My husband and I recently went through the liver and gallbladder cleanse by Dr. Edward Group III from Global Healing Center, so we wanted to share our own experience and address some general guidelines how to prepare for it.
Why do we need a liver cleanse?
A healthy liver
What do you need to do a liver cleanse?
If you decide to do liver cleanse by Dr. Edward Group, you are going to need:
The cleanse takes 6 days. The first 4 days you drink Livatrex, dissolved in one gallon of distilled water and 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar. This magic potion is made of organic herbs like dandelion, celandine, borotutu, milk thistle, chickory and other ingredients and helps to soften the liver and gallbladder stones. It tasted like a tea so it was easy to get down the throat, you just have to think about it all day, because you eat 1 hour before or after you drink this tea and it has to be 4 times a day.
During the cleanse you are basically on an organic diet eliminating alcohol, dairy products, coffee, bottled juices or soda drinks. If you keep drinking these liquids, they will decrease effectiveness of the cleanse and add more toxins to your body. It didn't say, but we also gave up red meat, hard to digest foods and anything processed. You need to drink lots of purified water during the day to help body to detoxify.
For best results, it is recommended to eat fruit for breakfast (only one choice, do not mix apples with watermelon and so on), vegetables, homemade soups and salads for lunch and dinner. We stocked up on some fruits and veggies 1 day before the cleanse.
We bought apples, plums, cherries, figs, kiwi, grapefruit, watermelon, asparagus, beets, carrots, kale, arugula, cabbage, artichokes, romaine lettuce, cauliflower, walnuts, wheat berries, wheat bran, Ezekiel bread (made of sprouted grains), sprouted corn tortillas and apple cider vinegar. We already had lemons, limes, olive oil, almonds, sunflower seeds, avocados, brussels sprouts, onion, garlic, spinach and broccoli. All these living goods are liver and gallbladder supporting foods that we lived on the entire week.
DAY 1: Since I am a total coffee maniac (meaning if I eat ice-cream, it has to be coffee flavor, if I eat dessert, it has to be tiramisu or coffee cheesecake, if I eat chocolate, it has to have a coffee flavor, plus I drink coffee 2x a day!) it was a little difficult to give up this divine drink at first. I had a huge headache from not receiving any caffeine that day. I tried to drink as much water as I could and I even forced myself to have a green tea that I hate, in hope that headache would go away. Anyway, I was just waiting for the day to be over, so I could go to bed and sleep it off.
On this day we had watermelon for breakfast, Ezekiel bread and olive oil as a snack, raw veggie salad for lunch and then brown rice with vegetables for dinner. It felt a bit different not to snack on any cheese, crackers or yogurt during the day, but we got used to it pretty quickly. And for my husband it felt way too off not to have any meat or glass of wine with dinner. :)
DAYS 2-3 were much better for me and I didn't really think about having coffee. Actually I soon realized, that if I eat fruit in the morning and vegetables for lunch, I feel more energy even in the afternoon than when I do have coffee. My husband kept asking me what he could eat, so after the lunch (liver cleansing soup) we were munching on walnuts and sunflower seeds. For dinner we had wheat berry salad with spinach, cranberries, olive oil and garlic.
DAY 4: We ate some kiwi for breakfast, sprouted corn tortillas and veggies for lunch and for dinner I made a couscous salad. My husband started to miss eggs and cheese little bit. It is nice to eat just fruit and veggies, because you feel so light, but sometimes your body is telling you to eat a real meal. That's why it is so challenging to find a balance between healthy eating and a comfort food.
DAY 5 is a major “flush” day. On the nights 1-4 we've been taking a supplement called Oxy-Powder, an oxygen based colon cleanser which helps to clean your large intestine, small intestine and your whole digestive tract, so all the toxins and stones are released from your body safely and effectively. I have used this product before and I was impressed with the results. Comparing to other natural colon cleansers, I was most happy with this one! (I am in no way affiliated with this company...)
On this day you eat your last “meal” at 2 pm. It actually isn't a meal, only a snack. You can choose to eat 3 avocados or handful of walnuts. Avocados are one of the healthiest foods for liver, they help the body produce glutathione, which is necessary in releasing the harmful toxins. Recent studies indicate improved liver health with the regular consumption of avocados.
Then you wait till 5 pm when you have a drink mixed of Epsom salt and water, plus you drink this again at 7 pm. At 9 pm you finish your day by drinking 6 oz of organic olive oil and lemon juice. For me, this was the hardest part of the cleanse. It seemed like a half a gallon when I had to swallow that oil. My husband didn't have any problems with that, he said after he had been eating Chinese food in Bronx, NY for several years, he can drink or eat anything now...
So on the days 5 and 6 it is important to stay close to the bathroom, because you will visit it many times. The liver and gallbladder stones will be released with the stool and some of them will be tiny as the grains of sand, some like peas or even plums. Don't worry, it is not going to hurt! It is a natural and safe process, in fact quite amazing how our body can rid of unwanted stuff with a little help of healing food. No surgery needed! You will definitely let go of stuff you didn't even know you had. Dr. Group says, you might release anywhere from 100 to 200 stones the first time. For the best results it is advisable to repeat this cleanse 5-10 days after in order to release ALL of the stones. Or you can do it later.
DAY 6 was another flushing day as the stones were leaving our bodies. I felt so empty and light (of course, when I went to the bathroom 6 times) but honestly, couldn't wait to have something “normal” to eat. After breakfast consisting of fruit and a chopped salad for lunch, we had a protein dinner with veggies and some bread.
After the cleanse, we estimated the loss of stones about 100-150 each one of us. It felt really good just to see them leaving. Some people lost weight because of eating less, we didn't notice that. (Probably because that wasn't an issue when we first started). For us it wasn't that hard to give up "normal" food for 1 week, because we try to eat healthy regularly. But if you consume highly processed food, with the cleanse your body might show "withdrawing symptoms" (like headaches, dizziness, not feeling well, etc.) Definitely do some research before you start any detox program or contact your health care practitioner. I wish you good luck with the cleansing!