One woman preaches about the benefits of drinking salt and olive oil and insists that the concoction has treated a host of health problems – despite doctors’ warnings that the ‘dangerous’ trend could cause serious medical problems, from diarrhea to high blood pressure.
Stephanie Owens of Nashville, Tennessee, has taken an unusual cocktail of different salts and oils for three months as part of a self-proclaimed ‘liver detox’.
She claims that drinking salt has helped her with a number of health problems; including food allergies, leaky gut and hypothyroidism – resulting in constant stomach pain, indigestion and a persistent itchy rash. Stephanie also believes the salt water helped clear up her skin.
Bottoms up … Country singer Stephanie Owens claims that drinking Epsom salt, salt water and olive oil has helped cure a host of health problems from hypothyroidism to allergies
Delicious? The Nashville resident does a 24-hour “ liver detox ” every month, during which they fast while consuming salt water, Epsom salt water, olive oil and lemon and apple juice
The country music artist was inspired to do the salt cleanse after a visit to her local naturopath revealed that she had high levels of toxins in her liver.
“ I have celiac disease and in late 2019, I visited my naturopathic doctor for check-up, ” Stephanie told Jam Press.
Complicated: Stephanie says her cleanse doesn’t always make you feel good, admitting that ‘it’s actually like giving yourself the flu’
She ran a scan of my body that showed I had a lot of toxins in my liver, so she recommended that I do a gallbladder and liver flush.
“This involves drinking a ton of salt, Epsom salt, and olive oil to help cleanse the liver and help with some of the symptoms I was experiencing.”
Stephanie did the cleanse three times over three to four weeks between each round.
However, the singer admitted that it was difficult to choose a weekend to cleanse as she stayed indoors due to the side effects.
Stephanie said, ‘You don’t feel your best during the cleanse – it’s basically like giving yourself the flu for 24 hours.
‘I fast, drink lots of water, apple juice, sea salt, Epsom salt and olive oil and the fast starts on the first day.
“I eat lightly until 2pm on the day of the cleanse or fast all day, which helped my system to respond better because there was less my body needed to get rid of.”
Radiant: She also believes drinking salt water and olive oil helped clear up her skin
Motivation: The country music artist was inspired to do the salt cleanse after a visit to her local naturopath revealed that she had high levels of toxins in her liver
Process: “She performed a scan of my body that showed I had a lot of toxins in my liver, so she recommended that I do a gallbladder and liver flush,” Stephanie explained.
Stephanie drinks a combination of sea salt with water and Epsom salt with water all day long.
She claims the salts help open and relax the gallbladder and bile ducts, so that the gallstones and ‘sludge’ are expelled naturally.
She said, ‘You also drink apple juice to soften the gallstones and make them pass more easily.
‘The Epsom salts (magnesium sulfate) act as a strong laxative, so I find that fasting all day makes this cleanse more manageable.
In the evening, I drink a large amount of olive oil mixed with freshly squeezed lemon juice and then go straight to bed and sleep on my right side all night.
Drinking oil essentially causes your gallbladder and liver to dump all of its contents into the bile duct.
“The next morning I drink a few more rounds of the salts, and then the laxative effects really kick in – I start feeling better late in the morning and can start eating again.”
Although Stephanie admits that the salt brew tastes “ pretty bad, ” she claims it has been beneficial for her and eased a number of health problems.
She said, ‘My stomach pain improved significantly after the cleanse, which was such a huge relief to me.
Warning: the singer admits that the Epsom salts have a laxative effect meaning she can’t make plans during the 24 hours she’s been doing the cleanse
Sacrifice: Stephanie, seen with husband Chris, admits the salt brew tastes ‘pretty dirty’ but insists it has been beneficial to her and alleviated some health issues
Goals: “I truly believe this cleansing was a necessary step towards wellness,” she added
“I had gotten to the point where I had indigestion after almost every dinner, and I know the cleanse had something to do with relieving that feeling, and I had improvements in bloating as well.”
Stephanie claims the persistent rash on her calf has gone too and has yet to return.
She added: ‘I am in the process of curing additional symptoms of hypothyroidism and detoxifying your liver is something that needs to be done to speed up the healing process so I truly believe this cleanse was a necessary step towards wellness . ‘
While drinking small amounts of olive oil and Epsom salts can be a remedy for digestive problems in some cases, they are laxatives and should be used with extreme caution.
It is recommended that you consult your doctor or other medical professional before changing your diet.
“I would never recommend that people drink salt water – it can increase the risk of high blood pressure and sodium overload,” Dr. Sarah Jarvis, physician and clinical director of patientaccess.com, told Jam Press.
Drinking olive oil can lead to unpleasant stomach cramps and diarrhea.
“There is no way a naturopath can reliably diagnose“ high toxins in the liver ”. In fact, the liver is constantly processing and removing toxins from your body.
“This advice is at best, completely devoid of evidence, and useless and potentially dangerous at worst.”