I Did a Liver and Gallbladder Flush, and it Was Actually (Pretty) Easy
Convinced by a friend of mine, who loves to explore all things “detox”, I decided to do a seven-day liver cleanse.
Wait! Don’t let my mention of “seven” turn you off and cause you close this article because the only part of this particular cleanse that feels like a, well, cleanse, is the final 14 hours. And if you bow out now, you would be missing out on an incredible opportunity to improve your overall health and thus the quality of your life.
Here is my experience with a liver and gallbladder flush and why I plan to continue doing it until I’ve cleared my liver and gallbladder of all their gallstones and other harmful toxins.
The liver and gallbladder cleanse I did is outlined in Andreas Moritz’s book, the “Amazing Liver and Gallbladder Flush.” The more I researched about Moritz’s protocol to gauge its legitimacy, the more I realized how surprisingly popular it is. The book was published in 2007 and is an international bestseller. Moritz himself has 15 similar publications under his belt. I jumped the gun and bought the book. I later found a free 2002 version of it online. The information in the updated version of the flush (the book release in 2007) is slightly different than that in the online version printed in 2002. I followed the online version and had great results.
It helps to read through Andreas Moritz’s texts yourself to fully understand the science and intuition behind it all, but I’ve summarized the liver and gallbladder cleanse process and the reasons for doing it below so you can get started right away.
The Liver and Gallbladder Flush: Why You Need It
Often when we think of doing a detox, we imagine lightening up the diet, perhaps partaking in a juice cleanse or an exclusively raw foods diet that focuses on optimizing digestion. However, a liver and gallbladder cleanse approaches detoxification from a more targeted perspective, optimizing liver function to benefit all of the body’s organs and systems.
Besides your heart, the liver is probably the hardest working organ in the body. It is responsible for processing toxins and assists the digestive system by producing bile to help the body metabolize fats. The liver also processes drugs and makes proteins that are important for blood clotting and other functions. Needless to say, the organ is on high alert at all times, confronting the constant daily toxic load you throw on it. The liver and gallbladder are interconnected by way of the biliary tract. The gallbladder stores bile produced by the liver and squeezes bile into the small intestines through tubes called ducts.
This cleanse targets the liver and gallbladder alike by flushing gallstones that have formed as a result of substances in bile that have crystallized. These stones form in the biliary tract that runs between the liver and gallbladder and thus are present in both organs.
While the liver and gallbladder are fascinating and efficient organs, they can become overwhelmed by the wear and tear of modern life. A regular flush can help keep your liver and gallbladder performing at their best.
The Liver and Gallbladder Flush: DIY
To prepare for the liver and gallbladder flush, assemble the following ingredients and purchase an enema bag or book two appointments for a colonic, one on day six and one on day eight. The first enema or colonic is done on day six, right before the finale of the flush, and clears the digestive tract to make the elimination of gallstones easier. The second enema or colonic is done on day eight, the day after the cleanse is over, to help rinse out any gallstones stuck in the colon.
What You’ll Need:
- 12 grams malic acid powder or six, one-liter containers apple juice (fresh or a sugar-free store-bought version)
- 4 tablespoons Epsom salts
- ½ cup olive oil
- 2/3 cup freshly-squeezed pink grapefruit juice
- Enema bag or two colonic appointments (book them early!)
What to do:
- The first five days: Eat all your regular meals, but omit excess fat (including that found in nuts, avocados, and eggs), meat, processed foods, sugars, and any non-essential supplements. Also, avoid cold or chilled beverages, as they can chill the liver and thus make the flush less effective. Sip one liter of apple juice throughout the day. Apple juice naturally contains malic acid, which helps to soften gallstones. If you are averse to consuming so much fruit sugar in one day, replace the apple juice with ½ teaspoon of malic acid dissolved in two cups of water. It is important to provide the liver with a constant flow of malic acid, so sip the mixture slowly throughout the day.
- Day six: This is where things get interesting. Have your apple juice or malic acid mixture in the morning hours. Eat a light meal in the morning and for lunch. Do not consume any fats in the morning, including any animal-based protein or plant-based fats (like that found in avocados and nuts). For breakfast, opt for a green juice or smoothie. For lunch, eat plain rice with steamed vegetables or plain steel-cut oats cooked in water. Stop eating by 1:30 p.m.
- Before the evening, dissolve four tablespoons of Epsom salts in three cups of water. This will make the full four, ¾ cup servings needed over the next 14 hours. Store the mixture in a glass container and set aside.
- At 3 p.m., get a colonic. If you are choosing the self-administered enema option, ignore this step.
- At 6 p.m., pour the first ¾ cup of Epsom in a glass and drink it. This is perhaps the most difficult part of the flush. The Epsom salt mixture does not taste like salt – it tastes like dirty water. Use a straw to bypass the taste buds or squirt some lemon juice into the mixture to help cut the horrid taste.
- At 8 p.m., pour another ¾ cup glass and drink it.
- At 9:30 p.m., conduct a water enema on yourself to activate bowel movements.
- At 9:45 p.m., combine ½ cup extra-virgin olive oil with ¾ cup freshly-squeezed pink grapefruit juice in a jar. Close the jar and shake it aggressively until the solution is watery.
- At 10 p.m., stand next to your bed and drink the mixture straight. It tastes like a citrusy vinaigrette and was so delicious. I low-key wanted more. Once you finish drinking the mixture, lie down flat on your back and lie there for 20 minutes. Then, sleep.
- During the night, you may feel uncomfortable and have to get up often to release bile or even gallstones. I didn’t release anything in the night, but my gut felt uncomfortable and active, so I couldn’t sleep very deeply. However, I learned this is normal and what most people experience.
- The next morning at 6:30 a.m. drink another ¾ cup Epsom salt and water solution. Two hours later, at 8:30 a.m., drink the remaining ¾ cup.
- From 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., I released a bunch of stones, perhaps dozens. They floated to the top of the toilet water. It amazed me that I had so many in me and am slightly horrified now knowing that there are probably hundreds more stored in my liver and gallbladder.
- Moritz says to follow the morning Epsom salt protocol with fresh fruit juice at 10 a.m., fresh whole fruit at 12 p.m. and regular light food starting at 1 p.m.
- The next day, get a colonic and conduct an enema on yourself to help release any gallstones left behind in the colon.
- Repeat the liver and gallbladder flush every three to four weeks for about six to eight months, or whenever you stop releasing stones. This may take a shorter time for some and a longer time for others. Once you engage in the flush and no longer release stones, your liver and gallbladder are considered clean. After you reach this point, take part in the flush only once every six months for maintenance purposes.
The Liver and Gallbladder Flush: My Take-Away
I found the flush incredibly easy to do. I already eat pretty healthily, so it wasn’t difficult to follow the first five days of Moritz’s protocol. I opted for the malic acid solution instead of the apple juice, and besides adding that to my daily regimen, I didn’t have to change my dietary lifestyle one bit.
The only difficult period was skipping a meal on the sixth day and replacing it with an Epsom salt solution and olive oil/citrus mixture. I get very moody and discouraged if I have to skip a meal, especially dinner, so it was tough for me to get through the night. However, considering it was only for one night and would be over so soon, I was able to stick to my guns.
The gallstones weren’t painful to release and weren’t even detectable until I stared at the aftermath in the toilet. A lot came out, but I wasn’t tied to the toilet all night and day. They were eliminated in frequent bouts throughout the morning on the seventh day, but by the early afternoon I felt back to normal.
I read other people’s experiences with Moritz’s liver and gallbladder flush online and it seems that most people find it doable, even if they experience discomfort after consuming the Epsom salts. It ended up being a surprisingly easy and straightforward way to get real results for myself and I plan on doing it again next month.
Care to join? This article is not medical advice. Be sure to consult with your primary care physician before undertaking any type of cleanse or detox.
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