DID YOU KNOW that cleansing the liver/gall bladder of gallstones can be a key player in digestion, hormone balance, energy, weight loss, healthy skin, brain function, proper sleep, and mental clarity?? Clearing gall stones (if you have them) is critical to maintaining gall bladder health, your body's ability to detoxify, and your body's ability to break down the good fats you're eating. SO, this means there are 2 parts to the popular "GOOD FATS" conversation:
#1 You have to be ingesting a fair amount of good fats (avocados, extra virgin olive oil, raw nuts/seeds, coconut oil, etc)
#2: Your body HAS to be able to DIGEST these fats.
It is the job of the liver to make 1-1.5 quarts of bile every day! The liver is full of tubes (biliary tubing) that deliver the bile to one large tube (the common bile duct). The gallbladder is attached to the common bile duct and acts as a storage reservoir (like a little green punching bag that hangs off the liver under the front, right rib cage. Eating fat triggers the gallbladder to secrete bile into the upper digestive tract. For many people, including children, the biliary tubing is choked with gallstones (like a dam). When the gallbladder is scanned via ultrasound or X-rayed, often nothing is seen for 2 reasons: the stones are in the duct-work and not in the gallbladder OR they are too small and not calcified, which means they can't be picked up on X-ray. The stones get their green color from being coated with bile, and this is what you will see in the toilet when you do the cleanse. I used to keep my gall stones in the freezer in my office when I practiced in TN to show my patients the reality of what they look like, and to wake people up to what is hiding in their liver and gall bladder! Haha ;)
Gallstones are slightly porous and can pick up all the bacteria, cysts, viruses and parasites that are passing through the liver (your body’s major filter). In this way "nests" of infection are formed, forever supplying the body with fresh bacteria and a host of immune challenges (especially allergies)!! As the stones grow in size and number, the back pressure on the liver causes it to make less bile. Imagine a kinked garden hose. So each time you eat fat, yes even the good ones, you have less bile secretion, and your body struggles to break down the fats you eat. The digestive, endocrine and immune systems cannot be permanently healed without removing these gallstones from the liver. You might be surprised to learn that the gall bladder is also a key player in knee, shoulder, upper arm, and upper back pain (especially that SHARP pain between the shoulder blades!). The end result is an over-reactive immune system (allergies, auto-immune disease, etc), the inability to manufacture healthy sex hormones (which are 50% fat), the inability to produce healthy cells with a strong cell wall to protect you from viruses/disease/etc, dry skin, skin that burns easily in the sun, dry cracked heels (like you need a pedicure ALL the time!), brain fog, the inability to lose weight, thyroid problems, perhaps eventually a gall bladder attack, and the list goes on.
Do YOU have any of these symptoms??
PLEASE LET PEOPLE KNOW that MOST gall bladder surgeries are totally unnecessary and 100% preventable!
Beware: medical professionals will often try to scare you into believing this is bogus or super dangerous. Take it to the Lord and ask Him what you should do.
NOTE: If you have Candida overgrowth, THAT is likely the root of your problem and is contributing to gall stones. Thus, a gall bladder cleanse MAY help, but WILL NOT be all you need to do. It is never wise to self-diagnose and do this without a Holistic Doctor’s instruction. Please do not email my office or message me on Facebook for specific advice pertaining to this cleanse. I can only advise those I have specifically recommended do this cleanse who are actively under my care. I cannot advise you if I do not know you. This is for educational purposes only.
HERE'S WHAT YOU NEED:
1/2 Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1⁄2 cup Fresh squeezed grapefruit juice
4 Tbsp Epsom salts
3 cups RO, Distilled, Spring, or purified water OR 3 cups fresh squeezed grapefruit or apple juice (I prefer grapefruit)
NOTE: You can substitute the 3 cups water (used to dissolve Epsom salt) with 3 cups freshly pressed grapefruit or apple juice. This tastes a bit better than just water.
*Choose a day like Friday or Saturday for the cleanse, since you will be able to rest (and have diarrhea) the next day. Do not take any medications (unless absolutely necessary; consult your physician) or supplements the day you start the cleanse. Eat a non-fat breakfast and lunch such as oatmeal with fruit, a smoothie with a water base, steamed vegetables with sea salt & lemon (no butter or oil), salads with lemon juice/raw apple cider vinegar, salt/pepper, quinoa porridge sweetened with cinnamon and stevia, etc. A fat-free diet on cleanse day allows the bile to build up and develop pressure in the liver. Higher pressure pushes out more stones. This is important!
START: Do not eat or drink anything other than water after 2 pm. If you break this rule you could feel quite ill later.
2:00 PM: Get your Epsom salts ready. Mix 4 Tbsp. in 3 cups water (or fresh squeezed juice) and pour this into a jar/pitcher. This makes four servings, 3/4 cup each. Set the jar in the refrigerator to get ice cold (this is for convenience and taste only).
6:00 PM: Drink one serving (3/4 cup) of the ice cold Epsom salts mixture. If you did not prepare this ahead of time, mix 1 Tbsp. epsom salts in 3/4 cup water (or fresh squeezed juice) now. You may add 1/8 tsp. vitamin C powder to improve the taste. You may also drink a few mouthfuls of water afterwards or rinse your mouth.
Get the olive oil and grapefruit (for the 10pm drink) out to warm up. You do not want to use a COLD grapefruit for this part.
8:00 PM: Repeat by drinking another 3/4 cup of mixture. You haven't eaten since 2pm, but you usually don't feel hungry. Get your bedtime chores done. The timing is critical for success.
9:45 PM: Pour 1/2 cup (measured) olive oil into a pint jar or container with a well-sealed lid. Squeeze the grapefruit juice by hand into the measuring cup. Remove pulp with fork or strainer. You should have at least 1/2 cup, more (up to 3/4 cup) is best. Add this to the 1⁄2 cup of olive oil. Close the jar tightly with the lid and shake vigorously until your mixture is "watery" (this emulsifies the oil). Now visit the bathroom even if it makes you late for your 10pm drink. Don't be more than 15 minutes late. You will get fewer stones.
10:00 PM: Be ready for bed ahead of time. Drink the oil and juice mixture. Drinking through a large plastic straw helps it go down MUCH easier! You may use olive oil and vinegar salad dressing, or straight honey to chase it down between sips. Have these ready in a Tablespoon on the kitchen counter if necessary. You may take it all to your bedside if you want, but drink it standing up. Get it down within 5 minutes (15 minutes for very elderly or weak persons). Lie down immediately after your mixture is gone. You might fail to get stones out if you don't. The sooner you lie down the more stones you will get out. Don't clean up the kitchen or anything else. As soon as the drink is down, walk to your bed and lie down flat on your back OR on your RIGHT side with your head elevated on the pillow. Try to keep perfectly still for at least 20 minutes. This is a great time to rest with the Lord and pray about what's happening in your liver/gall bladder. Ask Him what He wants to show you through this process. Ask him if there is any bitterness or resentments He wants to deliver you from.
*SUGGESTIONS: READ Acts 8:9-25 ESV (Focus: vs 23 - gall of bitterness).
You may feel a train of stones traveling along the bile ducts like marbles. There is no pain because the bile duct valves are open (thank you Epsom salts!). Sleep well :) A small percentage of people will wake up in the night with diarrhea. Sorry.
6:00 AM NEXT MORNING: Drink your 3rd dose of the Epsom salts mixture. If you have indigestion or nausea, wait until it is gone before drinking it. You may go back to bed. DON'T drink the mixture BEFORE 6:00 am.
8:00 AM: Take your 4th (and last...woohoo!!!) dose of the mixture. You may go back to bed again if you like.
After 2 more hours you may eat. Start with Organic 100% fruit juice. Wait 30+ minutes, and then introduce fruit or veggies. 1 hour later you may eat regular food but keep it light. By approximately dinner-time you should feel recovered enough to resume whatever eating plan you were on prior to the cleanse. Some people feel a bit crummy for the next day or 2. That is just evidence that there is something more serious going on and/or you really need more of these cleanses.
HOW DID YOU DO??
Expect diarrhea in the morning (it starts the 1st night or middle of the night for some people). You may want to have wet wipes on hand to prevent irritation. (You can use a colander to make sure you collect all stones, but it is certainly not required. Calcified stones and stones containing protein may sink, but a colander will catch all stones.) Take photos of your stones if you're gross like me!
Look for the green kind since this is proof that they are genuine gallstones and not food residue. Only bile from the liver is pea green. The bowel movement sinks, but gallstones float because of the cholesterol (fat floats). Count them all roughly, whether tan or green. The first cleanse may rid you of them for a few days, but as the stones from the rear travel forward and give you the same symptoms again. You need to repeat cleanses at 2-4 week intervals until you have little to no more stones. Never cleanse when you are ill or if you have known parasites.
Sometimes, the bile ducts are full of cholesterol crystals that did not form into round stones. They appear as a "chaff" floating on top of the toilet bowl water. It may be tan colored, harboring millions of tiny white crystals. Cleansing this chaff is just as important as purging the stones. Congratulations on the completion of your first deep cleansing! Do not forget to repeat the cleanse in 2-4 weeks if you had any stones come out on your first cleanse. Happy cleansing friends!!
NOTE: It is always wise to be advised by a professional as this may be contraindicated for some individuals. If you suspect you have parasites, it is best to do a parasite cleanse under the care of your Holistic Doctor first. And again, if you have Candida overgrowth, this will purge stones from the gall bladder, but it will not resolve the root of the problem since yeast overgrowth will just lead to more stones over time. Use the search box at the top to find my blogs on Candida overgrowth :)