Another TikToker named Olivia Hedlund, who goes by @liv.ingwell, said that the salt water flush goal “is to really get the sludge out of your small intestine.”
Hedlund, who also claims that she is a functional nutritional therapy practitioner, always makes sure to tell her followers to do research on their own accord and trust their bodies before they participate in a trend.
However, health professionals still believe this cleanse is not the best for people.
According to a report in the New York Post, registered dietitian Abby Sharp made a response video to Hedlund, noting that the cleanses are “very dangerous for the masses” and even called them “napalm for your bowels.”
She also called the practice “unethical” and captioned her post: “No health care professional should be giving a salt water flush tutorial — even if they preface it with a ‘do your research’ disclaimer.” Sharpe acknowledges that this method has been used as an alternative to colonoscopy preparation, but it can also be “dangerous as f***.”
She continued to note that the concentrated salt from these cleanses draws “all the water into your bowels and blasts everything in its path out the other end” — essentially giving you a really, really bad time on the toilet.”
Still, Sharp advises against trying a saltwater flush since it is unclear how it could change the balance of one’s gut microbiome.