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Salt Water Flush Recipe + Benefits, Risks & How to Do It
February 10, 2023
Are you like 20 percent of the public that suffers from constipation? It’s nothing to be ashamed about, so even if high-fiber foods don’t always do the trick, consider a salt water flush. Sometimes called a “salt water cleanse” or a “master cleanse,” it’s designed to help you cleanse your colon and digestive system by bringing on a forced bowel movement.
You’re likely familiar with a colon cleanse, even if you’ve never done one, but did you know a salt water flush is a simple, safe and effective way to detox the body and cleanse the colon from the comfort of your own home? It’s true.
By drinking a beneficial mixture of real sea salt dissolved in water (sometimes along with a little lemon juice), you’re able to push waste through the body, release toxins and improve digestion.
Sound a bit crazy? This method of colon and stomach cleansing has actually been used for many years, and it appears to be a lot safer than many commercial colon-cleansing drugs, laxative teas or diuretics.
The key part of a salt water flush recipe is salt itself, as it’s needed for many biochemical processes. The official salt water flush has become more popular over the past decade as a “hack” to facilitate digestion and cleansing as part of a kick-start when doing a “master cleanse” program.
Drinking a salt mixture ignites the body’s own mechanism of natural detoxification and waste elimination, helping get your digestive system back on track and in the process making you feel lighter, less sluggish and less weighed-down.
What Is a Salt Water Flush?
A salt water flush, also sometimes referred to as a “salt water cleanse” or a “master cleanse,” is designed to help you cleanse your colon and digestive system by bringing on a forced bowel movement.
Salt itself is needed for many biochemical processes, including (but not limited to):
- adrenal gland/thyroid gland function
- cell wall stability
- muscle contractions
- nutrient absorption
- nerve stimulation
- water balance regulation
Maybe you’re wondering if it’s really necessary to cleanse your colon and detox with salt. The fact is that for many people — especially those eating poor diets — toxins, heavy metals and waste build up in the colon over time due to insufficient and infrequent bowel movements. This leads to digestive issues and can contribute to inflammation, low energy and possibly even disease development.
Why do a salt water colon cleanse?
The master cleanse is a liquid-only juice fast, which means it’s extremely low in calories and also lacks any dietary fiber, which is necessary for healthy digestion. When you only consume liquids for a certain amount of time and don’t actually eat any foods with fiber — vegetables, fruit, nuts, seeds or beans, for example — you’re likely to have a lot of trouble going to the bathroom.
During the master cleanse, people have a daily detox drink — only a concoction of water, fresh lemon juice, maple syrup and cayenne pepper.
The result? For many people, this kind of juice fast can cause constipation, low energy and bloated stomach (not to mention other complications from consuming too little nutrients/calories).
Fiber is partially responsible for igniting the process of peristalsis, which is the series of muscle contractions in our digestive tracts that allow us to poop — exactly the reason that people with low-fiber, highly processed diets often suffer from constipation.
Unfortunately, this is pretty much the opposite of what most people hope to accomplish when they sign up for a “detox.” This is where the salt water flush comes in. It basically forces your digestive system to release stored waste in the toxins, however little (or a lot) there might be.
Salt can also help clear up fluid retention, despite what most people think. Real sea salt (not the processed kind that’s stripped of minerals) helps you lose extra fluid weight by properly balancing out electrolyte/mineral levels in the body, releasing retained water your cells hold on to.
What Does Sea Salt Do to Your Body?
Sodium and salt often get a bad name, but real sea salt is loaded with dozens of minerals and is definitely part of a healthy diet. Keep in mind there’s a big difference between regular table salt, which is iodinated, and pure sea salt.
The processed salts in sodium foods, especially in processed, packaged or fast foods, usually contribute too much salt to people’s diets and pose the most health risks (like high blood pressure).
It’s necessary and natural to have some real salt in your diet, so there’s nothing to worry about when it comes to ingesting some salt. Of course, if you did nothing but drink salt water, you would become extremely dehydrated. In fact, you would die because your kidneys and bladder would cause you to lose more water than you’re taking in.
As long as you do a sea salt flush or use pure sea salt in moderation along with an otherwise healthy diet, you shouldn’t suffer any negative consequences.
Salt water has many uses and benefits, including helping to ease sore throats, cleansing wounds, lowering pain in inflamed muscles (which is why salt is used in many detox bath recipes) and providing trace minerals (not to mention making your food taste better).
A little-known benefit of sea salt is that it affects muscle and nerves functions. It helps contract muscles in the digestive tract that push waste out through the colon. This forces out toxins that have been trapped inside your system and contribute to sluggishness and constipation.
Real sea salt does have lots of sodium, but it’s balanced out with other minerals, like magnesium, calcium, potassium and more than 60 other trace minerals. Salt activates enzymes needed for proper digestive processes and is required by the parietal cells of the stomach wall to make hydrochloric acid.
Salt also helps balance hormones, facilitates with metabolic processes and establishes an optimal pH level in the body. That’s because your stomach acid is naturally very acidic, but salt (sodium chloride) counteracts some of the effects of acids.
Salt supports “hyperosmolarity” of extracellular fluids, which has positive effects on your metabolism because it helps with the breakdown of proteins and glucose. Plus, a diet that’s very low in salt causes more aldosterone to be synthesized, as shown in animal research, which can have effects like lowering potassium and magnesium levels in the body — the opposite of what most people need.
Risks and Side Effects
Is a sea salt cleanse dangerous?
It’s possible that salt water flushes can cause symptoms like nausea, vomiting or weakness in some people, but most of the time heavy metal detoxes and cleanses using salt water are safe. If you have a history of serious digestive issues or high blood pressure, you might want to talk to your doctor before doing a salt flush (not because real salt will raise blood pressure on its own, but just to be on the safe side).
While very low-calorie, juice-only detoxes like the master cleanse can be harmful in some situations and aren’t recommended for everybody, you can safely use the same practice of a sea salt flush if you suffer from occasional constipation but aren’t dieting. If you do a salt water flush as part of a juicing or cleansing program, make sure you pay attention to your body’s feedback, and give yourself enough rest/nutrients in the process.
Many people safely use a warm salt water cleanse to help clear up problematic digestive issues like constipation, bloating and gas. A sea salt colon cleanse is much less likely to cause side effects that are common when using laxative teas or cleansing pills — like slowly forming a dependency on them or experiencing electrolyte imbalances, water retention afterward and having trouble eating normally.
Many detox programs, including the master cleanse, promote the use of both sea salt water flushes and also potentially dangerous laxative teas, without warning people about complications that can occur. If you have a hard time going to the bathroom for whatever reason, sea salt flushes are a much better option and more gentle on your system long term.
When properly performing a sea salt flush, you use warm water and real sea salt that have been fully blended together, so your body easily absorbs the salt’s minerals. When it’s properly prepared you won’t see any granules of sea salt, just a cloudy mixture that’s uniform in terms of color and texture.
This is important because when the sea salt fully dissolves into the water it helps your digestive organs process the mixture most effectively and safely. Your kidneys won’t pull out the water and leave behind only salt, while high amounts of salt won’t end up in your bloodstream, which can raise blood pressure.
When it comes to safety, salt water flushes appear to be both safe and effective — working just as well as other types of “colon cleansing” products, even the kinds that are prescribed by doctors for patients prior to undergoing a colonoscopy.
Certain studies examining the effects of salt water on cleansing the digestive tract have found that oral sodium mixtures are well-tolerated and even more effective than certain colon-cleansing blends, such as Picoprep. One study done by the Department of Colorectal Surgery at Royal Melbourne Hospital in Australia found that salt mixtures seem to cause similar side effects as other colon cleansers (like cramps, some nausea, etc.), but 91 percent of people who used the oral sodium mixture reported that it worked and would use it again.
How to Do a Salt Water Flush
The salt water flush is most effective if you perform it first thing in the morning on an empty stomach. If you do it later in the day, just make sure you haven’t eaten anything in the past one to two hours.
To perform a simple sea salt flush at home, start with two teaspoons of sea salt, which can be colored salt, such as pink Himalayan salt or “gray salt.” (Make sure it’s pure salt — you don’t want to use iodinated salt — so always make sure there is no iodine added at all.)
Heat up one liter of filtered water. You want the water to be warmer than room temperature but not boiling or very hot. It should be cooler than the temp you would use to brew tea or coffee.
Grab a glass jar with a lid, and add the salt, hot water, and some fresh lemon juice or lemon water (which helps cut the taste of the salt). Shake it vigorously to fully dissolve the salt. Make sure no granules are visible, which will settle at the bottom of your jar/lid if they’re still undissolved.
Drink the mixture quickly, within a few minutes if possible. (Under five minutes is the goal.) Since it doesn’t taste great (it’s very salty!), you will probably want to drink it down as fast as you can.
Lay down on your side, and massage your belly on one side — then repeat on the other side. Holding in the mixture for at least 30 minutes is ideal.
Within a short time after finishing the mixture, you should start to feel the urge to go to the bathroom. Once you feel you can no longer hold out, go to the bathroom. You might have to go more than one time, sometimes needing to use the bathroom several times before you’re fully “cleansed” and your colon is emptied.
After doing a cleanse of any kind, it’s a good idea to take a probiotic supplement and load up on healthy foods, which helps establish healthy bacteria in your internal gut flora (microbiome) and provide you essential nutrients/electrolytes.
Trouble-Shooting a Sea Salt Flush
Did you perform a salt colon cleanse and found that it didn’t work well for you? Here’s a few reasons that might be the case, plus how to perform a more effective flush next time:
- Adjust when you perform the flush: Make sure your system is pretty empty, and try doing it the morning if you didn’t the first time.
- Adjust how much salt you used: If you use too much or too little salt, it might not work well or might cause side effects.
- Make sure you use pure salt (not iodinated): It’s possible to use the wrong kind of salt without realizing, which will affect how it’s absorbed. Recheck that you use un-iodized organic sea salt. Look for pink Himalayan salt or grayish-colored Celtic sea salt, not the white type that is cheap and sold in most grocery stores.
Salt Water Flush Recipe
- Total Time: 5 min
- Yield: 1 1x
Sometimes called a “salt water cleanse” or a “master cleanse,” a salt water flush is designed to help you cleanse your colon and digestive system by bringing on a forced bowel movement.
- 2 teaspoons of sea salt (Celtic variety better than Pink Himalayan)
- 1 liter of hot filtered water
- 2 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice or one cup of lemon water
- glass jar with a lid
- Heat up your water but not to boiling.
- Add your ingredients into the jar and put the lid on. Shake it vigorously to fully dissolve the salt. Make sure no granules are visible.
- Drink the mixture quickly, within a few minutes if possible (under 5 minutes is the goal).
- Lay down on your side and massage your belly on one side, then repeat on the other side. If you can manage to hold in the solution for about 30 minutes, this will help your body fully absorb the salt.
- Within a short time after finishing the mixture, you should start to feel the urge to go to the bathroom.
- Once you feel you can no longer hold out, go to the bathroom. You might have to go more than one time, sometimes needing to use the bathroom for several times before you’re fully “cleansed” and your colon is emptied.
After doing a cleanse of any kind, it’s a good idea to take a probiotic supplement and load up on healthy foods.
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You are too funny 😁
Very useful info. Keep up the good work.
It didn’t work for me. I was so hopeful that it would !. Can you repeat it if it doesn’t work for you on the same day ?. I loved the concept of just salt and water.
If it isn’t effective in 30 minutes, I drink another litre of the salted water.
Going to try it first, and will comment thereafter. Googled this on recommendation of Didier Smeets, physiotherapist , Harare, Zimbabwe.
Would this salt cleanse help diverticulitis? Have done everything including antiobiotics and nothing has helped.
I come from South Africa the African Population have a knack of drinking Sea Water
to cleanse the GI tract, never tried it but by the amount of people I have seen filling
a bottle of water at the beach….must work !!
How many times a day or for how long do I do this cleanse please?
Once should do the trick! It acts quickly and you will be amazed at the nastiness that exits your body! Think colonoscopy prep! That’s how powerful it is, so DO NOT do this when you have to go somewhere in the next few hours! I personally wouldn’t repeat this process more than once a month unless your practitioner recommends it.
Thank you, I was afraid it would make my BP go up.
So hard to drink in 5 mins.
I did 1 liter of warm water and instead of 2 teaspoon I did 2 tablespoon . And organic sea salt. And about 20mins later . Boy everything that was inside me came out . It was a satisfying feeling after I was done. I felt extremely light , lost about 5lbs just doing so. When I say alot I mean alot came out. U will sit in that bathroom for like 15 or 30mins non stop going .
How often can this be taken….
Eddie, Once should do the trick! It acts quickly and you will be amazed at the nastiness that exits your body! Think colonoscopy prep! That’s how powerful it is, so DO NOT do this when you have to go somewhere in the next few hours! I personally wouldn’t repeat this process more than once a month unless your practitioner recommends it.
I agree 💯, I’m currently doing one today and oh boyyy within 15min I started running 🏃♀️ into the restroom
I followed the recipe and practise as prescribed but mixed it with 750ml water not quite a litre, yet I didn’t have the urge to go and no bowl movement for 4 hours. It was a good full movement but didn’t come cascading out, just slow and steady. Where do you think I went wrong? Also would like to know how often it is advised to do a salt water cleanse?
Hi, it doesn’t appear as though you did anything wrong. Everyone has lived and eaten various types of food. We all have different body types, blood types etc. However, stay the course of studies for better heath in these challenging times.
iodinated? lol. what country are you from? in the usa, it is labeled on salt as IODIZED.
Why are you so critical of a simple error?? You are missing the point.
High Purity Non Iodinated Table Salt…..
– The Dr. knows what he’s talking about…apparently he’s more well versed in the clarification of what he’s talking about.. One would hope that one would try not to be so critical when lacking in comparable knowledge.
The same thing dip shit
Either word works well. Language is a living thing. Do you love grammar? I knew what was meant as you did. I like people that use their faculties to help others, don’t you?
Iodinated means the same thing as iodized. Educate yourself.
Excellent post, simple language, easy to understand. Thank you
looks like what I need to try
Ive only 2 days ago finished the cleanse. 1 liter of water, 1 tea spoon of sea salt and 1 tea spoon of bi carb soda. Stirred and separated into 4 dosages. Consumed each dosage every 2 hours until complete. After the cleanse I was able to go to the toilet better so it definitely cleansed my bowels.
The only Issue is my left hip down to my glutes feels dried out. Cant walk. Every step I take is painful. feels like bone to bone. Is an excruciating pain. I played a game of tennis the day before but haven’t experienced this before. Any ideas as to what it could be and how i can rectify the issue? Any help would be much appreciated.
What if it is partial impaction and you moved and broke it apart and you just *think* youre empty? There are nerves and stuff connected all over the body and around our intestines. The vagel nerve being one as an example. Just a pondering.
I think you mean “vagus” nerve.
Bodies are different I guess. I waited around all day feeling bloated and headachy with none of the hoped-for results, what a horrible day
I had this happen to me too and then I added half a teaspoon more salt the next time and that did the trick. My body apparently needs a little more salt for it to flush my system and go through my intestines instead of the liquid getting absorbed which is what happened initially (and yes definitely that was not fun-lolol). Try with a little more salt – might work for you too
That might be what I need to do as has no real movement to write about but did enjoy a good rest!
magnesium citrate helps a lot of people , it comes in a bottle of liquid, mostly water.
In fact, drinking lots of water, thin liquid like juice with extra water added, or coffee can also help get things moving.
Do you have to drink the entire 1 litre in one go.
Is one glass sufficient
You have to drink the whole liter in about 5 minutes or it will not work, unfortunately.
loading up on food after a cleanse seems to defeat the purpose of a cleanse
why? you aren’t cleansing of food, you are cleansing of impurities . He said that you have to re- establish your gut biome and he said how to do it.
Thank you for your time to right this article Dr. Axe
Thank you Dr. Axe for this info. It’s very helpful, well-written and clear. I followed your instructions step-by-step and it worked great! Drinking the salt water is the hardest part of it but doing it first thing in the morning helped. The lemon juice helped with the overwhelming taste of salt water. But the relief that I felt after the purge was fantastic and well worth the effort. I will be doing the flush twice a month, if possible. Many thanks again!:)
If the white sea salt is used does it also cleanse or it doesn’t
The white usually inexpensive sea salt has usually gone through some type of refinement, so I personally avoid it and have always used pink Himalayan sea salt. It’s very healing. This flush actually saved my father’s life when everything the medical system could offer him was failing.
I was skeptical that this would work for me, but I did it this morning and WOW. This worked wonders for me and I will definitely do it again!!
Hi! Im 73 yr young.. i just drinked hour half ago nothing trigger! :-) so like someone said drink warm green tea till it happens.. that is in process right now..drinking matcha green tea.. i hope i dont have use the whole day doing this.. and no meals? did i miss something? :-) my stomach is very bloated… is that a sign lol
How yah feeling now lat 2:57 pm?
I drink salty water daily. I would add it gives lots of energy and diminishes migraines.
can you do it with less water and salt…. like do half and half… cause i can’t drink that much water period
Me either 😂😂
This recipe worked within 30-40 min after drinking! And I’ve been to the bathroom at least five or six times in about 90-120 minutes. Stay at home and close to the bathroom!
It also tasted pretty pleasant (used pink himalayan salt and fresh lemon juice) especially compared with the bottles of magnesium citrate you buy from the store with all the edta, sucralose, and other artificial additives.
I’m writing this comment on the toilet🤦🏽♀️plz warning Don’t mistake for passing gas…oh..nd don’t take if working or have to go anytime soon! My darn feet sleep! been in bathroom for hour! But my stomach feels great!
How often can this cleanse be done or weekly?
Everyday up to seven days. But by the 4th or 5th day there’ll be no more poop lol.
What if nothing happens after drinking the warm water and salt? I felt my stomach gurgle but have not had to go to the bathroom for over 3 hours since drinking the salt water. I drank a quart in less than 2 minutes.
Drink another half of a quart after one hour. That’s how it worked for me. Then I drank another half to be sure I’m really clean 😁
Keep drinking warm green tea, or some other gentle warm liquid. That sent me immediately to the bathroom!
I unfortunately have Issues with CONSTIPATION that Seem Overwhelming at times. 😰
I am SO GRATEFUL that You posted this to Help me & others by providing Natural Ways to Cleanse my/our bodies ✨️ 🙌 🙏 💖
eat more veggies, green beans are great. and other veg, salad etc.
I do once a week it the best.
Would this be good to prepare for a 13 hour flight or would it be better to do after a 13 hour flight to prevent travel constipation?
Would this be good to prepare for a 13 hour flight or would it be better ? to do that after a 13 hour flight travel constipation?
Can I use non-iodinated salt instead of Himalayan pink sea sea?
Can you use limes instead of lemons if that’s what you have?
I would think so. My understanding is the lemon is more to cut the taste of the salt.
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Can you do a salt flush if you have high blood pressure?
I wish i would have had this i am so happy to know that can help me cleance my tummy
You should include Epsom salt (Magnesium Sulfate) in this discussion.
Wondering if there are health conditions of. Y individual who should not use this method?!? Conditions like heart, or elevated bp or kidney. Nothing was noted in the article. Thanks.
If you already have high blood pressure or kidney problems, the best is to consult with. Your physician before trying this cleansing.
I have the same questions. Thank you
Hello there. I am not a doctor but educated i just talk from my personal experience and my local herbal medicine which has been curing people for several thousands of years but as the offered medicines are quite safe , i recommend you to try them , The symptoms you have mentioned shows that your bile system does not work properly which leads to constipation and it trigers a chain of major problems in your body, constipation leads to accumulation of toxins in your body and it will cause itchiness in your skin eye and….
bile blockage makes you deficient in all fat soluble vitamins like A , D, K, E . Vitamins which causes dry skin and eyes .and many other problems .
Now you have to perform 2 strategies: short term and long term ones.
t’s better to start with low amounts , watch your body respone and then decide to increase or decrease the dosage.
1-Constipation cure : Castor OIl is the star of the show !! Take 2 or 3 castor oil ( impurified natural castor oil and not a castor oil full of added chemicals ) , it will empty your intestines in 30 minutes or so and cleans your blood and arteries efectively without any harm . despite castor beans are toxic but it’s oil is quite safe and we have been using it for thousands of years absolutely without no any side effects , so don’t listen to people who scare you from castor oil! The longer you use it the healthier you’ll be. it won’t create any allergies or other problems ! even children can use it without any worry . I recommend to use it once in a day , or every other day or at least every 3 days. Never let the feces to stay in your abdomen for more than two days !!
This way the toxins accumulated in your body will be removed and your skin problems will disappear gradually.
For itchiness : baking soda solution in water does magic in alleviating the itchiness ! the best remmedy of itching is a mild solution of sodium bicarbonate( baking soda) in water ; a teaspoonful sodium bicarbonate in a glass of water. Rub the solution on your itching skin and watch the magic !
Long term cure : 1- Drink 2-3 tablespoonful of extra virgin olive oil in the morning on the empty stomach , warm but not hot olive oil works better.
2- use soluble fibers like arabic gum or persian gum or other foods contain soluble gum like okra , figs , aloe vera gel , flax seeds , psyllium husk , fenugreek seeds , and raw honey before your lunch or dinner meal. because soluble fiber eases the bile current.
fiber content of all of them need to be solved in water before being eaten:
arabic gum is soluble in cold water but needs time , so you have to soak it in water from hours before drinking but persian gum only solves in hot water and you need to boil it to release it’s gel .that’s true for flax seeds fenugreek seeds and psyllium husk too , otherwise they can block your stomach or intestines and create more problems . for okra you have to crush then soak them over night to release the gel into the water .
the easiest one is fresh aloe vera gel which really really does magic in curing the all kinds of digestive problems .
3- consum foods containing lecithin like raw egg yolk , walnuts, sesame seeds , hemp seeds. because lecithin is an emulcifier which helps to release bile ., they work better on empty stomach.raw egg yolk is full of vitamins and minerla that you need in an available form , it’s actually a health bomb , egg yolks does solve your cholestrol gradually and lower your lipid levels by time . Dr. Eric Bergs recommends up to 4 egg yolks per day , but as i said before it’s better to start with one then increase it gradually.
4- coffee : beat one egg yolk in a glass then pour on it hot brewed coffee mix well and drink it. especially on empty stomch , you can add a teaspoonful of raw honey or milk to it as well
5- after you solved your constipation issue by olive oil and other things using crushed raw garlic , ginger , turmeric will help you a lot
6- start and end your meals with a pinch of natural salt (not purified nor iodated salt) to see the instant effect of it on your digestion.
stay healthy and happy !
Thanks for your helpful tips.
Will castor oil help with bloating even though l am doing a mild candida cleanse.
I have been taking digestive enzymes with my evening meal.
Thanks Mary M
Thank you!! ❤️
Thank you 🙏🏼 this is very helpful
Aryan, In the section of constipation is it 2 to 3 tablespoons or is there some type of tablets?
Aryan, YOU REALLY KNOW SO MUCH ABOUT DIGESTIVE ISSUES. 😃
I had my gallbladder removed, even though they didn’t need to remove it, 10 years ago and ever since I have had so many digestive problems with constipation especially.
I’m wondering if you would be willing to help me understand better Natural ways to help my digestive system function?
I am leaving my name and email address to see IF YOU would tell me about what other kind of foods,minerals, herbs,etc that might help me?
Senna tablets or make senna tea from leaves or take a tea sold at Walmart called (smooth move) to help with constipation. It works great and it’s natural.
This is so well explained. As I love how Dr Axe explains all of life’s needs to get and stay healthy, so is the way you have explained this importance to keep the intestines clean. I have been doing the Japanese water therapy first thing in the morning and then do the olive oil with ginger, lemon, cayenne and honey 30 min. after, for about 4 years now. I chew an inch and 1/2 of aloe vera. I appreciate all the education on natural living and health encouragement Dr Axe and you put out there for us all. God bless
Thank you for sharing all this information 👍
No comments . Good, thanks
Surely all that salt is bad for those who have a tendency to high blood pressure. I have had HBP but I don’t have it now. I wouldn’t touch this recipe.
Drink fluids with electrolytes afterwards
With HBP itnis good to be cautionary but here is a bit about salt.
Regular iodinized table salt is industrial/commercial salt. It collects and retains water in our bodies. Sea salt and Himylaian salts have minerals that our body needs and is digested easier and affects our body differently. What is important with the natural salts is that you drink water to keep them flushed through your system.
I general our bodies need a bit of salt (sodium chloride) for proper cellular exchange.
Charisma I believe you alot. Thanks for sharing this important info.
Salt is not the problem many doctors over the decades made it out to be…before refrigeration, many foods were preserved in salt and people would have consumed 10 times what we consume today…sugar is the problem….read “the salt fix” by Cardiologist Dr James Dinicolantonio (great book, you can probably find it at your local library as well)
I feel comfortable doing salt cleanse once a week. Thoughts on frequency?
Lifesaver for relief after surgery pain med constipation
God bless you doc and thanks for the info
Thank you Dr. Axe and Kapuna Aunty Margaret Machado, Hawaiian legend, healer, and Lomilomi teacher who made the Deep Sea Saltwater Cleanse famous. Used to do a simplified version almost 35 years ago. Vivid memories of the ‘bucket inspections’ to see the discharged impacted fecal matter.
The full 7- or 10-day versions included Lomilomi massage, cleaning herbs, fruit and vegetable meals, sunbathing, sauna, exercise on the beach at a remote Hawaiian retreat.
Though Aunty Margaret passed in 2009, the tradition is still being carried on.
What a great memory. Thanks for sharing the protocol
Where do you go for these treatments? I’m looking for something close to me in Kansas City.
You do it yourself at home. Make sure you are not too far from from your bathroom.
Sounds SO COOL to be able to have done this Marty!
Thanks Marty for sharing your experience 😊
Sounds like a wonderful experience. I did a similar retreat with wheat grass cleansing. Fresh from the earth in her garden. She made it into juice. Learned this method from The village of Natural healing in MI.
Thank you Ada.
I just did a cleanse with about a tablespoon of iodized salt. Should I be worried?
Sea salt, or pink Himalayan salt; no iodized salt
The reason for the EXACT measurement and ratio of salt to water is to make sure the ionic charge of the flush is neutral enough to your bowel lining so that the salt water stays as a wash in the colon, and doesn’t much transverse the colon wall. This is one place that adjusting the recipe could be counter productive.
I have chronic diarrhea. Like really bad. Would this cleanse help with that?
This cleanse is supposed to help with constipation. I wouldn’t recommend doing it since you’re already cleaning out your system.
Yes I tried while having acute diarrhea, and it completely gone
You are not by any chance on a new medication are You?
I was placed on Lexapro as a new antidepressant for me and I have chronic diarrhea the entire time I was on it for 3 months but had no idea it was from that.
Yes, if it’s because of a bacterial/virus infection, but you still need probiotics!
Thank you for the info! When you mention taking probiotics after, I feel like it infers that the salt flush ruins/removes your current good flora. Sounds similar to the negative effects of antibiotics which I’m trying to avoid. Can you help me understand better the difference?
Yeah please explain why to load on probiotics . Does salt water cleanse wipe out good bacteria
The best probiotic is milk kefir use it instead of the commercial ones. You do the flush first then wait until bedtime then take a cup or two of the milk kefir. After you take a break from the salt flush keep taking the milk kefir.
42 yrs old Male 6’4” 206#. Is this amount of salt enough?
The ratio of salt to water is important.
Dr. Axe didn’t say the weight range for this recipe. If you feel you may need it, make a double recipe and drink what you can. Make sure to drink lots of plain water as well!
As with endoscopy/colonoscopy prep, the goal is to eliminate fecal matter and flush the entire GI tract with clear liquid. My GI doc suggested I take stool softeners if I was constipated prior to the prep.
can one try the salt cleanse if a person has high blood pressure.
Gud information sir
Two tea spoons are not much for my body of 6’2” and weight of 205 lbs. For my machine I need 4 tea spoons that is about 24 grams it makes one table spoon = 18grams approx and plus one tea spoon about 6 grams aprox.
Can I do this cleanse while pregnant? (33 weeks and suffering very badly from constipation)
Hi Ruth … it is not advisable. This is because the process can stimulate premature uterine contractions.
Can this help the body fighting an infection like a cold or a sinusitis?
I need something to help me- I have bowel movements about every 2 weeks and my right side of back hurts. Been going on for years and doctors cannot find why but I need to go!
I have heart disease- the cholestoral one- Osteogenesis Imperfecta- DRY DRY SKIN that I cannot get rid of and skin doctor said here is more stuff to try so basically no help. It is creams to put on my scalp yet my inside of eyes and ears and nose and scalp itch all the time! No rash.
Can you help me?
Would this detox help or another kind?
Bless you and yours.
You have hypochloridia; drink 2 oz of lemon juice (undiluted) through a straw every time you eat. Don’t drink any water or other liquids with or near (20 minutes before, one hour after) meals.
Hypochloridia causes bloating, constipation, fungal overgrowth, cavities, and kidney stones, among many other things. The fungal overgrowth is what’s causing the itching. Incorporate coconut oil and cinnamon into your diet, and try to eat Paleo-style.
Within 24-28 hours of starting to take the lemon juice, your gut will start emptying. After two weeks on the lemon juice you can start taking HCL capsules with meals instead, if you want. Doctor’s Best brand is effective and inexpensive.
Dear Linda, my doctor recommended magnesium to help facilitate bowel movements. I take 1 magnesium oxide tablet with every meal and every morning, after I have a small glass of water or 1/2 my cup of coffee or tea, I need to go,
There are many different types of magnesium, mag oxide is what you want.
Do some searches on magnesium, it has many health benefits and a deficiency in it may be causing some of your other symptoms.
If 3 per day makes your stools too loose, back down to 2/ day. I hope this will help you.
See Dr Joel Furhman reversing heart disease and G bombs. All with diet and lifestyle.
gaps protocol fixed my right side and back pain plus my dry skin also. (going on for years) its going to fix it..
Could possibly have something to do with the liver. Read about the liver and gallbladder flush by andreas moritz. That might give some valuable information.
Sounds like candida biofilm! Severe detox is necessary. The bodies toxicity will negatively impact liver and kidneys. I’m sure you also have leaky gut! Body needs nutrients. Start with every other day coffee
Enemas and then Defoe Tummy. Google dr Daniels candida study
Have you ever deep cleaned your colon?? I was like this too and so weak and sick. I decided to do coffee enemas, and there were so many parasites, so I decided to keep doing them sometimes 2-3 x a day as I was releasing some really old toxic stuff. When I would feel really toxic from the die off I’d do another enema which is key when you’re this impacted, since clearing it out I have perfect posture vericose veins GONE, I can sleep, no itching no dry skin, eyes big and bright,
I also completely stopped eating sugar white flour it and processed food or meat, whole food only. What a life saving thing. Research the hidden parasite issue we have. Everyone has them.
They slowly take your life by blocking up bowels along with food not designed for humans. When you have old poo and dead animal inside of you, you attract parasites because they think they need to decompose you. Get it out! Pooping 3 times a day MINIMUM. Constipation is a toxic health damaging things, look up the book this famishing world and read about food and your colon health.
Sounds like parasites. Do a parasite cleanse, it sounds like the same problem I had. It Certainly won’t hurt
Please consider seeking out The Wellness Way! Clinics all over the country and can even do over the phone. Life changing!
Can I drink the salt water to flush my intestine with diverticulitis? Is that safe?
A salt water flush should be fine for diverticulitis but I suggest you check with your healthcare provider to be sure.
flush..doesn’t that mean enema? Why are people saying drink the salt water??
Will this (salt water flush) flush out good bacteria? Like oxalobacter formigenes that can not be regained/replenished once lost?
It will flush some good bacteria but not a unsafe level unless one uses a salt water flush too often. In most cases, it should be used when seriously constipated.
Thank you Dr. Axe for all your wonderful enlightening articles on health and wellbeing. I have been following your posts and buying your products for a long time now and I have never been disappointed. You are a wonderful human being and your service to humanity is greatly appreciated. May you be immensely blessed! Appreciate you for all that you are and all that you do!
Thank you Premlatha!
I just tried on a completely empty stomach and threw it up. Does this still cleanse me?
I’ve read on other salt water flushes that drinking the solution quickly will make people throw up. Another detox site I use recommends 1.5-2.5 TBSP of salt and to sip slowly over 20-30min
Have you tried a good old fashioned enema? It gives instant relief.. Look it up. Hope this helps.
I used to buy the Shudh cleanse, which is no longer available. But, I still keep with the practice, though I use Dr. Axe’s recipe. I gulp 8-10 oz, then do 6 Asana yoga moves for digestion, then another 8-10oz and so on. It usally takes me 2L and 2 hrs to accomplished the task. I sometimes gag, so I’ll stop drinking at that point or take a break. I could never do 1L all at once.
My question was answered. Thank-you
not sure i will try it thanks
I’ve tried this many times and it works! Doesn’t taste too bad either.
Always we were told salt water was given to induce vomiting and that works too good. Maybe enough lemon juice would stop that??
I have been using salt water flushes since the early 1980’s. Especially when I am fighting an illness or an infection. They are life saving. I always do them first thing in the morning and also combine them with high colonic irrigation at times. I used them when I was fighting the Covid 19 battle (along with several other holistic and natural remedies) and could not have made it through without them. I do not use pharmaceuticals of any kind, not even an aspirin and especially not antibiotics which ruined my health after massive intravenous infusions for chronic childhood infections.
I’d like to know if this is something I can try to help me get rid of psoriasis. Any idea if it may help?
It may help but hard to say. Take a look at this article: https://draxe.com/health/psoriasis-diet/
Psoriasis may be caused by a variety of circumstances. One reference you can explore is Dr. John Pagano, for real.
I healed my own psoriasis with a 3 month mainly vegetarian diet, as much organic as I could.
No refined foods, clean food with as few or no additives as and if possible. No dairy, white bread and no nightshade family vegetables; these include tomatoes -ketchup, spaghetti sauce etc. , eggplant and potatoes and a few other google search: (nightshade foods).
Some daily exercise, walking is good enough and early morning early evening sunlight or vit. d supplement.
Get his book and there is a lecture on YouTube to find out about him.
That worked for me, and I am not dispensing medical advice.
Hi Bryan: This is my personal experience only, not a medical professional and not a nutritionist-I have found that eating keto and then went carnivore and saw my skin clear after one week on carnivore. Nutrition is best way to resolve skin problems. And not dirty keto, please. Nourishing foods that don’t contain grains or sugars or come in a packet or box. My skin would flare the worst when consuming glutens and alcohol. No troubles at all when I went back to keto after a brief trial with carnivore diet. Something to think about :)
I healed mine with a combo of the following 2 things:
(1) MSM crystals: buy the large crystals and grind into a fine powder. Avoid the MSM powders or capsules… they may contain fillers
(2) Raw shea butter: really any natural lotion will do. But not something runny – it needs to be thick enough to “hold” the MSM powder. Avoid over-processed “mositurizers”
Mix 85% lotion with 15% MSM powder and apply twice (or more) daily as lotion.
My back, inner thighs, butt cheeks, arms were covered with it, it was itchy and embarassing! Suffered for YEARS! And it’s now cleared. Next Summer I can wear open-backed clothing…yeyyyy!!
Also, I shared this with someone in my workout class who had it pretty bad on their arms and it healed theirs as well, so it’s NOT just me. Try it, and good luck!
My teeth are really bad in pain I have done warm soapy water but my mouth still hurts
Look into slippery elm. And keep detoxing
Try oil pulling, worked for Bill.
Also look into mouth parasites. I had advanced periodontal disease and teeth were sensitive and getting loose, could not figure it out. Did a huge enema cleanse over a month and my teeth are completely healed. If you have mercury fillings get those out because the heavy metal attracts parasites.
Rinse with high content salt water 10 x a day to kill the parasites in your gums. They also get into your sinuses and seep toxins onto the tooth roots.
Mix a high concentration of salt regular table salt if you don’t have pink or purified sea salt also known as Hawaiian salt, then just gargle with the mixture multiple times daily until the infection clears. I can tell you from personal experience it works, and you should see results by the second day at most, normally the end of the same day. You don’t swallow it just gargle and spit it out.
Is this cleanse okay or good for a diabetic type 2?
Good question, Fay. In most cases, a salt water flush should work fine for a diabetic. However, if you have high blood pressure, digestive issues, kidney or heart disease, you should avoid.
Hi is this safe to do while breastfeeding?
As long as you keep it to a short time period, such as 1 to 2 days, yes, it would be safe. A salt water cleanse is safe for breastfeeding because toxins are pulled out very gradually, in smaller amounts, and your breast milk is largely unaffected.
Great! You actually gave the recipe and did not do a hard sell. I’m going to try it
Saltwater flush is the only thing that works for my constipation. In the morning before breakfast. I add lemon and lime juice. Drink it down in 5 minutes or less and within 45 minutes it works. Concentrate on the bowel movement and not reading or the internet.
Safe to do while breastfeeding?
What makes the Celtic salt better than the pink Himalayan?
It’s been a long time since I did the research but what I remember is that the clay beds used to evaporate seawater for the Celtic sea salt have mineral properties that add to the benefits. And it tastes better to me.
No discomfort and nothing at all came out. Does that mean my colon is clean?
Maybe you didn’t use enough water volume or use enough salt? I usually put in more than 2 teaspoons, actually don’t think that would make it saline enough for your gut to reject it and flush it through.
Hours later I feel worse and nothing happened
maybe you were not on a completely empty stomach.
if you do this and your stomach is empty, you’ll simply become bloated.
Very good! Thank you ❤️
I did two cleanses in 1 day. I was super backed up. first cleanse definitely worked, emptied out everything. second cleanse, I’m 30 mins in and feel no urge to poop yet
Hi, I tried this today with one litre water It worked very well. But please let me know when can I didn’t l drink normal water? After how many hours one should consume food? And even probiotic drink.
I have to try this recipe it sounds great
This works!! But stay close to the restroom after the solution.
Your body does not absorb the salt, or as little as possible. The whole point is to make a solution that will pass through the body. The solution has specific gravity such that it ‘floats’ through the body, not being absorbed. That is what makes it able to flush the colon.
I did this and the cleanse was euphoric! I feel better and works better than herbal poo poo teas.
What would be a good schedule to follow? Salt water cleanse, detox drinks, baths, master cleanse, eat normal but healthy foods. What to do first, second, third, etc.???
Hi Nikki … I would urge you to pace yourself. Too many cleanses can deplete your system. Don’t do more than for 3 days. And yes, eat clean foods throughout. Here are two good articles about eating plans: https://draxe.com/nutrition/healing-diet/ and https://draxe.com/nutrition/clean-eating-meal-plan/
Speaking from experience add dandelion tea it too has a laxative effect and halts spike protein in less than 2 minutes.
Hi I did this and it worked. However, it took me longer than 5 minutes to drink all the water. This was also my first time doing any colon cleanse. Next time hopefully I will be able to drink all the water closer to 5 minutes. Feeling great!
Ok thank you so much
I used 4 cups, which is roughly 1 liter. I was able to drink 2 cups in 5 minutes. Over the next 20 minutes I sipped 1 more cup, because of nausea. I stopped and did not drink the full liter, but still go results within the hour.
As always I learn from you! Thank you so much.
I tried it but ididnt get tthe results could be having aserious problem or it so happens and may be later it can work out just asking
Is this cleanse safe for people with Hypertension?
I would like to know that to! Can someone reply please. Thanks
I ate a frozen dinner with 66per cent salt, now i have a rash on my legs, very itchy, breaking out, i always try to watch how much salt i consume at any one time, no potato chips or salt on my food, have had to watch salt for several years, this just was my mistake for not reading the contents of the meal, can you suggest something to stop the itch?
tea tree oil is a great remedy for itching
How often is it good to do this?
I would say only as needed or up to 4 times a year if you need more healing.
I do it every day
Hi Dr Axe,
Is this safe for someone on a low salt diet due to high BP?
No, this can increase blood pressure.
Wow!! Thank You!! I found out that eating sugar can also raise your blood pressure more than salt.
I am definitely going to try it in the morning. Will send my feedback thank you.
What is the difference between a salt flush and an enema
A salt flush you drink the water to cleanse the intestinal tract. An enema, you insert water anally to cleanse the colon. Both have the same effect, yet the enema cannot flush beyond the colon.
How can a person drink a whole liter of water…which is 33. 8 ounces of water at one time without vomiting it all back up? Are you sure these measurements are correct? this doesn’t sound right for the 1 liter part. Was this correct about the 1 liter of water?
Hi Aujunai, I’ve done this a few times and it’s been totally fine. 1 liter of water is achievable without vomiting. I pour mine out from the jar and have 4 glasses worth. I take a 10 second break between each glass which might help.
I tried the flush water today and just after 5 minutes I vomited. All the water I drank came out. What do you think, what could have gone wrong?
After working with 100’s of clients, sharing the Sea Salt Cleanse, those that end up “vomiting it all back up” were suffering from:
1. mild to server forms of constipation (= anything less than 1 or 2 bowel movements per day depending on the type of diet)
2. they may have slight to server forms of negative bacteria, from buggy meats, fish, and vegetables that have proliferated the upper and lower digestive tract.
Could be other problems…
However, after several attempts over several days, those that were vomiting were able to wash away the disturbance in their upper digestive tract and the saltwater was able to flow from end to end or from your mouth, through your intestinal tract to your toilet unhindered.
Yes. I’ve followed this recipe many times. 1 liter is not that much. I’ve never had a problem.
I did 2 liters if I remember correctly.
One litre is the same as drinking 2 bottles of bottled water that come in a case. You can definitely do this without vomiting
Relax it’s 4 cups
I was skeptical but this works! I chugged it in less than 5 minutes. Stay close to the bathroom after consuming.
most natural and efficient way to empty the bowels. As long as your blood pressure isn’t high already
The indian panchakarma known as shankaprakshalana in my experience is far more effective in cleansing…it involves a series of exercises to help the intestinal movement.
Yes, I just watched it. Very complete. Thank you for mentioning it
I was deathly ill with colon blockage brought about by antibiotic that previously had different name, had fda approval of name change to avoid BLACKBOX WARNING of side effects that includes death. My colon had basically stopped functional use. Unable to even keep water from vomiting, my family brought me to G.I specialist who accused me of anorexic behavior, that antibiotics were not an issue it was all in my head and suggested colonoscopy. I told him to go ____ himself. My brilliant wholistic practitioner suggested gallon of water with salt, watched me drink every drop over few hours. Saved my life. Blessings.
What was the old name, and what is the new name of the antibiotic? TY
Can you use room temperature bottled water for the cleanse? Or does it have to be warm?
You’ll have better results if it is warm as it will relax the intestines. PLus, it will be easier to swallow if you pretend it is soup.
I’m sorry but why can’t people just read the Instructions and do what it says instead of asking
things it doesn’t say??!!
Recipe would be easier to prepare if using ounces of cups instead of litres.
Convert online. Print a conversion table and attach to inside of kitchen cabinet door. Not a problem with that available.
I took it about an hour ago took me 6 minutes to drink but nothing yet
One liter is 32 ounces Or 4 cups, easy peasy
One liter is not 32 oz. That is a quart.
1 liter =
33.814 us fluid ounces
Use a conversion chart moron. We have these great inventions called books and the internet to help cretins like you, who need to be reminded to breathe, figure these things out…
Aw, no need to be so me! #bekind 💙
Wow that was harsh. This is a health website not twitter. Hope you have a good day.
no need of being mean….it costs nothing to be kind…..
I like you!
RUDE MUCH? OMG!! WHY THE NASTY ATTITUDE!!
1 liter=33.8 oz =4.23 cups.
It won’t make much difference if you take a quart, 32 oz, or a liter, 33.8 oz.
in the time it took you to type that you could just google the conversion.
You could have searched and solved your made up problem in the time you took to type out your useless complaint for people to read.
Depends where you are from :) I am in Canada and don’t *get* pints, ounces, gallons – I always have to use a converter!!
Is this safe to do if you have high blood pressure or heart issues? (asking because of that is a lot of sodium)
Is this safe to do if you have high blood pressure
I love Dr. Axe and the many more natural remedies he suggests but I dont love how he and so many online never answer any questions asked in comments on their articles etc. Ya’d think he’d chime in at least once in a while….
Totally agree beginning to wonder if he is like all others just in it for the money.
Is the salt water flush safe for diabetics or thise who are predietbetes?
I’m looking for foods that lower cholesterol. My Dr. wants to put me on Lipitor.
Here you go Michelle: https://draxe.com/nutrition/cholesterol-lowering-foods/
look up Dr Esselysten on youtube and Dr. John McDougall, I dropped my total cholesterol 114 points in one month following their program.
Eat a cup of beans every day
Works wonders on cholesterol
Ist there any contraindication to salt water flush ?e.g.HTN ect?How many times to you do this?How long will drink that one liter?Any side effects after the flush?It seems scary to be drinking bolus saline water?
I think the instructions are self explanatory, read instructions again slowly
Should this be done on an empty stomach?
Did you read the article?
This doesn’t seem like a good idea for those with high blood pressure. Can you get the same effect with just the warm water and lemon, minus the salt?
No. The salt has purging effects. It cleans out the contents of the digestive tracts.
As for the high blood pressure, food is thy medicine. You are the only one in charge of your health.
Have done it many times with high blood pressure with no increase or ill effects. I feel better when its all said and done. Along with masters cleanse, long-term juice fasting, I was able to reset, lose weight, learn to eat better and get off all meds.
Did the master cleanse in college back in the early 70’s. No solid food for two weeks just salt water then a mixture of pure lemon juice maple syrup and cayenne pepper throughout the day.also some black organic tea. Finished it off with a quart of OJ on my last day and felt more energetic than I ever felt. Dropped 12 lbs in 14 days.
HI. this cleanse u tried sounds interesting. can u give me more info pls?
Did you drop a lot of kids off at the pool all 14 days?
Is this salt water cleanse, safe to use if you have high blood pressure?
How often should you do this Cleanse?
I see three recipes #2 # 4 #6
I’m puzzled am I suppose to graduate to higher or is it based on something else?
I’m sure it explains somewhere I cant find
Please use ounces in recipes. This is the United States.
This website is accessed world wide. Please figure out conversions, it’s easy. Print something out for yourself and keep it in your kitchen.
Use a conversion calculator. Do you even know what a quart is?
Just tried this cleans for the first time. Drank the entire liter and almost immediately felt something brewing…ran to the bathroom, sat down and grabbed the garbage can to vomit up pretty much the entire liter. About 5 minutes later it worked out the other end. Not sure if the vomiting is a one time thing for my body or if it will happen each time, but it was not fun. Thinking I’ll just let my body recover from this and maybe try it again next weekend to see if anything changes. Anyone else have this happen with this cleanse?
Yes. Vomited immediately. That’s it.
I have done this several times and never vomit. It usually takes me 6 minutes to drink the salt water. And 15 minutes before I have to go to the bathroom. Then sit for an hour. Don’t walk away and think you just have to fart cuz it won’t be a fart.
Do you still recommend this if you have high blood pressure ?
What if you’re on a salt restricted diet because of heart failure? Doesn’t at sound like a good idea.
The body/heart still needs sodium as an important electrolyte. Look into the cells’ sodium potassium pump. It will change your life.
Natural Himalayan salt and table salt are not the same thing.
I am wondering about using this if it will help heal diverticulosis?
This did wonders. Wow thanks. Can I do this if I gave had food poisoning??.
I have been taking senna one night and one morn for about 2yrs but Suddenly Suffering server pain in my
Abdomen so visit my doctor Question
Why the CHANGE ALL OF ASUDDEN NO
Experiencing cleanse right now! So happy I did it! How long should I wait to eat?!?! Ice fasted for 18 hrs so far and very hungry lol thank you!
For all you concerned about the salt absorption… understand that the body is 0.9% salt. This is why IV fluids of Normal Saline is 0.9%. It’s considered isotonic…. It won’t draw water from the cells or increase the salt concentration in the cells. The body will do it’s own regulation of intaking too much salt or pure water. It’s osmosis. When you drink the salt water solution if it’s too salty, your body will try to make it isotonic by pulling water from the body, causing dehydration. If it’s not salty enough, your body will absorb the water to hydrate you, causing more frequent urination. Two teaspoons of salt in a liter of water will pull fluids from the body to try and dilute the salt, increasing the volume of your intestines with more fluids. Your body will try to expel the salty water as quickly as possible to keep itself from getting too dehydrated. This also carries out important bacteria’s that help regulate the digestive system. Yogurt with probiotics and other enzymes are extremely important after a flush. After your finished emptying your bowels, drink plenty of fresh water to replenish what was drawn out of the body.
Thanks for the info! :)
I’ve tried this flush several times following instructions and measurements very precisely and I just get bloated, nothing comes out. I have normal amount of Celtic sea salt in my diet. I have some type of electrolyte imbalance and every time I eat salty foods, I get bloated. The flush worked for my husband perfectly, so it’s definitely not a measurement issue. I’m very curious what could be causing me to retain water/salt. Low potassium maybe? I have a lot of it in my diet though and have tried supplementing with potassium citrate.
pleasw highlight the fact that the salt amoount is teaspoons not tablespoons
It sounds great! I will try it.
Will it affect your blood pressure?
I would like to do this so what is your suggestion?
Works like a charm! I actual feel energized even though I work out everyday I now really want to workout with added energy…thanks… this recipe is a life changer for me!
Awesome news, Willie, thanks for letting us know!
so since salt kills bacteria, will this kill good bacteria in your gut?
We will see how it all works out for me
Dr. Ax do u have a clinic / Are you taking new patients.
I did the procedure as prescribed with no results. Very disappointing
Dear Dr Axe
Iam on my 8 day in a juice cleanse.
Do i you think that the salt water flush will be a good thing to do now or should I have started out doing that?
thank you mr dr josh axe a lot of health services .i creatful to you.
Thanks for the recipe! I am having a hard time keeping the flush down, and quickly throw up after taking it. Does this mean this flush isn’t for me or is there anything I can do? I do live in Canada and our measurements are a bit different, but I do 4 cups of water (which is a lot!) and two teaspoons of Himalayan pink salt.
Thanks again for the receipts, big fan of your website and YouTube channel!
I just experienced the same exact thing. Within a minute of finishing the salt water I rushed to the bathroom and vomited up pretty much the entire liter. But also had a ‘cleanse’ out the other end too within 5 minutes after vomiting. Sounds like you and I have similar reactions, I would also like to know if there is something that we should change about this cleanse to make it easier on our system.
Justine you are the second person in the comments to say this happened to them. I wish he would answer questions so we would know. I want to try this but not sure now…….
I did this flush for the first time today. I was thoroughly cleaned out and I feel so much better. I do suffer with frequent constipation and stomach cramps. I think this will help. I plan to do the flush once monthly
I have a question about the salt cleanse . how does this affect people with high blood pressure??
Hello I want info on how to lower my blood pressure naturally without taking medication can anyone please please
What if you don’t have the urge to use the bathroom after drinking the ‘salt water flush’?
I read a tip somewhere that drinking this through a straw helps get it down, and I’ve found that definitely helps for me…not sure why, though!
Less air is swallowed through a straw
To the Doctor
I mixed this drink up just like it says and it’s been about two hours and I still have not used the bathroom i am still plugged up please help thank you
Hi dr Axe, I have been reading your articles for more than 5years.
I highly appreciated your knowledge and willingness to help people.
You’re a one of a kind empathic good heart person. Than you sooo very much.
What does dr. Axe say about histamines? Does collegian make histamines worse? And what can a person do if they are allergic to histamines? Thank you, Diane Gonzalez.
Can I use detox water every week ?
How often can I use detox salt water ?
How much hot water do I need to prepare this Salt Cleanse??
32 oz or four cups
Did you read the instructions
How often can you use the Salt Water Cleanse?
I have been drinking salt water for over 3yrs very good but I normally add bicarbonate of soda in cold water it works very fast. I never have probiotics I just have a healthy breakfast
How often do you have this
I did the 2 teaspoons salt and lemon. Nothing happened. I did not go. I had an injury in my small intestine area, electrical current burn. Not digesting food and I eat very little and can not loose weight.
Did you put the salt and lemon juice in te 32 ounces of war water
I have a question, can a person who suffers from high blood pressure try this recipe? Can I use Himalayan pink salt instead of sea salt?
Thank you for this great life hack. First off, please read the recipe before you mix your drink. I must’ve dreamed up that it was two tablespoons and discovered my error too late. For about an hour I walked the corridors, intermittently lying down to contemplate getting my affairs in order, thinking I had mistakenly received a glass of Jim Jones cool-aid. Then I could literally feel the Volkswagen Beetle slowly making its way through my intestines. I made a good choice when I decided to sit on the throne to welcome its arrival. As I backed the car out of the garage it was followed by the longest waterfall movement I’d ever experienced, I was so surprised I let out a loud “MY GOODNESS”. Then all is well!
This sounds stupid, it is not good to have that much salt added to your system. It can raise blood pressure. The article does not warn off anyone who must avoid salt for high blood pressure. This seems irresponsible and dangerous.
Hi Dr. Axe! May I please ask if I can do a salt water flush on the 4th day if my fasting. I have been drinking only pure water and two cups of warm water with lemon and maple syrup since Saturday. Thanks and God bless you!
How about people with high blood pressure?
Since reading this I have been on salt water wash for three months starting first of June and tomorrow is 1 September it is the best thing I have done for my IBS I have struggled with this problem for years I swim I exercise and this is been the best thing thanks Dr Axe
What can we do for memory loss
Change your diet. Cut out the processed crap and sugars.
Krill oil started working for my memory loss within days I had old memories resurface. After 2 years of using daily my memory better then ever.
If you eat two or three a apples pet day and. Two or three green or red peppets and drink enough water. You won’t need this cleanse.
That’s a lot of sugar
Does this affect blood pressure ?
Is it funny that no one answers your question?
Is this safe for a toddler? If so how much can they take. My friends son is stopped up bad and the pedialax is not working yet.
The salt water flush recipe is it good for a person with High Blood Pressure . Thank You . Sincerely Jocelyne Stewart
How often is it safe to do this cleanse?
So disappointed I really wanted this to work …nothing happened 🙁 and it taste terrible bc it’s salt water haha
Hello! Is this flush better for the body than a magnesium flush? It certainly sound much quicker as the mag one takes overbite. Thnx! U r the best dr axe!
Am I able to do it without lemon? Is it safe to do this?
I did this years ago but used 2 tablespoons of salt instead. I thought I was going to die. Don’t overdo the salt.
Symptoms: Shivering, sweating, felt cold, diarrhea, nausea, excessive thirst, inability to drink water because it added to the nausea.
No exaggeration… it really felt like I wasn’t going to make it.
Be careful out there.
What should one eat after a salt water flush
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You have excellent info! I’m wondering what I should search out in all your info regarding this in and off diarehea along with my stomach not feeling good, sometimes chills come with it(could be dairy culprit) Other times I feel wonderful(but I’ll notice no B Movement) then then next day not feeling so good. Also, my stomach is measured 39′ concerns me. Not sure what I can do? Also regarding salt water above recipe. What’s your feelings on enema using salt Water? I’m thinking once my probiotics have empty I thought maybe I try your gut health. Thank You for leading me to article that might give me light😊
Can a person with high blood pressure do the salt water flush?
Can a high blood pressure person do this flush?
I’m not a Dr. I do have high blood pressure… I have done far worse than an occasional sea-salt cleanse and survived. There are lifestyle as well as dietary changes suggested in managing Bp. Maybe after the cleanse you start an exercise routine…
Try a coffee enema
Definitely trying this today.
Can I do a salt cleanse weekly.
What if nothing happened….yet….after drinking the solution? It’s been almost a few hours….just wait?
TAKE A WALK, DRINK MORE DISTILLED WATER
Is this safe while you’re breastfeeding?
Can I add a couple drops stevia?
I need a flush for gall stones.
Is this safe to do with gallstones? I am also missing my entire colin as well as part of the small bowel but seem to be very constipated considering! Thanks!
What if this doesn’t produce a bm? Like how powerful is this cleanse?
My hubs has been constipated for weeks. He did this flush, and nothing.
Time to see a doctor?
Follow up with another litre of warm water. I find that helps to push through.
Question about a bemer , do you recommend them?
who knew that my favorite made up drink was actually a flush…
What about using the salt with high blood pressure? Is that a concern?
How long do you take the salt drink for
I’ve been pooping diarrhea every 5-10 min, starting from about 1.5 hours after the flush. Is that okay? There’s been no pain. Also, how often can this flush be done?
When can I start eating after doing the flush? Its been an hour so far and I havent gone to the bathroom yet.
How many consecutive times this process can be performed?
after reading these comments I ran out to try to find a stoer to buy my apple cider vinager, could not find a stoer anywhere…then I tried to google it and found that I was stupid for trying to follow someones advice and my auto correct told me and I quote ” hey stupid your looking for a store, there is no such thing as a stoer”
Do you have to drink the whole litre of water. Or can you drink a glass at diferent times?
ANYTHING TO CLEAN MY GUT AND LIVER!
Does this cause the pain/cramps that normally come with a quick colon cleanse? I’m having a colonoscopy next week and don’t want to go through the prep again — had to cancel last month because the “prep kit” that I was required to order did not do the trick for me. I’d love to try something more natural.
sounds good, “It late, need my sleep,” check back. With you tomorrow on rest of this, you have a great site here. If I can find it!
I sure hope this works. I will try it and see if it works
I didn’t see anything about apple cider in this article. It was talking about a master cleanse which includes sea salt, lemon juice and warm water only.
I didnt either plus there is no such thing as a stoer…you get it from the STORE just like you learn to spell from skool.
I used Himalayan pink salt.
And nothing happened!!!
Is it ok???
What about people’s with hypertension, will the salt increase their blood pressure?
I try this years ago and it didnt work so gave up on the idea, what should I do of it doesn’t work
Do I drink the liter?
Is there an alternative recipe for children? Or is the original recipe ok for them? And at what age can children start this cleanse?
What if it’s been an hour & haven’t felt anything?
Same here. Nothing happened.
I just did this and as soon as I finished drinking all the water I threw up. Every bit of it. Any tips for this???
Allie! Go back and look at Amanda’s comment on sole; it’s around March 18, 2018, I think, a little above this one. Do research on sole – it might help anybody looking for a regular, daily way to have things ‘move along’ in the mornings. There are several articles; we need to use the terms in her comment to pull up the articles, i.e., jar, sea salt, water. If you want to continue working with this salt water flush, which is stronger and can’t be used, according to one site, for more than 7 days (recommendation; other sites similar recommendation) without waiting several weeks – sole might be a solution (literally, it is a solution of organic salt in water, kept in a jar, and taken 2 teaspoons in the morning daily. I like the sole idea at least to try it, because it is milder and solves other ‘issues’ – one does not have to buy magnesium any more, for one! deeprootsat home was one website; another, savorylotus
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Thanks dr., you are changing the world, God bless you for providing an alternative to standard practice. I am praying for you and your family!
This is dangerous advice & NOT a treatment for constipation. It’s close to a colonoscopy prep. Women in the 40’s used it all the time thinking they could control their weight with it.
Salt water is not a dangerous thing. And it is not intended in using it every day if you read the article
Worked great for me! Took it at 7:30 this morning. 2 hours later worked like a charm!
What if you’re on meds for high bp. Can you take this cleanse with all the salt? Seems not likely to me.
Great information, I’m doing this salt water flush today as I’ve been backed up.
Why do I love drinking sea water
I needed a spot in Sunday’s webinar at 5:00 p.m. but I believe it was set up for 11:00 a.m. I will be in church at that time. I am in Pacific time if that matters.
Is it ok to take a colon cleans capsule on a daily basis? Or Can i take this everyday to keep colon clean . I’m also taking spirulina chrollea combination do I need a probiotic I also take ashwagandha and multicollegan protein powder is this too much
Is it ok to take a colon cleans capsule on a daily basis? Or Can i take this everyday to keep colon clean .
What are some healthy foods that you would recommend after the colon cleanse or if someone just had bad diarrhea?
taking magnesium or perhaps too much vit c will do the job nicely.
Try sole! It is cheaper than buying vitamin C for the purpose of helping elimination, and makes buying magnesium for same purpose or any other, unnecessary, according to one website. I keep commenting not sure whether comments will be posted! See Amanda’s comment above, a little above yours. Use sole, jar, sea salt, as your search terms to get the engine to find the articles.
This salt water flush “works” great!!!
? How often can I do this…
Happier in Canada
PS So enjoying Dr Axe…new Keto Book!!!
I just did the flush about 45 minutes ago and I feel like im going to vomit I’m also very light headed and dizzy what should I do (^～^)
How many days is this recommended for?
Just started this today, a little after thirty minutes I had my first movement, second one minutes after that. Is it normal to be mainly liquid the first time?
How often can this be taken, I took it today for the first time with great results. It took roughly an hour for it all kick in and when it did, it was great.
The answer can be found if you search on other websites. One site: no more than 7 days; then let several weeks go by before using again. Others have slightly different recommendations.
I am so happy with the Salt Water Flush! I’m in my 30’s and have CD, and I may ask to use this for my colonoscopy prep next time. This is better than the colonoscopy prep because you don’t feel icky during/after. I felt normal. I was very skeptical, but I followed the directions exactly except used lime instead of lemon (thinking margarita). It tasted okay, and I was able to drink it all in 5 minutes first thing in the morning. It took about 45 minutes to work for me, and I was completely “flushed” within 3 hours. I would only do this if you have some time to be home. 5 Stars!!
Do you have to use lemon juice?
Does this cleanse your entire colon?
I tried this flush this afternoon and it definitely worked. I have had a lot of surgeries over the last year causing my system to get really backed up by all the pain killers. Tried laxatives, enemas, etc and I’d get SOME relief but not like this. My belly is still rumbling and I’m still up and down to the bathroom. I can say I already feel a few pounds lighter though I’m actually heavier but that’s just water weight. I did this cleanse to basically jumpstart a healthier diet and try to be healthy all together. I use Himalayan pink salt, warm filtered bottled water and lemon juice. First sip wasn’t great but after you drink it more, it’s not that bad and within 30 minutes, I was in the bathroom
A quart of water will kill me. I have a low sodium issue and was told by a nephrologist I should reduce water I drink as it dilutes my blood sodium. I am 84 and have been hospitalized with low sodium. I drink about 16 oz., not including soup.
Try sole – recommended in a comment a little above this one. Do research on sole – it is saturated water with salt, and from what I am reading at several sites, solves several problems – it could help your sodium lack and more…
Do you have to drink a quart or is less ok.
I did it with about 80% filled in a pickle jar. Still had great results, so probably around 20-24 ounces instead of 32.
I’ve done this flush twice now. There’s no polite way to ask this, but here we go. Should the “water out” be about as much as the “water in”? If not, does the amount of salt need to be increased or decreased? Or is it possible my body just doesn’t respond well to a salt water flush?
The water out was a lot more than the water in. I would expect to release more water than what you took.
By far the worst thing iv ever tried to drink. 1 litre!!! I could barely take 3 sips.
can i use epsom salt?
Thank you. This information could not have come at a better time. Thank you for assisting me in getting my health back on track. Blessings
Hi! I was just told about this method by my trainer today. I plan on doing it tomorrow morning. The thing is my diet plan has me eating every 3 hours. How will that work with the cleanse? Can I still eat while on it or
Will I have to wait a certain amount of hours before I can eat again? Thank you!
Looking for new ideas add new things to try
Try what Amanda suggests: sole – see her comment on I think March 18, 2018; it is a little above yours. Research sole – add terms like salt water, sea salt, jar, to get the search engine to find the other articles. It seems like a use daily solution, and not only to encourage elimination naturally; salt and water helps many other aspects of health too!
It really doesn’t taste THAT bad. Take the end of the lemon you cut and squeeze the juice into the cup before adding water. Then add the lemon slices and let the water/salt mixture sit for a few minutes to absorb the flavor.
I highly suggest you DON’T slam it down as quickly as possible, as that can lead you to spew it right back up. Slow sips are fine and will get the job done just as well.
The belly massage is a great idea! Gentle digestive yoga is another thing you can try, especially if you’re drinking this in the morning—it helps wake up the body, mind, and gets you moving and limber to take on the day. It’s a great supplement to this detox tonic, and can get the show on the road much faster and smoother, if you know what I mean :)
I tried with all my being but I could only drink all but a cup and a half. Will it still work?
Thank you so much I’ll try it
I have suffer from hemrrhoids and are now experiecing other issies – liver. I would like to cleanse my gut, with this recipe is it recommended for someone with my condition? I want to start with my colon, then liver detox. everywhere Ive read, it has been recommended to detox/cleanse the gut or colon before anything. In your experience what would you recommend and is it safe.
Additionally, can I have coffee in the mornings after a cleanse? or reduce to just fruits, veggies and water?
I appreciate all your help :-)
Hi doc-Can I use the salt water rinse recipe if i am 4m pregnant?
What would you recommend first? Diamacaceous earth or the Salt water cleanse?
Do you do this do this mixture once a day for a few days just the one time?
BEWARE IF YOU GET MIGRAINES! I suffer regularly from migraines and had one of the worst of my life within an hour of taking this. I felt sick, blinding headache and 14 hours later, still hadn’t gone to the bathroom. I’m not saying that it will be like this for every migraine sufferer, but just something to bear in mind before you proceed?
Likely detoxing side effects if I had to guess.
Quick q: How long should we be massaging while laying our sides? Thanks!
and actually we use iodined salt in our house ? and i dont know about how will i get sea salt or himalayan salt.
Found mine easily at the grocery store. Hard to miss the pink rocks
will it work if i make it half , i mean half liter water with 1 teaspoon salt and 1 tablespoon lemon juice?,
or what if i use 2 tablespoon lemon juice with 1 teaspoon salt in half liter ?
I’ve tried this on someone twice, whilst doing it myself. It worked for me but the other person just absorbed it and there was no “cleansing” effect like i had.
What could cause that?
You may have been more generally hydrated than the other person? If a person is dehydrated the body can absorb the solution rather than it’s passing through to flush the system.
How often does one so this
I haven’t tried this, but have recently started solè. It’s similar, but instead of preparing as described above you fill a third of a mason jar with quality salt, I use pink Himalayan, and top it off with filtered water. Leave about two fingers from the top and cover with a plastic (no metal) lid and give a good shake. Leave it for a day and if there are any salt crystals left that means the water has reached maximum salt absorption. If not, add more salt, wait another day. I take a teaspoon of this mixed with 8oz of water in an empty stomach every morning. The method claims to boost many benefits, but as I’ve only recently started I have yet to notice anything other than my constipation is now not an issue. If anything, that is worth the minimal effort to prepare and take this daily. Just another option for those suffering from constipation.
Thank you… I did some research. It would be great for every morning just to encourage things to move along. Had never known of sole. One site says ‘never buy magnesium again!’ So another ‘issue’ potentially solved, and inexpensively. All the minerals in sea salt/Celtic salt/Himalayan salt help with sleep, too, and more – . There are a number of sites recommending sole.
Can you use mediterranean sea salt for the sea salt flush
Question: Why haven’t I pooped yet? It’s been almost 2 hours since I drank the nasty concoction. Help.
I am 6 week pregnant can i follow this recipe salt lemon water everymorning or not. I have constipation problem every morning plz suggest
I did this minus the massaging as at first I felt kind of hot and sick but it’s been 30 Minutes and I don’t feel the need to go to the bathroom at all. I had some gas but that’s it.
how often should one do this?
Is it ok to do this if you have an inguinal hernia?
Question: i have a capsule filler. Can I grind the salt and fill the capsules and take ‘home-made salt capsules’ followed by plain warm water instead?
It’s not about ingesting the salt.
It’s about using a solution that is the same specific gravity as the cells and blood of the body (think saline solution that hospitals use for IVs).
I did cleanse today and nothing happened! Can I do it again tomorrow?
I have done it in a row when it’s worked and it was fine. I would give it another try.
I followed your directions, nothing happened. No need to go to the bathroom. Waited over an hour, went to sleep, next morning still nothing. I dont understand, I had zero noticable reaction.
I try it and Beleave me I go to the bathtroom so much time