After over 10 years as a Holistic Practitioner and over 7 years as a Colon Hydrotherapist I believe that the liver and gallbladder flush is one of the most important things that you can put in practice to upgrade and maintain your health. Ridding the liver and gallbladder of gallstones and bile is an extremely powerful physical modality which has far reaching emotional, mental and even profound spiritual effects. It is an approach that no matter where you are in your health journey I encourage people to incorporate.
But first DO YOUR RESEARCH!
Many times throughout my years in practice I come across various forms of cleansing, detoxing or healing that follows a specific set of instructions or a certain way of approaching the modality or method. Sometimes I will agree 100%, sometimes I will agree with the protocol maybe 50% and sometimes not at all. For the last two, I will then usually create my own protocol for myself, my family, friends and clients to use that I feel will perform and support the body or the intended outcome more fully - or at least in a way that I can put my name and my reputation on the outcome.
With the Andreas Moritz Protocol for Liver and Gallbladder Flush, which I will be summarizing here, I 100% agree with everything that he has produced and put out. There is no reason for me to reinvent the wheel in this case. There are many other Liver and Gallbladder Flush Protocols out there that are not as strict, have less of a ramp up period, a different dilation protocol, or a different flush catalyst. Those are all fine and good and you are welcome to follow any of those, as most of them will work on some level. However I agree with the longer preparation period, which in this protocol is 6 days, and I agree with the exact flush protocol.
I can only say that I wish that I had known about the Andreas Moritz Liver & Gallbladder Flush Protocol and added it to my self-healing "tool-box" years before I did. But for you, I say you need to do your own research. Find out what works for you. Don't just take my word for it. Go to the Internet, Youtube, talk to people, research and read books. Specifically I recommend that you read The Amazing Liver and Gallbladder Flush by Andreas Moritz.
Doing a Liver Flush can be intense physically. It can be very intense emotionally, as the liver is where many of the lower vibrational emotions are stored - like anger, self-depreciation, jealousy, the need to lash out, etc. You need to make sure that you understand what you are doing and why you are doing it. There can absolutely be side effects - cramping, excessive pooping, headaches, mood swings, vomiting, nausea, liver and gallbladder pain, etc. Educate yourself so that you are able to be present with any symptoms that you might have and then move through the process. Read the book which will give you a solid understanding of not just how do flush the liver and gallbladder but why you even should be incorporating this as part of your health regimen. The book also provides many details on contraindications to flushing that I highly recommend that everyone review.
I also believe that Flushing is something that should be done about once a month. The benefits are amazing. So below I have compiled a summary of the Andreas Moritz Protocol, along with some of my own personal comments.
Here are some helpful links as well:
This is an Andrea Moritz Protocol Facebook Group. https://www.facebook.com/groups/516214461895539/
I highly recommend that you join and read about the experiences that others have had. There is some real depth of experience in this group. They pretty much stick with the Andreas Protocol in recommendations, but nothing substitutes you doing your own reading and your own educating rather than just asking questions. In this group you can find hundreds of testimonials, pictures, protocol alternatives and questions of those who have gone before you. For those interested it is a great resource.
There is a link to a FREE .pdf of the Andreas Moritz book The Amazing Liver and Gallbladder Flush in the files section of the above linked Facebook group. Once you join you will have access to the link. Alternatively you can purchase the book on Amazon here: https://www.amazon.com/Amazing-Liver-Gallbladder-Flush/dp/0984595449/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1487781525&sr=8-1&keywords=andreas+moritz+the+amazing+liver+and+gallbladder+flush
LIVER & GALLBLADDER FLUSH PROTOCOL THAT I FOLLOW:
There is a 6 day preparation period which is followed by about a day (anywhere from 16 to 24 hours) of actual cleansing.
To remove gallstones, you will need the following items:
32oz of Apple Juice per day for 6 days
4 Tbsp Epsom salts (magnesium sulfate)
4 oz of Organic, cold pressed extra virgin olive oil
6 oz of Grapefruit, orange or lemon juice
6 Days of Preparation:
Drink 32 oz of organic apple juice throughout the day for 6 days prior to your flush. The malic acid softens the gallstones and makes their journey through the bile ducts easy. During your preparation week try to avoid foods made from animal products like meats and dairy products and fried foods. Make sure that you are drinking plenty of water and staying very well hydrated as being in a state of dehydration can render your flush ineffective. Avoid taking any medications or supplements that are not necessary while doing your flush.
It is of the upmost importance that you cleanse the colon before and after you do a liver flush. This can help avoid nausea as well as making sure that any stones and bile has an unobstructed path to be eliminated from the body. It is also beneficial if you do a kidney cleanse before doing your flush in order to open up the body's elimination routes, but not necessary to the effectiveness of the flush itself.
Most people plan to do the flush on the weekend when there is the opportunity to stay home. Plan ahead and give yourself the time you need to get through the process.
On the day of the flush drink all 32 oz of your apple juice in the morning. Eat a light, plain, unprocessed breakfast or lunch - fruits, oatmeal, quinoa, steamed vegetables, rice, etc. On the flush stay away from all processed sugars and sweeteners, dairy, oils, butter, eggs, meats, nuts, wheat, pastries, etc. Do not eat any fats or protein foods as these can make you feel very ill during the actual flush.
Do not eat or drink anything except for water after 1:30 pm on the day of your flush. Follow the flush schedule below:
6:00 PM - Mix four tablespoons of Epsom salt to 24 oz. of filtered water in a mason jar. This mix is four 6 oz servings which will be consumed during your flush. Drink your first 6 oz. portion now. Make sure to take all 6 oz of each serving as one of the main actions of the Epsom salt during a Liver flush is to relax and dilate the bile ducts as well as the sphincter of Oddi (muscular valve that controls the flow of digestive juices), making it easy for stones to pass. As you will discover very quickly, the Epsom salt mixture also helps clear out waste that may obstruct the release of the bile and stones being released.
[Lori's Tip: You may find it easier to take the Epsom salt mixture by using a large smoothie straw to bypass the taste buds on your tongue. You also may need to rinse out the mouth afterwards with a bit of water, or add fresh squeezed lemon juice or apple or citrus juice to make the Epsom salt mixture more palatable. Either way just know that this is part of the process and it is in no way going to be yummy. And at this point you will want to be sure that you do not leave the house for the next 24 hours due to needing to be near the bathroom. ]
8:00 PM - Drink your second 6 oz. serving of the Epsom salt Mixture.
9:30 PM - Congestion in the colon can prevent the proper opening of the gallbladder and definitely reduce the flush's effectiveness so if you have not had at least one bowel movement by this point and you have not done a colon cleanse within the past 36 hours, do a water enema to stimulate peristalsis in the colon and remove waste blockages in the lower colon.
9:45 PM - Prepare 6 oz of fresh grapefruit, lemon, or orange juice. Squeeze or juice them by hand and remove the pulp. Pour the juice and 4 oz of organic cold pressed olive oil into a glass mason jar and close the lid.
10:00 PM - Standing next to your bed, not sitting, shake the oil/citrus mixture until blended well and immediately drink the olive oil/citrus juice mixture down. Even though this mixture is absolutely awful to take in it is really best not to take more than 5 minutes to drink it.
[Lori's Tip: I, personally, have to use the large thick smoothie straws, hold my breath and drink it down. Some people prefer to take a little honey between sips and say that helps. However you choose to do it I can promise it is not fun. Be a trooper and down your drink :) ]
Lie Down Immediately after consuming the oil mixture! This is 100% necessary for helping to release the gallstones. You need to lie on your back with your head propped up on pillows or lie on your right side with your knees pulled toward your head. Either way you choose, be sure to keep your head elevated above your abdomen. Lie perfectly still in the bed for at least 20 minutes without moving. You want to use all available energy and focus in the body on releasing the stones.
After the first crucial 20 minutes you can go into your normal sleeping position, however, do try to avoid sleeping on your stomach during your flush. It is best to remain in bed from this point, but if you feel the urge to have a bowel movement do so and then return to bed.
[Lori's Tip: I do find it beneficial to place a cloth soaked in castor oil over the liver area at this time, it is definitely not necessary but many people, as well as myself, have found this to be very beneficial in the process. ]
You may feel the stones traveling along the bile ducts as you lie still in bed. There won't be any pain as you have consumed the magnesium in the Epsom salt which works to keep the bile duct valves open, relaxed and well lubricated. The sudden outpouring of gallstones and toxins from the liver and gallbladder, not cleaning out the colon before hand or a stomach low in hydrochloric acid can all be causes for nausea or a vomiting episode during the night - taking 2 tsp. of apple cider vinegar in a small amount of water may help to stop the nausea.
6:00 to 6:30 AM The Following Morning: Once you get up it is best to remain in an upright position. Drink a glass of warm or room temperature water and then drink your 3rd portion of your Epsom salt mixture.
8:00 to 8:30 AM - Drink your 4th and final portion of Epsom salt.
10:00 to 10:30 AM - Begin easing off of your cleanse by drinking some fresh juice at this time. 30 minutes after consuming the juice you may eat some fresh fruit.
11:30AM to 12:00 PM - You may resume eating regular foods, preferably light vegetarian foods, but it is very important not to over eat and stress the digestive system.
Continue to eat light and easily digestible meals for the next 48 hours. Remember that your liver and gallbladder have gone through a majorly intense protocol and you really need to be mindful and be kind to your body as it readjusts from your cleanse.
You can expect that you may feel tired during the 24 to 48 hours after your flush.
You may still have watery bowel movements which will consist of gallstones mixed with bile, fecal matter and cellular waste from the colon. Most gallstones are green or tan colored and float in the water after bowel movements because they contain fatty bile components, but can really come in many sizes, colors and shapes due to the varied percentages of bile pigments found in each stone. The light colored stones are the newest and the darker stones are the oldest. Calcified stones, which can be larger tan or white in color, may sink to the bottom of the bowl. These can be calcified stones that were released from the gallbladder or the liver and contain heavier mineral substances and calcified crystals and only small amounts of bile fats. You may also find a layer of white or tan colored 'foam' floating in the toilet, this consists of millions of tiny white, sharp-edged cholesterol crystals which are equally important to release. It is also common to see parasites and worms released during a flush. Bottom line though, don't freak out, don't overreact and don't spend days trying to diagnose yourself with something from the dark side of Youtube! You are okay, and it is better to release these things than hold them in!
Colon Cleanse: Remember to cleanse the colon on the 2nd or 3rd day after each liver flush. You do not want gallstones and bile which are loaded with toxins to remain in the colon and be reabsorbed into the body. Any gallbladder or liver stones that are remaining in the colon can cause toxemia in the body along with headaches, bloating, loss of appetite, acne, mood swings, etc.
Flushes can be performed at 3 or 4 week intervals and usually 8 to 12 flushes are required before all stones are removed. However, in the case of people who have a history of parasite, autoimmune, drug or alcohol abuse, vaccinations, unhealthy diet and lifestyle or other severe illness many more than 12 flushes may be necessary. You will know you are done when you have no stones expelled during two consecutive flushes.
IMPORTANT NOTE: This protocol summary is the method that I personally follow when doing a gallbladder and liver flush and is adapted from the book 'The Amazing Liver and Gallbladder Flush' by Andreas Moritz. This post is in no way a substitution for reading the book as the book provides a complete and full understanding of why you should flush, how to do it, contraindications to flushing, symptoms and reactions as well as more detailed instructions and substitutions to ingredients that I use. As stated above my recommendation is to read the book and to join the Facebook support group at https://m.facebook.com/groups/516214461895539?view=permalink&id=545254428991542 for any questions that you may still have and for the comfort of having the support of others doing this flush protocol as well.
This post is not to be taken as medical advice or to diagnose, treat or prescribe any treatment or protocol. You are responsible for your own health journey, your own actions and your own education.