The salt water flush is designed to use simple, household ingredients in order to provide the same benefits that a more elaborate flush or cleanse would.
The amount of salt is carefully selected to create a controlled salinity that allows the water to pass right through your colon, without instead being absorbed for hydration purposes as it usually would.
People will often do a salt water flush in order to drop a couple of last minute pounds the day before a big event, or to relieve constipation. Others may decide to do a flush in order to clean out alleged “toxins” or accumulated / dried waste matter from the colon or digestive tract.
And now comes the part where I risk making some of my readers angry – but in true Zen Fat Loss fashion, all methods must be held to scientific scrutiny, or I run the risk of eventually endorsing bogus methods.
Here it is: Try to keep in mind that doctors and the medical community as a whole generally see no need for these flushing activities. The human body is a very advanced machine that’s had plenty of time to refine such basic activities as effective waste elimination.
This natural flush is harmless (besides possibly the discomfort of the time you’ll spend on the toilet), so if you’re curious, by all means – feel free to try it out! But taking this too seriously and viewing it as a necessary process to maintain your health (especially if you experience a thrill or placebo benefit from doing this) can risk leading you down the psychologically unhealthy path to hypochondria.
If that hasn’t scared you off, let’s take a look at how it’s performed!
This part is ridiculously simple. Start with a completely empty stomach (this is best done in the morning). Add two to three teaspoons of (non-iodized) salt to 32 ounces (one quart) of warm water. Stir or shake thoroughly until the salt is evenly mixed in the water, and drink. That’s it! It may not taste amazing, but it gets easier to tolerate when you’ve done it a few times.
Don’t worry about using any fancy types of sea salt for this. The saline mixture is specially designed to flush through your system without being absorbed by your body. Hence, any extra minerals found in high quality sea salt would be wasted, since it’s all going to be coming right back out your body in a short while.
Warning: Prepare for blastoff. You have now become a ticking fecal time bomb. Once it’s down, there’s no un-drinking this. This is not the time to suddenly realize you have things to do today. Oh, you may not feel it right away – but the storm is brewing, trust me. You’ll want to make sure you will have full, unrestricted access to a bathroom.
What to Expect
The effects can vary from one person to the next, which can make what comes next a bit unpredictable if you’ve never done this before.
Most people will experience some stomach rumbling within 30 minutes or so of downing the salt water. After that, often within an hour (though some people take longer to start), you’ll get the urge to “go”. Many who have done this before suggest resisting that urge until it actually becomes uncomfortable.
When you do finally hit the bathroom, well, the rest is pretty self explanatory. The main thing to know is that most people don’t just go once from this – it may happen several times over the next couple of hours.
Once your stomach has settled down, you’re done! When you’re absolutely sure it’s over, you’ll want to gradually ease yourself into consuming some light food. Yogurt is a great place to start. Try to eat the kind with live cultures to replace any beneficial bacteria that may have been flushed out during the cleanse.
You’ll likely notice a flatter belly and a few pounds missing from the scale. Of course, you haven’t lost any long term weight – as your body returns to normal and your intestines begin storing fluid and waste product as usual, your weight will slowly rise to normal.
As long as you’re aware of this, then the salt water flush can be a great way to make sure you look your absolute best in your swimsuit the next day!
If, on the other hand, you’re looking to permanently lose weight, you’ll want to take a look around this site to discover some great ways to lose actual fat. That way, the fruit of your labors can last, instead of your body returning to normal after just a few days.