Liver Cleanses

Order of Cleanses

In the process of detoxing the body one should cleanse in this order…

  1. Colon Cleanses  C.A.D. or M.D.C. or similar colon cleanse.
  2. Kidney Cleanses 
  3. Parasite Cleanses
  4. Liver Cleanses              
  5. Blood Cleanses

This will ensure that detoxing one organ system will not overburden the others. The Candida Albicans Detox (C.A.D.) or Mucoid Dissolve Cleanse (M.D.C.) or a similar colon cleanse will clear the gastrointestinal tract. This will allow the elimination of toxins and waste through the cleansed systems when undertaking the subsequent cleanses, ie Kidney Detox, Liver Detox and finally the Blood Detox. The Kidney, Liver and Blood Cleanses are relatively short detoxes that are often  just a “fast” one day a week that can be built up to an extended three-day period.

These fasts or cleanses should be taken in the proper order when the body has adjusted to the probable ongoing C.A.D. or M.D.C. cleanse. Fasts and cleanses may lead to the body releasing built up toxins and result in a die off or herxheimer reaction. This is why the detox order should be followed. The body’s systems should be cleared in a progressive order to ensure that it can eliminate these released toxins. Fasts and cleanses should become a part of one’s routine taken fairly often. Once a week or bi-weekly rotated out through the schedule of cleanses and detoxes mentioned above.

Liver Health

Next to the skin, the liver is the largest organ in the human body. This filter of blood toxins and metabolic wastes is extremely hard-working and performs over 200 functions within the body. It is very resilient and can even regenerate its own tissue even when diseased or removed. It filters over a quart of blood per minute and has an important role in almost every bodily function. This incredible filter is able to cleanse the things the body eats, drinks, breathes and absorbs through the skin. It also serves as a storehouse for vitamins and releases them as needed in the body. It filters alcohol and toxins from the blood and breaks down many drugs into forms that are bioavailable to the body. A healthy liver is key to a healthy body.

Some Roles of a Healthy Liver

  • Metabolizing the Nutritients for Life Such as proteins, fats, carbohydrates.
  • Detoxification Turns toxins into non-toxic substances the body expels.
  • Manufacturing and Secreting Bile This absorbs fat-soluble nutrients and eliminate toxins.
  • Purifying the Blood Filters bacteria, endotoxins, antibodies-antigens and other pathogens.
  • Storage for Blood Acts as a blood bank for 20 -30% of the body’s blood.
  • Storage for Nutrients Serves as a bank for certain vitamins, minerals and sugars for producing quick energy when needed.
  • Immunity Produces immune factors that help the body fight off infection.
  • Hormonal Balance It helps to regulate hormones in the body.

Toxins And The Liver

There are many substances that can be toxic to the liver. Exposure to these toxins can overwhelm the liver and cause the liver to not work properly. Some pathogens that are harmful to the liver include bacteria and viruses that may cause infections. Other toxins that through exposure or accumulation may cause the liver to function poorly are alcohol, smoke, toxic fumes, street drugs, some herbs and some prescription and non-prescription drugs. Any of these toxins can cause the liver to not function properly which can lead to poor health in almost all of the body’s other systems.

Symptoms of Liver Disease

  • Jaundice (yellowing of the skin and/or eyes)
  • Dark Urine
  • Gray, Yellow, or Light-colored Stools
  • Nausea, Vomiting, and/or Loss of Appetite
  • Vomiting of Blood, or Bloody or Black Stools
  • Abdominal Swelling, Tenderness, or Pain
  • Prolonged Generalized Itching
  • Unusual Weight Change (an increase or decrease of 5 percent or more within two months)
  • Sleep disturbances, Mental Confusion, or Coma
  • Fatigue
  • Loss of Sexual Drive or Performance

Warning: If the above listed symptoms are presenting themselves one should seek the assistance of a licensed physician immediately. This post is not intended to treat or diagnose Liver Disease. This post is intended as educational information about liver health and liver detox only.

Maintaining a Healthy Liver

Preventing proper liver health is an exercise in common sense. These simple tips will help ensure proper liver health.

  •  Excessive alcohol is bad for the liver. Limit drinks to two or less.
  • Do not drink alcohol when using prescription or over-the-counter medication.
  • Do not expose one’s self to harsh chemicals or cleaners.
  • Limit the use of medications in general if at all possible. Explore alternative medicine and methods to gain control of health issues.

Consider the occasional liver detox. Finally, maintain a good, well-balanced diet.

Liver Cleansing

Extreme detoxing and cleansing of the liver are generally to be avoided. This is especially true if the immune system is in a weakened condition. The following cleanses are designed to be natural and gentle while being effective at detoxing the liver

Light Juice Fasts

This can be done one day a week on a very regular schedule. Extended Juice fasts may last as long as three days. The last meal before and the first meal after should consist of solely fruit or a salad with dark leafy greens, beets, and citrus fruit. This weekly juice fast is that… simple and fast. Use a masticating juicer or have this made freshly at a health food store juice bar after buying the ingredients from their organic produce section.

  • Beets
  • Carrots
  • Red Cabbage
  • Apples
  • Citrus Fruits
  • Dark Green Leafy Vegetables
  • Parsley or Cilantro
  • Celery
  • Spirulina (optional)
  • Wheatgrass (optional)
  • Milk Thistle (optional)

Simply choose from the suggested list and juice produce together. Milk thistle may be added if in a liquid form, or taken as a pill supplement while drinking juice.

Beets

  • 3 medium-sized Beets
  • 1 quart filtered water

These are especially good for liver cleansing. I prefer small amounts of fresh beet juice blended with apple and carrot juice. However, if one does not have access to a juicer this is an excellent option. Be careful as beet juice may cause the circulatory system to be flushed with toxins if consumed in large amount. This may cause dizziness or faintness. Peel off beets (not only outer skins but entire vegetable). Add them to a non-aluminum pot with one quart of filtered water. Boil them till they become soft. Strain, and then drink this beet-water, 3/4 of a glass several times a day for two weeks.

Tomato Brine

  • 4 oz Sauerkraut Brine (pickle)
  • 4 oz natural (fresh squeezed) tomato juice
  • 2 oz of filtered water

Mix all together. Drink this mix three times a day 10-15 minutes after each meal.

Spicy Liver Cleanse

  • 2 large grapefruits
  • 4 lemons
  • 10 oz of filtered water
  • 2 tablespoons cold pressed flax oil
  • 3 capsules Probiotics (opened and added to juice)
  • 1-2 cloves of fresh garlic
  • 2 inches of fresh root ginger
  • Optional: a dash of cayenne pepper
  • Optional: touch of raw honey (Manuka honey if possible)

Peel the citrus fruit and juice. Can alternate fruit with ginger root/garlic in juicer to juice all items. Now add the water, flaxoil and acidophilus powder and mix thoroughly. Add more ginger/garlic/honey to taste.

Recommended to be done over the weekend, and in the morning. This recipe will yield two or more servings. Immediately sip on one serving and refrigerate the remaining juice. Drink the remaining juice for lunch and dinner. This recipe has some powerful liver cleansing ingredients but is safe and gentle.

Milk Thistle Supplement

Milk thistle is very beneficial for liver.

Take milk thistle in capsules (follow the directions and dosage on bottle) or use the liquid form added to juices and drinks.

Liver Cleansing Tea

  • 2 tsp chopped, dry, roasted chicory root
  • 1 tsp dandelion root, dry or fresh
  • 1 tsp sarsaparilla root
  • ½ tsp licorice root
  • ½ tsp ginger, dry or fresh
  • 1 quart water

To roast the chicory, spread it on a cookie sheet and bake it at 325°F for 30 minutes. Combine the herbs and water in a non-aluminum pot. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 20 minutes. Remove from heat, cover, and steep for at least 15 minutes, overnight if possible. Strain. Drink 3 to 4 cups every day.

Herxheimer Reaction

Warning: One may suffer a worsening of certain symptoms during the use of many treatments and especially during cleanses. This is a short-term detoxification reaction in the body. This reaction is known as the Herxhiemer Reaction. This is a natural response to toxins and pathogens that are released when parasites, fungi, viruses, bacteria and other pathogens  are being effectively killed off and the body does not effectively eliminate the toxins quickly enough.

Methods of Relieving Herxheimer Reactions

  • Drink plenty of filtered water.
  • Add vitamin C to regimen.
  • Add vitamin E to regimen.
  • Take more proteases (something like Purify, Repair, Peptizyde, Peptidase Complete, Vitalzym, ViraStop, Wobenzyme, etc. between meals…like 3-4 capsules every 3-4 hours)
  • Epsom salts baths help with calming and detox.
  • Plenty of rest and sleep.
  • Take Activated Charcoal which helps absorb toxins.

Note: Do not do cleansing if:

  • There one has kidney or gall bladder stones.
  • One has a fever, headache, weakness.
  • One has any acute disease or internal inflammation.
  • One has a heart or kidney problems.
  • During PMS or period
  • If pregnant or breast-feeding.

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