7-Day Gentle Liver Cleanse

7-Day Gentle Liver Cleanse

by Alice Louey

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 ‘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 & 2Eat 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 3Drink 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 5Drink as much Fruit Juice & water as you want

Plus 4 cups of special lemonade

Days 6 & 7Eat 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

Home Detox – Using Pressure Points to Help Your Body Eliminate Toxins More Effectively

Home Detox – Using Pressure Points to Help Your Body Eliminate Toxins More Effectively

Acupressue Points (Acupoints)

These home treatments using pressure points won’t replace your visits to a practitioner, but they can help you clear energy blockages and stimulate your body between visits. Remember, less is more! If you try all of these you will confuse your body. Talk to you practitioner about which organs need most support and focus on those exercises.!


#1— Heart Meridian
Using 4 fingers, rotate
your hand gently on the
armpit. This helps
resolve problems with
sleep – restlessness and
insomnia, as well as
mouth ulcers.
Detox points
#2- Lung Meridian
Gently hitting the inside of
your elbow with your whole
hand strengthens your
immune system and is
especially helpful for
relieving asthma and hay
fever.

#3 – Bladder Meridian
Press firmly with 4 fingers
and rub gently. This huge
meridian helps expel fluid,
phlegm, and damp from
your body which helps
relieve arthritis. The bowel
and bladder are the body’s
biggest organs for
eliminating toxins and if
they are stuck it puts extra
pressure on other organs so
it’s especially important to
keep them unblocked.

#4 – Spleen Meridian
Awaken the spleen by
pressing both thumbs on
the inner side of the knee
where the soft tissue hits
the bone. It can be quite
sore to press because so
many toxins accumulate –
especially for women. You
will probably need herbs
and other treatment as
well.

#5 – Stomach Meridian
Place the heel of your hand on
top of the knee with the middle finger pointing at the shin bone. The pressure point is one finger-width to the outside. This enhances your
metabolism, increases energy,
and helps reduce inflammation
including dermatitis and fluid
retention, as well as eliminate
bacteria and other bugs.

#6 – Stomach Meridian
Rub the point 2 finger widths
outside the shin bone and half
way down the vertical. This
helps with weight loss by
helping your muscles drain
unneeded fluid.


#7 -Bladder Meridian Press firmly at the
back of the calves. This provides an energy boost and is especially helpful for people with constant fluid problems, fibromyalgia, hot arthritis, muscle aches and pains.

#8 -Stomach Meridian Rub firmly the point
3 fingers out from your belly button on
either side as this area is quite soft. This helps open your digestive organs, regulate bowels and bladder and lose weight.