Clean Your Liver To Help It Take Care Of You
The liver is important. We should treat it like our best friend. A healthy liver screens the blood for toxins, viruses and bacteria, detoxifies alcohol and certain drugs, and plays a major part in the supporting the body's immune system. The liver uses Kuppfer cells, a type of white blood cells, to destroy viruses, bacteria, old blood cells, and other substances being filtered through the liver.
When the liver is damaged, its ability to carry out functions are compromised like the ability to: fight infection, manufacture essential enzymes and proteins, secrete bile to aid digestion, absorb and store vitamins A, D, E, and K, manufacture and regulate hormones, and to remove waste.
The liver can be damaged by recreational and prescription drugs, a build up of toxins absorbed into the body through the skin, breathing, or ingestion of foods containing toxins. The liver is also damaged through an autoimmune attack, such as non-infectious hepatitis, also viral hepatitis, and cancer. Cancer does not usually start in the liver, but is commonly transported to the liver from the colon, breast, lymph glands, lung, pancreas, and stomach. Our bodies are taxed because of the large amounts of toxins present in the air, food, water, and environment that are absorbed into our bodies, which has compromised our livers and has reduced its ability clean the blood, and thus fight cancer.
Symptoms of a Damaged Liver
- Fatigue, lack of appetite, loss of energy, weakness, weight loss and nausea.
- Jaundice: The liver can't remove bilirubin from the blood, which causes a yellowing of the skin and white part of the eyes
- Nails become curved and white rather than pink
- Digestion problems resulting in a loss of appetite, weight loss, and anemia
- Lighter stool due to the lack of bile production
- Blood clotting takes longer because the liver's ability to make the clotting protein, fibrinogen, is compromised
- The body retains water and becomes bloated because its ability to help the kidneys remove water is compromised
Cleaning the Liver & Gallbladder
First thing, the liver is a wonderful organ. The liver is incredible and regenerates its cells to repair damage and heal itself. This function helps us even more in working towards restoring our livers. The large amounts of processed foods, toxins, and stress makes it hard for the liver to do what it was designed to do, clean the body and restore itself in the process. We can help it by giving it a break by eating more raw foods, removing recreational and prescription drugs from our systems, reducing and stopping alcohol consumption, and by drinking plenty of water.
There are varying versions of liver/gallbladder cleanses floating around and the one that seems most comprehensive to me is based to the liver/gallbladder cleanse developed by Dr. Hulda Clark and found in her book “The Cure for All Cancers.” The following cleanse is derived from the book “The Cure for All Cancers.”
Gallstone blockage in the Gallbladder
Biliary ducts in the liver carry bile to one large duct called the "common bile duct." The liver makes 1 to 1.5 quarts of bile a day, a digestive juice that emulsifies fats. Bile flows from the liver to the common bile duct, where it is then stored in the gallbladder. When we eat protein or fat the gallbladder squeezes itself empty and the bile travels to the intestine. As shown in the picture, the gallbladder and ducts can become blocked impeding the flow of bile which interferes with normal digestion. The build up of gallstones cause back pressure on the liver and cause the liver to slow its production of bile. With the accumulation of gallstones much less cholesterol leaves the body, and cholesterol levels rise. Gallstones are porous and can pick bacteria, cysts, viruses and parasites being filtered through the liver. These stones become a constant supply of harmful substances for the body.
Lets Clean the Liver & Gallbladder
You should clean the kidneys and the colon before you do the liver cleanse. The kidneys remove liquid waste and the colon removes solid waster. Cleaning the kidneys and colon first will help optimize the liver cleanse.
It is recommended to clean the body of parasites before you the cleanse, because it is more difficult to remove gallstones without killing parasites first. I jumped right in the first time I cleaned my liver|gallbladder without doing a parasite killing regime. I removed about 30 gallstones and feel like I could have definitely removed more. People can have hundreds of gallstones in their bodies. I have been on a parasite cleanse regime since then, and it consists of a black-walnut and wormwood. The two herbs are specifically used for killing parasites. My next liver/gallstone cleanse should be explosive.
It is also suggested to drink plenty of fresh apple juice made from organic apples for 2-3 days before the cleanse. Apple juice contains malic acid which dissolves and softens gallstones to make for a more successful liver cleanse.
Now, some people suggest that the gallstones passed by doing the cleanse are not really gallstones, and the green stones actually are soft complexes of mineral, olive oil and lemon juice produced within the digestive tract. Dr. Hulda Clark.net produced a medical document of one of it's customers who had the gallstones that were during the liver cleanse analyzed. Find liver cleanse testimonials here, and gallstone pictures here.
Since the liver cleanse causes the gallbladder to squeeze itself it is possible that gallstones can become lodged is the opening of the gallbladder. Because of this, it is suggested that the procedure should only be done under the care of a health practitioner. I did do mine on my own though.
Liver & Gallbladder Cleanse
picture from drclark.net
Purpose of Ingredients
- Apple juice contains malic acid to dissolve the cohesion between gallstones.
- Epsom is used to relax bile ducts to let stones pass easily.
- Olive oil is used the make the gallbladder squeeze itself to push out gallstones.
- Lemon juice or grapefruit juice is used to cut the taste of the olive and to make it easier to swallow.
The folllowing is taken from "The Cure for All Advanced Cancers", p. 562ff:
Choose a day like Saturday for the cleanse, since you will be able to rest the next day. Take no medicines, vitamins or pills that you can do without; they could prevent success. Stop the parasite program and kidney herbs, too, the day before. Eat a no-fat breakfast and lunch such as cooked cereal, fruit, fruit juice, bread and preserves or honey (no butter or milk). This allows the bile to build up and develop pressure in the liver. Higher pressure pushes out more stones.
2:00 PM. Do not eat or drink after 2 o'clock. If you break this rule you could feel quite ill later. Get your Epsom salts ready. Mix 4 tbs. in 3 cups water (I used 3 cups of fresh squeezed apple juice instead)and pour this into a jar. This makes four servings,3/4 cup each. Set the jar in the refrigerator to get ice cold (this is for convenience and taste only).
6:00 PM. Drink one serving 3/4 cup of the ice cold Epsom salts. If you did not prepare this ahead of time, mix 1 tbs. in 3/4 cup water now(I used apple juice). You may add 1/8 tsp. vitamin C powder to improve the taste (I didn't do this). You may also drink a few mouthfuls of water afterwards or rinse your mouth. Get the olive oil (ozonated, if possible) and grapefruit out to warm up (I used 3 lemons).
8:00 PM. Repeat by drinking another 3/4 cup of Epsom salts.You haven't eaten since two o'clock, but you won't feel hungry. Get your bedtime chores done. The timing is critical for success.
9:45 PM. Pour 3/4 cup (measured) olive oil into the pint jar. Add 2 drops HCl to sterilize (I didn't do this). Wash grapefruit twice in hot water and dry; squeeze by hand into the measuring cup. Remove pulp with fork. You should have at least 1/2 cup, more (up to 3/4 cup) is best. You may use part lemonade (I squeezed 3 lemons). Add this to the olive oil. Also add Black Walnut Tincture (I didn't add this to the list because I think it is less effective at this stage. The Black Walnut is used to kill parasites. I think it is more effective to do a parasite killing regime before the cleanse.) Close the jar tightly with the lid and shake hard until watery (only fresh grapefruit juice does this).
Now visit the bathroom one or more time, even if it makes you late for your ten o'clock drink. Don't be more than 15 minutes late. You will get fewer stones.
10:00 PM. Drink the potion you have mixed. Take 4 ornithine capsules with the first sips to make sure you will sleep through the night (I didn't take them. I also drank the oil lemon juice mixture straight down.) Take 8 if you already suffer from insomnia. Drinking through a large plastic straw helps it go down easier. You may use oil and vinegar salad dressing, or straight honey to chase it down between sips. Have these ready in a tablespoon on the kitchen counter. Take it all to your bedside if you want, but drink it standing up. Get it down within 5 minutes (fifteen minutes for very elderly or weak persons).
Lie down immediately. You might fail to get stones out if you don't. The sooner you lie down the more stones you will get out. Be ready for bed ahead of time. Don't clean up the kitchen. As soon as the drink is down walk to your bed and lie down flat on your back with your head up high on the pillow. Try to think about what is happening in the liver. Try to keep perfectly still for at least 20 minutes. You may feel a train of stones traveling along the bile ducts like marbles. There is no pain because the bile duct valves are open (thank you Epsom salts!). Go to sleep, you may fail to get stones out if you don't.
Next morning. Upon awakening take your third dose of Epsom salts. If you have indigestion or nausea wait until it is gone before drinking the Epsom salts. You may go back to bed. Don't take this potion before 6:00 am.
2 Hours Later. Take your fourth (the last) dose of Epsom salts. You may go back to bed again.
After 2 More Hours you may eat. Start with fruit juice. Half an hour later eat fruit. One hour later you may eat regular food but keep it light. By supper you should feel recovered.
My Experience Doing the Liver & Gallbladder Cleanse
Olive oil, epsom salt, lemon juice, drink them? These may not sound like appetizing words when put together. Don’t let these combination of words stop you from cleaning your liver and gallbladder. I think I have less of an iron stomach and more of a strong will to want to continue to rid myself of toxins, strengthen my health, and to continue to increase my energy.
The lemon juice olive oil mixture wasn’t horrible and wasn’t too difficult to swallow. I didn’t even have to hold my nose. I just made sure it was mixed well, and I just drank it down.
I mixed apple juice with the Epson salts for two reasons. One it made it taste better, and the malic acid in the apple juice helped to weaken the bonds between gallstones. I drank the apple juice Epsom salt mixture easily. I didn’t use the ornithine capsules to help me sleep because I didn’t want to introduce this new substance to my body.
I just rested on my back, breathed and thought of peace, and I was able to sleep without too much disturbance. Yes I did pass gallstones, and plenty of them. It didn’t hurt and they passed easily because the Epsom salt relaxed my ducts and intestines. I am ready to do my next liver | gallstone cleanse.
Herbs For Liver Cleanse
I did the above liver cleanse to quickly flush out built up cholesterol and toxins from my liver and gallbladder. I did this cleanse alongside my three month herbal cleanse. The liver cleanse was the big broom I used to sweep away major obstructions quickly, while the herbs were used for a deep cleanse that helped to repair the liver from toxin damage. I used various herbs like burdock root, dandelion, and sarsaparilla to help my liver strengthen and repair itself.