Described by some as the top-down enema, the Salt Water Flush is another important component for anyone going through the Master Cleanse process. As it works through your digestive system, it helps your body with waste removal. Salt has been used for thousands of years as a way of cleansing germs-people used to rub salt in wounds to prevent infection, for instance.
The Salt Water Flush is much the same. Salt also helps to draw out poisonous substances that have accumulated in the body. In effect, it has a sterilization effect on the body. Your body is not meant to digest the salt water mixture you’ll drink. The mixture is approximately the same specific density as blood, so the water will not be absorbed by the kidneys and the salt will not be taken in by the blood. Instead, the salt water solution will just move through your body without interruption, taking toxins with it as it goes.
Basics of the salt water flush – There are a few basic steps in the salt water flush process, including:
Be sure to take your laxative tea the night before.
Get up early the next morning and be sure not to eat or drink anything.
Drink your Salt Water Flush solution.
Lie down on your right side for half an hour to ensure that the solution moves into the small intestine.
Stick near the bathroom for the next several hours.
But why do you need to lie down and stick close to the bathroom? This is because as the Salt Water Flush makes its way through the body it will break up fecal matter which is then moved out of the body with the water. When the Salt Water Flush is combined with the laxative tea, it really gets the bowels moving. You should expect, therefore, to have several bowel movements after you drink the Salt Water Flush. In fact, you may experience anywhere between two and six eliminations over the next three to four hours.
For these reasons, it is recommended that you do the Salt Water Flush during a period of the day when you’ll have unrestricted access to a bathroom. Freedom to go as often as you need is also required. As a result, many people choose to get up early in the morning to do their Salt Water Flush. Alternatively, you could take it as soon as you get home in the evening if you’ll have adequate time.
It is best to do the salt water flush on an empty stomach. Avoid drinking water or anything else for at least 30 to 40 minutes before and after your drink the salt water flush.
To get you ready to do the Salt Water Flush, you’ll need to gather a few simple ingredients and tools together. Here are the basic ingredients you’ll require.
Ingredients needed for the Salt Water Flush:
Uniodized sea salt: Whatever you do, don’t use regular iodized table salt as this will not produce the same effect. Instead, be sure that you use only sea salt. (See Salt)
Lemons: You may wish to slightly flavor your Salt Water Flush with lemon to make it easier to swallow.
Filtered or spring water: As with the Lemonade, you’ll want to have the purest water you can get your hands on to ensure you’re not introducing new toxins into your body.
In addition to these basic ingredients, you’ll require some tools to prepare your Salt.
Tools needed for the Salt Water Flush:
A pot – for heating the water and mixing the Salt Water Flush. Glass isn’t recommended as the heat from the water can crack the glass.
A spoon – for mixing the Salt Water Flush until the salt dissolves.
A big glass – from which to drink the Salt Water Flush solution.
So you’ve got everything out and ready to go. Let’s start making the salt water solution.
Salt water flush recipe and process:
2 teaspoons of sea salt (I recommend Himalayan or Redmond Salt)
1 quart of water
Lemon juice to taste
Make the Salt Water Flush by warming the water in the pot until it is lukewarm – about the same temperature that you eat soup at. Add the salt and stir until it is completely dissolved in the water. Add lemon if you wish to mask the salt flavor.
You’re now ready to drink it! Be prepared – this solution will taste salty!
Note: Do not take enemas or colonics during the Salt Water Flush (or at any time during the Master Cleanse, for that matter). Enemas and colonics cleanse only a portion of the colon, whereas the Salt Water Flush cleans out the entire digestive tract and is therefore much more effective.
Tips for making the Salt Water Flush easier:
Many find that swallowing the salt water is difficult because of the strong salt flavor and the large volume of liquid. In fact, it’s not uncommon to hear that people feel this is the hardest aspect of doing the Master Cleanse. Nevertheless, it is an important part of the process, so you should try to make it work if at all possible.
Over the years, people have suggested many tips and tricks for making this stage of the Master Cleanse Diet easier. Here are some possible tricks for getting the salt water down with minimal amounts of stress:
Put the salt in the measured water the night before to allow it to dissolve more completely overnight. Gently heat the mixture the next morning. This should make the salt water much more palatable.
Some have found that drinking the entire Salt Water Flush in one long gulp makes it much easier to get it down without gagging.
Others have recommended that you drink your Salt Water Flush in front of a mirror. Watching yourself drink the solution may distract you enough to get the entire drink down quickly.
If you’re not able to drink the entire Salt Water Flush within one or two gulps, sip it more slowly, but be sure to have consumed the entire amount within 15 minutes.
Regardless of which method you choose, just keep two things in mind. First, drinking the salt water too quickly can result in feelings of nausea, so see what works for you. Second, drinking the salt water too slowly will reduce the effectiveness of the flush significantly. For that reason, a good balance is usually recommended.
Effect on kidneys:
Salt water mixed at this concentration has basically the same specific gravity as your blood and therefore will be directed to the colon instead of the kidneys. This is a very healthy practice and there are cultures that drink a tsp. or more of salt in a tall glass of water every morning when they wake up. They are among the healthiest people on the planet.
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