Salt water cleansing is done for a number of reasons, including losing weight and cleansing the body of toxins. Before you consider detoxifying your body or losing weight by consuming salt water, you should know that salt water cleansing is a method that should be done in tandem with nutritional consumption. Here are a few tips:
Sea salt, not table salt
First of all, when considering whether to cleanse the body or lose weight via salt water it is vital to know what type of salt to use. Using iodized salt (table salt), which has the micronutrient iodine, works against the purpose of cleansing the body. It effectively adds nutrients that your body is trying to get rid of. For this reason, sea salt, with its more concentrated salinity, is best for cleansing and losing weight. Using the wrong kind of salt may have the effect of raising your blood pressure, rather than causing the desired reaction.
Not really a diet
Salt water cleansing has been known to cause weight loss, but it's not a diet. The human body is not made to drink sea salt, because of the high amount of sodium chloride. Because the body self-regulates the amount of salt intake, sea salt will be ejected either through regurgitation or urination. The process, counter to a diet, actually dehydrates the body and makes the body crave more water. Weight loss is a byproduct of the dehydration. The consuming of sea salt must be countered by the intake of proper nutrients for good health.
To flush the toxins out of the body, be sure to mix the correct amount of salt and water. If you are under 200 pounds, two teaspoons of sea salt mixed with one quart of water should be sufficient. If you weigh more than 200 pounds, use tablespoons instead of teaspoons. If the concoction is difficult to ingest, don't worry: the goal of the salt water cleanse is to throw up. After about 30 to 60 minutes you should regurgitate the sea salt and water, along with intestinal toxins. Why? Because to put it plainly, the sea salt cleanse makes you sick. After you've done it, and your stomach has settled, start off sipping a mild juice or water. If you're trying to lose weight it is recommended that you repeat the process either each night or each morning, depending on how long you want to cleanse. Just remember, supplement the cleansing by taking in nutrients.