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Has anyone done a Salt Water Purge?

Asked by tan235 (877points) September 6th, 2010

I just did one now, im taking productive steps to try and sort out my irregular bowels.
However I couldn’t drink it all as it made me feel so sick!
How do you do it?
Your suppose to drink 2 quarts and i drank probably half of that. I had 2 teaspoons of salt, I did need to go to the toilet but it was still the same abnormal light coloured aliens.

Does anyone have any tips about how to do it right?
Does it really work, or is it a myth?
There are so many fads these days with colon cleansing I want to make sure i’m not making it worse.

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zannajune's avatar

I once did a cleanse that was like this. It was sea salt mixed with a bunch of water and throughout the day you were suppose to have a drink mixture of lemon, maple syrup, and cayenne. I quit after 3 days because it was so awful. I had to go to the bathroom non-stop. But after I stopped doing the cleanse I felt the exact same. It did not help me.

I highly recommend not doing this. Your best bet to get your bowels feeling regular is to eat high fiber fruits and veggies and drink a lot of water.

iam801's avatar

Yes – I’ve used the salt water cleanse on an ‘as needed’ basis for years now. There are two key factors: the salt MUST be non-iodized salt, and the water should be warm. The cleanse will not work with typical table salt. I also find the formula of salt/water is critical to avoid the liquid being absorbed by the body, small variations in amount of salt make a difference. When the weight of salt is correct, because I’ve done this for years, the taste is ‘right’ and the water will essentially run straight thru the digestive system. Similarly, I try to make the temperature same as body temperature, so the body doesn’t work to adjust it. If done right, I’m on the toilet in less than 30 minutes, and pretty much done and feel safe to leave the house in 90 minutes to a couple of hours.

Nullo's avatar

I drink salt water during bouts with mouth sores. Never that much at once though I get closer to three tsp./day.

Drinking baking soda mixed with water (also tried during a bout with mouth sores) will cause gastrointestinal unrest.

gasman's avatar

@tan235, maybe you should read this article from QuackWatch. org

Gastrointestinal Quackery: Colonics, Laxatives, and More

Adjust your dietary fiber intake and problems with your bowels will probably take care of themselves. Your colon does not need “detoxification”.

ANef_is_Enuf's avatar

Pale bowel movements can indicate trouble with the gallbladder. Have you had that checked out?

tan235's avatar

no, but my mum did have gall stones… could that make my bowels a bit funny and my stomach?

ANef_is_Enuf's avatar

@tan235 it is possible, it is believed to be hereditary. Having irregular bowel movements and producing pale stool are both common symptoms of gallstones, particularly if a stone has lodged in the bile duct.
Couldn’t hurt to have it checked into.

deni's avatar

ive never done it but my ex boyfriend tried it once. he said it was gross and it didn’t make him poop either.

shalom's avatar

The best way to clean your bowels. Try GNC’s Colon Guard. You should go on a 5 day fast, eating only salads and drinking juices and water. Juice:celery,carrot, tomato, lemon, mint, aloe vera, orange, apple. Take 2–3 heaped tablespoons of Colon Guard with water/ juice of your choice. Drink immediately. Every half hour drink another 4oz of water / juice. Eat small meals (size of palm) either salad or fruit, every 2–3 hours. Can eat steamed broccoli, vegs. Avoid processed food (including bread, crackers), salt, nuts, dairy, eggs meat, fried, etc during this fast.

Rest a lot in between. You will start having bowel movements by second day. If you can’t do 5 days then 3 days. After your cleanse take prebiotics or high quality natural extract supplements.

I wouldn’t go for the saltwater purge.

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