Friday, August 22, 2008

Preparation for The Liver and Gallbladder Cleanse

The Liver Cleanse requires 6 days of preparation, followed by 16 to 20 hours of actual cleansing. To remove gallstones you need the following items:

1* six 1-liter(32 oz.) containers of apple juice
2* 4 tablespoons of Epsom salts dissolved in three 8-oz. glasses of water
3* 1/2 cup (4 oz.) of cold-pressed, virgin olive oil
4*2/3 glass of fresh grapefruit juice (pink is best), or fresh lemon and orange combined
5* 2 pints jars, one with a lid

Drink 32 oz. of packaged apple juice per day for a period of six(6) days: You may drink more than that if it feels comfortable to do so. The malic acid in the apple juice softens the gallstones and makes their passage through the bile ducts smooth and easy. The apple juice has a strong cleansing effect. Some sensitive people may experience bloating and, occasionally, diarrhea during the first few days. Much of the diarrhea is actually stagnant bile, released by the liver and gallbladder (indicated by a brownish-yellow colour). The fermenting effect of the juice helps widen the bile ducts. If this becomes somewhat uncomfortable, you can dilute the apple juice with any amount of water, or use other options. Cranberry juice also contains malic acid and can be used instead of apple juice. Malic acid in apple juice is exceptionally effective at dissolving some of the stagnant bile and making the stones softer. People who seldom/never eat an apple a day, and other varieties of fresh fruits in their diets tend to develop more stones later in their lives.

Drink the apple juice slowly, swishing it in your mouth before swallowing, throughout the day, between meals time. Avoid drinking the juice during, just before, and in the first two(2)hours after meals, and in the evening. This is in addition to your normal water intake of six to eight glasses.

Note: Preferably, use organic apple juice, although for the purpose of the cleanse, any good brand of commercial apple juice, apple concentrate, or apple cider works just as well. It may be useful to rinse your mouth out with baking soda and/or brush your teeth several times per day to prevent the acid from damaging your teeth. If you have gums bleeding, chew a fresh carrot after every meal.

Dietary recommendations: During the entire week of preparation and cleansing, avoid foods or beverages that are cold or chilled; they chill the liver and, thereby, reduce the effectiveness of the cleanse. Physiological reasoning is simple, the body organs function best at the normal body temperature.

Changes in the body fluid temperature. Generally, any temperature rise decreases the viscosity and density of liquids.
The healthy adult body will keep its internal temperature constant at between 97.6 to 98.8 degrees Fahrenheit (36.4 to 37.1 deg-Celsius). Our human hydro-lic systems and organs work best within this optimal range of normal body temperatures. The hypo-thalamus, located at the bottom part of the human brain, controls our body temperature. So, it is the normal temperature of the food and water we ingested which the body will use to regulate the internal body temperature, not the ice-cream,
cold drinks or warm soups which determine our body temperature.

To help the liver prepare for the main part of the cleanse, try to avoid foods from animal sources, dairy products, and fried food items. Otherwise, eat normal meals, but avoid overeating.

The best times for cleansing: The main and final part of the liver cleanse is best done over a weekend, when you are not under any pressure and have enough time to rest. Although the human liver cleanse is effective at any time of the month, it should preferably coincide with a day between full moon and new moon. Try to avoid doing the actual cleanse on full moon day ( the body tends to hold more fluids in the brain and tissues on this day than on others, due to the lunar influences on the human body). The day of new moon is the most conducive for cleansing and healing.

If you are on medication or take any medication: While on the liver cleanse regimen, avoid taking any medication, vitamins, or supplements that are not absolutely necessary. It is important not to give the liver any extra work that could interfere with its cleansing efforts. In fact, it is the prolonged doses of drugs that overload the liver, which in due time develop the stones.

Make sure that you cleanse your colon before and after you do a liver cleanse: Having regular bowel movements is not necessarily an indication that your bowel is unobstructed. Colon cleansing, done either a few days before or, ideally, on the sixth(6th)day of preparation, helps to avoid or minimize any discomfort or nausea that may arise during the actual liver cleanse. It prevents back-flushing of the oil mixture or waste products from the intestinal tract into the stomach. It also assists the body in swiftly eliminating the gallstones. Colonic irrigation (colon hydrotherapy) is the fastest and easiest method to prepare the colon for the liver cleanse. Colema-board irrigation is the second most preferably method.

What you need to do on the sixth(6th) day of drinking apple juice:
Drink all the 32 ozs. of apple juice in the morning. You may start drinking the juice soon after awakening. If you feel hungry in the morning, eat a light breakfast, such as a hot cereal, oatmeal would be an ideal choice. Avoid sugar or other sweeteners, spices, milk, butter, oils, yogurt, cheese, ham, eggs, nuts, pastries, cold cereals, and the like. Fruit or fruit juices are fine. For lunch eat plain cooked or steamed vegetables with white rice (preferably basmati rice) and flavor it with a little unrefined sea salt or rock salt.
To repeat, do not eat any protein foods, butter, or oil, or you might feel ill during the actual cleanse. Do not eat or drink anything (except water) after 1:30 p.m., otherwise you may have difficulties passing stones ! Follow the exact schedule.

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