Yah, I should explain the salt thing as it seems preaty dramatic.
Both excess magnesium beyond the bodies ability to absorb it and saline act as a laxative in a very similar manner. You can even go to drug stores and buy laxative solutions that are nothing more then Magnesium Citrate and Saline. My father uses this mixture at 4 bucks a bottle, 2 bottles at a time, and frequently it doesn't get the job done unless I hand him 1000 milligrams of Magnesium to take with it.
Taking a big dose of salt has the same effect on the intestines as taking a big dose of magnesium, except you don't have to wait very long, since it is in disolved liquid suspension.
It is used as a salt water flush in Natural Medicine to clean the intestines out. It is usualy done on a no more then once a week basis. You can Google Salt Water Flush if there is any concern about
the safety of doing it. Googleing Gallbladder flush is another way to see it, since either the salt flush, or a Epson Salt Flush is used in the morning to get all of the debris out.
This is safe in my opinion, but its still a opinion. I have read hundreds of post by people doing either the Salt Water Flush to periodicaly clean their colons, or as a after flush on the Gallbladder cleanse, and not a single post of this hurting anyone. All it really is, is a very fast acting and dramatic laxative, purported to also have a cleansing effect. The only possible concern I would have on it at all is for people with intestinal disease.
The symptoms you can expect off is a short term stomach upset once you get enough salt in there, some minor intestinal cramping while everything is breaking loose and then several trips to the bathroom over about
half an hour and your done. No more symptoms.
Edit: I had to add in one more thing. I still list IBS on disorders. I used to go to the Doctor with all kinds of intestinal pains and cramping and he would push around and hit sore spots everywhere. Every once in awhile it tries to come back on me, but I got rid of most 2 years ago by doing 3 things. First, I tried loading up on allot of Fiber for months, and it got a little better. Then I took Probiotics in massive doses, like a bottle a day for weeks. That helped. Then I started doing the salt flushes when the Fiber would get hung up and not move for a couple of days and cause allot of pain and bloat. Most of the IBS symptoms are now gone as long as I stay on top of it.
But I have to repeat. This is a dramatic purgeing of your intestines. I personaly only do it when the pain and bloat of the constipation makes me desperate enough to put up with the mild stomach upset and short term cramps to be rid of it.
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Post Edited (Grailhunter) : 12/26/2008 3:59:48 PM (GMT-7)