Pros & Cons of the Sea Salt Water Flush

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Pros & Cons of the Sea Salt Water Flush
People with weak kidneys, high blood pressure or diabetes should not attempt SWF. (Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

The Sea Salt Water Flush, or SWF, is often used in combination with other detoxifying regimes to help loosen stool and cleanse the bowels. Over time, excess waste and toxins can build up in the colon, which are purported to make you feel tired or sick. In conjunction with a detox such as the Master Cleanse, built up toxins are flushed out of your system. Several important factors should be considered when attempting a SWF.

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Cleansing of the Intestines and Colon

As advertised, SWF can cleanse the bowels by acting as a natural laxative. This is helpful for people who are detoxing or have trouble with bowel movements on their own. It is purported, but not proven, that the SWF can help relieve chronic headaches, certain diseases, and damaged intestines as well as improve skin, breath and body odour.

Lack of Effect

Some claim nothing at all happened after attempting the SWF. This means they just ingested a great amount of salt and the kidneys must work to filter or it may be stored in the body causing excess water weight. Some pre-made Sea Salt Flush packages contain up to 4,700 mg of salt, almost twice the daily recommended amount.


One possible effect of attempting the SWF is being unable to keep the mixture down and vomiting it up before it's able to make it's way through the body. This is most likely because of the amount of water being drank and the unpleasant taste. Feelings of nausea are often a warning from the body that something isn't right and it's important to listen to those reactions.

"Leaky" Bowels

The waste being "flushed" from your system has to go somewhere and it is said to take from one to six hours for the flush to work it's way through your system. This means multiple bowel movements and possible leaks when passing gas. Because of this it is recommended you stay home for that time and if you need to pass gas, do so on the toilet.

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