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New Year, New You Detox: Week 4–Love Your Liver (and Gallbladder)

New Year, New You Detox:  Week 4–Love Your Liver (and Gallbladder)

This week of my New Year, New You Detox we’re going to focus on one of the extremely important fat-burning, hormone-balancing, toxin-removing organ-the liver (and the gallbladder too). If you haven’t been following the detox which is based on my book, The 4-Week Ultimate Body Detox Plan, it’s not too late to join in and start detoxing. Here’s the overview with links to the articles you may have missed (or want to review):

Week 1-Get the Junk Out
Week 2-Kidney and Intestinal Cleanse
Week 3-Lymphomania
Week 4-Liver and Gallbladder
Week 5-Cleansing Your Blood, Lungs, and Skin

When it comes to cleansing, the liver is the “big gun” of the detox organs. The liver performs over 500 functions, neutralizing and detoxing environmental chemicals, stress and other hormones, excess fat, alcohol, breaking down fat deposits in the body, and much more.

One of the best ways to assist the liver in its detoxification efforts is to drink water with fresh lemon squeezed into it. If you’ve been following the detox, increase the amount of lemon juice in your morning water to 1 full lemon.

To help breakdown foods, particularly fatty ones, take a digestive enzyme with every meal.

Make a liver-gallbladder detox tea blend of dried herbs: 1 part dandelion root, 1 part ginger root, and 1 part chicory. Mix and store in a glass container. In a small saucepan, mix four teaspoons of the dried herbal mixture in four cups of water. Bring to a boil. Simmer for twenty minutes, covered. Drink one cup, three times per day. Refrigerate the remainder until you are ready to drink it.

Supplement with 2 capsules of 250 mg. of an 80% standardized milk thistle extract per day with meals.

Some of the Best Foods that Support Liver Health
In addition to lemons, sulfur compounds in fresh garlic and onions help support the liver’s detoxification pathways.
Turmeric decreases the fat storage rate in liver cells, contributing to liver health and weight loss efforts. Add the spice turmeric to your meals for additional liver support or blend a teaspoon of each turmeric and honey in a glass of water and drink daily.

Of course, always consult an herbalist or natural medicine specialist before combining two or more herbs or if you’re taking any medications or suffer from any serious health conditions, and prior to beginning any detoxification program. Avoid using herbs while pregnant or lactating and avoid long-term use of any herb.

Resources: For a list of the top 20 foods that fight fat and support liver health, consult The 4-Week Ultimate Body Detox Plan.

Copyright Michelle Schoffro Cook. Adapted with permission of the author from The 4-Week Ultimate Body Detox Plan.

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Michelle Schoffro Cook

Michelle Schoffro Cook, MSc, RNCP, ROHP, DNM, PhD is an international best-selling and 15-time book author and doctor of traditional natural medicine, whose works include: 60 Seconds to Slim, Weekend Wonder Detox, Healing Recipes, The Vitality Diet, Allergy-Proof, Arthritis-Proof, Total Body Detox, The Life Force Diet, The Ultimate pH Solution, The 4-Week Ultimate Body Detox Plan, and The Phytozyme Cure. Subscribe to her free e-magazine World's Healthiest News at WorldsHealthiestDiet.com to receive monthly health news, tips, recipes and more. Follow her on Twitter @mschoffrocook and Facebook.

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10:52AM PST on Feb 22, 2013

Thanks.

2:55AM PST on Feb 22, 2013

thanks for sharing

2:42AM PST on Dec 28, 2012

Thank you.

9:41PM PDT on Oct 10, 2012

Lovely!

9:26PM PDT on Oct 10, 2012

Thank you so much! Although i no longer have seral hepatitis -- please don't ask me how i got rid of it; i'm guessing somehow all those veggies i love to eat musta done the trick -- i still have a "weak" liver & limit my intake of fats (mostly olive oil), sugar, & salt.

2:36PM PDT on Oct 10, 2012

ty

8:35AM PDT on Oct 10, 2012

This is great info~~thanks so much!!

9:24AM PDT on Jul 30, 2012

Thanks

12:38PM PDT on Jul 6, 2012

i was gonna remove my gallbladder coz i had stones and i did this flush and it worked
Method for the Liver and Gallbladder flush is:
Drink one litre of organic unsweetened apple juice daily for five days. This will soften up the stones to such an extent that they can be squashed with the fingers. During these five days eat only raw fruits and vegetables and no dairy products, red meat or chicken.
On the sixth day, skip dinner and at 6 p.m. take a tablespoonful of Epsom salts with 3 glasses of water. Repeat this at 8 p.m.
At 10 p.m. make a cocktail of 115ml of olive oil and 115ml of fresh squeezed lemon juice. Shake this very well and drink immediately.
Next morning you will pass green stones varying from the size of grains of sand to as large as your thumb nail. You may be amazed at the results, as have many thousands of people who have used this technique to avoid surgery

12:38PM PDT on Jul 6, 2012

i was gonna remove my gallbladder coz i had stones and i did this flush and it worked
Method for the Liver and Gallbladder flush is:
Drink one litre of organic unsweetened apple juice daily for five days. This will soften up the stones to such an extent that they can be squashed with the fingers. During these five days eat only raw fruits and vegetables and no dairy products, red meat or chicken.
On the sixth day, skip dinner and at 6 p.m. take a tablespoonful of Epsom salts with 3 glasses of water. Repeat this at 8 p.m.
At 10 p.m. make a cocktail of 115ml of olive oil and 115ml of fresh squeezed lemon juice. Shake this very well and drink immediately.
Next morning you will pass green stones varying from the size of grains of sand to as large as your thumb nail. You may be amazed at the results, as have many thousands of people who have used this technique to avoid surgery

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