Each year, millions of people in the United States suffer from gallstone-related pain. However, it may surprise many of these individuals to discover they are, in fact, suffering from the presence of liver stones. Liver stones are the less publicized cousins of the gallstone, as the two are essentially the same.
They are usually rich in cholesterol and although their exact cause remains unknown, a defect in the way the liver processes cholesterol and bile acid may be involved.
A build up of bile within the liver (intrahepatic lithiasis or IHL) can cause recurrent attacks of inflammation within the network of vessels that carries bile to the gut (the biliary tree), with a risk of liver abscesses, poisoning or failure.
GALL BLADDER CLEANSE
VERY IMPORTANT: It is crucially important BEFORE you begin this gall bladder cleanse to have drunk TWO GLASSES of APPLE JUICE (packaged juice is just as good as fresh) every day for 14 days before the cleanse. This is very important as certain constituents of apple juice (it is believed to be the high pectin levels) SOFTEN the stones and enable them to pass HARMLESSLEY through the gall ducts.
According to the Candida blog website, drinking lots of apple juice before cleansing your liver is recommended because the malic acid in apple juice is said to soften gallstones to enable them to be flushed from your liver and body. But as the Candida website states, there is no scientific evidence to support such a theory.
Apple juice is used in this recipe because of its malic acid content, which softens gallstones for smoother passage. There are other ways to include malic acid in liver cleansing, but an apple juice fast is probably best with this cleanse.
To start a simple liver/gallbladder cleanse, this is what you will need:
- Apple juice or malic acid supplements (optional)
- 4 Tablespoons of Epsom Salts
- 1/2 Cup of Virgin Olive Oil
- 1 big grapefruit, or 3 lemons