Oh, you haven’t? Really?!
Well, I’m surprised, seeing as so many raw gurus and alternative health educators advocate it as a way to detox the liver and gallbladder.
Lucky for you, I’m not one of those.
And today, I want to talk about why. But first…
What is a Liver Flush?
Similar to the overrated Master Cleanse Diet, a liver flush consists of drinking a nauseating liquid – a mixture of olive oil and lemon juice.
The full regimen looks like this:
- Drink two glasses of apple juice (organic is recommended) every two hours for two days. Eat nothing but raw fruits and vegetables in between.
- At the end of the two days, ingest 1-2 Epsom salt tablets dissolved in water.
- Follow the salt water with half a cup of olive oil and lemon juice before bed.
Yes, it is gross! But many people believe that drinking this disgusting concoction has amazing health benefits and is great for detoxing and cleansing the body.
Not only that, but the flush can actually remove harmful stones from your gallbladder and liver…stones that you might not even know are there!
The lemon juice serves to release the stones, the salt relaxes the muscles and allows room for stones to pass, and the oil causes the gallbladder to contract and push out the stones.
No, not really. Didn’t you read the title of this article?
But What About All Those Pictures of Stones People Post on the Internet?!
You mean like these?
These are nothing more than semi-solid balls made up of oil and acid. In other words, they’re nothing but a mixture of the olive oil and lemon juice that you drank the night before!
These “stones” will melt if left out in the heat. True calcified stones from your body will not melt.
This is why many people keep their “stones” from a liver flush in the freezer. Although why you would want to keep them at all is lost on me.
Certainly a conversation starter, I’m sure!
The Truth About Liver Flushes
The truth is that liver flushes are useless.
Yes, it’s true that many people do suffer from gallstones (it’s estimated that about 10% of US citizens over 40 have them). But many of these stones are small enough to pass on their own and the ones that are too large must be surgically removed.
All the flush really does is inundate your body with salt and fat. And I mean LOTS of fat! We’re talkin’ a full 1/2 cup of olive oil, which is almost 1000 calories of pure 100% fat!
And actually, if you do have gallstones that are too large to pass, a liver flush may be the last thing that you want to do. The large amounts of oil actually does make the gallbladder contract, which can cause a stone to pass. If the stone is large enough, it can get stuck in the narrow cystic duct that leads out of the gallbladder, requiring immediate surgery to remove it.
And as far as detoxing the body, please. You can do that by simply eating a healthy raw vegan diet of fruits and vegetables.
Speaking of fruits and veggies…
How to Have a Healthy and Happy Liver
You don’t have to down nauseating liquids in order to detox, improve the health of your liver and gallbladder, and avoid gallstones. You simply need to do the things that bring about a healthy body and avoid the practices that don’t.
Namely, this means consuming a healthy diet of fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds and avoiding alcohol, drugs, cigarettes, sodas, animal products, and processed foods.
NOTE: If you DO have gallstones and they are too big for your body to pass, please see a doctor immediately! No amount of fresh fruit and veggies will help you here.
Go raw and be fit,