Liver & Gallbladder Cleanse
Cleanses and flushes toxins from the liver and eliminates gallstones and biliary sludge from within the gallbladder. As with all cleanses, it is best to do under the supervision of a qualified health practitioner.
1. about 1.3 liters Apple Cider Vinegar - acts as a solvent in the bile to weaken adhesions between solid globules. The apple cider vinegar should be unprocessed and organic.
2. 60 ml (4 Tbsp.) Epsom Salt (magnesium sulfate) – allows magnesium to be absorbed into the blood stream, relaxing smooth muscles and allowing stones to pass without spasms.
3. 100 ml (1/2 C.) Extra Virgin Cold-Pressed Olive Oil - stimulates the gallbladder and bile duct to contract, thus expelling stones and any other solid waste stored in the liver and gallbladder.
4. 1 large OR 2 small Grapefruit (pink grapefruit emulsifies with the oil better, but regular grapefruit is fine) – speeds the transit of the olive oil through the stomach and into the duodenum which helps to prevent or minimize nausea.
The Procedure (4 days + 1 morning):
IMPORTANT: it is recommended to do this cleanse during a time where on the 4th day (evening) and 5th day (morning) you have nothing important to do but to focus on the Epsom salt flush.
For 3 days - drink the mixture of apple cider vinegar in water 8x/day. Mix 45 ml (3 Tbsp.) apple cider vinegar and 200 ml (1 C.) filtered or purified water. Drink 1 glass every 2 hours. You will consume around 2 l. (1/2 gallon) total of the mixture per day for the 3 days. During this time, eliminate meat and animal products (dairy), fried foods, processed and packaged foods, sugar, alcohol and stimulants, and anything that taxes the liver. A vegan and alkaline diet is ideal.
On the 4th day - you will begin the Epsom salt flush. So it is important not eat after 14:00 in the afternoon (you can continue to do apple cider vinegar drinks up until 14:00). Prepare 60 ml (4 tablespoons) of Epsom salt with 600 ml (3 C.) of filtered or purified water (= 4 servings). Store in a jar and place in refrigerator (for convenience and taste only). Then:
18:00 - Drink 1st serving (150 ml (3/4 C.)) of the cold Epsom salts. You may drink water afterwards if needed.
20:00 - Drink 2nd serving (150 ml (3/4 C.)) of the Epsom salt mix. You will have not eaten since 14:00 in the afternoon, but you should not feel hungry. Get your olive oil and grapefruit drink ready (you can do this later as well, around 21:45). Pour the 100 ml (1/2 C.) of olive oil into a jar (with cover). Squeeze the grapefruit (no pulp) into a measuring cup. You should have at least 100 ml (1/2 C.) juice but 150 ml (3/4 C.) is better. Add the grapefruit juice into the jar of olive oil. Cover the jar and shake vigorously, store in the refrigerator.
22:00 - Shake again and drink the olive oil/grapefruit juice mixture while standing up. You can use a straw. Try to consume it within a 5 minute period. Then:
Lie Down Immediately - This is important to get the stones out. Make sure that you have all your chores done before. Lie on your right side with your right knee drawn up toward your chest for about 20 minutes – or you can lie flat on your back with your head elevated on a couple of pillows. Go to sleep! You may fail to get stones if you do not relax and sleep.
Next Morning - Upon waking, take your 3rd serving (150 ml (3/4 C.)) of Epsom salt mix (you can expect to flush in the morning). Do not take it before 6:00. If you feel nauseous or have indigestion when you get up, take 15 ml (1 Tbsp.) of apple cider vinegar in a little water and wait for it to pass before taking the third Epsom salt mix.
2 Hours Later - Take your 4th (last) dose of the Epsom salt mix. You may go back to bed.
Throughout that day, you should fast with pure liquids. If you must eat, have only fruit, raw salad, and/or brothy soup.
NOTE: It is recommended that you maintain more of a simple diet (greens, salads, veggies, fruit, lots of fluids (fresh vegetable & fruit juices) with very little cooked food) for about 3-4 days.