Liver & Gallbladder Flush as Part of Detox Program

The liver’s primary function is to cleanse the blood of organic and inorganic chemicals, which were absorbed from the intestine during digestion.  Today we are exposed to pesticides, preservatives and hormones in addition to the naturally occuring compounds in our food including alcohol, fats and cholesterol.  However with the heavy load of these substances in our daily diet, the liver can become overloaded.  It is important to cleanse it so that it can continue to do its job well.

You can support a healthy liver by eating foods high in antioxidants, low in fat and low chemical toxicity.  Vegetables high in beta-carotene, vitamins C and E are especially healing for the liver.

The gallbladder is a pearshaped reservoir for bile produced by the liver for the purpose of breaking down fats in our intestine.  Inside the gall bladder, the bile acids are buffered by cholesterol, which prevents acid damage to the gallbladder and intestine. Whe these are out of balance the cholesterol in the gall bladder will harden and form ‘stones’, which reduce its capacity and can block the common bile duct resulting in an inflamed gallbladder.

Many of the same foods that support the liver also support the gallbladder. Lemon juice promotes liver cleansing and apple juice will soften and reduce the size of gall stones.  If you have consistently eaten a diet high in fat, sugar or alcohol, a gallbladder and liver flush may be extremely beneficial. 

This can be as simple as one week of a cleansing diet (no alcohol, no caffeine, low fat with lots of leafy green vegatables), 5-6 days of drinking 1 quart of apple juice every day. On the evening of the last day mix 1-1/2 tablespoons of Epsom salt with 8 oz. of water drink this and two hours later repeat it.  Just before retiring to bed mix 6 oz. of olive oil with a small amount of lemon juice and drink.  Go to bed and lie on you side during the night.  The next morning you will pass the oil and any gall stones that may have been in your gallbladder.

Don Gillmore, Licensed Massage Therapist(15 yrs), B.S.- Life Sciences

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