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Q: What is the salt water cleanse and does it work?

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A: Speaking personally, yes.

The salt water cleanse is a short detox, usually a one day cleanse, even though some people use it over longer periods of time, up to several days. It is used for a number of reasons including:

  • immediate relieve of constipation
  • short cleanse
  • a restart, especially when embarking on a new diet
  • to feel lighter
  • to sleep better

What is in a salt water cleanse?

  • salt – salts used are sea salt, Epsom salt, Himalayan salt, Celtic salts or other natural salts – never table salt, which is just sodium chloride.
  • water
  • lime / lemon (optional)

Salt cleanse recipes

2 – 3 tablespoons Epsom salt / Sea Salt etc.
8 ounces water
juice of 1/2 lime

1. Slightly warm the water and add the salt. Mix until it dissolves. You may add the lime juice to improve the taste.
2. Drink it down in one go (pinch your nose as you begin to drink it, this helps you to drink it faster, especially if you gag easily).
3. Drink a glass of water and drink at least 1/2 glass every 15-20 minutes. You want to consume about 1 1/2 to 2 litres of water.

You should start experiencing results in as little as 20 minutes, but it may take up to 2 to 3 hours. You should have several trips to the toilet. The results may differ individually, however, you should experience some degree of cleansing. Do not eat anything, drink water only for a period of time. In the evening have something light to eat like green juices, fruits or simple salads.

You could compound the effect in a two day cleanse. With this you continue to have water and the following day repeat the cleanse. Why? It compounds the effect and provide even greater benefits.

What does a 2 day salt water cleanse look like?

Day 1:
Drink salt water mix in the morning and water throughout the day.
In the evening drink water, green juice or vegetable broth.

Day 2:
Drink salt water mix in the morning and water throughout the day.
In the evening drink water, green juice or vegetable broth.

The day after:
Eat lighter foods like green juices, herbal teas, light salads and fruits.

Symptoms during the salt water cleanse

Usually you should feel fine during a salt water cleanse, however you may experience symptoms such as nausea, vomiting or weakness.

When to do a salt water cleanse?

Do it first thing in the morning on an empty stomach.

It advisable to do it at home on a day when you are able to relax, and not have to go out on the road. Speaking from personal experience, I have had moments when I had to hurry to the bathroom; and one time I did not reach in time (too much information I know, but I just wanted to emphasize the importance of doing it on a day you would be home).

You can do the cleanse if you have been suffering from constipation, about to start on a healthier diet and need something to reinforce a healthy start, as well, as an occasional cleanse.

Can anyone do a salt water cleanse?

A salt water cleanse is not recommended for pregnant women, people suffering from wasting ‘dis-eases’, infants or anyone who may be dealing with health conditions that would render them weak.

Anything else?

The thought of drinking salt water might be a turn off, but it only last a few seconds, and compared to the cleansing benefits you receive, it is worth trying. And of course, you could add some lime juice to help mask the taste.

Have you done a salt water cleanse? Let me know your experience below.

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