Two weeks ago – my wife and I did a liver and gallbladder cleanse together. It was my first experience with a cleanse of this kind and her fourth. Let me just say – it was not easy.
If you are looking to do a inexpensive liver and gallbladder cleanse – here are some of the ingredients and how we did it. We followed a well-known cleansing book called, The Liver and Gallbladder Miracle Cleanse by Andreas Moritz. It was recommended to us by a family member who regularly practices this cleanse and swears by it.
What you'll need to get started (some of this you may already have – $10 is a “ballpark” estimate):
- Epsom Salt
- Malic Acid
- Orange Juice
- Olive Oil (Extra Virgin)
Having gone through the cleanse now – I do think it was beneficial. This type of cleanse can relieve you of gallstones that are toxins which sit inside your gallbladder. Many say the digestive functions are often overlooked when looking at what ails us. If you're thinking about doing a liver and gallbladder cleanse – I hope this gives you some guidance. This is probably the least expensive method we've come across.
The Liver and Gallbladder Cleanse
- Five days prior to the cleanse – you will need to stay away from eating any meat, dairy, cold or fried foods. In addition, you'll need to drink 32 ounces of apple (preferably organic – not from concentrate) juice OR malic acid (1 teaspoon per 32 ounce of water) every day. I did the malic acid mixed with water all 5 days. It takes a little bit to get used to – but it's probably less acidic than the apple juice.
- On the 6th day (preferably on a Saturday), here is what you'll need to eat and do in preparation for the start of your evening cleanse.
- Breakfast – it should be a light one consisting of oatmeal. No oil or fat-based anything OR protein.
- Lunch – White rice (the book recommends basmati rice – but I just had some Trader Joe's Jasmine White Rice), and steamed vegetables.
- At 1pm you will begin to fast. No foods and only drink water.
- At 6pm, you will mix a 24 ounce jar of water and 4 tablespoons of epsom salt. Mix this up good. Pour 3/4 cup in a glass and drink. This is probably one of the nastiest parts of the cleanse. Epsom salt – as you can imagine – is disgusting. Turn off your taste glands for this or plug your nose. :)
- At 8pm, drink another 3/4 cup glass of the epsom salt. Remember not to drink anything else after the 6 and 8pm epsom salt drink (including water)
- Here's where it starts to get interesting. At 9:45pm, prepare a concoction of 3/4 cup of orange juice and olive oil (extra virgin). Shake this up good – and then drink. Right after drinking, lay down in your bed with your head propped up and a heating pad over your liver. Again, you'll want to stay away from drinking any water. This stuff is also very nasty. You could start to hear rumblings in your stomach area – or even (as the book states) hear movement of the gallstones. You may need to go to the bathroom during the night as the mixtures run through your body. You may also feel some nausea (I did).
- On the 7th day, wake up at 6am and drink another 3/4 glass of the epsom salt. Make sure you stay sitting up afterwards. You could experience more nausea at this time and you'll also be visiting the bathroom off and on. Your body is starting to cleanse itself.
- At 8am, you'll take one more 3/4 glass of the epsom salt and be finished. You're about finished with the cleanse.
- At 10am, drink a little bit of juice (apple juice is fine – not from concentrate).
- 30 minutes later, you may eat some fresh fruit.
- 1 hour later, you may eat regularly – but stick to light foods.
- Your cleanse is complete!
For my first time, everything went pretty smoothly until the morning – as I awoke with nausea and also tossed up. I will spare you the details – but this is not abnormal. My wife never did on her first attempt, but I think my stomach is probably more sensitive than hers. :)
Many say when you start a liver and gallbladder cleanse that you aren't likely going to get all of them out on the first attempt. My wife is going on her 5th – and saw the most results after her 2nd and 3rd cleanse. One of our relatives has done this particular cleanse almost monthly for the past couple of years (I don't know if I could do that!).
As a caution, I would advise that if you have a medical condition – you may want to check with your physician before doing this cleanse. You also may just want to get their opinion on it too (though much of Western medicine does not really advocate cleanses – it seems they'd prefer to prescribe meds and surgery). Like everything else – there is some opposition to this type of cleansing.
On taking malic acid which is present in cranberry juice and apple juice.
Drink it warm. It will soften stones
Malic Acid is hard on tooth enamel so you can swish
A teespoon of Baking soda in water around
in mouth & spit to nutralize the acid.
Thanks for the clarifications Will!