Your liver is one of the most important organs in the body. When you put something in your body, it’s your liver that decides what’s good for you and what’s bad. It filters and sends the good stuff to where the body needs it. The bad stuff is a little more complicated; the liver can either flush it out of the body, bury it in fat, or hold onto it until it figures out what to do.
Your gall bladder is a small organ that works closely with your liver in producing bile to aid with a variety of liver functions. The bile comes into the liver and a certain amount can stay there, festering with toxic sludge that the liver has trapped. Together, that bile and toxic ooze begins to congeal, along with cholesterol forming gallstones.
Dr. Hulda Clark, PhD, ND details the process in her bestseller, “The Cure of All Diseases.” While these stones are developing in the liver, they are also acting as magnets, drawing additional toxic matter like viruses, bacteria, and parasites that are being filtered by the liver. When your liver becomes over taxed by too many of these toxins, it can affect the rest of your body. At first, it could be something mild like sluggishness and gradually turn into a chronic fatigue.
And this is the reason why liver cleanses or liver flushes can be beneficial. It helps the liver expel these gallstones from the body.
Chances are your liver, even if you’re healthy, could stand to use a little help.
Dr. Hulda Clark’s Liver Cleanse:
1/2 Cup of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 large Grapefruit
4 tablespoon Epsom Salt
3 cups of Purified Water (not from tap)
One of the more unique aspects of this cleanse is that if follows a sequence of time-sensitive actions. The key to doing it properly is to have everything ready and prepared ahead of time.
The Day of the Liver Cleanse: Start with a short fast. Eat and drink nothing (except water), and avoid any supplements or vitamins that you can live without. If you drink water, make sure it’s purified or filtered.
6:00pm: Mix your Epsom Salt and Water; the total ingredients should make approximately 4 servings (each approximately ¾ cup). You will need to find a way to emulsify the salt and water; putting the combined ingredients into a glass with a lid to shake works the best, but you can also stir it until the salt dissolves. Drink 1 (¾ cup) of the 4 servings.
8:00pm: Drink your second serving (¾ cup).
10:00pm: (Before doing this next step, try your best to empty your bowels) Fresh squeeze your grapefruit. You want about ¾ cup of juice. Mix the juice and with 1/2 cup of extra virgin olive oil together, agitate for about a minute. Drink the grapefruit & olive oil (Tip, drinking through a straw may help.) After drinking, immediately lie down in bed and go to sleep. This is critical, laying down helps the process pass more stones; and the sooner the better. You may experience mild discomfort around your body’s mid-section, this is common.
Next Morning: When you wake, take your third Epsom Salt & Water mixture (¾ cup) and try to have a bowel movement. Be sure to have a look and see if you can spot any gallstones. They have the appearance of greenish looking pebbles.
2 hours later: Finish the last of the Epsom Salt & Water mix (¾ cup). Again, be sure to look for any gallstones. Expect anywhere from twenty to as many as fifty. After this final drink, you’re finished with the liver cleanse.
SIDE NOTE: Diarrhea, bloating and cramping are common. Epsom Salt mixed with water act as a powerful enema.
When you should avoid a liver cleanse
There are a couple of good reasons to avoid a liver cleanse…
- If you’re sick wait until you get healthy, first
- It is not recommended for children
- If you’re allergic to Epsom Salt (Magnesium sulfate) or taking a medication that would react to it. This is also true with Grapefruits (especially with certain medications—check with your doctor)
- If you are pregnant
For anyone serious about practicing holistic health, a liver cleanse can be an especially powerful regimen for your detox program. The best time to do it is usually a couple of weeks after you do the Master Cleanse, and should not be done more than 4 times a year. It’s also important to check with a physician about any detox program you pursue to be certain there are not any conflicting health issues.