Detox, or cleansing, is something that many people do to rid their bodies of toxins to help the body deal with waste more efficiently and effectively. Many people cleanse their colons, but it is just as important to cleanse your liver. Most people who choose to complete a liver detox do so only after they have done a colon cleanse.
The purpose of a liver cleanse is to remove any toxins and build up from both the liver and the gallbladder. Those who do not cleanse their liver may suffer from different health problems such as yeast infections, acne, stomach problems and even sore shoulders. When your liver is not working at full capacity, it also puts stress on other organs such as your kidneys and colon. A liver detox will help your body recover from things that you do every day that could congest the liver. By completing the liver detox, you are undoing the damage that is caused by a diet high in fats, carbs, hormones and preservatives. You are also ridding the liver of toxins that you take in from the environment and from the effects of stress, and you are doing away with the effects of the overuse of antibiotics.
The grapefruit liver detox
To complete the grapefruit liver detox, you will need more than grapefruit, although the grapefruit is an essential ingredient. You'll need apples or apple juice, four tablespoons of Epsom salts, 118 ml (31/2 cup) of virgin olive oil, and one large grapefruit.
For the four or five days preceding your liver detox, you should eat as many apples or dink as much apple juice as you can. For the last two days, drink 237 ml (8 ounces) of apple juice every two to three hours. Drinking apple juice and eating apples will help to prepare the liver for detox.
After the four or five days of drinking apple juice and eating apples, you'll want to eat a fat-free, light breakfast. At 2 p.m., mix the four tablespoons of Epsom salts in 711 ml (3 cups) of water, pour in a jar and put it in the refrigerator so it is cold. At 6 p.m., drink 117 ml (3/4 cup) of the Epsom salts and water mixture.
At 8 p.m., drink another 117 ml (3/4 cup) of the Epsom salts and water mixture. At 9:45 p.m., pour 118 ml (1/2 cup) of virgin olive oil into a jar. Squeeze the juice of the grapefruit into jar as well, close it and shake. Drink the mixture within five minutes. When finished, go to bed and lie on your right side with your knees up for at least 20 minutes.
The next morning, you'll need to drink another 177 ml (3/4 cup) of the Epsom salts and water mixture. You should go back to sleep or continue to lie down and rest afterward. Two hours later, drink your final 177 ml (3/4 cup) Epsom salt mixture. After waiting two more hours, you can begin eating again, although you should progress slowly, starting with liquids.
What to expect
On the second day, you may have some stomach upset or even diarrhoea, which is a result of ingesting the Epsom salts. You may see actual gallstones in the process. In fact, it has been reported that some people eliminate hundreds of gallstones. Gallstones are usually green in nature and are round, and they float.