Liver and Bile Duct Cleanse
This is a 7-day cleanse. Choose a week where you are not going to be too busy. You don’t have to take leave or put your life on hold. But do give your body a rest in this time – very gentle exercise, just stretching and walking or gentle yoga. Use it as a time of rest and contemplation! Your body will love you for it.
This cleanse is very powerful and will give your liver an amazing opportunity to heal. If you can, do it once a quarter, with every change of season. You will find that the cleanse will ‘reset’ your body. You may lose your food, coffee, sugar or alcohol cravings. Key is to not force yourself back onto your ‘substance’, after the cleanse! Your body will not feel like it, but your mind may try to insist. Resist it a few times, and you would have broken a destructive habit!
Read through everything a couple of times before you start – you will see that it is not difficult to do.
I suggest starting on a weekend, so you can feel the effects of the supplements, enema etc. and adjust your week accordingly.
- Essential: A liver support supplement. Please see what is available at your local health shop. Look for one that includes NAC (N-acetyl cysteine), and herbs like milk thistle, parsley, marshmallow root, beetroot, artichoke etc. Take throughout the cleanse, according to package instructions. Continue taking after the cleanse.
- Essential: liver support/cleansing tea. Look for one from your local health shop that contains dandelion, milk thistle, and other healing herbs. It must not contain caffeine. Drink 2-3 cups a day; first thing in the morning, and after your last meal.
- Essential: TUDCA (tauroursodeoxycholic acid). This is to enable bile flow. Take 1 capsule twice a day, away from meals – before your morning bowel movement, and before bed. You can continue to take TUDCA after the cleanse. If you cannot obtain TUDCA, look for a bile flow support supplement. Also take vitamin B3 (niacin). Make sure it is NOT the no-flush variety, and be prepared for 5-10 minutes of ‘flushing’ when you take it!
- Essential: A calcium and magnesium supplement – take at night with your last meal. If you can, find a powder, as this is more easily absorbed.
- Optional: Activated charcoal. Take away from other supplements (1 or 2 hours), 1-2 x daily. Activated charcoal can constipate. If your bowel movements stop, discontinue use, as it is important for the bowels to move during the liver cleanse!
- Optional: liquid magnesium to add to water. 1 teaspoon daily.
- Essential: castor oil pack. This is not a supplement that you take orally. Castor oil has amazing abilities to cleanse and stimulate. Try source organic castor oil from a health shop. You are going to need 2 tablespoons a night for 7 nights. Look for a castor oil pack, which is really a covered bandage with straps that comes with castor oil. If you can’t find it, buy the castor oil separately and get some cotton wool with gauze on the side that goes against your skin, some plastic to put on the outside as the oil is quite messy and does stain, and a bandage to hold it in place. The pack must be about the size of your 2 hands together. Put the castor oil on the pack, place over your liver (under your ribcage on the right of your body), place the plastic over it. Wrap the bandage around your body to hold it in place. You can put a hot water bottle over the patch if you want; your body’s heat will suffice. Sleep with this on, preferably in an old t-shirt in case of spillage. You can reuse the pack for the 7 nights. Add 2 tablespoons every night. Or see here for more: How to make a Castor Oil pack; order packs here (US only). NB: for ladies – don’t do this over the time of your period, so you will have to adjust the timing of the cleanse around this.
- Other: glutamine (l-glutamine) powder; enema kit; organic ground coffee; Epsom salts; baking soda (bicarbonate of soda); bentonite clay (see below).
- Start your day with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice in a cup of warm to hot filtered water. Before breakfast, drink another 2 glasses of water, plus a cup of the liver cleanse tea. (You’ll have another cleansing tea after your last meal at night.)
- Drink pure filtered water, the liver cleanse tea and freshly squeezed juices ONLY throughout the day (with supplement additives – see below). No other drinks, just for 7 days. Amount to drink: half your body weight in ounces. E.g. 120 pounds = 60 ounces a day. 1 glass = 8 ounces. So a 120 pound person would drink 7.5 glasses of water/herbal tea a day. Do not drink anything with meals, half an hour before or half an hour after. To each glass of water you drink, add a squeeze of fresh lemon or a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar instead of the lemon juice. Also add liquid magnesium to your water – 1 teaspoon daily, split over your water intake, or as you wish. (I find it easiest to make up a water bottle with lemon juice, apple cider and magnesium, and sip this throughout the day.) Cook with filtered water.
- Intermittent fasting: For the duration of the cleanse, it is important to give your digestive system a break for 16 hours. This is of course the basis of intermittent fasting. All this means, is you will have a 16-hour period every 24 hours where you don’t eat anything. You will of course be drinking your water and herbal tea during this time. If you plan to have breakfast at 10, lunch at 1 and dinner at 6, and not eat until breakfast the next day, this will give your body a 16-hour rest. See what works for you – you could do breakfast at 11, lunch at 2 and dinner at 7.
- Breakfast and lunch: liver cleanse smoothie.
- Snacks: freshly-squeezed juice of any of these: greens, apples, carrots, fennel, beetroot and beet greens, cabbage, grapefruit and lemon.
- Dinner: see recipes below; choose any one of them for your evening meal. If you have your main meal during the day, and if it is easier for you, swap your lunch smoothie for one of these recipes, and have a smoothie at dinner time. For all recipes, try source organic ingredients if possible. This will help reduce the toxic load of chemicals on your liver. Feel free to adjust all quantities to suit. Liquid meals give your digestive system assistance, in that they are easier to digest. If you are sensitive to any of the ingredients, let me know and we will swap them out.
Breakfast & lunch smoothie
- 1-2 cups unsweetened coconut milk (look for organic, clean with no additives)
- ½ – 1 avocado
- 1 teaspoon l-glutamine powder
- 1 tablespoon clean protein powder (pea protein, whey protein etc.)
- ½ cup organic berries (optional)
- 1-2 scoops of green powder (wheatgrass, barley grass or a mixture) – optional – see below.
- You can add raw honey, a couple of dates or a banana to sweeten if preferred.
Blend and enjoy.
Optional: instead of adding green powder to the smoothie, lightly steam/boil half a cup of any green vegetable (broccoli, beans, baby marrows etc.) and blend it with the cooking water (no salt). Eat this as a separate warm ‘mush’, alongside your smoothie.
Dinner can be flexible but it’s very important to eat clean, organic, fresh foods! Focus on these fabulous liver-supporting (bitter) foods:
- Beet greens
- Swiss chard
- Dandelion greens (find some in your garden; add a leaf or 2 to your juice. They can be very bitter!)
- Cauliflower, broccoli and kale
Keep it light; aim to eat animal protein (if at all) for 2-3 of the days on the cleanse only.
Here are some recipe ideas for you:
Lemon & Avo Detox Soup
- 1 ripe avocado
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup vegetable stock (can use chicken if preferred)
- 1-2 tablespoons raw lemon/lime juice
- ¼ cup cilantro (coriander) leaves
- 1 clove crushed garlic (optional)
- ½ tsp ground cumin
A mixture of these herbs, to taste, preferably fresh:
Basil, thyme, mint, parsley
Make the stock with boiling water. Add all other ingredients; blend and serve.
Coconut Curry Soup
- ½ – 1 chopped onion
- 1 clove garlic
- ½ tbsp. ginger
- Coconut oil for frying
- ½ – 1 cup full cream coconut milk, preferably organic (for a richer soup, use more coconut milk)
- ½ – 1 cup vegetable or chicken stock
- ½ cup cauliflower or broccoli
- ½ cup kale or spinach leaves
- 2 tsp curry powder
- ½ tsp turmeric
- Black pepper to taste
- Chopped cilantro/parsley to garnish
Sauté the onion in coconut oil until soft. Add the garlic, ginger and spices, fry for a few seconds.
Add stock and coconut milk.
Add cauliflower/broccoli and cook till tender.
Add kale/spinach and cook for a minute until soft.
Blend, sprinkle with cilantro and serve.
Cucumber Avocado Soup
- 1 cucumber
- 1 ripe avocado
- 2-3 tbsp raw lemon juice
- 1-2 cloves garlic
- ½ cup chopped cilantro/parsley
- ½ cup water
- Powdered kelp (optional)
Blend and serve chilled. If you have a salty palate, season with a pinch or 2 of kelp instead of salt. Kelp contains many minerals. You can add a pinch to any smoothie or soup. It does have a strong taste, so try small amounts first.
Ginger Coconut Soup
(You can have this with cauliflower rice if hungry; lightly cook cauliflower, blend roughly until rice-like consistency. Serve soup over rice.)
- Coconut oil
- 1 cup coconut milk
- ½ cup vegetable/chicken stock
- ½ cup peas
- ½ cup diced carrots
- ½ – 1 cup chopped broccoli / other green vegetable
- Clove garlic
- Thai green curry paste to taste
- Fresh grated ginger to taste
- 1/2 tsp turmeric
- Fresh/dried lemongrass (optional)
- Cubed chicken breasts (optional; only if you are feeling very hungry)
- Chopped cilantro/parsley
Sauté garlic, ginger, turmeric, lemongrass and curry paste for 30 seconds or until fragrant. Sauté chicken if using.
Add coconut milk, carrots and cook until carrots are soft.
Add peas and greens, cook for a couple of minutes until soft.
Serve with chopped cilantro.
Chicken Avocado Soup
- Coconut oil
- ½ – 1 chopped onion
- Chopped red bell pepper
- 2-3 spring/green onions
- Cup spinach/kale
- 1-2 cups vegetable/chicken stock
- 1 ripe avocado
- Cooked shredded chicken breasts (optional – only if hungry)
- Chopped cilantro/parsley
Sauté onion and pepper until soft. Add rest of ingredients except avo; cook for 5 minutes.
Remove from heat; add avocado and blend. If using chicken, blend soup first; then add chicken and heat through.
Sprinkle with cilantro/parsley and serve.
1. Coffee enema
These are very easy to do yourself. Don’t be put off! They are so effective because they stimulate the liver. If you’ve never done one, now is a great time to start. This is a health tool you can use for the rest of your life.
Choose a weekend to do your first enema, so you can see how easy it is and how long it takes. Give yourself an hour for this; don’t rush and take it easy! You’ll do it after your morning bowel movement. Aim to do 2, back-to-back. Do these every second day on the liver cleanse if possible; if not, do at least 2.
Purchase an enema kit with at least a 2 litre jug.
Prepare everything beforehand:
- Wash the different parts. Once used, wash again with hydrogen peroxide 4% solution.
- Simmer 3 tbsp organic filter/plunger coffee in a litre of water, for 15 minutes. Once simmered, strain through cheesecloth WITH the coffee grinds; add ½ litre of water and put into the jug.
- Place the jug on a bathroom surface.
- Play some nice music to keep you company; or have a book or your Kindle on hand.
- Join the pipe to the jug, making sure the clamp is in place.
- Let some coffee flow through to eliminate air bubbles.
- Insert the tip of the enema into your anus, 3 to 6 inches. Lubricate the pipe and yourself, with some coconut oil.
- Crouch on all fours on the bathroom floor, and release the clamp. You can also lie on your right side – whatever is more comfortable.
- Let the water flow gently into you. Control the flow so you don’t feel uncomfortable. The more you do, the better you will get at knowing what works for you.
- You can massage your tummy gently in an anti-clockwise direction.
- After 15 minutes, clamp the pipe, sit on the toilet and remove the pipe.
- Try hold the enema in you for at least 15 minutes. If you need to ‘go’ before that, do!
- Sit on the toilet and release the enema. Give yourself a good 10 minutes to let everything out.
For more detailed information, go here: How to do a coffee enema.
2. Bath or foot bath
Do a daily bath or (foot bath) by soaking in hot water for 15-20 minutes, with a mix of the following:
- 1 cup Epsom salts
- 1 cup baking soda
- ½ cup bentonite clay
- Optional: Add 10 drops of lavender or geranium essential oil.
3. Clean up your environment
Modern living has unfortunately resulted in many hidden chemicals in our food, body products, household cleaning products and environment. All of these enter our body and are processed through the liver.
Clean up your environment by addressing these. Take it slow so that you don’t become overwhelmed!
- Invest in a water filter for your home. I have mine on the kitchen tap. Never drink or cook with tap water that hasn’t been filtered. Ideally, invest in a water filtration system for your home, so that even your bath and shower water is filtered.
- Get rid of all Teflon-based cookware. Teflon is highly toxic to the liver.
- Get off prescription and OTC (over-the-counter) medication. 99% of pharmaceutical drugs have a petrochemical base. This is toxic to your body and has to be eliminated through the liver. Avoid antibiotics – there are many other ways of healing from infections with substances that don’t contain harmful chemicals, and don’t harm the gut microbiome.
- Replace all your body care products with ones that are free from parabens and sulphites.
- Replace all your household cleaning products with ‘green’ versions that are free from toxic chemicals. Oven cleaner is one of the most chemically-laden cleaners.
- Mould is very harmful to the human body. If you suspect a mould toxicity, have your home checked (especially if you live in a damp climate). Sometimes mould is not visible, but still in the environment.
- Eat organic, non-GMO food. Non-organic vegetables and grain are heavily sprayed with harmful organochlorine pesticides. These leave a residue which you consume, every time you eat. GMO crops are heavily sprayed. Not only that, GMO foods are not recognized as food to your digestive system. Your liver processes them as it would a toxin. Apple cider vinegar may help to draw glyphosate (crop spray) from body tissues. Another good reason to add it to your drinking water!
- Never cover food with plastic wrap that touches the food. Don’t cook with tin foil or cover food with it.
- Don’t sleep on a foam mattress. These contain harmful chemicals that leak into your body every night.
- Consider replacing your mercury fillings. If you do this, find a biological dentist who knows how to do the procedure properly. Otherwise you carry the risk of the mercury getting into your tissues, during the removal process. Afterwards, do a full heavy metal detox.
- Consider removing your breast implants if you have them. Diane Kazer has a lot of information about breast implant illness.