Monday, April 9, 2012

Liver Flush

Peace Fam,

This weekend I finally completed a liver flush. The last time I completed a liver flush was in maybe 2008ish? What is a liver flush? I’m glad you asked. Here we go….

The What’s and Why’s:
The Liver is an important organ to cleanse. With the exception of the skin, the liver is the largest organ in the body and performs over 500 functions, far more than any other organ in the body. We cannot be healthy or recover from illness without a strong, clean well-functioning liver. If the liver is unable to carry out its full function, not only does it become congested and weak; all other organs will be more challenged as a result.

The flush I performed could be done at home. This flush can be done in just 24 hours, so it is easy to fit into a busy schedule. It is recommended that you have done a full 7-day cleanse prior to this flush, mainly to take the toxic pressure off your organs and to be sure that your body is alkaline. This is why I waited until after I completed my 21 day juice fast.

Cleansing the liver of gallstones dramatically improves digestion (agni), which is the basis of your whole health. You can expect your allergies to disappear; at least that is what I was hoping for. This year’s allergy season has been whipping my ass. I was kind of hoping for a reduction or remission of my eczema as well. Allegedly, it also eliminates shoulder, upper arm, and upper back pain. I can’t speak on that since I didn’t have that affliction to start out with. It claims to give more energy and increased sense of well being. I’m not going to say I experienced this since I was feeling good off my juice fast.

It is the job of the liver to make bile, 1 to 1 ½ quarts in a day! The liver is full of tubes (biliary tubing) that deliver the bile to one large tube (the common bile duct). The gallbladder is attached to the common bile duct and acts as a storage reservoir. Eating fat or protein triggers the gallbladder to squeeze itself empty after about twenty minutes, and the stored bile finishes its trip down the common bile duct to the intestine.

For many persons, including children, the biliary tubing is choked with gallstones. Some develop chest pains, allergies or hives but some have no symptoms. I have seen pictures which had me wondering if my liver and gall bladder looked like this. If the stones haven’t had the time to calcify, then you won’t be able to see them on x-ray and the only way to know is via surgery. Yeah…. Not gonna happen. So I figure that even if my hepatic apparatus isn’t choked, it can’t hurt. It’s advised to cleanse your liver twice a year.

This is what a clogged gall bladder looks like. Would you want this? No. This picture alone made me want to do this flush.

The Hows:

~Eat a diet high in alkaline-forming foods and low in fats for at least 3-5 days before cleansing
~it helps prepare the liver by having a glass of fresh apple juice every day for 1 week prior to cleansing. Apple juice helps to dissolve the stones.

Epsom salts: 4 tablespoons. I didn’t know you could ingest Epsom salt prior to my 1st cleanse
Olive oil: 1/2 cup
Fresh pink grapefruit: 1 large or 2 small, enough to squeeze 1/2 cup, you could use lemon juice too. But ½ cup of straight lemon juice seems harsh and mixing it with EVOO, seems more like a salad dressing

Choose 2 days in a row for the flush, since you will need to rest and be near a bathroom the next day. Take no medicines (if you are on Rx meds check with your MD – s/he will say no- 1st), vitamins or pills that you can do without; they could prevent success. Eat a no-fat breakfast and lunch such as cooked cereal, fruit, fruit juice, bread and preserves or honey (no butter or milk). This allows the bile to build up and develop pressure in the liver. Higher pressure pushes out more stones. I just fasted the whole day.

2:00 PM. Do not eat or drink after 2 o’clock. If you break this rule you could feel quite ill later. Get your Epsom salts ready. Mix 4 tbs. in 3 cups (750 ml) water and pour this into a jar. This makes four servings, ¾ cup (185 ml) each. Set the jar in the refrigerator to get ice cold (this is for convenience and taste only, because all of this is nasty tasting).

6:00 PM. Drink one serving (¾ cup) of the ice cold Epsom salts. If you did not prepare this ahead of time, mix 1 tbs. in ¾ cup water now. You may add 1/8 tsp. vitamin C powder to improve the taste. You may also drink a few mouthfuls of water afterwards or rinse your mouth. Get the olive oil and citrus out to warm up.

8:00 PM. Repeat by drinking another ¾ cup (185 ml) of Epsom salts. You haven’t eaten since two o’clock, but you won’t feel hungry. Get your bedtime chores done. The timing is critical for success.

9:45 PM. Pour ½ cup (measured) olive oil into the pint jar. Squeeze the citrus fruit (grapefruit, lime or lemon) by hand into the measuring cup. Remove pulp with fork. You should have at least ½ cup. I juiced mine, but in the past I have purchased grapefruit juice. Now I can see that fresh is best. Add this to the olive oil. Blend well, until watery (only fresh grapefruit juice does this). Now visit the bathroom one or more time, even if it makes you late for your ten o’clock drink. Don’t be more than 15 minutes late. You will get fewer stones.

10:00 PM. Drink the oil and juice you have mixed. Take it all to your bedside if you want, but drink it standing up. Get it down within 5 minutes (fifteen minutes for very elderly or weak persons).

Lie down immediately. You might fail to get stones out if you don’t. The sooner you lie down the more stones you will get out. Be ready for bed ahead of time. Don’t clean up the kitchen (make someone else do that). As soon as the drink is down walk to your bed and lie down on your right side with your knees pulled up close to your chest. Try to think about what is happening in the liver. Try to keep perfectly still for at least 20 minutes. You may feel a train of stones traveling along the bile ducts like marbles. There is no pain because the bile duct valves are open (thank you Epsom salts!). Go to sleep, you may fail to get stones out if you don’t. Try to sleep in this position. Sleep on a towel in case you shit yourself in your sleep. The amount of Epsom salt taken is a LOT. 1 tablespoon would have been enough to bring out diarrhea.

Next morning. Upon awakening (6:00 am) take your third dose of Epsom salts. If you have indigestion or nausea wait until it is gone before drinking the Epsom salts. You may go back to bed. Don’t take this potion before 6:00 am.

8:00 am (2 Hours Later.) Take your fourth (the last) dose of Epsom salts. You may go back to bed again.

After 2 More Hours you may eat. Start with fruit juice. Half an hour later eat fruit. One hour later you may eat regular food but keep it light. By supper you should feel recovered.

The Results:
Even though I did as listed above, and I butt peed for 2 days. I did NOT get any stones. Am I disappointed? No. It just means my liver and gall bladder is stone free. I’m okay with that. The 1st time I did this, I got stones. A LOT of stones. Each subsequent time, I got less and less stones. Since I hadn’t done this flush in a few years, I kind of expected some stonage. But nope, nada, nothing. I’m okay with that. Did I feel better? Did my eczema go away? No. Remember I was feeling kind of great from my fast so I can’t tell. Also this…. When you are juice fasting, you aren’t really ingesting anything that requires the use of your gall bladder. So if there are stones in there, I assume (remember I’m a dentist not a liver specialist) they either stay there or dissolve since there is nothing to trigger the release of bile. This is another reason why you shouldn’t break a long fast with just anything. Your body is not ready for it.

Some folks poop on a colander so they can collect the stones.... Why? Just look in the toilet. And definitely don't photograph this nastiness. But without the photos I couldn't show them to you could I?

An interesting observation the God made was I have a clean diet… I’m a pescatarian, I fast regularly, I drink a lot of water, and I don’t eat out as much as most Americans. I’m relatively clean internally. Why would I develop stones?

The Conclusion:
I’m good and clean on the inside parts. Yay Serenity!!!! Whoot whoot!

I highly recommend liver flushing at least 1/year if you are healthy and have a clean diet. 2/year if you don’t.