Salt Water Flush for Colon Cleansing
Hawaiian Pink Sea Salt
A Salt Water Flush is an effective tool to help keep your colon healthy and clean!! What’s even better is that it acts as a mop for your entire GI tract, sopping up everything from your mouth to your derrière! This is why I believe a Salt Water Flush is sometimes superior to enemas or colonics. Not to say that enemas or colonics are not effective methods for colon cleansing, it’s just that a Salt Water Flush can bring much needed relief that the other two cannot.
Enemas and colonics only remove waste from the colon. A Salt Water Flush on the other hand, removes waste, including gas, from the small intestine. Also, the high quality salt used in a Salt Water flush can act as a healing agent as it works to normalize the pH throughout your entire GI tract. A healthy intestinal pH reduces the amount of bad bacteria, pathogens, viruses, and fungi that create all kinds of nasty digestive issues.
Salt Water Flushes can provide tremendous relief from digestive irritability, gas, bloating, cramping, etc. This is especially true when you do a Salt Water Flush regularly, or in scheduled sequences. Besides, it’s cheap, quick, and easy which makes it practical and doable for the average person.
How Do You Know You Need to Do Regular Salt Flushes?
- 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.
**Note: Unfortunately, Salt Water Flushes aren’t for everyone. Please make sure you refer to the bottom section of this post to determine if it’s an appropriate method of colon cleansing for you.
How Does a Salt Flush Work?
A Salt Water Flush is a salt solution that you drink first thing in the morning. It requires a heaping dose of high quality, untreated salt in a large volume of water. The salt solution has the same specific gravity as your blood–therefore it simply makes its way through your GI tract causing a “tidal wave” effect–pushing everything along until it comes out the other end.
High Quality Salt
- saltwater lagoon on the WA coast image by mjdundee
It is imperative that you use a high quality, natural sea salt such as Premier Pink Salt, Sun Fire Salt or a high quality Himalayan Salt from your local health food store. Highly heated, chemically treated table salt or other conventional salts should never be used in a Salt Water Flush. These types of salts are highly toxic and can be very damaging to your body.
Salt Water Flush Instructions
- First thing in the morning before food and drink.
- Add 1 tablespoon of the sea salt to 1 Quart of room-temperature, filtered or spring water.
- You can slightly warm the water to increase maximum results.
- Hold your nose if you like, and take it down.
- Try to drink the entire salt solution within 5-10 minutes, then drink another quart of purified water within a half an hour.
- Do not eat for at least 2 hours and avoid coffee, tea, or anything that may be dehydrating. It is best just to drink water.
What Can I Expect?
Most people experience several bowel eliminations within 1 to 2 hours. You will need to visit the bathroom frequently, so plan accordingly. You are generally safe to leave the house within a few hours. If the last bowel movement was mainly clear fluid, this is an indication that you have completely flushed your GI tract. For some individuals this may not happen at first; they may have several eliminations but not a complete GI flush. This is okay. It may take a few Salt Water Flushes to accomplish this.
You Didn’t Flush- Is the Salt Flush Right for You?
Unfortunately, a small percentage of people will not flush. I’m not exactly sure why, but I speculate it may be a result of sodium deficiency, weakened kidney function, adrenal exhaustion, internal damage to the lining of the GI tract or a combination of all of the above. I have also found that individuals who tend to retain water (especially women close to their menstrual cycle) do not fair well with salt water flushing. They generally do not flush and retain the salt solution instead. This may cause uncomfortable bloating, water retention and mucho disappointment!
If you have a tendency to retain water, I would venture to guess that your Flush won’t be very successful. However, everyone’s different and you never know. I’ve had many consecutive flushes that went very well, and a few flushes that didn’t go anywhere!! Therefore, it’s worth a shot to give it a try–no major damage will occur if you retain water. For those of you that have tried numerous times to no avail, then a Salt Flush simply isn’t for you. I know this is frustrating, but there are other alternatives.
My recommendation for you is to zero in on your gut flora. What I’ve learned over the past few years is that if your gut flora is severely imbalanced you’re never going to poop well, and you’ll have persistent issues with digestion. The best resource I’ve found for healing all kinds of gut issues is Listen to Your Gut. Jeni is extremely knowledgeable and her books have helped me tremendously!
Salt Water Flush Routine
If you’ve determined that Salt Water Flushes are appropriate, you can take them as a scheduled routine to heal persisting digestive issues, skin issues, etc. A routine can be anywhere from a few times a week, to 7 days in a row, to weekly. The idea is to do it enough that the high quality salt has time to heal your GI tract.
If you have severe bowel deficiencies, you may want to do a Salt Water Flush once a day for one week. Then reduce the number of Salt Flushes each following week. This will promote rapid clearance of the GI tract, improve digestion, clear persistent skin issues and restore proper bowel function. Below is a recommended sequence:
- Salt Flush once a day for the first week.
- The second week, flush 3 times.
- Third week, flush 2 times.
- Fourth week, flush one time.
- Then once a week indefinitely.
Don’t fret over following this exact sequence. There is no real science behind Salt Water Flushing, other than that it has proved beneficial for purging the colon, and reducing symptoms of digestive irritability. Do as much as you can, and keep practicing!! You’ll receive benefits no matter what.
Tips for a Successful Salt Water Flush
- Relax! It is imperative that you relax while doing the salt water flush and not push the process. It makes sense that if you’re rushing to get through it or are experiencing anxiety, your bowels will clench up. My suggestion is to make sure you have enough time to do the flush and avoid trying to “fit it in” to your schedule. If this isn’t possible, do your best to relax. Mediation and deep breathing may be helpful.
- Move! It’s very common for many to want to immediately lie down after taking the solution. DO NOT DO THIS!! The more you move, the better the solution can move through the GI tract.
- Sip on hot lemon water. I find this to be very helpful, especially for those with a sluggish GI tract. The hot lemon water stimulates the gastric colic reflex (the poop reflex). If you feel no action within 30 minutes, immediately start sipping on hot lemon water.
- Abdominal massage. You may also lie on your back and gently massage your colon. Start at the bottom right hip bone, and gently massage in a circular motion moving up towards the ribs, then move horizontally to the left over the belly button until your reach the area just below the left rib cage, then move down towards your left hip bone. Gently massaging for several minutes will help to move the salt solution through your colon.
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Here’s to happy flushing and a happy GI tract!