I first heard of doing a liver cleanse at home a few years ago, even though I didn’t fully understand the reason behind it.
I had been very ill for a couple of years but was just starting to research alternative methods to healing since the conventional route only offered me pharmaceuticals which didn’t help to get to the root cause of my illness. You can read about my health journey here.
I had never studied how the body works and really had no idea how important liver function was to health and healing. The liver is basically the body’s filter.
It carries out more than 500 roles in the human body and has the ability to regenerate itself. It is responsible for detoxing all of the toxic chemicals, medications, alcohol, and anything else the body needs to get rid of.
It is the largest organ we possess and is located behind the right rib cage just under the right breast. It is classified as part of the digestive system since it synthesizes proteins and makes chemicals that are used to digest our food.
Why Do A Liver Cleanse?
One of the jobs of the liver is to make bile (fluid produced in the liver and stored in the gallbladder that helps digest fat) continuously… about 1 to 1 1/2 quarts a day. The liver is full of tubing that is directed into one large tube called the common bile duct.
This tubing can get blocked by gall stones and interfere with the flow of bile. Gall stones are little balls of cholesterol that can be black, green, red, white, or tan colored. According to scientists, there is a little clump of bacteria in the center of each gall stone suggesting that dead parasite matter may have started the forming of the stone. Gross!!! AND Wow!!!
As the stones grow and become more numerous, the pressure on the back of the liver causes it to produce less bile and slow the flow of lymphatic fluid (the fluid of the body’s sewer system). If the bile and lymphatic fluid aren’t able to flow freely then the body is not able to detox all of the toxic chemicals and waste causing the body to become more and more toxic over time.
As for the gallbladder… most of us know we have one but have no idea what it does and think it’s not that important since people get them removed all of the time and seem to live without them just fine.
The gallbladder is a little pear-shaped organ tucked in just under the liver. It’s job is to store the cholesterol-rich bile that is made in the liver in order to help digest fats from the diet.
About 70% of all gallbladder issues arise from gallstones, little balls of cholesterol that block the tubes in the liver. If they get bad enough, then they are pushed into the gallbladder. That’s why we call them gallstones, but they actually originate in the liver.
It is estimated that over 750,000 gallbladder surgeries are performed every year in North America alone!! Surgery is a very drastic step and should be reserved for more serious conditions like gallbladder cancer and severe gallbladder attacks.
Many times, gall stones can be resolved with dietary changes and liver gallbladder flushes! The best way to avoid gallbladder surgery is to prevent gall bladder problems in the first place!
How To Do A Liver Cleanse
If you look online for ways to do a liver cleanse, then you will find many different ways to do them. However, most of them are some variation of Dr. Hulda Clarks original instructions for doing the most effective liver cleanse possible. If you’re going to go to the trouble to do one, it might as well be effective, right??
You will need:
1/2 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1/2 cup Freshly Squeezed Grapefruit Juice
4 Tbsp. Epsom Salts
Plan to do your liver cleanse when you’re going to be home like on a weekend starting on Friday morning. The day of the liver cleanse eat only apples, steamed vegetables, and steamed fish. No fats like butter. Only lemon juice and salt and pepper for seasoning.
Do not eat anything after 2:00pm. If you break this rule, then you could feel quite ill. Drink 1 quart of organic, no sugar added, apple juice throughout the day, even after 2pm.
2:00pm – Prepare Epsom Salt drink. Add 4 Tbsp of Epsom Salt to 3 cups of warm water. This make 4 servings of 3/4 cups each. You can put it in the refrigerator to help with the taste if you like. In my opinion, nothing helps with the taste except to hold your nose. It tastes pretty awful!
6:00pm – Drink 1 serving (3/4 cup) of the Epsom Salt drink. Set the olive oil and grapefruit juice on the counter to make sure that they are at room temperature.
8:00pm – Drink another serving (3/4 cup) of the Epsom Salt drink. Get your bedtime chores done. The timing is critical in having a successful liver cleanse.
9:45pm – Squeeze the grapefruit by hand or use a juicer into the measuring cup and remove the pulp with a fork. You should have ½ cup. Lemons will work instead of grapefruit, but you will need to dilute with water (I use 2 lemons).
Add this to 1/2 a cup of olive oil. Also, add 10 – 20 drops of Black Walnut Tincture (to kill parasites). Close the jar tightly with the lid and shake hard until watery (only fresh citrus juice does this).
Now, visit the bathroom one or more times. Make sure that you are completely ready for bed. After you drink the olive oil drink you will need to go straight to bed and lie down.
10 – 10:15 pm – Drink the grapefruit and olive oil drink. Try to get it down within 5 minutes. Hold your nose if it’s hard to get down. If you’re weak or elderly try to get it down within 15 minutes. Drink it standing up. Take 4 Ornithine caps for sleep. Take 8 if you have insomnia.
Once you get it down, go straight to bed. Don’t clean up the kitchen. Don’t go to the bathroom. Go straight to bed. I’ve read instructions to lie flat on your back, and I’ve read instructions to lie on your right side. I laid on my right side and got plenty of stones. I’m really not sure which way is best.
After 6:00 am the next morning, drink the third dose of the Epsom Salt drink. If you feel nauseous or have indigestion, then wait until it passes before drinking this dose. You may go back to bed.
After two more hours, drink the final dose of the Epsom Salt drink. You may go back to bed. Expect diarrhea as the Epsom Salts push out the gallstones. However, if constipation is a problem, then you may need to do an enema in the morning after the 4th dose.
Use a flashlight to count the stones in the toilet. They will float and will be green, pink, white, or tan in color. They could be large or tiny. The first time I did this cleanse, I got about 200 stones.
From what I’ve read, the goal is to keep doing the cleanses until you’ve gotten a cumulative total of about 2000 stones, then you can switch to maintenance mode and do them twice a year.
I will confess that the first time I did this cleanse, it made me really sick and triggered a wicked migraine. I actually swore that I would never do another one. That was almost three years ago, and I’m in a completely different place today.
I just did my second liver cleanse but did a gentler version of it and had no discomfort whatsoever. I got about 80 stones this time, so not as good as the first time.
I’m thinking I’ll do another one soon going back to the original instructions and see what happens.
Here’s the gentler version:
Follow all instructions except instead of doing 4 doses of the Epsom Salt drink just do one (1 Tbsp. in 3/4 cup of warm water) at 9:00 pm and go straight to bed. Also, take 5 Hydrangea capsules three times during the day of the grapefruit – olive oil drink.
So, what do you think? Have you done a liver cleanse? Will you do one?? What was your outcome??
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