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Intestinal Cleanse Part I: Salt Flush

One of the most famous saying in Naturopathic Medicine is “Death Begins in the Colon.” This is because you are what you eat, absorb, don’t digest and eliminate. Essentially the functioning of your body is directly related to the health of your digestion system. That’s because everything you eat makes the very cells that allow your body to function. It’s as simple as that. Ample research shows that almost every chronic disorder and symptom- whether or not it has an apparent connection to the digestive system- is directly caused by an imbalance in GI track (digestive system). Therefore, it is vital to our health, on the inside and outside, to have a healthy digestive system. If you want to have clear and vibrant skin, thick and long hair, clear eyes, strength and energy, you must have a clean digestive track. Welcome to the easy intestinal cleanse, starting with the salt flush.

The good news is, that intestinal cleansing is a great way to get on the right track. It is extremely affordable, simple and no starvation is necessary… well, at least not in this cleanse.

This intestinal cleanse is a great way to begin cleansing and certainly has far more long term affects than more popular detoxification programs such as “The Master Cleanse.” That is because we are not simply looking to eliminate harmful foods, but we are also helping the body to get rid of all toxic waste. And believe me… there is a lot of toxic waste hiding in the gut.

Part I Salt Flush

First we are going to begin salt flushing. This is the practice of taking a high dose of pure unheated sea salt in a quart of water first thing in the morning. Since we will be on an empty stomach, the salt will cause a purging effect, which will cause you to have a complete, full bowel movement in .5 to 2 hours.

The salt flush is a great way to get your bowels moving while literally pushing out old stagnant waste in the GI tract. Furthermore, it will help to normalize your pH, which is essential in preventing any pathogenic organism (fungus, virus, bacteria) from settling in the gut.


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High-Quality Pink Salt

Choosing high-quality salt is difficult. Never use common table salt. Table salt has been bleached, highly processed and has added anti-caking agents. Learn more about the difference in high-quality pink salt and table salt here: Sea Salt is Healthy.

* I only recommend that you use a high quality unheated, sea salt. I personally trust Pink Salt by Premier Research Labs. Most other salts can be toxic and are not therapeutic grade for this flush. These toxic salts can cause nausea, bloating and vomiting from the flush.

Can I add Less Salt to the Flush?

Some people feel comfortable using 1/2 teaspoon of salt. This is OK as long as you flush. If you do not flush, add another teaspoon the next time you do a Flush.

What Can I Expect?

Most people experience rapid, bowel elimination within .5 to 2 hours (most people flush within 1/2 hr). You are usually safe to leave the house within 2 hours of the first flush. If no flush occurs (no watery bowel movements), this may indicate a person is extremely salt (sodium) deficient, has internal damage to the lining of the intestines, or has a great deal of toxic body burden. Healthy cells have a preference for potassium over sodium, but when cells are damaged they begin to prefer sodium. So, do not be alarmed if no “flushing” action occurs the first time. Your cells have simply “sopped up” the much-needed sodium. In this case, drink another quart of water and go on with your day.

How Often Do I Need To Do A Salt Flush?

Preferably three to five times a week until water expelled from bowel movement is clear. You may do it as little as once a week if need be, but not the preferred method. For most individuals who begin salt flushing, the bowels may not clear completely. To flush completely means that when you are finished, water was the only thing excreted from the bowels.  This may take a while for some people to accomplish. Once you begin to flush in this manner continue on a maintenance flush of one time a week.

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For individuals with severe bowel deficiencies, and/or poor digestion- Salt Flushes are recommended once a day for one week. Then reduce the number of Salt Flushes each following week. This will promote rapid clearance of the GI tract, improve digestion, and restore proper bowel function. Below is the Traditional Ayurveda recommendation for this sequence:

  • Salt Flush once a day for the first week.
  • The second week, flush 3 times.
  • Third week, flush 2 times.
  • Fourth week, flush one time.
  • Then once a week indefinitely.
  • If this is intimidating, start out with one Flush to see how it goes, then work your way up to doing several a week.

What if I Don’t Flush?

It is common for some individuals to do Salt Flushes several times and experience little or no flushing action. This is most often because you are salt deficient and you have not reached your saturation level. Although this can be discouraging, especially if water retention occurs, it is recommended to continue doing them until a complete flush takes place ( if you desire, you may try increasing the salt dosage.) Many benefits will come from the intake of high amounts of quality salt. The small intestine neutralizes most common tissue toxins, and prolonged use of high-quality salt will encourage rapid cell detoxification- thus improving overall health.

What Should I Eat During this Cleanse?

While the salt flush protocol will be effective even if you do not change your diet, in order for it to have the most profound results I would suggest the following:

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1. Eliminating all dairy– dairy is highly congesting as it is mucus- forming in the gut.

2. Avoid all Processed Foods– anything that is purchased in the middle aisles of the market. You may eat minimal amounts of raw or organic packaged items.

3. No Artificial Sweeteners– no diet foods, no fake sugar… this includes all 0 calorie flavored drinks. No splenda and sweet n low.

4. No White Flour– this includes all white flour baked goods, bagels, bread, pizza crust, pie crust, crackers and desserts. Please only eat whole grains such as brown rice, quinoa, amaranth, buckwheat or sprouted wheat products. Gluten-free items are also great options.

5. Focus on a Whole Foods, Plant-based Diet: whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables, beans, nuts and seeds. These foods are gentle on the intestinal tract as they are high in fiber and nutrients. Check out THK Kitchen for more ideas. Don’t worry, there really is a lot to eat!

6. Oh ya- Salba. This is a great superfood that is certain to help with the elimination process. Salba is an heirloom variety of chia seeds, which are believed to have higher nutritional value than conventional chia. I love using salba to make a breakfast bowl or to add thickness to a smoothie. Check out the recipe here and purchase it here. You can also use chia if you cannot find salba. Chia and salba are gelatinous when combined with a liquid and help to move the bowels.

7. Stay hydrated. Drink 1/2 your weight in ounces of water daily. You have to have enough water to keep things moving through the gut. Remember… we want your food processed and then moved out. We need at least 1 bowel movement daily, but are shooting for 2-3. Check out this article to figure out precisely how much water you need daily.

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Maximize Your Salt Flush Experience by Adding Pink Salt to Your Drinking Water

As stated previously, individuals that are deficient in sodium will not flush very well. To maximize your experience, it is recommended to add Pink Salt to your drinking water. Typically a few pinches of salt per 8 oz. of water or 1/2 tsp in 16 oz once daily. Not only will this build your sodium reserves, it will help to hydrate you beyond that which ordinary water (filtered or not) can. Sodium deficiency causes people to become dehydrated at the cellular level, regardless of how much water is consumed. Sodium carries the negative charge necessary to deliver water directly into the cells. Make it a daily habit to add high-quality salt to your drinking water, and never go without it!

Taking Precautions

While this is a very gentle detoxification process, like all cleanses, we must take precautions. If you have not been incorporating healthy salts into your diet on a regular basis or if you have been leading an unhealthy lifestyle then I suggest that you start off slow. I would urge you to first begin with 1/4 tsp of either Pink Salt in a quart-size mason jar of water (3 cups) with 1/2 lemon daily. Try to drink that first thing in the morning. This will allow your body to restore its reserves so that you may successfully move into a symptom-free salt flush. If your salt reserves are lacking, one of two things is most likely to happen: 1) you will have no flush and you will swell or 2) you will become very nauseous and may vomit. So please start slow, and you might even want to begin the flush with a half of a tbs and then work up to 1 tbs on your next flush. If you have any medical conditions, do not perform the flush without consent from your physician.

*It is always advised to consult with your doctor before changing your diet or starting a cleansing program.

Now that I Have Finished the Salt Flush Protocol, What’s Next?

Now that your bowels have begun to eliminate properly, we are going to start the second phase of intestinal cleansing with the Easy Intestinal Aloe Cleanse.






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  • Reply Camilla June 15, 2012 at 7:57 am

    ok this is part one how do I get to part two?

    • lauren
      Reply lauren June 15, 2012 at 3:16 pm

      Hi Camilla! You can find the cleanse here. This is a cleanse I made that I have been using with my clients that has been working wonders 🙂

      • Reply Rebekah September 26, 2016 at 2:03 pm

        Hi Lauren!
        First off that you for sharing your wealth of knowledge on all things health 🙂
        I am curious as to whether it’s ok to do other things alongside the salt flush and your other detoxes? For instance it is ok to do other things that are required on an empty stomach first thing in the morning such as taking diatomaceous earth to eliminate parasites and other supplements and herbs (vitamin c, liver detox –milk thistle ect) .. Can these things be done in conjunction?
        Thanks so much for your help!

        • Lauren The Holy Kale
          Reply Lauren The Holy Kale September 26, 2016 at 2:35 pm

          Absolutely! The salt flush is quite gentle so it can be paired with other supplements and programs. As for the other cleanses such as intestinal, gallbladder/liver etc. it would depend on what else you wanted to take. Usually multi vitamins and antioxidants are fine to continue taking during the cleanse, but other anti infective, anti fungal, anti parasitic supplements should be stopped during the time of the cleanse. If you have a more specific question I would be happy to help further.

          • Rebekah September 28, 2016 at 1:01 pm

            Thanks for your reply!
            Can the salt flush be paired with lemon and/or lime ?
            Can diamtemaceous earth be taken with it or is t best to wait half hr or so?

          • Lauren The Holy Kale
            Lauren The Holy Kale September 28, 2016 at 7:12 pm

            Adding lemon and lime is totally fine. I would not add the clay. You can use the clay at a different time of day, perhaps the end of day 🙂

      • Reply Rebekah September 30, 2016 at 1:12 pm

        Doesn’t seem the part II intestinal cleanse link is working :/

        • Lauren The Holy Kale
          Reply Lauren The Holy Kale September 30, 2016 at 2:11 pm

          Hi Rebekah – thanks for letting me know. Just updated it!

  • Reply Stefanie August 26, 2012 at 1:42 pm

    Hi Lauren!

    So I’ve got my first Salt Flush (with PRL Salt) in my gut right now! I feel…uncomfortable and slightly nauseous, but I definitely feel things working in there! Is this nauseous feeling normal? That water was WAY saltier than I was expecting!
    I realize you probably won’t respond to this before things start to take effect. My intent was to do a few of these this week but I just wanted to make sure that what I’m feeling is normal before I proceed.


    • Reply Adeline Chui August 22, 2015 at 4:39 pm

      I wonder why no one responded to your question. I just guzzled my first flush and I am feeling the same way, just want to vomit. =/ Having a hard time keeping it down.

      • Lauren The Holy Kale
        Reply Lauren The Holy Kale September 1, 2015 at 11:32 pm

        Hi Adeline, that is not abnormal. Some people when they are very deficient have a lower tolerance to the salt flush so I would suggest backing down the dosage. If you are so intolerant at this point, consider doing the easy intestinal cleanse. There is no salt drinking in that cleanse 😉

  • Reply Savitree September 12, 2012 at 5:55 pm

    This is a good end game to a start protocol ie egg yolk cleanse the night before. I have just done 5 days in a row of this with mostly raw fruits and veggies wow amazing purgeings it isnt that difficult once you clean your diet up a little before starting and getting your mind right this is what im going to be doing for awhile. Tip for the easier salt flush. put 2 tsp of salt in One litre of slightly warm water and lemon juice u don’t need to drink 2 salt litres waste of time but u can just drink lukewarm water inbetween to help u get the salt down or one whole liter plus after more efficient just as effective and faster hats off to all who are flushing your woes away! Hail to the Kale

    • lauren
      Reply lauren September 12, 2012 at 5:57 pm

      Oh awesome! Thanks for the recommendations! Love trying new things 🙂

  • Reply Savitree September 12, 2012 at 5:56 pm

    love your site pics are inspiring

  • Reply Radiated Gut Guy November 5, 2012 at 11:15 am

    I have had digestion issues since getting heavily radiated 22 years ago for cancer. I am a vegetarian and adhere to a strict diet, including, no dairy and some meat like buffalo once every 3 months or so.

    Question: I did a sea salt flush every day for about 1 week. I used the pink fine Real Salt. I had to quick because of a rise in BP and my kidneys hurt.

    Please advise. Peace…

    • lauren
      Reply lauren November 6, 2012 at 9:46 pm

      This is not uncommon for those who are quite toxic. In your state, it is best to start with something even more gentle, such as a warm water enema. As for the kidneys, I would suggest using nutrients to increase their functioning. I would recommend Premier Research Lab’s Neuro ND, which is fully reduced ALA, known as DHLA. Kidneys are very susceptible to damage from radiation, so it is not a surprise this is what you are experiencing. Neuro ND is the most powerful antioxidant, and targets the kidneys directly.

  • Reply Rachel May 9, 2013 at 5:53 pm

    Hi! I was just curious, is this safe for nursing moms? I do believe I have some trouble eliminating toxins and I know I need this flush, but I am fearful that it may cause a huge toxin flush. Please let me know your thoughts!

    • lauren
      Reply lauren May 13, 2013 at 2:43 pm

      Hi Rachel, in general it is not recommended to do cleansing or detoxification while your breastfeeding. If you want to improve your ability to eliminate toxins, I would suggest taking live-source B vitamins. In addition, you should make sure you are having at least one full bowel movement a day. If you are not, you can increase your fiber, healthy unheated sea salt, and essentially fatty acids. If necessary, you can use enemas.

  • Reply Responder June 6, 2013 at 2:57 am


    I have read in multiple sources that putting less than a certain amount of salt (usually they say a teaspoon /liter but i guess depends also on the type of salt) is actually unhealthy and dangerous because (as you mention) the cells absorb too much salt while if there’s a minimum x ratio of salt in the water the cells don’t absorb it at all and so the salt goes out. if it gets in the cells then it’s too much salt for the body…

    so maybe safe you recheck and update the post if necessary.

    good luck!

    • lauren
      Reply lauren June 9, 2013 at 3:27 pm

      Hello, this will completely depend on your current state of minerals in the body. Everyone is different so you cannot say what would be best for everyone that is why I have that disclaimer in there. Thanks!

  • Reply Gemma Wilcox July 31, 2013 at 8:42 pm

    Just bought himalania fine oink salt (brand Says it is unrefined. Would this be ok to use for this cleanse? Thanks!

    • lauren
      Reply lauren August 4, 2013 at 2:35 pm

      Hello Gemma, I am actually not personally familiar with that brand, so I cannot comment on the quality of it. I only use the brand I recommend because I can testify to its quality and purity, which is important when taking it in large dosages.

      • Reply Hope Kerrigan November 23, 2013 at 2:31 pm

        I personally checked on this brand as they carry it at Whole Foods and generally… I can trust products that I buy from there to be of the highest quality. However, before I begin your salt cleanse, I wanted to be absolutely certain so I wrote to them and this is their response to me: “Hi Hope – We would like to confirm that there is no usage of a nickel grinding screen. Additionally, Himalayan Pink Salt is gourmet food and therapeutic grade. Due to its naturally rich elements and trace minerals, Pink Salts recognized for remedying the body and relaxing the mind; specifically helpful for soothing sore muscles and easing skin irritation. Thank you!” Hope this helps in an additional recommendation. Thanks!!

        • lauren
          Reply lauren November 26, 2013 at 3:25 pm

          Hi Hope – great research!! I love that you took the initiative. That’s the way to do it 🙂 Good Luck with the flush.

  • Reply Sari September 26, 2013 at 8:08 am

    Hello! Thank you for this post! I’m just wondering though, am I supposed to grind the salt to make a tablespoon or do I make a tablespoon with it when it’s not ground, in their normal size? Thank you!

    • lauren
      Reply lauren October 1, 2013 at 1:54 pm

      I would only used the finely ground sea salt, otherwise it could be too harsh on the body.

  • Reply Cori September 28, 2013 at 2:33 pm

    Hi there,

    I’ve been having digestive issues since January. There have been Ct scans, xrays, colonscopy, bloodwork, gluten free diet change, gym regiments, magnesium citrate supplements, dairy free diet and nothing was ever really diagnosed except possible ibs. I tok a trip overseas too (in August) a nd came sick as a dog with virus and bacterial infection. Took anitbiotics for the bacterial infection and then more for another from the previous antiobics…and now alkost 2 months later dealing with something internally again. Had more tests like beginning of year and with chest pain and breathing issues ruled out any blood clots in the lungs. I’ve switched my diet again since when I came back from trip I lost a lot of weight and then struggled with appetite. Done a wormwood & black walnut complex tincture for 10 days then off 5 and now doing diatomaceous earth daily now (day 5) and eating mostly organic veggies no fruit unless pineapple is blended with carrot juice and kale and pumpkin seeds. Mostly sticking to an anti parasitic diet…minimal meat chicken or shrimp. Hahaving apple cider vinegar and probiotics daily. Will the salt flush help flush any parasites out? Sorry for the long story before my actual qustion I just wanted to make sure I’m not killing myself doing all this stuff before I do the salt. If that doesn’t help, my next step is an MRI.

    Thank you for your time,

    • lauren
      Reply lauren October 1, 2013 at 1:56 pm

      Hi Cori, no the salt flush will not kill parasites. To target parasites you need to find out what type of parasite you have (or where it is located, intestine vs liver/gallbladder), and then use therapeutic herbs to target it. If you email me directly at I can see if I can recommend a practitioner in your area. Doing a parasite cleanse must be guided in order to proper clear them.

      • Reply Deanna Perez May 21, 2015 at 6:55 am

        Liver flukes which have also gone into the kidneys and bladder. Do you have a referral or referral for practitioners in fountain valley, ca area? Thank you

        • Lauren aka The Holy Kale
          Reply Lauren aka The Holy Kale June 2, 2015 at 3:59 pm

          Hi Deanna – try Amy Ellsworth – Amy Ellsworth, RDN
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    • Reply Veranika August 21, 2015 at 2:29 am

      Hello Cori,
      I read your story. I just wanted to know how did you manage the parasite clean out, did anything work for you? I need help in this situation as well.

  • Reply nichole October 3, 2013 at 8:25 pm

    I bought all natural Himalayan pink sea salt form fruitfulyeid. Is this a safe brand to use for the flush?

    • lauren
      Reply lauren October 6, 2013 at 4:30 pm

      Hi Nichole, I have never used that brand so unfortunately I cannot make a comment on it.

  • Reply Kristina November 3, 2013 at 3:50 am

    Hi Lauren,

    I was just wondering what salt/water intake you might recommend for a small female weighing about 105 lbs. I took the full dose of 1 tbs. in 32 oz. of water this morning and vomited a large amount after about 10 minutes, but still flushed about an hour later. Could I reduce the amount by half and still achieve results? Or was the vomiting a symptom of salt deficiency in my body and I just need time to get used to it?

    Thanks for your help

    • lauren
      Reply lauren November 5, 2013 at 8:56 pm

      Hi Kristina, try reducing to 1/2 tsp and see how you do.

  • Reply Heather January 7, 2014 at 2:17 am

    I saw a previous post about not using cleanses when breastfeeding. I am however breastfeeding my toddler who is 21 months now (he feeds minimally 2-3x’s day mostly at night). If I did the flush first thing in the morning would it still be safe to nurse at night? would the toxins mostly be out of my system by then? I’d like to work on my gut health and currently we make our own sauerkraut and take calmmag. Is there any other things I can do while nursing or reduce the salt? ideas…?

    • lauren
      Reply lauren January 11, 2014 at 2:51 pm

      Hi Heather, it is just a general recommendation to not detox while breastfeeding because you are moving toxins in the body that could transfer to the breast milk. A salt flush is more about pushing toxins out of the body via the bowel, so I wouldn’t be as concerned, but in order to err on the side of caution I would discuss this with your MD. You can try using more healing agents such as Aloe Vera juice, fermented foods (like you are doing), taking a probiotic and cutting out hard to digest foods such as cows dairy, gluten and soy. I hope that helps Heather!

  • Reply DJ January 20, 2014 at 2:06 am

    I’ve been looking for a good flush to try and think this may be the one. You say that after drinking the salt water mixture most people begin to flush within 1/2 to 2 hours. But my question is, how long does it last? Do I need to plan this for a day when I’m not planning on leaving the house? I normally wake up about 5:30 and leave at 7 AM to take my daughter to school. I then go back home and get ready to go to school myself which I leave for at 9 AM. So how long should I be planning on being close to a restroom?

    • lauren
      Reply lauren January 22, 2014 at 7:38 pm

      Hi DJ – Every person is different, but for the most part the flush happens only once. With that being said, to be on the safe side, I would try to do it on a weekend when you can plan to be at home for a few hours. We wouldn’t wanting you to get into an uncomfortable situation!

  • Reply Bryan February 27, 2014 at 1:57 pm

    I recently had extreme pain in my lower right abdomen. I was checked to make sure it was not Appendicitis. And was told to flush out my system. I used Krinos Athena Sea Salt. It is labeled “Free flowing – Iodized Naturally Sundried” I had it on hand. I used slightly more than 1 TBSP for 1 liter of water. I haven’t had a flush, and drank more water. I assume that I have a sodium deficiency. Although I had suspected this due to low blood pressure and my somewhat negative approach to adding salt to my diet. Just wondering if I am going by somewhat sound logic or if there is another direction I should be looking.

    • Lauren aka The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren aka The Holy Kale February 27, 2014 at 2:24 pm

      Hi Bryan, yes it most likely is due to sodium deficiency. When you are deficient, the body soaks up all of the sodium consumed to use for functions in the body including the remineralization of the cells. Therefore, I would try again. I would also look into purchasing aloe vera juice, as that might be even more helpful than a salt flush at this point. Aloe is a natural anti inflammatory and with the pain you are experiencing, it is very likely that you are dealing with inflammation.

    • Reply jp November 25, 2017 at 7:19 am

      Hi Bryan,
      After reading your post, I was wondering if you still had issues in your lower right abdomen. I was thinking it could be your ileocecal valve. I know I have IC Valve Syndrome and that the salt flushes help me tremendously to get rid of unwanted waste. You can of course find more about it on google but one of the most helpful links I found about it is I have seen so many doctors and gastroenterologists in the past 11 years and none of them managed to help me with this issue until I met a naturapothic doctor recently who mentioned I most likely have an IC valve issue. It seems that a GAPS or SCD diet are the most helpful when have this problem. I hope this may help in some way.

  • Reply Diana March 5, 2014 at 12:21 am

    Does it have to be purified water?

    • Lauren aka The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren aka The Holy Kale March 11, 2014 at 4:39 pm

      Purified water – yes, filtered of any kind.

      • Reply JohnnY March 20, 2014 at 4:04 pm

        The yogi’s in India just go to the beach and drink sea water. I tried this and you will see the best results. I initially tried mixing a table spoon of sea salt with purified water that I boiled and I got an okay flush. But now just go to the beach if you can and drink as much sea water and you will be flushing those toxins out and feeling the way you need to be. It is the most awesome and not as nauseating and weird feeling as the other method.

        • Lauren aka The Holy Kale
          Reply Lauren aka The Holy Kale March 22, 2014 at 1:20 pm

          Hi John – thanks for the recommendation. If the sea water is clean, this could be a great option!

  • Reply Erika April 11, 2014 at 9:40 pm

    Hi Lauren,

    I’m concerned about the amount of water you recommend to take with this flush. 2 quarts of water within the first few hours of your day but also continuing with the recommended daily water intake. It seems like you’d actually be depleting your sodium reserves with all the water, even though you are taking salt with the flush.

    • Lauren aka The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren aka The Holy Kale April 13, 2014 at 5:33 pm

      Hi Erika, your water should contain minerals. If you are drinking distilled water, then you need to add minerals back in. You can also add mineral drops/ electrolytes to your water if you have a purified water that strips it of minerals. Otherwise drinking lots of water will not deplete your reserves.

  • Reply Cassidy May 9, 2014 at 4:40 am

    Hi Lauren. I was just curious what the 1/2 lemon meant. Do you want us to include lemon juice or actually eat a lemon? I know it sounds silly but I’m just curious. I think I’m going to order the pink sea salt and just want to make sure I don’t miss any of the ingredients. Thanks


    • Lauren aka The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren aka The Holy Kale June 1, 2014 at 3:42 pm

      Hi Cassidy, the juice of 1/2 of a lemon 🙂

  • Reply ian June 14, 2014 at 7:28 pm

    Hi Lauren,
    I live in the U.K and have found a company selling Cornish sea salt. They say its pure and natural and comes straight from the sea. There is a 3 stage filtration process that it goes through. I was just wondering will this be OK to use.

    • Lauren aka The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren aka The Holy Kale July 12, 2014 at 2:36 pm

      Hi Ian, I would just give the company a quick call and ask them about the quality and their testing processes. It is always best to make sure.

  • Reply Benefits of Himalayan Salt July 4, 2014 at 2:47 am

    Damn, thank you very much for posting this! It is going to help me when I research Himalayan Salt at the market! Super Wonderful!

  • Reply Drew Thompson July 28, 2014 at 4:30 pm

    I bought REAL SALT Nature’s First Sea Salt. Do you know of this product. Should it be ok?

    • Lauren aka The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren aka The Holy Kale July 28, 2014 at 10:11 pm

      I believe so, but start with a smaller dose just to be sure. You may also want to contact the company directly just to ask about their processing and manufacturing.

  • Reply Elizabeth August 26, 2014 at 1:04 pm

    Hi Lauren! I tried this for the first time today, and the only way I could drink the salt without throwing up was by doing it over about 5-10 minutes. I ended up needing to use thr bathroom 75% into the salt cleanse, so I hadn’t consumed all of it.. Next time should I continue to drink even after I eliminate?

  • Reply Tamara December 8, 2014 at 5:28 am

    Hi Lauren, I just saw your website and is very interested in the cleanse, but wanted to know if it was safe for someone suffering from hypertension (high blood pressure) or thyroid problems?
    Tamara x

    • Lauren aka The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren aka The Holy Kale January 3, 2015 at 4:45 pm

      Hi Tamara, there shouldn’t be, but absolutely run this by your doctor first. Always best to be safe 🙂

  • Reply Patricia January 20, 2015 at 12:23 pm

    Hello, I am having issues getting all the salt water down due to the taste…Even with lemon juice. I was curious if I put the pink salt in a veggie cap and drank the liters of water “plain” would I still benefit?

    • Lauren aka The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren aka The Holy Kale February 1, 2015 at 5:55 pm

      Hi Patricia, absolutely. Try putting the salt into veggie capsules and taking it first thing in the morning. You can find the veggie caps here, or in your local health food store. Give that a try and see how it goes.

  • Reply Stef January 30, 2015 at 9:24 pm

    Heya. I really need help.
    I did the SWF for 7 days in a row. Today is my first day without it and I’ve. Had no bm. What can I do ?? Please help

    • Lauren aka The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren aka The Holy Kale February 1, 2015 at 5:44 pm

      Hi Stefanie, don’t be alarmed, this can happen to some people. Do you have a history of constipation?

  • Reply Laryssa February 12, 2015 at 3:36 pm

    Hi. I was wondering if this flush would help get rid of excess bacteria in the intestines?

    • Lauren aka The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren aka The Holy Kale March 15, 2015 at 4:03 pm

      Hi Laryssa, the salt flush is a good way to clear out stagnant waste which acts as food for bad bacteria. You can start here but I would pair this cleanse with taking a probiotic such as Ohirra’s probiotic. It is expensive, but the bad bacteria can be controlled by the introduction of healthy (good) bacteria which is probiotics. It essentially fights it off. This is the best and most potent probiotic I have worked with and specifically designed to control bad bacteria in the gut.

  • Reply michelle July 2, 2015 at 3:56 pm

    Hi,I am wanting to do a salt flush as I am forever bloated and brain foggy and unable to loose weight.I don’t use salt in my diet.I had my gall bladder taken out 2 years ago come a salt flush safe to do with no gall bladder and which brand would u recommend please as I live in the uk.thank you x

    • Lauren aka The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren aka The Holy Kale July 6, 2015 at 1:17 pm

      Hi Michelle, yes it is safe to do but you should double check with your physician first. Doing a salt flush will help to clear the bowel, but I would also recommend supporting the gallbladder as well. I am working on a piece right at this moment on how to treat the gallbladder and how to live without one so stay tuned 🙂 I recommend the Premier Research Labs brand if that is available to you. If not, an unheated sea salt that does not have additives or has not been chlorinated.

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  • Reply Amber November 20, 2015 at 1:53 pm

    I just did my first salt water cleanse with the premier salt.
    I had one normal movement and the rest of the movement was watery like diarrhea, is this normal or should I treat like I am sodium deficient?
    Help please and thanks

    • Lauren The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren The Holy Kale November 24, 2015 at 10:45 pm

      Hi Amber, I would say that you are border line. Consider increasing your sea salt intake (as long as BP is normal), and start adding in mineral rich foods and beverages like green juice (fresh made is best), dark leafy green veggies, and coconut water.

  • Reply Elizabeth April 9, 2016 at 9:29 pm

    Hi I am going to stick to your whole foods diet but what kind of protein or meat do you recommend?

    • Lauren The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren The Holy Kale April 30, 2016 at 3:07 pm

      Plant-based is best which includes beans, nuts/seeds (hemp is especially high), and protein powder. Eggs can also be a good option. Check out my plant-based protein chart here. If you feel you need animal meat, wild fish is the best choice there and limit it to a few times a week.

  • Reply Cameron June 12, 2016 at 4:08 pm

    Would Celtic gray sea salt be okay?

    • Lauren The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren The Holy Kale June 14, 2016 at 3:38 pm

      Hi Cameron, it depends on how fine it is. If it is chunky I would not use it. If it is finely crushed, more like table salt, then give it a try. Ease into it though. Best of luck!

  • Reply Sergio January 12, 2017 at 2:03 pm

    Dear Ms. Lauren,

    I’m beginning part one of the easy intestinal cleanse, and had a quick question. I have some Pink Himalayan Salt from a brand called The Spice Lab out of Pompano Beach FL. Would this be a good alternative to the brand suggested in your post?

    • Lauren The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren The Holy Kale January 12, 2017 at 2:13 pm

      If it is a fine grain salt is should be fine. I do not know that salt personally, but I would give it a try.

  • Reply Simran March 18, 2017 at 7:59 pm

    I find your site and book so helpful. I was just wondering if I should first do the kidney cleanse and then do the intestinal cleanse or can I do them together?

    • Lauren The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren The Holy Kale March 20, 2017 at 2:08 pm

      Hi Simran, I would do the kidney cleanse first, then follow it with the Easy Intestinal Cleanse. If you have advanced digestive issues, and still have unresolved issues after the Easy Intestinal Cleanse, you might want to follow it with the Intestinal cleanse for leaky gut.

  • Reply Lina May 6, 2017 at 9:06 am

    Hi, is this more or less the same as a colonic? And how do SWFs help with gas? As I have a horrible amount stuck in my chest and nether regions, I am thinking about commencing your daily weeklong program tomorrow.

    • Lauren The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren The Holy Kale May 10, 2017 at 4:27 pm

      A colonic will be more thorough in pulling old stagnant waste out because it uses actual pressure and force. But this is a more gentle way to get things moving. If the gas is related to old waste in the colon, they can definitely help, although I would check out my tips for improving digestion because that will be a big part of restoring normal BM and getting rid of gas as well. Check out my post HERE.

  • Reply Toodd May 11, 2017 at 8:45 am

    Hi Lauren – Found my way to the blog as I was looking for methods to help eliminate “inflammation” from my body in order to help minimize the use of NSAID medications. After reading how toxins can build up causing or contributing to pain and discomfort, I decided to try the SWC. I completed my first yesterday using organic pink salt from Whole Foods as directed (2tsp) to 1 quart warm purified water. Seems to have worked perfectly. Took about 45 min and I experienced about 6 subsequent liquid and clearing eliminations. Not sure if it is placebo, but I seem to feel much better several hours afterward. However, about 12 hours post first treatment I noticed an increased thirst (makes sense). Question, if I am tolerating the SWC well, and am using to assist in the treatment of an acute mild/moderate pain related to inflammation, can I cleanse daily and stay hydrated? If so, how much additional water should I consume during the day and how many days in a row can I safely cleanse?
    Also – do you know of any studies demonstrating positive outcomes for pain using the cleanse?
    Kudos on a great blog – Todd

    • Lauren The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren The Holy Kale May 15, 2017 at 5:57 pm

      Hey Todd – so glad it worked out so well! It is amazing how having a clear digestive tract can improve health. I would say that you could do it daily until you had 1-3 BM a day on your own. At that point, you could do it once a week for cleansing purposes. I would say drink an extra 1-2 glasses a day. Coconut water is a great beverage to improve hydration bc it is high in minerals. The more minerals, the more hydrated you feel. I do not have any studies, but the reason it can help is that the less stagnant waste in the bowels, the less toxins recirculate in the body, and the less internal inflammation. There are other modes of reducing inflammation in the body including diet, supplements like turmeric, omega 3 fatty acids, systemic enzymes etc. but improving digestion and making sure you are having normal BMs is also very important.

  • Reply Robin June 13, 2017 at 11:25 am

    Hi Lauren! I’ve been doing this salt flush once or twice a week for a while, with great results! If I become pregnant, could I still do a light salt flush once a week? What would you recommend? I’ve heard pregnancy can make constipation worse, so I would hope I could still do this!

    • Lauren The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren The Holy Kale June 13, 2017 at 2:11 pm

      Hi Robin, my first answer would be no only because the intake of salt as well as the flush itself can alter mineral balance in the body. But, of course, the final word would come from your OBGYN. The best course of action for avoiding constipation while pregnant is to stay really active (which will be hard because you will be really tired – but you gotta do it!) doing the activities you are doing now. So if you are in a work out class, stick with that class as much as possible and try to walk about 30 minutes daily (you are going to have to drag yourself out of bed to do this, but it will make you feel so much better – even relieves nausea). In addition, make sure to try to eat ample fiber-rich foods as much as you can. You may have to get creative if you get morning sickness by eating sprouted wheat toast, cooking veggies, eating fruit etc. Finally, digestive enzymes can also be used safely when pregnant. I would suggest trying them out now to see if they help your condition. I like this brand. You can also use HCL which helps to digest proteins in the stomach as long as you dont have GERD or acid reflux. I like this brand. You can take the digestive enzymes and HCL with meals and they will help break down your food and prevent constipation.

  • Reply Robin June 15, 2017 at 11:11 am

    This is great information! Thanks so much, Lauren!

  • Reply tammy June 22, 2017 at 1:44 pm

    Hi, I have been doing the salt flush for two weeks and have flushes daily but not clear ( you postef it should come out clear) is it safe to continue daily till i have a clear flush?

    • Lauren The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren The Holy Kale June 27, 2017 at 2:53 pm

      Hi Tammy, can you elaborate to what you mean by “clear”? Are you saying a full bowel movement? I would highly encourage you to follow guidelines on how to improve digestive health through diet and supplements in my article here. The salt flush is just one small part of the puzzle. It is very important to improve digestive and the diet to see long term results.

      • Reply Iris December 14, 2017 at 5:29 pm

        Hi Lauren,

        I have started the salt flush and have been flushing, but like Tammy it is not clear. The water that is – I think that’s what she meant by that question. In your article it says the water should be clear. So does that mean the way it comes in it should go out?


        • Lauren The Holy Kale
          Reply Lauren The Holy Kale January 12, 2018 at 5:12 pm

          The way in 🙂

  • Reply Iris December 11, 2017 at 12:57 am

    Hi Lauren,

    I came to your blogs because your PCOS article and then as I got to reading about your cleanses I thought it would be best to do your cleanses first and then start on the PCOS portion. Although I think the major difference in the cleanses is the supplements because you tend to have a similar recommendation for eating. So I feel like I would be only making it better to balance my body out by doing these cleanses.

    I just found out today that I have adrenal fatigue and I was thinking of starting with the salt flush and work my way up to the 1st and then 2nd intestinal cleanses – I am pretty sure I have leaky gut, then do your kidney cleanse and after that one is done do your gallbladder/kidney flush. Is that a good way to go about the cleanses and flushes?

    I am not the healthiest eater at the moment and do carry a lot of stress which I am working on modifying. So I’m hoping to reverse the fatigue with time. I read your kidney cleanse blog and it sounds like that would be a great way to help my adrenal fatigue – is there anything else that could help me with that situation as well?

    Thanks so much!

    • Lauren The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren The Holy Kale January 12, 2018 at 5:22 pm

      Hi Iris, if you are working on PCOS, start there first. You do not want to take on too many things at one time. Start the PCOS procotol and the diet recommended. After you get that under control, say 1-2 months, then start the cleanses. I would do intestinal cleanse, then leaky gut, and then if needed, kidney cleanse. It is most important to check in after each protocol to see how you feel. It maybe that you do not have to do it all and that symptoms will disappear along the way.

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