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What is a Liver Cleanse?

Fenugreek is a spice used in cooking and a dietary supplement.
Epsom salts are part of a traditional liver cleanse.
Liver cleansing detoxifies and heals a person's liver.
Olive oil, which is often used during a liver cleanse.
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A liver cleanse is a formulated procedure for cleansing, detoxifying and healing your liver. The cells of the liver are reproduced every six weeks so with a little help from periodic fasting and cleansing, it is one organ that can be kept functioning at optimal capacity. Liver cleansing will improve your overall health and significantly increase your entire body’s performance.

As with any organ cleanse, it is important to begin with the colon. If the colon is not previously flushed, waste will back up and enter the bloodstream. This recycling can cause extreme nausea and illness. In order for the productive liver cleanse, the blood coming through the liver should be as clean and clear of toxins as possible. Many health practitioners also recommend a kidney and parasite cleanse prior to starting a liver cleanse as well.

Liver detoxification is important even for the most health-conscious. As the primary filter for the entire body, chemicals, cholesterol deposits, fats, gallstones, metals and other toxic materials constantly compromise our liver. If the liver is functioning at an optimal level, these toxins will be transformed into harmless substances that can be easily flushed from the system.

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The result of a healthy, nourished liver improves digestion and regularity. It also increases energy, decreases sensitivity to allergens and significantly enhances your overall body’s health and state of well-being. Amazingly, shoulder, upper arm and upper back pain can also be relieved through a liver cleanse. A compromised liver results in fatigue, weight gain including water retention, and compromises the functioning of every other organ.

The most traditional home remedy for a liver cleanse is fresh organic apple juice, Epsom salts, olive oil and lemon juice. The procedure takes two days to complete. During that time, apple juice is consumed every two hours, except during sleep. Simple fruits and vegetables are the only foods that should be eaten during this time.

At the end of the two-day juice fast, two tablespoons (30 ml) of Epsom salts in water should be taken. This should be done immediately before bed. The Epsom salts should be followed by a half of a cup (120 ml) of organic, cold-pressed olive oil with lemon juice. During the night or by morning, the liver cleansing will begin. You should continue to rest and be easy until the entire process is complete.

The combination of the malic acid in the apples working as a solvent, the Epsom salts relaxing and dilating the bile ducts and the stimulant effect of the olive oil on the bile duct as well as the gallbladder makes this liver cleanse most efficient. It is also important to note that the malic acid will dissolve and soften gallstones and allow them to pass easily. Consequently, most discover an additional benefit with the significant elimination of gallstones.

It is important to be aware that with the significant amount of oil being taken, gallstones can be released and become lodged in the gallbladder canal. This is a serious consequence and may require emergency surgery. Though this is rare, as with any powerful home remedy, it should be done under the supervision of a trained health practitioner.

Another milder, easier liver cleanse recipe can be found in a liver flush. A common recipe is one teaspoon (5 ml) organic, cold-pressed olive oil, the juice of one lemon and the juice of two oranges. This is to be taken first thing in the morning upon rising. Then wait a half an hour, prepare, and drink a hot tea of one teaspoon (5 ml) fennel and one teaspoon (5 ml) fenugreek. The results are still impressive; however it is much easier on the system and you can continue with your regular daily activities.

The standard recommendation for liver detoxification is twice a year. They are considered safe and effective. Some people do experience a couple days of nausea and ill-health after a liver cleanse as the toxins continue to flush. However, once the process is complete, you will feel exceptionally clear, fresh and rested.

It is advisable to follow up with probiotics to replenish and nourish the system. Most agree that more intense programs, such as with a liver cleanse, should be practice by younger people. Then as we age, we can cut back on cleanses and replace them by focusing on nourishing the system.

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