A good liver cleanse can rejuvenate an unhealthy liver. The liver performs hundreds of functions necessary for us to maintain good health. Due to the breadth of functions the liver performs, an unhealthy liver can affect every single organ in your body. Symptoms of an unhealthy liver include allergies, high cholesterol, malnutrition, and in extreme cases hepatitis and gallstones. Liver cleansing can relieve many of these ailments.
The liver is our body’s primary detoxification organ and manufacturing plant. It cleans drugs, alcohol, poisons, bacterial products, various waste products and worn out red blood cells from the body. The liver is also the main factory for amino acids, proteins and fats, and the stores fat and glucose – the energy source for all bodily functions.
The liver plays a major role in the metabolism of carbohydrates, fats and proteins – the nutrients that supply the body with energy. It converts carbohydrates into glucose, removes excess glucose from the blood and makes and stores glycogen – a source of energy between meals. Cleansing your liver can help your body better control its blood sugar levels.
The liver is also very important in metabolizing proteins. The liver manufactures amino acids and removes from circulation excess amino acids. It has the ability to dismantle amino acids that are found to be in excess and convert them to other amino acids that may be in short supply. It removes ammonia – a toxic byproduct of protein we consume – and converts it to urea to be eliminated by the kidneys. Liver cleansing can help provide your cells with protein in the form of essential amino acids.
The liver also controls the metabolism of fats we eat. It manufactures bile – necessary component for us to digest fat – and stores it in the gall bladder. The liver builds and breaks down fats as needed by the body. A liver cleanse can help you better regulate your body fat. I lost 5 pounds and about 2 inches off my waist by simply undergoing this liver cleansing program.
As you can see, a healthy liver is key to achieving a healthy life. Liver cleansing or liver detoxification can help you achieve a healthy liver and may also relieve you of various maladies that are really symptoms of liver health.
There are many herbs and tonics that will cleanse your liver. You may purchase liver cleansing kits at your local health food store or online. However, I found that the following formula worked well. In order to undertake this liver cleanse, you will have to plan to fast from one afternoon through the next morning. You will also have to be near a bathroom and be able to drink plenty of water.
WARNING: If you are undertaking this liver cleanse, make sure that you have done the colon cleanse and kidney cleanse FIRST. This cleanse will flush a large quantity of toxins into your blood. Your kidneys must be working effectively in order to filter these toxins out of your blood and eliminate them through your urinary system. Additionally, your colon will play a part in eliminating these toxins as well. So undergo the colon cleanse first, then the kidney cleanse, prior to starting this or any other liver cleanse.
Also, I do not recommend ladies undertake the liver cleanse during their menstruation period. During this time, your body is already attempting to eliminate fluids from your body. The liver cleanse will only add to its elimination load.
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You will need to allocate an afternoon and the following morning to the liver cleanse. Follow these directions to cleanse your liver:
1. On the first day of the liver cleanse, avoid any fatty foods – try and eat as little fat as possible.
2. Stop eating after 2PM on the afternoon of the liver cleanse.
3. At 6PM of that day, drink 3/4 cup of water with 1 tablespoon of Epsom salt.
4. At 8PM of that day, drink 3/4 cup of water with 1 tablespoon of Epsom salt.
5. At 10PM of that day, drink a mixture of 1/2 cup of olive oil and the juice from one grapefruit (approx. 3/4 cup of juice). Take four L-ornithine capsules and go immediately to bed. If you already experience insomnia, you can take up to 8 capsules. Lie flat on your back for 20 minutes and then go to sleep.
6. After 6AM the next morning, drink 3/4 cup of water with 1 tablespoon of Epsom salt.
7. Two hours later, drink 3/4 cup of water with 1 tablespoon of Epsom salt.
8. You may eat a light breakfast after 10AM of that day. Eat light meals without too much meat and fried foods for the rest of the day.
CAUTION: Your liver is most active between 11PM and 1AM, so it is important that you take the olive oil-grapefruit mixture promptly at 10PM to stimulate your liver and to allow you sufficient time to fall asleep. If you forget the L-ornithine, you will have a long sleepless night.
Keep in mind that the water and Epsom salt mixture will cause you to eliminate everything in your digestive system. You may experience diarrhea like symptoms. This is to be expected. Drink plenty of water to replenish the water that you are expelling and to ensure that you are properly flushing toxins released by your liver, out of your body.
In the morning, you will find that your waste on your second trip to the bathroom will contain greenish fatty looking particles that can be as small as peas and as large as golf balls. These are cholesterol, and deposits that would one day have turned into gallstones. Aren’t you glad you eliminated these from your body?
Start taking the milk thistle capsules as soon as you have completed the liver cleanse. Begin with the smallest dosage (approx. 200 mg), but within a week, increase to the maximum dosage (400 - 600mg). Continue taking the maximum dosage until the bottle is empty.
Remember to drink plenty of water each day to flush the excreted toxins out of your system! Information on the benefit of drinking water will provide you with guidelines on the minimum amount of water you should be drinking. The more water you drink, the more toxins your body will be able to expel as part of this cleanse, and the better you will feel through the cleansing process.
I would also recommend that you do a pure water enema after your liver cleanse. It will ensure that all toxins and fatty debris are flushed out of your colon. If these toxins are not thoroughly flushed out, then they will be reabsorbed over time into your body through the colon wall and compromise your entire liver cleansing effort.
You may find that a few weeks after your first liver cleanse, your symptoms slowly start to reappear. Toxins that were farther upstream may have been pushed into the liver during the first liver cleansing. So you may find the need to do a second cleanse about 3-4 weeks after the first one.
If you do not have the time for the fasting and intestinal tract purge required by the complete liver cleanse, you can follow this quick liver cleanse program.
Take an herbal laxative right after your evening meal. I recommend 2-3 pills of Cascara Sagrada, but you may use any other natural laxative - such as an herbal laxative tea. Do not use a pharmaceutical laxative.
Promptly at 10PM, mix and drink:
Remember to drink plenty of water before and after your quick liver cleansing. Consider a pure water enema to cleanse your colon of the bile and toxins released during the quick liver cleanse.
The quick liver cleansing is not a substitute for the complete liver cleansing described earlier, but is intended more as a maintenance liver cleansing program. Some people choose to undergo a complete liver cleansing once per year and a quick liver cleansing every 2-3 months.
You have heard all of the reports that say that caffeine is not good for you because it is a stimulant. The reality is that when caffeine is absorbed through the intestinal walls, it directly stimulates the liver to release bile. A coffee enema is one of the most powerful liver cleanse that you can do. If you are not familiar with administering an enema, please follow these enema instructions.
Cleansing your liver is your next step on your toxic cleansing journey – The Natural Path to good health.