In today’s modern world, we’re exposed to a wide array of toxins — more toxins than we’d like to think about, really. That’s why it’d be nice if there was a simple, cost-effective way to rid our body of any harmful build-up. The good news? There is!
Hint: Think sea water.
If you’d like to give your body (and yourself) a helping hand, why not “flush” your system with a couple of simple ingredients? All you’ll need is some fresh water and sea salt.
A salt water flush or “cleanse” is designed to rid your digestive system and colon of toxins that threaten your short- and long-term health. Best of all, this simple remedy can be completed in the comfort of your home.
Ready? It’s time to start flushin’.
What’s up with saltwater flushes?
When you think about flushing your body with a saltwater concoction, it sounds rather odd, doesn’t it? Truth be told, this type of cleansing remedy is said to date back thousands of years. What began in ancient Greece has now continued into the 21st century.
Today, the American population suffers from many gastrointestinal issues. One of the most common is constipation, which affects 42 million people. This is largely attributed to a diet high in processed food and low in fiber — which also contributes to the build-up of toxins, including heavy metals.
By drinking a mixture of water and real sea salt (sometimes adding a touch of lemon juice), you will not only improve digestion but will also be able to effectively push waste and toxins through your body. In turn, this allows you to reduce inflammation, boost energy levels, and feel less sluggish overall.
Although salt tends to have a bad rap, your body and mind need salt to function. In fact, real sea salt is packed with dozens of minerals. That’s why in order to complete an effective flush, you can’t use any old salt. So, ditch that refined table salt and invest in some quality sea salt.
Related: 4 Reasons You Need More Sea Salt
Also, it is recommended that you complete a salt water flush early in the morning when your system is empty. Since this remedy may cause nausea and a sudden urge to use the bathroom, be mindful of these effects in terms of your work or exercise schedule.
Reasons to start a saltwater flush
Intrigued by the potential benefits of a salt water flush? Here are five reasons to implement this cleansing remedy into your current lifestyle.
1. Cleanses the colon and removes toxins
We’ll start with the most obvious benefit, which is a beneficial colon cleanse. Those who have tried this remedy often swear by it, as this remedy typically results in numerous eliminations. Those who suffer from chronic constipation or irregular bowel movements are particularly good candidates.
In one study, published in the Journal of Alternative Complementary Medicine, it was found that drinking lukewarm salt water while doing five specific yoga postures was particularly effective when preparing for a colonoscopy. From bacteria to old waste, this process can make you feel that much lighter.
Related: Drink This In the Morning to Cleanse Your Colon
2. Supports optimal hydration
Did you know that drinking too much plain water can actually cause your body to become over-diluted? When you think about hydrating your body, only water typically comes to mind, right? Well, truth be told, in order to fully hydrate your body, you also need minerals and electrolytes, including quality salt.
3. Promotes greater balance
By performing a sea salt water flush, you will be able to effectively balance pH and hormone levels. More specifically, salt water has been shown to lower cortisol and adrenaline levels. These not only relate to increased levels of stress but also contribute to those dreaded PMS symptoms.
4. Supports healthy sleep patterns
Rich in magnesium, salt water can help your body produce more melatonin — a hormone that supports optimal sleep. In addition, a lack of magnesium in your diet can worsen stress and in turn, keep you tossing and turning. By increasing GABA levels, this will yield a relaxation effect.
5. Targets muscle cramps
Salt is an essential electrolyte and without it, you may experience muscle cramps. This is particularly noticeable after you exercise, as sodium is lost through sweat. One core theory is that since sodium (as well as other electrolytes) are responsible for muscle contractions, a drop in sodium can cause issues with nerve signaling, resulting in cramps.
It’s as simple as 1, 2, 3…
Although there are many benefits associated with the right balance of sodium and water, a salt water flush will most certainly cleanse your colon (you’ve been warned).
- To begin, simply fully dissolve two teaspoons of non-iodized sea salt (this includes pink Himalayan sea salt) into one-quart (4 cups, or approximately 1 litre) of lukewarm water.
- If you prefer, you can add a touch of lemon juice to brighten up the taste.
- Down your mixture as quickly as possible on an empty stomach.
That’s it, that’s all, folks! Start downing your first salt water flush to “lighten the load.”
Warning: Before you do any type of cleanse, please do your research. For some people, a salt water flush can be rather dangerous. This is especially true if done incorrectly or too often. If you currently have diabetes, heart problems, high blood pressure, gastrointestinal issues, kidney problems, or edema, or any other chronic health condition, please speak with your doctor.
— Krista Hillis