By Dr. Suzette Lanzarotta
The liver cleanse can also be seen as a system cleanse, this cleanse is designed to clear the liver and system of toxins. People often lose weight on this cleanse which results in the release of stored toxins from the loss of body fat.
A liver cleanse is often preceded with a colon cleanse (in some cases the cleanse protocol includes a colon cleanse in the first stage of the cleanse). It is important that the colon is working well to remove toxins as they are flushed from the liver and body. One does not want the toxins backing-up into the blood stream. If you do not have a good bowel movement EVERY DAY you should consider a colon cleanse before you start a liver cleanse. As a precaution, if you are not being supervised by a practitioner during your cleanse, it is probably a good idea to do a colon cleanse first.
The liver cleanse is designed to take 21 days. During the liver cleanse, it is advisable to use a product that facilitates the eliminatory process. You can review products on the Detox section of the Natural Medicine Store
Drink Enough Water
Drinking enough water is critical to the success of the cleanse. Water is the most important flushing mechanism in the cleanse. You should drink the equivalent of half your body in ounces of water. That means if your weight 200lbs, you should drink 100 oz. of water. This is not juice, tea, mineral water. it is simply pure filtered water.
Foods to Avoid
First of all, this is a cleanse, so remove all the pocesses and foods. Eat good whole grains foods and fresh fruits and vegetables. If possible, eat organic and eat foods that are as minimally processed as possible.
These foods should be avoided during a liver cleanse because many of them are common allergens or they contain unwanted substances, such as pesticides or chemicals from processing
- Milk and all other dairy products
- Soy milk and soy foods
- All gluten containing foods like wheat, rye, oats, and barley
- Tomatoes and corn
- Beef, pork, cold cuts, bacon, hot dogs, canned meat, sausage, shellfish
- Foods high in fats and oils, such as peanuts, refined oils, margarine, and shortening
- These items should be avoided because they are hard on the liver, and this is a time to lessen the burden on the liver so it can be properly cleansed.
- Caffeine – including coffee, black teas, and sodas
- All sodas and fruit drinks, which are high in refined sugars
- Desserts and all processed foods high in sugars
The good news is that everything not listed above is OK. If you think about it you will see it is quite a lot. It isalways useful to think about what is OK and to do some menu planning.
Ideally, when you are done with the cleanse, you should reintroduce food groups back into your diet one at a time every three days. I advise that you chose the one you are missing the most first, for example, dairy. After three more days, add another food group back, for example wheat.
Think About Supervision
As you can see, this is a process that can include some complexity, which is why working with a knowledgeable practitioner is often best, especially if you are new to detoxing.