The Liver Flush

We've amped things up a bit by adding a Liver Flush to our cleanse program! I've looked at the protocol over the years, wanting to give it a try, but have am always intimidated by the long and strict guidelines. Thanks to Adam (he's done it 3 times already) I finally gave it a shot, and so glad I did, but I won't be jumping up and down to do it again next week - perhaps in the future. Here's my experience...

Day 6
We continued with our light eating plan, starting out with a large glass of mostly fresh apple, celery, lime, and ginger juice for breakfast. We then trekked to the stor
e to get the supplies for our flush: epsom salts, grapefruit, and olive oil.
I whipped up a yummy green... or rather brown, smoothie for lunch: frozen strawberries, apple, chard, spinach, water with a bit of lecithin, maca, mesquite, lucuma. Sweet and delish! Our last meal of the day was 2 grapefruits, finished by 3pm.

*I'll give a basic breakdown of the liver and gallbladder flush guidelines, mixed with my experience - if you want an in depth understanding, check it out HERE.
*The most important piece of advice I can give is to do this when you have 2 free days at home, or in any place you are comfortable. You'll soon see why.
*It is recommended to do a parasite killing program before embarking on the liver cleanse, but we did not do this. We just did our fasting and returned to
light eating 1 1/2 days beforehand - this is important! It's not recommended to enter a liver flush straight from a fast of you will get sick from drinking all the olive oil. It's best to have something in your system.
*On the day of the flush eat a NO FAT breakfast and lunch - this is important for the bile to build up and create pressure in the liver, allowing more stones to be pushed out. We ate fruits and greens.
*Timing is critical - keep to the schedule in order for success.
2pm: Stop eating! We extended this time to 3pm because we go to bed later than 10pm (in this case it had to be 11pm) which is when you are supposed to go to sleep with this program.
Get your drink ready: Stir 4 tablespoons epsom salts into 3 cups of water. Chill the mixture in the fridge until it is time to drink (the chilled water makes it a bit easier to palate).

6pm: Have your first drink. Measure out 3/4 cup of the epsom salts & water from the whole batch. Rinse your mouth with a little water if needed. Get out your grapefruit/olive oil to warm up.
I'll tell you straight up, the epsom salts in water tastes like shit - it's totally bitter and was hard for me to get down, but do-able. I squeezed a little lemon and grapefruit juice into mine. You can actually use grapefruit instead of water for the whole batch if you want.

8pm: Drink another 3/4 cup epsom salts. Wrap up your evening activities.
9:45pm: Prepare. Squeeze 1/2-3/4 cup fresh grapefruit juice - strain any pulp out. Mix the juice with 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil. Optional: Add 10-20 drops black walnut tincture (to kill parasites coming from the liver). We didn't use the tincture since we didn't have access to any.
Go to the bathroom one last time! Get ready for bed.
10pm: Drinkyour grapefruit/olive oil . Drink standing up and get it all down within 5 minutes. You can chase it with a bit of honey, or vinegar/oil if needed.
Adam mixed ours in the blender with a clove of garlic and a bit of orange juice. It turned out like creamy, delicious salad dressing - a bit garlicy though.
Lie down immediately, on your back, with your head high on a pillow. Lie very still for at least 20 minutes.

Oh man, this seemed to be a challenge for me. I could feel the drink trickling through me and heard various gurgling sounds - and my belly bloated out. Also, I sleep on my side or front, so trying to sleep on my back was uncomfortable. Plus the psychology of staying still in this position made me restless... so I didn't fall sleep for quite a while. I also got cold and needed another blanket, so about 40 mins later, got up for a few seconds to grab another blanket which was beside the bed.
I woke up at 3am and felt nauseous, which is common. Stood over the toilet wondering if I'd throw up, but no. Fortunately I went back to sleep pretty easily and woke up feeling much better.

Next Morning: Upon rising, take the third does of epsom salts. Go back to bed. Expect diarrhea in the morning.
We took our dose at 7am, and went back to bed, only to be woken up by at phone call from my mom at 8am with an urgent SOS (my parents basement flooded with water)... so we hopped up and went over to help out. I started "shittin like crazy" (pardon my language) before we left and it continued....
We had disgusting burbs all morning... I'm wondering if they wouldn't have been as bad if we'd left out the garlic... it's recommended not to have the morning dose of salts until any nausea/indigestion has gone away. Apparently I didn't wait long enough.

2 Hours later: Take the final does of epsom salts.
I kept going to the bathroom all morning and into the evening...over 20 times...eeks!
So... a person is supposed to strain their "stuff" to get the little green stones, but I wasn't into that idea (maybe next time)... I did, however, still see the "green peas" in the toilet every time - good sign! Glad they're out...
2 Hours Later: It's OK to start eating! Yay! Start with fresh juice. 30 mins later eat some fruit. Gradually ease back into food.
We started with a cup of juice: cucumber/celery/apple/ginger. A bit later Adam made a smoothie for us: pineapple, strawberries, spinach, cinnamon, water - it was sweet and tangy!
How was the experience?!
To chalk it all up, it's been a great week of resting from food - not having to make or eat food freed up time to do other things, plus after all the overindulgence from the holidays, I was starting to feel sluggish and heavy. The liver flush was a cool new experience - I'm sure I'll give it another go in the far future, with the straining method. I'll see in the next few days if I feel any different as a result (although there are so many variables).
I now feel extra inspired to get back into the kitchie to work on some projects! I'm craving salad with spirulina, hemp seeds, and sauerkraut, so that will be in high priority by tomorrow. Of course, Im also dreaming of delicious raw ice creams with choccie sauce, and chocolate in general 🙂
Have you ever done a liver flush, and if so, how was your experience? If you're a veteran, please share any tips/tricks with me! 🙂
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  1. January 6, 2010 at 23:44

    i have only accidentally done a liver flush when i ate about 5 beets in a sitting from my CSA. They were so good, i kept eating them. And for the next 2-3 days was in the bathroom and was clearly detoxing. I honestly would never intentionally do a cleanse/flush but hey,it happened and i lived to tell :)

  2. January 7, 2010 at 00:08

    Serious stuff!! I admire your willpower, I can only make it a few days on liquids!

  3. January 7, 2010 at 01:10

    oh my gosh that sounds well, um, stimulating. it's hard for me to want to sign up for anything that causes too much gastrointestinal upset as I have celiac disease and I've had my share of diarrhea. I'll stick to enemas from time to time, which I find very cleansing.

  4. January 7, 2010 at 07:21

    BRAVO! Love this stuff! I am so curious about it & would luv to try 1..Having a partner in the game is a gift ;-] You can bet next time who s gonna get more stones!;-D<br />XOXO.

  5. January 7, 2010 at 12:49

    Heather! I so admire your courage to post about the liver flush experience (as unpleasant as some aspects were!). <br /><br />I tried to undertake a liver cleanse in my teens, as I had gallstones at the time, but I don't think I did it properly, as it didn't relieve my system of the stones:-( <br /><br />However, I am so glad the cleanse went well for you :-) After all of the raw desserts I've had over the holidays, I've really been craving some sort of cleanse!

  6. Anonymous
    January 7, 2010 at 14:34

    Ha ha ha ha ! Your post really made me laugh (especially when your mom called, and about the garlic burps part) and loved reading in detail all about the cleanse. Good to know what to expect and how to do it. Please keep up with the humor, it was really funny!

  7. January 7, 2010 at 15:52

    Congrats you two....Adam's such a hottie!<br /><br />Heathy...Cliff and I do this 14 day cleanse 3-4 times a year. It's called 'CleanStart' from Nature's Sunshine Products,'s all herbal and works well for us!<br /><br />Thanks for asking and good luck!<br /><br />Enjoy!

  8. January 7, 2010 at 16:56

    That liver cleanse was a doozy!! Good job at sticking with it! I'll definately have to give this a go!

  9. January 7, 2010 at 20:07

    Quite and experience. I can't wait to do it again! We'll use a strainer and have some great picts next time.

  10. January 7, 2010 at 23:32

    I just did the same exact liver flush the weekend after Thanksgiving. It was a huge success and I released a couple hundred stones. It is recommended that a liver flush be done every single month until no more stones are released and then only do a flush twice a year as maintenance. I'm not on that schedule though. I'm getting ready to do my second flush in about two weeks. I like the flush because it is really easy and you don't have to stay away from food for too long ;-)

  11. January 8, 2010 at 01:12

    I always have trouble with nausea and actually getting the salt water down. thanks for the tips about cold water or subbing grapefruit juice.

  12. January 8, 2010 at 07:40

    Whew! I'm "pooped" out from reading this!! Ha ha! I jest! Good for you! I hope one day to embark on a cleanse of some sort but can't just yet.

  13. January 8, 2010 at 14:05

    That doesn't sound like fun. Can't wait for the next post. You should tell what you put in your superfood chia.

  14. January 8, 2010 at 14:17

    I never dared do the cleanse... I the Raw Food Real World recipe book, Sarma and Matthew said that they did it, and then a doctor told them that the green stones where actually the olive oil mixture. It kind of freaked me out and I never tried it :) I am craving a juice fast however, and if I'm not pregnant this month, I might do one.

  15. January 8, 2010 at 19:12

    I would totally do a liver cleans, oil stones or real stones, except that I'm in Spain.<br /><br />I'm pretty sure I would be deported if I tried to. On top of that, they try to tell me that raw food doesn't exist.<br /><br />I guess that's another reason why they call the Americas the New World.

  16. January 9, 2010 at 04:26

    I'm impressed! I don't know if I'd have the guts to do the liver cleanse. Maybe someday.<br /><br />You mentioned you were craving spirulina, so I couldn't help but comment. I used to drink spirulina smoothies last spring - barely able to keep them down, as I HATE the taste and smell of spirulina. (It has taken me a year to get to the point where I like dulse and wakame.) <br /><br />Do you have any tips on making spirulina more palatable? Thanks!

  17. January 10, 2010 at 20:25

    Hmmmm, this looks very interesting! I may get brave enough to try it soon, I think I need one!

  18. February 1, 2010 at 05:39

    About the spirulina question, I enjoy it a few ways. Lately, I add it to grated apples (and often finely grated carrots in the mix), with chili powder, a bit of fresh squeezed lemon, a bit of fresh flax oil, and black salt (from the Indian store, high sulfur content, almost an egg-like taste). This mixes up together into a strangely addictive green goo. Takes practice and adjusting spices (sometimes I add cinnamon and raisins) to get it how I like it.<br /><br />There's something about spirulina, chili or chipotle powder, with black salt that is quite good. Or spirulina, apple, cinnamon, raisins... green goodness in my book! My taste for it keeps growing.

  19. November 2, 2010 at 14:44

    About a year ago I purchased a book called "The Liver and Gallbladder Miracle Cleanse," and have been intrigued by the idea ever since...<br /><br />Did you notice any major changes to your health afterward?

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