A Liver Cleanse is a must for everyone to compensate for eating cooked food and living in an polluted environment.Liver Cleanse is one the Master Cleanse of the Cleansing Therapy. This is due to its amazing benefits that can significantly change your health for the better. A liver is the second largest organ (after skin) in the body, weighing nearly two kgs in an adult. The size of the liver corresponds with the size of the human body.Download PDF
Anatomy of the Liver
The liver is situated in the upper abdomen on the right side, beneath (and loosely attached to) the diaphragm. It is nearly 21-22 cm across at its widest point, 15-17 cm at its greatest vertical height and 10-12 cm across front and back. The liver is composed of soft, red brown tissues, divided into lobes and enclosed by a tough fibrous capsule.
The liver has an intricate and complex system of blood vessels. If we were to build a factory to perform all chemical functions that a man’s liver could perform, it would spread over a few acres. The circulatory system of the liver is unlike that of any other organ. It receives 25% blood supply from the hepatic artery. The major portion of 75% is received from the portal vein. This blood contains the final products of digestion.
All of the venous blood, returning from the pancreas, stomach, small intestine and spleen, converges into the portal vein. The liver gets first pickings of everything absorbed in the small intestine, where all nutrients are re-absorbed. So, it is the liver’s job to process all food that your intestines absorb. Apart from the above, the liver also performs the following important functions:
- The liver is the main organ that processes foreign substances and make them friendly. Its primary secretion, the bile, is poured into the gallbladder and then, the duodenum (the first part of the small intestine), through the common bile duct. Everyday, the liver produces upto 400 ml of bile. Bile is important for fat digestion. The liver is full of tubes (biliary tubing) that deliver the bile to a large tube, the common bile duct.
- In addition, it has other important functions, similar to that of a ductless gland in the metabolism of carbohydrates and nitrogenous waste products.
- From the venous blood, the liver removes glucose, turns it into glycogen and stores it. When the body needs energy, the liver converts this glycogen back to glucose, which then travels through the bloodstream to the cells, where it is needed.
- The liver converts amino acids into proteins, such as albumin, prothrombin components, fibrinogen, transferrin and glycoprotein.
- It excretes the bile pigments, bilirubin and biliverdin, formed in the cells of the reticulo-endothelial system, from haemoglobin.
- It is the chemical factory of the body
- It produces bile
- It processes all food
- It converts amino acids into proteins
- It is instrumental in clearing out harmful drugs and other chemicals from the body.
The gallbladder acts as a storage reservoir for bile in concentrated form and is attached to the common bile duct.
The pear shaped gallbladder stores bile, which is released into the small intestine in optimum quantities, as and when needed. Eating fat or protein triggers the gallbladder to squeeze itself empty after about twenty minutes and the stored bile travels down the common bile duct to the intestines.
Without your gallbladder (when it is removed by surgery for instance) the liver will still produce bile, but since the bile Gallbladder can no longer be stored, it is directly released into the intestine. This may result in indigestion of fat. Bile is designed to remove toxins, fat and sludge from the liver and flush out fatty and calcified deposits called gallstones. The longer the bile remains in the gallbladder, the thicker this bitter greenish liquid becomes and the greater the likelihood of stone formation. These stones are also formed when too little bile is produced. They, in turn, decrease the ability of the liver to make bile, and as a result, less cholesterol and toxins are removed from the body.
How is bile made?
Our body is a wonderful system. It even uses worn out blood cells. The spleen breaks down haemoglobin in the worn out red blood cells into bile salts and other substances. Bile salts are safe for the body in normal amounts. The liver removes excess bile salts and wastes, and sends them to the gallbladder for storage, from where they are released into the small intestine for digestion.
Functions of bile
When bile is released into the intestine, it performs the following functions:
- When you eat a meal with fats, the gallbladder releases a large amount of bile to digest them. Bile is essential in the digestion of fats. The concept of emulsifying fats is similar to that of washing greasy dishes. Without adding soap, it is almost impossible to clean the grease. The same way, the gallbladder stores bile that emulsifies fat, so that it can be properly transported by the intestines into the bloodstream
- It neutralises the acid from the stomach
- It is a natural laxative for the colon.
What are gallstones?
Stones can form anywhere in the body, where there is a liquid containing mineral salts that can be crystallised, and where the fluid is held for a while in a hollow organ, such as the gallbladder. The stones may be large or small and may grow together causing extra large stones. Small stones are often excreted along with the bile and eliminated with no problem. Larger ones, however, can get lodged in the ducts, causing gallstone colic, one of the most painful illnesses. At other times, gallstones may be silent, and may not cause any pain or symptoms. In autopsies, examiners often find gallbladders full of gallstones.
Often, a gallstone is not a true stone. They are rather rubbery and soft. Most gallstones float. Only a few sink. They are mostly green. The size varies from that of rice grains to golf balls. Even large gallstones slip out easily through the anus. Pathological analysis of a stone sample after a Liver Cleanse was found to be 91% cholesterol and 9% bile salts, water and inert ingredients.
In many people, including children, the biliary tubes are choked with gallstones. Some people develop allergies or hives, but others exhibit no symptoms. When the gallbladder is scanned or X-rayed, nothing is visible. Typically, gallstones are not only in the gallbladder, but also in the bile duct and liver. More ever, most are too small and not calcified, a prerequisite for visibility in an ultrasound.
Even after surgical removal of the gallbladder, a little pocket remains where stones can accumulate. The Liver Cleanse will flush out the area and expel gallstones that may have formed post surgery.
Symptoms of Gallstones
Symptoms of gallstones problem may include:
- Cramping and gas in the stomach or intestine
- Abdominal pain, which could transmit to the right shoulder
- If a gallstone remains lodged in the bile duct for a long time, there will be a build-up of bile behind it. This can result in obstructive jaundice
- Cholecystitis, an inflammation and possible infection in the gall bladder due to high levels of cholesterol.
Why should the gallbladder not be removed?
You can survive without a gallbladder, but you are more prone to developing certain health problems. A gallbladder performs several important roles, such as fat digestion and absorption, removal of cholesterol and other toxins from the body. When a gallbladder is removed, a new pathway for the bile is created. The trouble with this new pathway is that the bile irritates the pancreas. When a cell gets irritated, it performs its function irrationally. In this case, the pancreas cannot produce insulin normally. This may lead to diabetes.
You are at a greater risk of developing a fatty liver, experiencing indigestion and developing deficiencies of essential fatty acids and fat soluble nutrients. Your liver continues to manufacture bile, but there is no longer a place to store or concentrate it. Therefore, the bile slowly trickles into the intestines.
Not digesting fat well means that you will not be able to digest essential fatty acids, including omega-3 and omega-6 fats. It also means you’ll have a hard time absorbing fat soluble vitamins, such as vitamins D, E, A and K. A lot of antioxidants in vegetables are fat soluble, such as lycopene, lutein and carotenoids. If you don’t produce enough bile, you will not be able to adequately absorb these lifesaving compounds from food. If you take any of the above mentioned nutrients in a supplement form, then without sufficient bile, you will not absorb them well.
Liver and diabetes
When bile ducts get blocked with gallstones, the bile may take another route and end up in the pancreas. Here, the bile attacks the pancreas, causes inflammation and destroys insulin secreting cells. This results in lack of insulin supply, leading to high blood sugar (hyperglycaemia), and disability of the liver and muscles to pick up glucose from the blood and store it. A Liver Cleanse gives relief to patients suffering from this type of diabetes.
Ingredients used for Liver Cleanse
- Extra virgin olive oil (250 ml) for a person of 70 kgs or more, 175 ml for people weighing less than 70 kgs and 150 ml for people who weigh less than 55 kgs (remember that only extra virgin olive oil is needed, not olive oil or virgin olive oil).
- Fresh juice of orange (mebleje), sweet lime (ceewmebyeer), tangerine (keâervet) or pineapple (Deveeveeme) approximately in the same quantity as the oil. Tetra pack juices can also be used.
- Epsom salt or magnesium sulphate (MgSO4.7H2O), 80 gms 4 Liver Cleanse, for a person weighing 70 kgs or more. People who suffer from hypertension or weigh any less, should have 15 gms of epsom salt. Those who are on regular medication to control hypertension, should take the regular dose of 20 gms. People suffering from hypotension should take a reduced dose of 15 gms, since epsom salt sometimes tends to marginally lower blood pressure.
- Water (800 ml); to dissolve epsom salt. You can substitute water with orange/sweet lime, pineapple or apple juice, to avoid the unpleasant taste of epsom salt. However, for best results, have salt with water and observe better cleansing, by way of increased number of stones in stool.
|2:00 pm Start the Liver Cleanse||Keep your epsom salt ready. Mix 80 gms of epsom salt (individual needs may vary) in 800 ml of water. This makes four servings of 200 ml each. Keep the jar in a refrigerator to cool the liquid (for convenience and taste).PROCEDURE|
|6:00 pm Dose 1||Drink one glass of the mixture. If you did not prepare this ahead of time, mix a sachet (20 gms) of epsom salt in one glass of cold water. You may also drink a few mouthfuls of water afterward.|
|8:00 pm Dose 2||Repeat the procedure by drinking another glass of epsom salt mixture. Visit the bathroom, if needed.|
|9:45 pm Prepare medicine||Pour 175 ml of extra virgin olive oil into a glass. Prepare juice of orange or sweet lime, or get a tetra pack. You should have 175 ml of juice. Add this to the extra virgin olive oil. Mix the contents in a mixer/whipper for 10 seconds. The medicine is now ready.|
|10:00 pm Dose 3||Drink the medicine (mixture of oil + juice). Lie down quickly on your right side for 30 minutes, with your head up high on the pillow. The liver is on the right side. This way, more pressure is created on the bile ducts to push out stones. You may feel a train of stones travelling along the bile ducts, like marbles. You will not experience any pain because epsom salt has dilated the bile duct. After 30 minutes, you may sleep on any side that suits you.|
|6:00 am Dose 4||Have the third dose of epsom salt. If you experience diarrhoea or nausea, take the dose after going to the bathroom once.|
|8:00 am Dose 5||After Dose 4, wait for two hours and take a second dose of the extra virgin olive oil and fruit juice mixture (75 ml + 75 ml) and go back to bed, the same way as the previous night.|
|10.00 am Dose 6||Have the fourth and final dose of epsom salt.|
|11.00 am The course ends||You may start eating. The diarrhoea will come to an end any time now. Start with fruit juices because the digestive system is weak due to diarrhoea. You can eat fruits or light food after half an hour. By dinner time, you should feel recovered from the effects of epsom salt. You may eat regular food, but keep it light.|
|Extra Virgin olive oil||Epsom salt|
|Total||1st Dose||2nd Dose||Total||Per Dose|
|1.||> 70 kg||250 ml||175 ml||75 ml||80 gms||20 gms|
|2.||70 – 55 kg||175 ml||125 ml||50 ml||60 gms||15 gms|
|3.||< 55 kg||150 ml||100 ml||50 ml||50 gms||12 gms|