Weighing in at about 1.5KG, the liver is our busiest organ and powerhouse as it holds the greatest responsibility with regards to detoxification.
Every minute, approximately three pints of blood pass through the liver in which time it is expected to extract nutrients, oxygen, toxins, carcinogens and other wastes.
Toxins will be either disassembled or stored depending on the volume, if the liver gets overwhelmed and toxins accumulate then the body may respond by releasing physical symptoms such as flu, rash, diarrhea, acne, headaches, chronic fatigue or more problematic symptoms such as insomnia, irritability, aggressive behavior, moodiness and anger which is where we get the word ‘liverish’ which means to have an irritable and unpleasant disposition.
Typical western medicine screens the liver for liver damage using a blood test that evaluates the number of liver enzymes within the blood but this is only effective in diagnosing liver problems once the liver cells have already been ruptured.
In holistic health we believe that prevention is always the best form of treatment and the good news is that there are plenty of natural ways that you can cleanse your liver from the comfort of your own home but this too would be pointless if you don’t take steps to alleviate the burden of toxins pouring into the liver each day.
Fresh Beetroot is a powerful food for cleansing and supporting liver function. Try starting the day with at least 8 ounces of Beet juice mixed with cucumber, celery, lemon, apple or ginger for an extra helping of zinc.
The livers ability to function efficiently is crucial as it is accountable for filtering at least 3 pints of blood every minute of the day and is responsible for the largest percentage of detoxification, when the organ gets bogged down, sluggish or clogged the entire body becomes more contaminated and toxic.
The most common physical symptoms of an overworked toxic liver can include: cold or flu, acne, diarrhea, fatigue, and skin rashes. In Chinese medicine liver stagnation is linked to symptoms such as: headaches, dizziness, disturbed sleep patterns, agitation, moodiness, aggressiveness and anger.
The liver is also thought to be an emotional storehouse and harbors suppressed feeling of anger, rage, jelousy, resentment and depression all of which may resurface during intense detoxification of this very important organ.
Other liver friendly foods include: artichokes, peas, parnsnips, yams, potatoes, pumpkin, cabbage, carrots, celery, cucumber, eggplant, onion, mustard greens, cauliflower, kale, parsley and garlic.
One of the most effective ways of cleansing the liver and improving the immune system is through the process of fasting and detoxification. Blood tests taken before and after a detox have shown to accelerate the movement of white blood cells (Eosinophils) helping to eliminate harmful toxicity in the blood. A good detoxification will also help to remove liver flukes and parasites which is recommended prior to any full liver cleanse.
There are many different ways to do a liver cleanse but one of the simplest and most effective was created by Hulda Clarke. To complete a liver Cleanse you will need:
- Epsom Salts
- ½ Cup Cold pressed Olive Oil
- ¾ Cup of Grapefruit or lime juice
- Black walnut tincture (optional)
- Ornithine (to help sleep – optional)
If you havn’t just completed a full detoxification program then should at least prepare the body by drinking plenty of fresh green apple juice daily for up to three days prior to a cleanse and completely abstain from food from at least 2PM on the afternoon of the flush.
On the afternoon mix 4 tablespoons of Epsom salts with 3 cups of alkaline water or apple juice and place in the refrigerator in 4 separate cups. The Epsom salts will activate open the bile duct valves to avoid discomfort when removing the debris and stones from the liver. You will drink one cup at 6PM, one cup at 8PM on the evening followed by another cup when you wake up the following morning and the final cup two hours later.
Please make sure you visit the bathroom to remove as much waste as possible and then at 10PM on the evening of the flush drink ½ cup of olive oil mixed with ¾ cup of lime (shaken and mixed well) or grapefruit juice (you can add black walnut tincture if you have not pre-cleansed to remove parasites). You can also take Ornithine capsules to help you sleep but it is optional. Drink the liver cleansing solution standing up over a period of about 5 minutes and then immediately lay down, remaining as still as possible for at least 20 minutes.
Congratulations your liver flush is now complete. You may need to repeat it often if you feel that your liver is heavily burdened with toxicity.
After your liver cleanses try to commit to a healthy alkaline diet with plenty of alkaline water and introduce the Beet salad below for a period of seven days, this a great liver tonic and loaded with nutrients to help to strengthen the liver function.
Eating Alive Prevention through good digestion by Dr Jonn Matsen
Cleanse and purify thyself by Dr Richard Anderson
http://www.curezone.org cleansing with Hulda Clarke