How to Cleanse Your Liver at Home

Updated on December 26, 2017
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Alexis is a freelance writer who specializes in healthcare and wellness.

CT scan showing the anterior surface of the liver.
CT scan showing the anterior surface of the liver. | Source

A liver cleanse maintains and optimizes the functions of the liver, and is helpful to remove gallstones, improve digestion, alleviate allergies, boost energy level, and alleviate upper back and shoulder pain.

Some natural health practitioners argue that liver cleanses are crucial to long-term health, and that a congested liver is the reason behind many ailments such as yeast infection and acne. In the article below, I will go over a helpful procedure that will allow you to cleanse your liver.

It is important to note there are no scientific studies that validate these claims.

Function of the Liver

The liver is the largest solid organ and gland in the body. This organ is unique because it not only performs various organ functions, but secretes bile that breaks down fats in the body. Some of the other functions of the liver include:

  • Production of urea
  • Conversion of glucose to glycogen
  • Creation of amino acids
  • Storage of vitamins A,D,K, B12, and minerals
  • Maintenance of blood sugar level
  • Filtration of harmful substances from the blood (such as alcohol, medications, and pollutants)

As you can imagine, the liver works hard day in and day out. A liver cleanse helps your liver work more effectively by giving it a momentary break. It helps to think of your liver as a filter that needs to be cleaned from time to time.

How to Cleanse the Liver

The first thing you want to do before a liver cleanse is prepare. For three days prior to the cleanse, eat small meals consisting of raw vegetables and/or fruit. Drink fresh apple juice throughout the day for these three days. The pectin in apple juice helps to flatten and soften any gallstones you may have, allowing for passage through the bile ducts.

Next, you will want to gather these ingredients:

  • 1 cup of olive oil
  • 1 fresh grapefruit
  • 3 cups of fresh grapefruit juice
  • 4 tablespoons of Epsom salt

Choose a day when you are completely free and are feeling well to start the cleanse. This could be any weekend or on your off from work. Avoid taking medications on the day you choose to perform the cleanse, and eat a light breakfast of fresh fruit. You cannot eat four hours before the beginning the liver cleanse. The process generally takes thirteen hours.

Cleansing Your Liver

  1. Mix Epsom salt with grapefruit juice, making a total of four servings.
  2. Immediately drink your first serving, and drink the second serving in two hours.
  3. Two hours after drinking the mixture, squeeze fresh grapefruit juice into a glass, making a half cup.
  4. Remove the pulp, add olive oil, and shake the mixture until it has a watery consistency.
  5. Drink the mixture and immediately lie down and go to sleep. (Note: Lying down helps the oil penetrate the gall bladder and liver. The oil will temporarily and harmlessly overload the organs, causing the reaction that will later expel any stones.)
  6. When you wake in the morning, immediately drink the third serving of the grapefruit/Epsom salt mix.
  7. After two hours drink the final serving of the mixture.
  8. After another two hours, you can resume eating fresh fruit and vegetables.

Shortly after completing this procedure, any gallstones you may have should pass, and it is probable you will experience diarrhea. Later in the evening, your liver should be clear of gallstones, functioning properly, and feeling healthy.

Diagram of the abdominal organs.
Diagram of the abdominal organs. | Source

Products and Herbs for Liver Cleanses

There are a variety of products on the market designed for liver cleanses. Typically, the herbs included in these products include.

  • Milk Thistle extract
  • Schizandra berry
  • Abuta
  • Angelica (Don Quai)
  • Kudzu Root

How Does the Liver Work? (Video)

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

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      2 years ago from wales

      something who clean quickly is oil and lemon together .. i know because each time one of my cats have been poisoned i gave this and they survive

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      7 years ago

      Теплопередача в твердых диэлектриках (передача энергии связанных колебаний узлов решётки путем распространения упругих волн с разными частотами) может быть представлена как процесс распространения квазичастиц-фононов. Для плотных (П=0) органических шиньонов ?= 0,15-0,35 Вт/(мК).

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      My spouse and i accustomed to acquire at the top of living yet lately I have built up some sort of resistance.

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      8 years ago

      find hulda Clark book, she gives there exact amounts

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      8 years ago

      How much is each serving, or what are the exact measurements

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      10 years ago

      i had my gall bladder this still going to remove any stones in the liver??

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      10 years ago from Henderson, NV

      I have Dr. Sandra Cabot MD The Liver Cleansing Diet book. Excellent read. Some of these cleanses can be extreme and scary to undergo... especially those designed to purge the liver of stones. Her book is practical and easy to read. and


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