Hi Nymue, I too felt the salt was making me retain water, but it will in fact do the opposite. I think it takes a bit in the beginning until you get enough salt to hydrate your cells. It seems I remember Newport saying it should be better after 5 days.
I've been taking 1/8 t. Real salt on my tongue for every 16oz of pure water for two months now, which is a little over 1/2 t a day, plus I salt my food alot. Trapper helped me with this concept by directing me to the watercure2.com.
I was curious how long to do the salt, but Ginagirl answered that as she's been doing it for 4-5yrs. So it looks like a lifestyle change.