My liver has been trying to get my attention for years. At first I didn’t know how to interpret the language of the liver, but now I hear it loud and clear. Dry skin, indigestion, low energy and blood sugar fluctuations, acne, skin tags, cravings for sugar and alcohol, brainfog and explosive emotions are just some of the ways our livers say, “Hey, I’ve accumulated a lot of toxins and I need help getting rid of them!”
I finally had enough of those symptoms, and decided to take charge of my health with my first liver cleanse. The results have been good, and I’m looking forward to my next liver cleanse because I want to feel even better.
Remember: Follow the inner cleansing protocol before cleansing your liver! A colon cleanse, parasite cleanse, and kidney cleanse must be done first!
Liver Cleanse Ingredients
- Love + Patience (be liberal with these, ok?)
- Fruits and Vegetables
- Apple Juice and/or Apple Cider Vinegar
- Epsom Salt
- Cold-pressed Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- Citrus Juice
- Castor Oil + Cotton Cloth + Plastic Wrap
Prior to the cleanse, your goal is to eat in a way that supports your overall health and to progressively cleanse and empty out the digestive track. Healthy, empty intestines equal easier, better results. Eat lots of fresh, organic fruits and vegetables, including plenty of leafy greens. Animal products, processed foods, grains, and high-fat foods will lower the effectiveness of the liver cleanse, so take a break from them for a few days.
This is a perfect time for a Green Smoothie Cleanse! I drank green smoothies for four days, which kept me feeling satiated and full of energy.
Apples (Malic Acid + Pectin = Liver Magic)
Another important factor is getting a source of malic acid, because it softens the stones and dissolves sludge from the liver and gallbladder. Remember how vinegar is used to remove calcified deposits on your shower heads and faucets? That is exactly how malic acid softens the often calcified stones in your gallbladder and liver.
This is found in high concentrations in apples, so drinking apple juice is a very common part in many liver cleanse protocols. It is found in even higher concentrations in apple cider vinegar. In that form there is no excess sugar, which can deter diabetics and those on an anti-candida diet from drinking apple juice. You can also take a malic acid supplement in the form of powder or pills.
I added apples to my green smoothies every day, as well as drinking ACV. For every 16 oz. glass of pure water, I added 1 teaspoon of raw apple cider vinegar and 1 teaspoon of raw honey.
Castor Oil Packs
Each day prior to the cleanse, I applied a castor oil pack on my abdomen. They are very easy to do. Soak a cotton cloth with organic castor oil, place the pack on the abdomen, wrap the entire abdomen with plastic wrap, apply a hot compress, and just relax for 30-60 minutes. Castor oil is a powerful healer that has proven helpful in curing many stubborn illnesses. It also thins the lymphatic fluid, which helps gently escort gallstones out of your body.
On the day of the cleanse be sure to eat a totally fat-free diet. This allows the bile to build up and develop pressure in the liver, which squeezes out the stones. A couple green smoothies are ideal for breakfast and a late lunch. It is recommended not to eat after 2PM, because that will reduce the possibility of nausea and increase the detox power of the liver cleanse.
5PM and 7PM
Mix one and a half tablespoons of Epsom salt in 8 ounces of warm, purified water. If it tastes too yucky to you, mix the epsom salt with as little water as necessary to dissolve the crystals. Drink it as fast as you can, then swish a bit of of water to get the taste out of your mouth. Relax and get ready to head to the bathroom. Do this around 5PM and once again around 7PM.
Drink ¾ cup (6 ounces) of organic cold pressed oil. Extra virgin olive oil is commonly used with great results, and is what I used. Other types of cold pressed organic oils will work too, and will produce slightly different effects due to their unique compositions. I will be trying coconut oil next time. A small amount of freshly squeezed grapefruit, orange, or lemon juice can be added to improve the taste. It helps a lot! Try to drink it all within 5-15 minutes.
Immediately after drinking the oil and juice mix, lie down in bed on your right side with your knees drawn up to your stomach for 30 minutes or more. Then you can stretch out and go to sleep. If you feel cramps, walk around for a few minutes and then go back to bed. You may feel nauseated during the night. This is due to the release of stored toxins from the gallbladder and liver. This is normal and a sign the Liver Gallbladder Cleanse is working. Breathe through it.
If you feel like you’re going to throw up, go ahead, because it will release more toxins. If you do vomit, your body is very toxic and you should consider repeating the liver cleanse after a five day break.
As you lie in bed, just breathe and think loving thoughts. Your liver is the most emotion sensitive organ, and will positively respond to your thoughts of liver gratitude.
The Morning After The Cleanse
After waking up, take your third dose of Epsom salt. Don’t take it before 6:00 am. If you feel nausea wait until it is gone before drinking the Epsom salts. Go back to bed and relax until you need to use the restroom. Watch for stones!
2 Hours Later
Take your fourth and final dose of Epsom salt. Go back to bed and relax until you need to use the restroom again. Watch for stones!
2 More Hours Later
Now you can get up and break your fast with some freshly made fruit juice. Half an hour later, eat some whole fruit. An hour later eat something close to nature like a salad or other very simple meal. By dinner of the next day you should feel fully recovered and feeling awesome. Stones may appear in your bowel movements for one to two days.
- If you have serious concerns about your liver or gallbladder, or have a history of chronic gallstones, it is advised that you consult a professional cleaning consultant. These people are compassionate, and highly knowledgeable, and can lead you through a cleansing protocol that is customized to your unique body.
- If you are in poor health, or otherwise feel called to use one, an herbal liver supplement such as Livatrex can be of enormous value.
- The liver must be cleansed only after you have done a cleanse for your colon, your kidneys, and parasites beforehand. If possible, eliminate any tooth problem first, as a toxic mouth can really burden the liver.
- Prepare to be emotional. The liver holds onto a lot of sticky feelings like anger, resentment, and fear. When we cleanse our liver, we’re also letting go of old emotions that don’t serve us anymore. Go ahead and have a cry. Tears are a powerful cleanser of the heart and the head.
- Niacin (B3) is often suggested during a liver cleanse, because it dilates the bile ducts and allows stones to pass easily through the ducts. The epsom salt in this cleanse protocol has the same effect, so additional niacin is not necessary.
- Ornithine is an amino-acid recommended by Hulda Clark to “help you sleep” on the night of the cleanse. It would be taken when drinking the olive oil on the night of the cleanse, if you choose to use it.
- This is just one of many options for cleansing and detoxing your liver. It’s the result of my research and it worked well for me. Do some research, and choose the method that you feel good about.
Now It’s Your Turn
Is your liver asking you for a cleanse? Follow the cleansing protocol of your choice, then leave a comment below with your experiences. Be sure to share any tips you have tried that make liver cleansing easier. 🙂