.