There are countless home remedies for colon cleansing and some of them definitely stretch the limits of the imagination. But, the sea salt colon cleanse, which is simply drinking sea salt dissolved in water, may be one of the most strange. Even more importantly, is it safe?
What is the Sea Salt Colon Cleanse?
The sea salt colon cleanse requires that quickly ingest more salt than the your system is able to absorb, the idea and explanation being that the excess will be forced through the small intestines and out of the body.
The general idea is that the salt will absorb toxins and kill unwanted microorganisms; as well as draw excess water into the bowel to flush them out. Unfortunately, while this time tested technique may achieve some of the desired results, they come at a price.
Why A Sea Salt Colon Cleanse Doesn’t Work
It’s well known that consuming large quantities of sodium is not without side effects. A typical sea salt colon cleanse requires two or more table spoons of sea salt (or un-iodized table salt) to be dissolved in a quart of hot water, and drunk while warm. Some protocols even call for several quarts a day.
Proponents will argue that this has no negative effects because it “knows” that it’s being given more of a mineral than it can handle. There are serious flaws in this line of reasoning. The only way your body knows that its sodium threshold has been reached is by absorbing more salt than it can actually handle. Too much salt is dangerous for your health.
Side Effects of the Sea Salt Colon Cleanse
Even in reasonable amounts, prolonged consumption of salt has been shown to cause high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke. Some studies even suggest that it may act as a key trigger for certain types of colon cancer.
In large concentrations, salt has more immediate, but equally dangerous, side effects. Rapid dehydration is the most obvious. In addition to muscle cramps, headache and a number of other unpleasant side effects associated with dehydration, rapid water-loss can also cause dangerous electrolyte imbalances.
If you’re thinking these are sensationalized, worst-case scenarios — think again. Sodium abuse has real consequences. The possible benefits of the sea salt colon cleanse are virtually nonexistent in terms of overall body detoxification.
The bottom line? Don’t try to use salt -– sea salt, kosher salt, table salt, himalayan salt or otherwise -– to cleanse your colon.
-Dr. Edward F. Group III, DC, ND, DACBN, DABFM
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