Detox and The Salt Water Flush

The SWF might be the hardest part of the Master Cleanse, but it doesn’t have to be. It is essential to the cleanse because it facilitates the detox by flushing your system. What is working and what is not working. How are your movements? Are they successful? What do they look like? Are they getting lighter or darker? Are the becoming more frequent? Do you have other signs of detoxing, like breakouts or white tongue? The Master Cleanse is about Detox and daily eliminations are critical to the success of the cleanse. Is this Detox Diet successful so far?

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642 Responses to Detox and The Salt Water Flush

  1. Genevieve lantzer August 20, 2014 at 2:37 pm #

    I’ve been doing the cleanse for 8 days and have had 1 movement. I haven’t used the tea or the flush. I kind of have the feeling there isn’t anything solid to eliminate. I don’t feel bad or impacted. Is this ok? I am amazed at how little hunger I’m experiencing. Please give me some feedback.

    Thank you do much. Genevieve

    • Mike Olaski August 20, 2014 at 11:31 pm #

      Hi Genevieve,


      This is not OK.

      Sorry to be blunt, but you need to be clear on this.

      You need to have a movement each day. You’re producing waste that you’re not eliminating (only because you have no fibre in your diet to create a bowel movement, not because you have no waste).

      Please follow the instructions. They’re there for a reason.

  2. Hazel August 13, 2014 at 12:43 pm #

    Master Cleanse Day 9

    I have been doing the Salt Water Flush everyday, and I am surprised at how many toxins are still being released at this stage. Although I only have one more day to go after this for the standard cleanse, I am considering going longer, because I want all of those toxins out. However, I am planning to do raw vegan after this, so eventually those toxins would be eliminated, anyway. But it has taken me awhile on this cleanse to feel somewhat stable and peaceful, and now that I am finally here, I’m not sure that I want to stop. I’m definitely planning to do these cleanses a lot more often–probably not the fall one, but the winter one. I do want to take full advantage of where I’m at, though, and really listen to my body. I did start my cycle today (over a week early) and so I want to be sensitive to that. I’m also wondering if anyone else has had that experience? Doesn’t seem so strange, I guess.

    The SWF has been good. There are times when the movements happen faster than others, and times that I feel it didn’t quite work all the way…that some of the salty water is still in my system throughout the day…but all in all I think it is very beneficial. Looking in the toilet, I know I don’t want that inside of my body. I have been considering doing enemas instead, and I’m still feeling that one out.

    The laxative tea sometimes works and sometimes doesn’t. Last night I steeped two tea bags and still didn’t need to go this morning, although I did feel my stomach rumble in the early hours of the morning. Last time I steeped two tea bags (because one didn’t work), early on in my cleanse, I woke up at 3 a.m. and needed to go. I do enjoy the tea at night then. Nobody said I couldn’t buy the CHOCOLATE flavored senna tea :-). Yum.

    Well happy fasting, everybody! I’ve been watching youtube videos on adopting a raw vegan lifestyle after this. I am sure I will be tempted by some of my favorite dishes at least one more time before doing something like that, but eventually, that is where I want to be. The health just glows from the people in the video, and I definitely resonate with the spiritual reasons for doing so as well.

  3. Diana July 23, 2014 at 7:19 am #

    MC Day 10

    Did mostly the Laxative Tea rather than the SWF. It was effective even though there were lots of cramps.

    Got lots of toxins out and feel good.

  4. Diana July 22, 2014 at 12:47 pm #

    MC Day 9

    Today I did the SWF and it did not work as it has before.

    I took it the way I’ve always done it with rapid results…but I not eliminated that
    water and it’s been 6 hours. Somethings off.

    Not sure why…I double checked that I used the UNIODIZED salt and I did.

    Any feedback???

  5. Diana July 21, 2014 at 6:12 pm #

    MC Day 8

    I’ve had really uncomfortable cramps today…however, I know what being eliminated is TOXIC…it even smell toxic…so I will continue to use the Laxative tea to get rid of the stuff that isn’t good for my body.

  6. Diana July 20, 2014 at 7:34 am #

    MC Day 7

    Detoxing is going pretty well.

    The cramps lasts for a short amount of time and makes it clear that
    I should stay close to the house.

  7. mkbb July 19, 2014 at 6:15 pm #

    Today is day 6 and the swf works everyday. I am not sure if it is normal but has anyone experienced less and less movement after the swf? The first 4-5 days I went very often and it was a little dark. Today, I did go couple times but this time was really light color. I keep wodering, is it normal?

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Let's rename The Master Cleanser Side Effects. I want to call them Front Effects because they are simple, natural, tolerable and, most importantly, a sign of your healing in progress. The term "side effect" has an emotional trigger for most of us. We associate the term with the life-threatening effects of modern prescriptions. We think of side effects as something unwanted. The Master Cleanser Side Effects are very much wanted. These "Side Effects" are why we are Master Cleansers to begin with.

Master Cleanse side-effects

The Master Cleanser Side Effects are well worth it and so natural.

Are Master Cleanser Side Effects really "Side Effects" at all? I have a hard time referring to the Master Cleanse "Side Effects" as such; at least in the traditional sense. Master Cleanse side effects When I think of side effects, I think of those absurd TV commercials for artificial prescriptions that
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 are trying to convince us we need. They even "brand" a disease with a term and then give it an acronym (such as ED for erectile dysfunction) so that they can market a "Cure" for you. Then they have the nerve to list dozens of horrifying side effects while calming music plays and we watch very healthy, happy people illustrating just how healthy and happy we can be if only we take their product. For life — or at least for as long as their product doesn't kill us, make us bleed from the eyes or have 4-hour erections, etc. It is mind boggling that people will denounce The Master Cleanse as a treatment, cure, prevention, cleanse, etc. because you might have a headache on the second day or break out for a few days, whereas these drugs being offered as cures include catastrophic side effects such as paralysis and "an increased risk of death." HA! They slip these "Side Effects" in the side door when you're not looking, hoping you will be so convinced you're already dying that their prescribed increased risk of death won't look so bad.

Master Cleanse side effects

Positive Master Cleanser Side Effects

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Since The Master Cleanse is a Detox Diet, or Cleansing Diet rather than primarily a Weight Loss Diet, the fact that you will likely lose weight is, in fact, a side effect as well. Master Cleanse side effects, weight loss So even though many people use The Master Cleanse for Weight Loss, that doesn't make it the primary intention of the Detox. In fact it is more about weight management than weight loss, since the loss of weight is not your body's primary objective either. The primary objective is DETOX and the positive results of the detox: the cleansing of our bodies of toxins and waste results in the side effects we Master Cleansers refer to as Healing Events.

Healing Events (Healing Crisis)

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Tom Woloshyn refers to Healing Events as Healing Crisis, but I prefer the term Healing Events since it casts a more positive light on the events. The Healing Events truly are positive as they represent the elimination of something that caused a Disease Event when they were first ingested. There is a saying in the Master Cleanser Community about the side effects we call Healing Events: "Sick in, Sick out". When you pick up something like a flu virus, bacteria, or something your body wants to reject, you experience a Disease Event. Your body is not "At Ease", but rather in a state of "Dis-Ease" because of it. Your body's immune system then deploys any and all available defense mechanisms to expel the intruder. These mechanisms include: Master Cleanse side effects
  1. Stuffed Nose, Runny Nose or Congestion
  2. Coughing and Sneezing
  3. Sore throat and swollen glands
  4. Fatigue, Muscle aches and other Cold and Flu Symptoms
  5. Skin Irritation such as Rashes and Breakouts
  6. Headaches
  7. Fever
  8. Cold sores or other mouth sores
All of these "side effects" of a cold, flu or any other disease agent are the result of your body's primary objective: to rid the body of the disease agent. All of these "side effects" are actually just the reaction to the disease agent as it now exits your body. And best of all: these "side effects" are temporary. They last for only a brief period. The Healing Events resulting from the Disease Agent are far less severe than the Disease Events which were the cause of the ingested Disease Agent.

Problem Days with Greater Side Effects

There are generally 3 days during which most cleansers experience the greatest number of master cleanser side effects, especially those of the Healing Crisis variety noted above. Day 1, Day 3 and Day 4 always seem to be the hardest. In my Day-to-Day account of the characteristics of each day during The Lemonade Diet, I have named these days: Day 1 - Bandwagon, Day 3 - Healing Events, and Day 4 — Hump Day.
  1. Day 1 - Bandwagon Side Effects: The side effects of day 1 are usually Detox Side Effects or Withdrawal Side Effects (both discussed below).
  2. Day 3 - Healing Events: Day 3 is when most of the Healing Events tend to surface. This is likely due to the detox part of the Master Cleanse really starting to reach a critical point.
  3. Day 4 - Hump Day: Healing Events are often short lived, lasting only a day or two. I once had severe cold symptoms for one night only. They disappeared as quickly as they came. Day 4 is Hump Day like Wednesday is in our work week. Just get past these Healing Events, and you are likely to succeed the rest of the way.

Master Cleanser Detox Side Effects

There are a few side effects of The Master Cleanser that are not directly related to Healing Events. I call these the
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, as they are not the common cold or flu symptoms we experience when our body is fighting off a new invader. The following side effects are results of the Laxative, SWF, improperly taking the Lemonade and/or the general detox process  itself:
  1. White Tongue: A general side effect of the detox. It is generally reported that the tongue turns pink again once detoxing is complete.
  2. Bad Breath: Related to the aforementioned White Tongue. This is due to the extra release of toxins through the tongue.
  3. Greater Tooth Plaque: Related to above.
  4. Mucous Increase: A primary tool of our immune system, the loosening of mucous including sinus congestion and draining is brought on by the Fresh Lemon Juice and Cayenne Pepper.
  5. Increased Ear Wax: Similar to above.
  6. Nausea: Usually the result of the Salt Water Flush.
  7. Dizziness: Usually the result of not drinking enough Fresh Lemonade or not drinking it early enough in the morning upon rising (especially after the SWF).
  8. Feeling Chilled: Not "chills" like when you have a cold, but feeling cold as the result of lowered metabolism.
  9. Passing Gallstones: This is not uncommon and is good news.
  10. Diarrhea: Either from the SWF or from an excess of Vitamin C from the Lemon Juice.

Withdrawal Side Effects

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Discussing these side effects from the perspective of the Healing Events and Detox is necessary, as they are indeed related to the cleanse.  However, many of the side effects felt by cleansers are not necessarily the result of the detox, or healing, nor are they some awful sign that cleansing is not for you. They are often just symptoms of withdrawal from some chemical dependency you have. There are many common chemical dependencies which (if you did the cleanse properly) you would have had to stop feeding during the cleanse.
  1. Nicotine
  2. Alcohol and Drugs
  3. Caffeine
These substances are obvious. Most of us know we go through nicotine and alcohol withdrawal, but we don't always realize that caffeine withdrawal can be even worse. Caffeine is a food (found in coffee, tea and other foods like chocolate). Food is addictive as well. Most of us know that, but we don't dig much deeper than that basic understanding. Caffeine is a drug which is found in food. All food is a drug, as are all substances. Everything we consume is a chemical that our bodies break down, then decide to use, expel, destroy or quarantine. So we can be addicted to anything. We can be addicted to coffee, sugar, pasta, or sushi. And when our body doesn't get a substance it is expecting, it will send us signals — often painful ones — that it wants that substance NOW. Once the body is re-accustomed to NOT expecting these substances, a new norm is set and symptoms disappear. Now most of those foods aren't as chemically addictive as caffeine is, but they can certainly be emotionally or psychologically addictive.

Emotional and Psychological Master Cleanser Side Effects

The loss of Comfort Foods can be devastating both emotionally and psychologically. We are so used to managing our chemistry by ingesting foods we like. If we feel down, we turn to food because eating it will make us feel good, either because we like the taste so much or because we have another association built into that food. Perhaps this type of cookie reminds me of my childhood when times were more simple. Maybe that ice-cream puts me into a state of subconscious self-loathing that I have come to depend on. This is a major topic and is beyond the scope of this article, but it is worth mentioning because it leads to the following two Emotional Side Effects and Psychological Side Effects of The Master Cleanse:
  1. Impatience and Irritability: Our patience can really be tested when we are not getting what we want, when we are not comforted by our crutches.
  2. Flashbacks (Feelings, Tastes): in his book "The Complete Master Cleanse" Tom Woloshyn describes the body as a "Time Machine," saying that his clients report tasting cigarettes or feeling "stoned" as they relive past experiences.

Any other Master Cleanser Side Effects?

I have avoided going into detail on a number of very common side effects in an attempt to keep this post from getting too long. I want to leave the forum open to you to so you can add your own feelings. What were some Master Cleanser Side Effects that you experienced? How did you overcome them?
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