Gallstones are deposits shaped like small stones that can develop during the production of bile, a fluid that helps digestion. These deposits develop in the gallbladder, a sac underneath the liver, and in the tubes that carry bile into the small intestine. Gallstones are common in women, the elderly, sickle cell disease sufferers and the overweight, and persist in individuals who lose weight rapidly or who are on certain medications. Most gallstones are considered harmless unless they cause gallbladder duct blockage. In cases of blockage, gallstones need to be either surgically removed (if they are too large to pass) or flushed out of the body with a gallstone cleanse if they cause chronic pain.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Challenging
Things you need
- 4 tbsp. Epsom salt
- 1/2 cup virgin olive oil
- 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1/2 cup grapefruit juice
Go on a temporary non-fat diet for three to five days. Fat and cholesterol are the main sources behind gallstone build-up. A non-fat diet will cause pressure in the gallbladder to build up, flushing out bile. Eat apples and drink apple juice during the flush period, as apples are rich in vitamin C and can soften the gallstones, making it easier for them to be passed or dissolved.
Mix 4 tbsp. Epsom salt and 1/2 cup of virgin olive oil in 354ml of water. Squeeze 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice and 1/2 cup grapefruit into mix. Use fresh lemon and grapefruit only without substituting for concentrate or store-bought juices.
Shake well and consume the mixture three to four times daily for five days. Eat light foods such as apples, crackers and soup broth during flushing period. Light meals should consist of fibre-rich foods without dairy, sugars or saturated fats.
Rest by lying down immediately after drinking gallbladder flush mix. Gallstones are best dissolved and expelled through the large intestine when the body is lying horizontally.
Expect gallstones to be expelled during defecation. Gallstones can be excreted out of the intestines and seen in faeces--they are the round pebbles that can range in size from as small as a grain of sand to as large as a golf ball. Keep in mind that gallstones can be seen in faeces for up to several days after a gallbladder flush is completed.
Tips and warnings
- Always dilute Epsom salt with a water-based mixture to avoid magnesium toxicity. Talk with a medical practitioner before using Epsom flush as many medications or herbal remedies can cause harmful reactions.
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