The Saltwater Flush

ImageI’m on Day 5, of a seven day cleanse with Meredith Klein of Pranaful. Which means that, since Sunday, I have been eating the same things every day, with just a few minor modifications that add variety to my mono-diet (as Mer calls it).

Every morning, I make a juice from leafy greens, a green apple, and a daikon radish, with a splash of cayenne. For lunch, snack and dinner, I eat kitchari (kich-a-ree), which is a mixture of basmati rice, mung beans, coconut oil, seaweed, veggies, and spices. I can add chutney and spices to change the flavor, and make it soupy or more like a rice dish, to vary the experience each time. It is actually considered comfort food in India, and I am beginning to see why. I’ve fallen in love with kitchari this week, and know that it will be a staple in our house from here on out. It’s delicious and satisfying.

On days 3 and 5 of the cleanse, Meredith suggested a saltwater flush, first thing in the morning, to eliminate toxins from the body. I want to participate as fully as possible in the cleanse, so even though I have already done one flush (and did not enjoy it), I went ahead and drank my saltwater again. Which means I will be running to the bathroom a lot this morning.

To be perfectly honest, I almost skipped the second flush. I told myself it wasn’t that big of a deal, and I am too busy. I am leaving on a trip early tomorrow morning, and have a million things to do in the meantime. I need to register my girls for school next year, do a bunch of laundry, pack for the trip, get the house in order, and drive soccer carpool this afternoon. Somewhere in between, I also absolutely have to practice yoga and meditate, because I know I won’t be able to tomorrow (I try to never miss more than one day a week). So it feels like I don’t have time to sit around and wait for the flush to take effect.

I am also a little worried that the flush might wash away the medication I have just recently started taking for my hypothyroidism. After the flush on Wednesday, a lot of my symptoms returned, and I felt pretty bad for part of the day. It could be that I was just detoxing, or it might be that the medication never had a chance to take effect before I washed it away.

As all of these excuses ran through my mind, however, I asked myself if any of it was true. Do I really not have time for this? Could I find a way to work around the inconvenience? Can I adjust my supplements to minimize the thyroid symptoms, or just deal with them for one more day? (I’ve been battling hypothyroidism for six months…what’s one more day?)

I realized that I could find a way to work around the flush, and I was probably avoiding it because it’s not pleasant. But in my heart, I know that the flush will ultimately increase my energy, heal my body, and help me be a better yogini and teacher.

So, I decided to go for it. I took my yoga off my mat, surrendered to the experience, drank my four cups of warm saltwater, and told myself it would all be ok in the end.

It reminded me that, so often I create my own pain, by resisting experiences that, logically, I should embrace. All the times that I don’t get on my yoga mat, because “I am too busy”, the days that I don’t meditate because “it’s not that important”, the food I eat that I shouldn’t because “it’s not that big of a deal”.

In yogic circles, we call this phenomenon resistance. It’s a powerful thing, resistance, and once I became aware of it, I realized how much it guides my life. Yoga, however, has empowered me to overcome resistance. Most of all, it’s taught me that more often than not, we can, and should, do the things we resist the most…even if it means a saltwater flush…and trust that we are better for it in the end.


4 thoughts on “The Saltwater Flush

  1. Lois Kubota says:

    Amber, I have the same issue but this morning I have to teach a yoga class and I can’t run to the bathroom all morning while teaching. The first experience lasted 5 hours! I’ll try to do my saltwater flush Saturday.


    • I hear ya.,..I wouldn’t do it if I was teaching today, either. It wasn’t as bad this time (like Meredith had said), and didn’t last as long. And I am feeling really great today, so I’m glad I stood my ground. Good luck tomorow!


  2. Kudos to you! This cleanse sounds really interesting. I have done the Lemonade diet cleanse a few times for 10 or more days and I was really pleased with the results. It is kind of funny hearing a story about some one else wrestling with the salt water rinse. It is also a part of the Lemonade diet, 32 ounces of warm salt water FIRST thing in the morning. I quickly learned not to drink it until I arrived at the office in the morning. I was amazed the first time I did the cleanse how much the rinse revealed after 10 days of consuming liquid only. Every subsequent cleanse has been exponentially better and my stomach has remained flat. I just hate losing all the weight. I normally loses between 12 and 14 pounds in 10 days. Weight loss is not my goal, just the cleansing. If you get an opportunity please send me the details of the cleanse you are on. It sounds less harsh than the Lemonade diet cleanse. Be well!


    • Deuntray, did you find the post about the cleanse? Sorry for the late reply! Here’s the link: Meredith said it would be up for a few weeks. Send me a note if you can’t get to it, and I’ll email the downloads.

      I do think this is much less harsh than the Lemonade Diet (I don’t recommend that one for my clients, but I think this is great). This is an “eating cleanse”, so you can eat as much as you think you need. The point is to eat foods that are easier to digest, not to starve yourself. You can also add extra coconut oil, ghee, or shredded coconut, if you are worried about losing weight.

      Good luck, and let me know how it goes!



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