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Now that the festive season is over (including Chinese New Year) and everyone is back to their usual work or school routines after the holidays, it’s a good time to actively cleanse and detox our bodies.  Yes, your body does detox all the time via the normal biochemical processes of the liver and kidneys; but by reducing the amount of junk/processed foods that go into our body, we can aid the process. This gentle 7-day liver cleanse program may be of benefit when done periodically, in early spring or after a period of indulging in heavy rich foods or when feeling too hot (or toxic)

N.B. This liver cleanse is great for people who have TCM ‘heat’ symptoms, but if you always feel cold and have low energy I recommend you talk to your practitioner about an alternative regime more suited to your body type.

This 7-day program gently eases you into and out of the liver cleanse on day 4 by including lots of simple and easy to digest foods. If you launch straight into Day 4 you will experience headaches from caffeine withdrawal, hunger pangs and a huge drop in energy. so I strongly recommend that you follow this program which is taken from  “Chinese Medicine for Maximum Immunity: Understanding the five elemental types of health & well-being”  J. Elias & K. Ketcham (1998) Three Rivers Press, New York, NY p36

 

  Dietary Program
Days 1 & 2 Eat as much steamed, raw or juiced fruits & vegetables as you want, spiced to taste;

Use cold-pressed extra virgin olive oil as dressing

Plus at least 2 cups of special lemonade

Day 3 Drink as much Fruit Juice & water as you want

Plus 4 cups of special lemonade

Day 4

Liver Cleanse

Drink as much Water as you want

Plus at least 4 cups of special lemonade;

Before bed take 2 tablespoons of cold pressed olive oil followed by a cup of special lemonade

Day 5 Drink as much Fruit Juice & water as you want

Plus 4 cups of special lemonade

Days 6 & 7 Eat as much steamed, raw or juiced Fruits & Vegetables as you want, spiced to taste;

use cold-pressed extra virgin olive oil as dressing

Plus at least 2 cups of special lemonade

 

Special Lemonade Recipe: (makes one cup)

1 cup filtered water

juice of one lemon or lime

1/10 teaspoon (or less) cayenne pepper powder

1-2 tablespoons 100% maple syrup

NB: you will need at least 21 cups for the whole 7 day liver cleanse program

Additional Daily directions:

  • Drink 8 glasses of fresh filtered water
  • Take a bulking laxative, 1 heaped teaspoon twice a day dissolved in water (eg. Yerba Prima’s organic Daily Fibre Powder; or crushed psyllium seeds & husks)
  • 20-30 minutes gentle aerobic exercise (eg a brisk walk, gentle bike ride, swimming)
  • Avoid alcohol & caffeine during this 7-day program as both of these are processed by your liver
  • You will have a low energy day on Day 4, so plan for an easy day.

 Detoxing DOES make a difference