Out of all the countless home remedies for colon cleansing and full body detoxification, simply drinking sea salt dissolved in water may just be one of the oldest methods still in use. But is it safe to excessively increase your salt intake?
How this cleansing method works: You quickly ingest more salt than the your system is able to absorb, thereby forcing the excess through the small intestines and out of the body.
The general idea the sea salt colon cleanse is that the salt will quickly absorb toxins and kill off unwanted microorganisms, as well as draw excess water into the bowel to flush them out. Unfortunately, while this time tested technique may achieve the some of the desired results, they come at a steep price.
Why A Sea Salt Colon Cleanse Doesn’t Work
First and foremost, it’s no secret that consuming such large quantities of sodium can have a tremendous negative side effects. A typical Sea Salt Colon Cleanse recipe calls for two or more table spoons of sea salt (or un-iodized table salt) to be dissolved in a quart of hot water, and then drunk while still warm. Some recipes call for several such quarts a day.
Some proponents will argue that this has no adverse on the body because it somehow automatically knows that it’s being force-feed more of a given mineral than it can handle. There are however some serious flaws in this line of reasoning.
For starters, would you believe someone if they told you that a certain type of deadly poison wouldn’t kill you, provided that you gulped down an entire bucket’s worth instead of just a few sips? No, probably not.
The only way your body knows that its sodium threshold has been reached is by absorbing more salt than it can actually handle. And it’s no secret that too much salt is dangerous for your health. In many respects, it can be just as deadly as arsenic or cyanide — it normally just takes longer for it to kill you.
The Side Effects of the Sea Salt Colon Cleanse
Even in comparatively reasonable doses, prolonged levels of salt consumption have been shown to cause high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke, and some studies even suggest that it may act as a key trigger for certain types of colon cancer.
In very large concentrations, salt is known to have more immediate, but equally dangerous, side effects. The most pressing of these being rapid dehydration. In addition to muscle cramps, headache and a number of other unpleasant side effects that are typically associated with dehydration, rapid water-loss can also cause potentially deadly electrolyte imbalances.
If you’re thinking that these are just the sensationalized worst-case scenarios, then think again. These are very real and probable outcomes of sodium abuse. What’s more, the possible benefits of the sea salt colon cleanse are virtually nonexistent in terms of both removing built-up waste from the lower digestive tract, and overall body detoxification.
The bottom line? Don’t try to use salt – sea salt, kosher salt, table salt, himalayan salt or otherwise – to colon cleanse.
-Dr. Edward F. Group III, DC, ND, DACBN, DABFM
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