Will a Sea Salt Flush Help You Lose Weight & Inches?

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A salt water flush is a type of colon-cleansing system used to remove toxins and waste from the intestinal tract. Colon cleansing is used to promote weight loss and reduce water retention to lose inches. However, there is no scientific evidence that backs these claims. Also, salt water flushes may increase your risk of serious medical problems.

Features

A sea salt water flush requires you to combine unprocessed sea salt with a large amount of lukewarm water. The cleanse requires you to drink the entire mixture in one sitting. Because salt water is not digestible, it will promote bowel movements. You may experience pain and discomfort as the mixture works its way through your digestive tract. Waste is purportedly removed from your colon to help improve your digestive system.

Results

Fasts and cleanses may cause weight loss, but the results are typically not long-lasting. Once you eat a normal diet, you’ll return to your normal weight. Also, the weight loss you are experiencing is not likely from fat loss. Instead, muscle wasting and water loss may be causing you to lose weight quickly after flushes.

Considerations

Sea salt is a by-product of the evaporation of seawater. The sea salt goes through little processing and has a coarser texture than table salt. Sea salt does contain relatively high amounts of sodium. If you are monitoring your sodium intake, avoid using a salt water flush. According to the Mayo Clinic, healthy adults need only 1,500 to 2,300 mg of sodium each day. Consuming high amounts of sodium in your diet can undermine weight-loss efforts and cause you to feel bloated because of water retention.

Warning

Complications associated with colon cleansing include increased risk of dehydration, electrolyte imbalances and nutritional deficiencies. Do not use sea salt or table salt that contains iodine for a flush, according to “Timeless Secrets of Health and Rejuvenation.” This type of flush can have harmful side effects.

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