The best time of year to detoxify your liver is in the springtime. But, before you start a liver-cleanse program, consider flushing bile and stones from your gallbladder with a gallbladder cleanse with Epsom salt. The gallbladder is located just under the liver and has a very important role in the digestive process.
According to Wikipedia:
In vertebrates, the gallbladder (cholecyst, gall bladder, biliary vesicle) is a small organ that aids mainly in fat digestion and concentrates bile produced by the liver. The surgical removal of the gallbladder is called a cholecystectomy.
To put it another way, it emulsifies fats. Think of trying to wash greasy dishes without soap. It is almost impossible. Because soap emulsifies the grease.
Similarly, the gallbladder stores bile and bile acids, which emulsify the fat eaten so it can be properly transported through the intestine into the bloodstream.
Bile is made in the liver, then stored in the gallbladder until the body needs it to digest fat.
At that time, the gallbladder contracts and pushes the bile into a tube--called the common bile duct--that carries it to the small intestine, where it helps with digestion. Under certain conditions, the bile can harden into stones.
While medication and surgery are often used to resolve gallstone complaints, many people turn to natural remedies instead. A gallbladder cleanse is a specialized diet designed to keep a person from getting gallstones or for treating existing gallstones. Some people may also call a gallbladder cleanse a “liver flush.”
People have often used many natural remedies to cleanse the liver like castor oil packs, herbal teas, and Disodium Phosphate. Every year, thousands of people complete gallbladder flushes safely on their own without a doctor’s help.
Problems associated with a low functioning gallbladder include:
- inflammation of the gallbladder and bile ducts
- muscular spasms and/or poor contraction of the gallbladder wall
- stones forming in the gallbladder and/or bile ducts
- obstruction to the free flow of bile
Gallbladder Cleanse with Epsom Salt Guide
Magnesium sulfate, commonly known as Epsom salt, is a mineral. It works by replacing magnesium in the body and increasing water in the intestines.
Magnesium sulfate can be used orally as a laxative to relieve occasional constipation and to treat low levels of magnesium.
In order to help your gallbladder and bile ducts expel gallstones naturally, you need to open up and relax your digestive tract. This can be done by ingesting magnesium sulfate.
Epsom salts have been used for decades to help treat constipation. Epsom salts relax and draw water into the intestines, helping soften and pass stool.
Because of this osmotic action, you need to be very well hydrated before you start the cleanse.
You’ll want to do the cleanse over a weekend or take two full days off of work. Take on absolutely no social engagements or obligations. The cleanse takes a total of 48 hours and it will also take you that long to feel “back to normal” again.
- Apple juice or malic acid supplements (optional)
- 4 Tablespoons of Epsom Salts
- 1/2 Cup of Virgin Olive Oil
- 1 big grapefruit, or 3 lemons
Gallbladder Cleanse Instructions
1. For 4-5 days before your liver flush, eat as many apples, or drink as many apple juices as you can. You can take malic acid supplements if you wish if you can’t drink the juice. In the last 2 days, drink 8 oz of apple juice every 2-3 hours. Doing this will help ensure the gallbladder cleanse is successful.
2. On day 6, eat a light breakfast with no fat. This enables the bile in your liver to accumulate, putting pressure in your liver. This pressure will eliminate more stones in your gallbladder.
3. At 2:00 PM, the same day, mix 4 Tablespoons of Epsom Salts in 3 cups of water, pouring all this into some jar. Do NOT drink or consume any foods after 2 PM. This is extremely important! Put this jar in the cooler/refrigerator to make it cold
4. At 6:00 PM, drink 3/4 cup of this mixture. It will taste very bad… but you can add 1/8 tablespoons of powdered Vitamin C to make it taste better.
5. At 8 PM, drink another 3/4 cup of this mixture. Get all your errands done, and prepare for the gallbladder cleanse. You shouldn’t be doing ANYTHING after doing a gallbladder cleanse, just lying down and sleeping.
6. At 9:45 PM, pour 1/2 cup of virgin olive oil into a jar. Squeeze the entire grapefruit into the mix, removing the pulp with a fork, or chopsticks. You should have 1/2 to 3/4 cups of grapefruit juice mixed with the virgin olive oil the jar. Close the jar, and shake it very hard until it is all liquid.
7. At 10 PM, drink this mixture. You may drink it through some large straw if that makes it easier for you. Try to get it all down by 5 mins or so.
8. Lay down in your bed as soon as you are down. This is crucial, and most people do this wrong. Don’t do any work, don’t even bother brushing your teeth! Just lay down immediately! Lay on your right side, with your right knee up towards your chin for 20 or so mins. Stay still, and try not to move at all. Try to sleep.
9. Go to bed early: Apply a castor-oil pack. Use a hot-water bottle or electric heating pad. Gallstones usually pass in a bowel movement between 3 a.m. and early morning. Sometimes there is severe cramping or abdominal pressure when the stones pass. Applying heat to your upper right abdomen helps lessen abdominal discomfort.
10. The next morning, when you wake up, drink a 3rd dose of your 3/4 cup Epsom salts. You can go back to sleep afterward.
11. Two hours later, drink the last dose of Epsom salts.
12. Only after 2 more hours can you eat anything, but do not eat solid fruits just yet. Start with liquids, and move slowly to fruit.
Gallbladder Cleanse with Epsom Salt Precautions
Do not Flush when ill. Consult with your health professional to get an X-ray and CT scan before doing the Liver & Gallbladder Flush if you suspect you have an obstructed bile duct or gallstones.
Please follow the detailed directions in this guide. The liver is quite sensitive. If you plan to make changes, be sure to seek the assistance of a qualified healthcare professional.
Do not take medications, vitamins, or supplements that you can do without during the cleanse. They could prevent success. Make sure you check with your physician first.
The cleanse is only for individuals over 18 years of age. This should be used for adults, we do not recommend anyone under 18 years to perform this.
Do not take during pregnancy or lactation. Keep cleanse items away from children.
Make sure you are able to tolerate Magnesium Sulfate (Epsom Salt) before you attempt the Flush. People unable to tolerate Magnesium Sulfate may suffer a negative reaction, even death. People have died as a result of Epsom Salt overdose.
If you experience initial symptoms of hypermagnesemia such as nausea, vomiting, and weakness, discontinue use and contact your doctor.
You will get diarrhea after taking the Epsom Salt. This is a normal reaction. In fact, please contact your healthcare professional if you do not experience diarrhea.
Gallbladder Cleanse with Epsom Salt Results
- Expect diarrhea in the morning. Use a flashlight to look for gallstones in the toilet in the bowel movement.
- Look for the green kind since this is proof that they are genuine gallstones, not food residue. Only bile from the liver is green.
- The bowel movement sinks but gallstones float because of the cholesterol inside. 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, they give you the same symptoms again.
- You may repeat cleanses at two-week intervals.