Sunday, May 24, 2015

Liver/gallbladder flush protocol

The liver/gallbladder flush is one of the most powerful ways to your cleanse you body, improve energy levels and regain your health and vitality. Gallstones severely disrupt the performance of the liver, which has over 500 functions. Getting rid of these stones is one of the most important steps you can take to rejuvenate your body, reverse or slow down the aging process and heal your body on a profound level, not only physically but emotionally and mentally too.  By doing a liver flush we can safely remove hundreds of stones at a time. It may take upto 8 - 12 flushes, or even more in special cases until your liver is completely free from gallstones. Once you have done two consecutive flushes with no stones coming out you can be sure your liver is clear of gallstones and will be working at optimum capacity! After that, it is recommended that you do a liver flush every 6 months or so for general maintenance. Once you start liver flushing it is advised that you keep you flushing at regular intervals. Every 3 - 4 weeks is ideal.

The liver/gallbladder flush requires 6 days of preparation, and one day of rest.

Here's what you will need....

  • Apple juice - Six 1 liter (32oz) containers 
  • Epsom salts - 4 tablespoons
  • Olive oil (cold pressed, organic) - 200ml
  • Fresh grapefuits,lemons or oranges - 200ml
  • An enema bag (optional but highly recommended 
For 6 days drink 1 liter of apple juice. You may drink more than that if you want to. The malic acid in the apple juice softens the gallstones and makes their passage through the bile ducts easy. The apple juice has a strong cleansing effect. Drink the apple juice throughout the day and not all at once. You may eat as many apples as you like during the cleanse too. Note: If you can't tolerate apple juice because of the high sugar content apple cider vinegar works well too. Braggs is good. 4oz of apple cider vinegar per day has the equivelant malic acid content to1 liter of apple juice per day. So, altogether you would drink 24oz (680ml) of apple cider vinegar throughout the 6 days preperation.

Dietary recommendations....
Eat a vegan diet void of any animal products (meat, eggs, milk, fish, cheese etc) and avoid any fried foods. You may eat normal meals but keep it as light as possible and try not to overeat. The better you prepare the more effective the flush will be and you will produce better results. It is best to avoid fat during the preparation for this cleanse as this will build up more pressure in the liver. Avoid any medications or supplements during this cleanse unless they are absolutely necessary. 

Colon Cleansing....
Make sure that you cleanse your colon before and after you do a liver cleanse. Having regular bowel movements is not necessarily an indication that your bowel is unobstructed. Colon cleansing, either done a few days before or, ideally, on the sixth day of preparation, helps to avoid or minimize any discomfort or nausea that may arise during the actual liver flush. It prevents back-flushing of the oil mixture or waste products from the intestinal tract. It also assists the body in swiftly eliminating the gallstones. Colonic irrigation (colon hydrotherapy) is the fastest and easiest method to prepare the colon for the liver cleanse. I advise to do an enema every morning for 6 days prior to the actual flush. This will ensure that you colon is in tip top shape before partaking in the flush. If your colon isn't clean and you have too much impacted fecal matter in there, gallstones may get trapped on their way out and lead to more discomfort. 

On the day of the flush (day 6) what you eat is VERY IMPORTANT. Eat a light breakfast. A juice or smoothie is ideal then for lunch you may have more fruit, a salad or some basmati rice with steamed vegetables. It is super important to to eat ANY FAT. No butter, no eggs, no avocados, no nuts, no seeds, no oils. 


The Actual Cleanse Evening 
6:00PM: Add four tablespoons of Epsom salts (magnesium sulfate) to three 8oz. glasses of filtered water in a jar. This makes four servings, ¾ glass each. Drink your first portion now. You may take a few sips of water afterwards to get rid of the bitter taste in the mouth or add a little lemon juice to improve the taste. Some people drink it with a large plastic straw to bypass the taste buds on the tongue. It is also helpful to brush your teeth afterwards or rinse out the mouth with baking soda. One of the main actions of Epsom salt is to dilate (widen) the bile ducts, making it easy for the stones to pass. Moreover, it clears out waste that may obstruct the release of the stones. 

8:00PM: Drink your second serving (¾ glass) of Epsom salts. 9:30PM: If you have not had a bowel movement until now and not done a colon cleanse within 24 hours, take a water enema; this will trigger a series of bowel movements.12 

9:45PM: Thoroughly wash the grapefruits (or lemons and oranges). Squeeze them by hand and remove pulp. You will need ¾ glass of juice. Pour the juice and ½ glass of olive oil into the pint jar. Close the jar tightly and shake hard, about 20 times or until the solution is watery. Ideally, you should drink this mixture at 10:00PM, but if you feel you still need to visit the bathroom a few more times, you may delay this step for up to 10 minutes. 

10:00PM: Stand next to your bed (do not sit down) and drink the concoction, if possible, straight. Some people prefer to drink it through a large plastic straw. If necessary, take a little honey between sips, which helps chase down the mixture. Most people, though, have no problem drinking it straight. Do not take more than 5 minutes for this (only elderly or weak people may take longer). LIE DOWN STRAIGHT AWAY! This is essential for helping to release the gallstones! Turn off the lights and lie flat on your back with 1-2 pillows propping you up. Your head should be higher than the abdomen. If this is uncomfortable lie on your right side with your knees pulled towards your head. Lie perfectly still for at least 20 minutes and try not to speak! Put your attention on your liver. You may even feel the stones traveling along the bile ducts like marbles. There won’t be any pain because the magnesium in the Epsom salts keeps the bile duct valves wide open and relaxed, and the bile that is excreted along with the stones keeps the bile ducts well lubricated (this is very different in the case of a gallbladder attack where magnesium and bile are not present). Go to sleep if you can. If at any time during the night you feel the urge to have a bowel movement, do so. Check if there are already small gallstones (pea green or tan colored ones) floating in the toilet. You may feel nauseous during the night and/or in the early morning hours. This is mostly due to a strong, sudden outpouring of gallstones and toxins from the liver and gallbladder, pushing the oil mixture back into the stomach. The nausea will pass as the morning progresses. 

The Following Morning 
6:00-6:30AM: Upon awakening, but not before 6am, drink your third ¾ glass of Epsom salts (if you feel very thirsty drink a glass of warm water before taking the salts). Rest, read or meditate. If you are very sleepy, you may go back to bed, although it is best if the body stays in the upright position. Most people feel absolutely fine and prefer to do some light exercises, such as Yoga.

 8:00-8:30AM: Drink your fourth and last ¾ glass of Epsom salts.

10:30AM: You may drink freshly pressed fruit juice at this time. One half-hour later you may eat one or two pieces of fresh fruit. One hour later you may eat regular (but light) food. By the evening or the next morning you should be back to normal, and feel the first signs of improvement. Continue to eat light meals during the following days. Remember, your liver and gallbladder underwent major surgery, albeit without harmful side effects. The Results You Can Expect During the morning and, perhaps, afternoon hours after the cleanse you will have a number of watery bowel movements. These initially consist of gallstones mixed with food residue, and then just stones mixed with water. Most of the gallstones are pea-green and float in the toilet because they contain bile compounds . The stones come in different shades of green and may be brightcolored and shiny like gemstones. Only bile from the liver can cause the green color. Gallstones can come in all sizes, colors and shapes. The light colored stones are the newest. Blackish stones are the oldest. Some are pea-sized or smaller, and others are as big as two or three centimeters in diameter (about 1 inch). There may be dozens and, sometimes, even hundreds of stones (of different sizes and colors) coming out at once Also watch out for tan-colored and white stones. Some of the larger tan-colored or white stones may sink to the bottom with the stool. They are calcified gallstones that were released from the gallbladder and contain heavier toxic substances with only small amounts of cholesterol  All the green and yellowish stones are as soft as putty, thanks to the action of the apple juice. You may also find a layer of white or tan-colored chaff or ‘foam’ floating in the toilet. The foam consists of millions of tiny white, sharp-edged cholesterol crystals, which can easily rupture small bile ducts. They are equally important to release. Try to make a rough estimate of how many stones you have eliminated. To permanently cure bursitis, back pain, allergies or other health problems, and to prevent diseases from arising, you need to remove all the stones. This may require at least six cleanses which can be performed at two to three-week or monthly intervals (do not cleanse more frequently than that). If you cannot cleanse this often, you may take more time between cleanses. The important thing to remember is that once you have started cleansing the liver, keep cleansing it until no more stones come out. Leaving it half clean for a long period of time (three or more months) can cause greater discomfort than not cleansing it at all.

The liver, as a whole, will begin to function more efficiently soon after the first cleanse and you may notice sudden improvements, sometimes within a few hours. Pains will lessen, energy will increase and clarity of mind will improve considerably. However, within a few days, stones from the rear of the liver will have traveled ‘forward’ towards the two main bile ducts exiting the liver, which may cause some of the previous symptoms of discomfort to return. In fact, you might feel disappointed because the recovery seems so short-lived. But all of this shows that there are still stones left behind, ready to be removed with the next round of cleansing. Nevertheless, the liver’s self-repair and cleansing responses will have increased significantly, adding a great deal of effectiveness to this very important organ of the body. As long as there are still a few small stones moving from some of the thousands of small bile ducts towards the hundreds of larger bile ducts, they may combine to form larger stones and produce previously experienced symptoms, such as backache, headache, ear ache,  digestive trouble, bloating, irritability, anger, etc., although these may be less severe than they were before. If a new cleanse no longer produces any stones, which usually happens after 6-8 cleanses (in severe cases it may take more than 10-12), your liver can considered to be in excellent condition. Still, it is recommended to repeat the liver cleanse every six months. Each cleanse will give a further boost to the liver and take care of any toxins that may have accumulated in the meanwhile. Note: Never cleanse when you are a suffering an acute illness, even if it is just a simple cold. If you suffer from a chronic illness, however, cleansing your liver may be the best thing you can do for yourself. 

Here are some extra videos to get you started. HAPPY FLUSHING FOLKS!

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Ohhhhh Nooooni. The smelliest superfood on the planet.

NONI NONI NONI! Ahhhh. I have a strange relationship
with this little fruit. Noni came into my life earlier this year when I was living in Costa Rica. I had heard a lot about it and read a couple of things online about it but I never really knew what all the hype was about. I was bemused by its shape.The fruit itself looks like a dinosaur egg or some kinda of extraterrestrial embryo. As soon as I picked it up its strong pungent odor hit my nose. It smells like rotten blue cheese. It is a powerful smell, almost like parmesan, but stronger. I have always disliked the smell of cheese, in particular moldy blue cheese so the thought of eating it was a challenge!

So....I decided to blend some up in the blender with a little coconut water. Some people like to ferment it in jars for upto a few months and I actually started to ferment some of my own however my first taste of noni was a really soft and ripe fresh one. WOOOOOOOOOO! The taste was so powerful! I immediately felt a buzz and a huge surge of energy went through my body. I felt lighter...and really bouncy. It turns out that noni fruit is one of the world's most powerful superfoods and is jam packed full of good things. Research has been done to show that it is full of vitamins C, E, B1, B2, B6, B12 and very rich in organic minerals like zinc, mangnesium and iron. Native to Polynesia and having a history of over 2,000 years noni provides a whole array of amazing health benefits ranging from anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties. It is known to have great skin care benefits. It's high selenium content helps to preserve skin's elasticity slowing the aging process. Noni is also said to be a powerful adaptogen helping to balance our immune system whether it be deficient or excessive.

I felt fortunate to be living and working right next to numerous noni trees. My fermentation project went really well and I can tell you that fermented noni juice is a lot more palatable than fresh noni! You can also utilize the leaves of the noni tree to make noni leaf tea. You pick the leaves, leave them out in the sun to dry then crunch them up.

Here's a little youtube video with more noni knowledge.....

I love superfoods. We are so blessed on this planet with the incredible amount of foods we have to enjoy and experience. For every ailment there is a plant to cure it. I sure could feel the power of noni after drinking it. You are literally buzzin all day and it gives you so much energy, even if you just have a little shot. It's not that palatable at first, but once you get used to the pungent cheesy smell it's fine! If someone who hates cheese can drink it then i'm sure you could! Actually, I know people who make a raw blue cheese with the noni. It never tried it but i'm sure its delicious and nutritious. There are many noni products out there on the market. I was fortunate enough to consume fresh local noni. If you are interested in trying this fruit then i'd suggest looking for a good brand and make sure there is any nasty additives or sugar added in there.

See you soon. 
Much love, Ry x