Spring cleaning anyone? If you want to flush your liver…..
I was asked by several different people to write-up some suggestions for detoxing, and especially for gallbladder/liver decongesting. Spring is in the air and if you are feeling the flow of the seasons, you may be moved to do some internal spring cleaning, I have a few suggestions. Take it from me, I have learned a lot since my first liver flush twelve years ago.
It’s funny how we fuss over our cars, making sure the cruddy old oil is changed and the filters are replaced and we don’t think twice about running around putting fried gunky fats into our body filters along with a million other substances and NEVER give our filter, the liver, a flush. So even if you don’t think a flush is for you. By just doing some of the suggestions in this article, you can do some minor housekeeping and show your liver some love.
Signs your body would benefit from a liver cleanse…
Taken from one of my favorite reference books Linda Pages Healthy Healing Do you have the following issues, or could use some help in these areas?
Unexplained fatigue, depression, fatigue, lethargy, lack of energy, allergic reactions, unexplained weight gain, distended stomach, mental confusion, sluggish elimination, general constipation, alternating to diarrhea, chemical sensitivities, poor digestion, unexplained nausea, migraine headaches, menstrual difficulties, bags under the eyes, liver spots, poor hair texture, itchy skin, slow hair growth, anemia, large bruise patches
Can you really flush stones from the gallbladder?
Can you really flush the liver or flush stones from the gallbladder? Some will debate whether the stones that can be released from the body are actually Gall stones or just clumps of olive oil from the cleanse. Well from my experience helping others as a colon hydro therapist I saw a variety of “stones” and well I have to tell you, they look exactly like the stones I have seen in pictures of surgically removed gall bladders.
Just google “gallbladders with stones” and click on images to get a picture. They come in a wide variety of shapes, colors and sizes. Yellow, Green, White and Black! Sand like grain to nickel sized, pea shaped and colored. Yep that’s exactly what I saw, but I am not diagnosing here just observing. You will have to draw your own conclusions after you have your own experience. Does it hurt? NO! Can they get stuck? Yes, that’s what happens when the gallbladder gets full and the biliary duct gets overloaded. Then people go have the gallbladder surgically removed. Does that hurt? A whole lot more than a successful cleanse. Can people actually do this themselves? Yes, I have seen it done many times, safely. The body does not come with an owners manual, but we can find some maintenance instructions around from others, if we educate ourselves. Humans have done these for many years. Is it scary? No not really, but our modern medical system does not do liver flushes, so the only scary part for some, is fear of the unknown.
As with any and all of what I share in writing, I must put in the disclaimer that I am NOT a doctor, if you decide to attempt do a liver flush, please take full responsibility for your body and if you have gallbladder issues then for goodness sakes, take it easy on yours self and always check in with the Doctor. Read lots of information to get informed.
Before during and after the flush
So part of detoxing is not just what your eating, it’s what you’re eliminating. Alcohol just cannot be consumed in order to do this right. Save the wine for later. If it makes you feel any better, you can have some grape juice, just not the fermented kind.
Coffee, well this is where it gets complicated… you see you don’t drink it when your flushing the liver. Coffee is hotly debated as a substance that actually stresses the liver. Some great info on that topic can be found here http://bodytechnician.com/caffeine.html But it is highly effective at flushing the liver when it’s placed in the colon with an enema bag. Never heard of such a thing. Well neither had I until I read a piece from a doctor that recommended you take one for a migraine. The theory is when you use coffee in the colon it stimulates the liver to pump and dump old bile, in with new fresh bile. Kinda flush the filters here, are ya following me? And if that old bile was loaded with an abundance of medications, chemicals, or some other substance throwing the hard-working liver off-balance, then good riddance.
Processed foods with preservatives, food colorings, pesticides, trans fats, corn syrup, antibiotics, you get the idea. The liver is our chemical factory and well, we gotta cut off some outside burdens in order to maximize the benefits here. Try not to take any over the counter medications while you do this too.
Wash your veggies Preferably if your going to put the effort into a cleanse, you go organic. But if you’re not, please wash your fruits and veggies good. You’ll be defeating your purpose if you don’t.
Water, Consciously make the effort to HYDRATE your body cells. Take your body weight in pounds, cut it in half and that’s how many ounces of water you should drink a day. 140 Lb person should drink 70 ounces of high alkaline structured water a day. We humans are 83% water. Coffee, tea, soda, juice, beer NOTHING else counts for water. Would you think of cleaning your counter with coffee or soda? No, and you don’t clean your insides without a high intake of high quality water. There are lots of machines that do this and if you want to try some alkaline bottled water brands that have become popular due to their balanced PH include Voss, Sanfaustino, San Pellegrino, Eternal, Gerolsteiner, Saratoga, Penta, Calistoga, Volvic, and eVamor.
Foods that are particularly good for the liver.
I have seen lots of liver cleanses, and they almost all include Apples. Malic acid is a key nutrient that helps with the breakdown of stones. Some protocols suggest 1500 mg of malic acid daily with magnesium if you want to take supplements. Get a gallon jug of organic non pasteurized apple juice. If your going to juice it yourself that’s even better. Have some a couple of times a day. Apple cider vinegar is another popular way to get your malic acid. Need another idea for your liver flush? How about a nice Apple Waldorf salad with celery, minima, grapes and walnuts. If you seed the apples before you make your own juice, save the pulp, add some cinnamon and you have a homemade “raw” applesauce.
Garlic and Onions
Garlic helps your liver activate enzymes that can flush out toxins. It has a high amount of allicin and selenium, two natural detoxifying elements.. It is also thought that garlic can help the liver detoxify mercury from the body, as well as excess estrogen. Add garlic to a savory green juice or smoothie
Lemon & Grapefruit
Lemons are on everybodys liver detox list from Dr Oz to the master cleanse. Eating or drinking grapefruit & lemon juice can help your liver flush out carcinogens and toxins. These fruits are also high in both vitamin C and have antioxidant properties. Lemons detoxify petrochemicals which can tax the liver functions. ½ a lemon in hot water every morning for a daily maintenance drink. A home-made salad dressing of lemon juice, garlic, herbs and olive oil on a green salad is a great “love your liver” meal. Some people even take a small amount of olive oil and grapefruit (2 T each) at night before going to sleep to help the liver purge slowly.
Beets are high in a particular phytonutrient called betaine, that supports the liver in is function to convert fat to energy. Which can improve the overall functions of your liver. They are natural blood purifiers and are a wonderful liver tonic. If you are just starting out, go slow using a small amount of beet at first and check your personal beet tolerance. Need some ideas to eat more beets? Borscht soup, grated beet salad with olive lemon oil salad dressing, or one of my favorites oven roasted tossed in balsamic and fresh pressed garlic with a lil healthy oil.
Bitter leafy Greens ORGANIC
Dandelion, arugula, kale, chard, spinach have the ability to neutralize metals, chemicals and pesticides that may be in our foods, and act as a protective mechanism for the liver. The bitterness of these foods helps to stimulate bile flow within the liver, and chlorophyll from the greens supports new blood cell manufacturing. Since these soft tender greens are permeable you want to make sure they are not sprayed with harmful pesticides. This is what were trying to get rid of. These darker greens (kale salads) are becoming more popular and easier to find when you’re traveling and are the easiest way to eat your greens. Some like to add greens to smoothies for the fiber. I love adding some of these bitter greens to juices (apple and lemon) or raw soups.
Adding more avocados to your diet can help your body produce a type of antioxidant called glutathione, which is needed for our livers to filter out harmful materials.
Like broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, brussels sprouts and kohlrabi also increase the amount of glucosinolate (organic compounds) in our bodies that helps create enzyme production for digestion and are also good sources of sulfur and help the liver detoxify. Raw cruciferous veggies help the liver to produce enzymes it needs for its detoxification processes.
Tumeric and Ginger
A spice, tumeric has been known to help our bodies digest fats and stimulate the production of bile. It can also act as a natural form of detox for your liver. I usually just throw some raw tumeric or ginger root in my juicer with a couple of apples and a lemon. Turmeric is highly recognized for its immune building properties across the globe.
Walnuts are also high in glutathione and omega-3 fatty acids, which help support our liver through its cleansing process. Add some to your raw green salad, in your waldorf apple salad, or just munch on them plain as a snack.
Artichoke has been said to have the ability to help the liver regenerate. It stimulates and increases bile production, helping remove toxins and unfriendly bacteria through the bowels. Some research suggests that 30 minutes after eating a globe artichoke, bile flow is increased by over 100% Remember fresh is better than canned when it comes to the enzymes content of almost all foods.
The average liver diet day
Looking for a daily routine to help improve your liver and start cleansing it slowly? Here is a suggestion to get you started.
Upon arising ½ Lemon with hot 6 oz hot water. Add cayenne or hot sauce if you like it spicy use stevia or monkfruit if you need to sweeten WATER
Breakfast – Plant based protein smoothie with some kind of vital greens, spirulina, apple juice, berries or banana, hemp or coconut milk WATER
Snack- an apple or half a grapefruit, applesauce with cinnamon or waldorf salad. WATER
Lunch- mixed veggie soup, beet, carrot, or apple salad or any mixture of cruciferous. Veggies. WATER
Snack- ½ an artichoke marinated in Garlic, herbs and balsamic vinegar. WATER
Lunch- Dark green leafy green chopped salad with lemon/olive oil dressings. You can add a wide variety of mixed veggies, avocado, walnuts, pumpkin or hemp seeds or an egg for additional protein. WATER
Before bedtime. Apple juice with a dropper full of ortho-phos or grapefruit juice. WATER
You will notice that might look like a lot of water, but were actually still missing one recommended glass of water for the daily overall recommended intake…
So we do this for a week and then we can talk about the actual flush.. I will be posting personal favorite recipes for liver flush prep week…..
Just some of this articles resource material
Linda Pages: Healthy Healing
Dr Edward Group: Health begins in the colon
Dr Hiroma Shinya: The Enzyme Factor