The Amazing Liver and Gallbladder Flush

I think I have found the missing link in my curing process. I am very excited about this as I’m sure you can imagine! I have been on a very healthy anti-inflammation diet for four years now. I have been exercising, resting properly and learning to deal better with stress. All of this has helped me enormously and I have been symptom free for a while. However I do keep having relapses. I recover from them quickly, due to the diet etc, but I still have them. The missing link is my liver. I have neglected it and hadn’t until now realised the importance of cleansing it.

One of the main causes of MS is a build up of toxicity in the body that eventually leads it to act the way it does in the disease. It leads to the body’s inability to absorb nutrients and so it becomes deficient – a depletion of the main b vits for example greatly affects the nervous system’s ability to function efficiently. Years of over-eating, eating late at night, eating excessive amounts of animal protein, diary and fried foods as well as an overload of stress, grudge bearing and negative thoughts are the cause of my personal case of MS. These, lack of sleep, smoking and several other unhealthy habits may be involved in yours.

Liver

Having read Andreas Moritz’s wonderful book, I have undergone a liver and gallbladder flush, and I recommend everyone read it ASAP (or ASP as my dad says..!) I now understand better the link between the IBS I used to suffer from, and the constipation which is a symptom of MS.

I will try to outline the main steps involved here, however stress the importance of reading the book itself, which is a very comprehensive guide to the reasons for and how to carry out a flush at home. It also talks about a kidney flush which it is important to do if you have any kidney problems.

Basically, the author explains that most health problems (MS, Cancer, Asthma, Alzheimer’s disease, thyroid problems, osteoporosis, obesity, Heart disease and many many more) come from the formation and accumulation of stones in the liver and gallbladder. These stones gradually prevent the liver from doing its job. The liver is SO important. It cleans the blood and regulates hormone & cholesterol in the blood as well as so many other jobs – which are very well described in this important book.

The Liver Flush

Preparation:
You will need:
– Six 32 oz containers of apple juice
– Epsom salts (or magnesium citrate)
– Extra virgin cold pressed olive oil
– Fresh grapefruit (pink is best) or fresh lemon and orange combined
– 2 pint jars, one with a lid

– Drink 32 oz (1L) apple juice everyday for 6 days – slowly during the day, between meals (1/2 hour before or 2 hours after, avoid drinking it in the evening)
– Avoid food or drink which is cold or chilled
– Avoid animal protein, dairy products, spicy food and fried food
– Do not overeat
– Avoid taking medication/vitamins unless essential (to not overwork the liver during the flush)

The best time to do this is a day between full moon and new moon – new moon being the best for cleansing and healing. Avoid the full moon – we hold more fluids on this day than on others.

You must cleanse your colon before and after a flush. Ideally on the day of the actual flush and then again 2 to 3 days afterwards. This is essential to ensure minimal nausea during the flush, and to unblock the bowel before and empty it fully after the cleanse. The best way to do this is colonic irrigation, which I highly recommend. Moritz suggests you do a few colonic irrigations before any flushes. Although I ignored this and did only one before my flush, on doing the second one I realised that perhaps I should have listened to him..! I am doing another next week to clear out any remaining waste.
For other methods of colon cleansing, please read the book. You may also need a kidney cleanse first, I highly recommend reading the book to be sure of how to go about your personal flush.

water

The Flush
On day 6:
– Drink the whole 32 oz of apple juice in the morning
– Eat a light breakfast if you are hungry in the morning (hot oatmeal or fruit is good)
– At lunch steamed/cooked plain vegetables with white rice and a little unrefined salt.
Do not eat or drink anything (except water) after 1.30pm.

6pm: add 4 tbls Epsom salts to 24 oz of filtered water in a jar = 4 servings of 6 oz.
Drink the first 6 oz serving now (use a straw or close your nostrils as it tastes bad!) brush your teeth after to get rid of the taste. You must not drink water directly after taking or ½ hour before taking the Epsom salts.

8pm: drink the 2nd 6 oz serving of Epsom salts.

9.30pm: If you have not had a bowel movement and not done a colon cleanse in the last 24 hours, take a water enema.

9.45pm: Wash the fruit, hand squeeze them, removing the pulp. You need 6 oz of juice. Add 4 oz of olive oil to the juice. Close the jar and shake hard until watery.

10pm: Stand next to your bed and drink the juice solution standing up, without interruption if possible. If you still need to go to the toilet, delay this step, but no more than 10 minutes.
Lie down immediately with your head higher than your stomach –use 2 pillows. If uncomfortable, lie on your right side with knees pulled towards your head. Do not drink water for at least two hours.
Lie in silence and in the dark for at least 20 minutes, concentrating on your liver. Go to sleep if you can. If you need to, go to the toilet in the night, You will probably feel nauseous in the night, this will pass as the morning progresses.

The next morning:
6-6.30am: (not before 6am) drink the 3rd 6oz serving of salts
Rest, but try not to lie down, do yoga or meditate.

8-8.30am: Drink the last 6oz serving of salts.

10-10.30am: You can now drink freshly squeezed fruit juice. ½ hour later you can eat 1 or 2 pieces of fresh fruit. One hour later you can eat light food.

Eat light meals for the next 2-3 days. Drink plenty of water, but try to stick to the rule of ½ hour before food and 2 hours after.
Have a colonic irrigation in the next 1 to 2 days: this is very important, to flush out the stones, some of which will certainly be left in the colon.

I could not believe how well this worked for me. I had a colonic irrigation on the 6th day and was shocked by how much waste came out. Then after passing about 50 stones during the flush, my second colonic irrigation removed lots more as well as very toxic substances that surprised even the therapist! (one colonic session was not enough to clear the bowels, and I am going to have another in the next week because there is definitely more waste to clear.) I feel light and full of energy, I really feel that I have found the missing link, and plan to continue flushing my liver until there are no more stones.

According to Moritz, there is no point in doing just one cleanse – you must do one a month (no more frequent than this though!) until you pass no stones in 2 consecutive flushes. He also warns of the dangers of not having your colon properly cleansed before and after – this, and not carrying out the consecutive flushes necessary, could cause more health problems than not performing the flush at all. He states that 6-8 flushes may be necessary to get rid of the stones, and that flushes should then be performed twice a year to avoid further build up of stones.

It is also important to change your diet so that no further stones are formed, and so that your liver can have the tools it needs to help you recover from MS. Please read the diet page for further information. Recovering from MS involves changing the way you live – for more information please explore this blog, which is a comprehensive guide to managing and stabilising your MS. You may also find the bibliography useful.

Finally I apologize for any underlined links, these are not my own, but I can’t seem to remove them! If any bold links lead you to advertisement, you can find the pages I meant to link in the blog’s menu.

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Oxygen – are you getting enough?

Now a days, if you live in a city; the answer is no. Have you noticed how pure the air you breathe feels in the countryside or by the sea? It is quite different to the air we are used to breathing in the city. Of the city air we breathe in, only about 30% is oxygen. Oxygen makes up 80% of our bodies so it is extremely important. Not only does it lift your mood, but it is needed in every aspect of your body’s functioning, including the nervous system, to keep you healthy. How can we city-dwellers get more oxygen? Here are a few of our options:

HBO (Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy) can help, during which you breathe about 90% pure oxygen and this is good for everyone!

Learn to breathe correctly – most of us use only a third of our lungs’ capacity when breathing. A good way to improve your breathing is by doing exercise such as swimming where you need to breathe harder. Practicing  yoga and meditation will also help you learn to breathe correctly, as well as de-stressing you in the process.

Pranayama breathing practices can teach you to breathe correctly. We should inhale through our nostrils, expanding our belly and then chest and then exhale with the mouth, as our chest and belly relax. Exhalation should last twice as long as inhalation – but this should not be forced, and will be perfected with pranayama breathing exercises. The body has been breathing wrongly for too long to just change it suddenly. It is a gradual yet extremely worthwhile process. I have started practicing these breathing exercises during yoga first thing in the morning.

According to Stancak A jr, alternating breathing through the left and right nostril can influence our brain activity. Wood C. Mood wrote that we can also use such exercises to make ourselves feel more alert, enthusiastic and to improve our overall mood.

“Breathing through the left nostril stimulates the right brain hemisphere and intensifies the functions of the parasympathetic nervous system. This is connected with a slowing-down of the heart rate and consequently greater stroke volume of the heart (greater amount of blood is pressed out of the heart per beat, as a consequence of lower heart rate)”

“Breathing through the right nostril stimulates the left brain hemisphere and the sympathetic nervous system. This results in accelerated heart rate, higher blood pressure, greater consumption of oxygen by the body cells and constriction of the blood vessels of the skin, thus preserving body temperature (which explains how some yogis can be totally oblivious to extreme weather conditions).”

The benefits of breathing correctly are overwhelmingly important, a few of which are:

Strengthening of the heart and lungs, through quicker blood flow towards them

Strengthening of the nervous system and supplying it with more oxygen

Increased brain function and clarity

Significant reduction of the quantity of free radicals in the system

Reducing the number of asthma attacks in asthmatics as well as reducing the dosage of anti-asthmatic drugs needed

Lowering the intensity of shortness of breath in chronic bronchitis

Conserving energy

Adapt better to cold and heat

Once we have mastered Pranayama we can move onto Kumbhaka which involves holding your breath. It has been discovered that, when practiced correctly, Kumbhaka can reduce the body’s metabolic processes and thus its oxygen consumption. With this practice we can influence the parasympathetic nervous system lowering both heart rate and blood pressure. (Bhargava R, Gogate MG, Mascarenhas JF.)

Now that I am practicing pranayama with yoga, am I enjoying the yoga postures so much more. I find it helps to imagine I am breathing in sea air, it reminds me of la Manzanilla, a Mexican beach I used to wake up and do yoga on, bliss! I inhale and exhale as the sea ebbs and flows. I also keep finding myself breathing properly during the day – unconsciously. It just feels better. I am so sure that it is doing me good. So come on people, let’s get breathing correctly!

                                                                                                           I often find myself daydreaming about la Manzanilla…