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  • Writer's pictureRobert O Young DSc, PhD, Naturopathic Practitioner


Cleanse Your Liver and Gallbladder To Help It Take Care Of You

Cleanse your LiverThe liver is important. We should treat it like our best friend. A healthy liver screens the blood for toxins, viruses and bacteria, detoxifies alcohol and certain drugs, and plays a major part in the supporting the body’s immune system. The liver uses Kuppfer cells, a type of white blood cells, to remove acids, bacteria, old blood cells, and other substances being filtered through the liver.

When the liver is damaged, its ability to carry out functions are compromised like the ability to: remove dietary and/or metabolic acids, manufacture essential anti-acids and proteins, secrete bile to alkalize food, absorb and store vitamins A, D, E, and K, manufacture and regulate hormones, and to remove acidic waste.

The liver can be damaged by recreational and prescription drugs, a build up of acidic toxins absorbed into the body through the skin, breathing, or ingestion of foods containing toxins. The liver is also damaged from dietary, metabolic and environmental acids leading to symptoms, such as hepatitis and cancer.

Cancer does not usually start in the liver, but the acids that cause cancer are commonly transported to the liver from the colon, breast, lymph glands, lung, pancreas, and stomach. Our bodies are taxed because of the large amounts of acidic toxins present in the air, our food, our water, and our environment that are absorbed into our bodies and our livers which then reduces the livers ability to clean the blood, and remove the acids that cause cancer, including liver cancer.

Symptoms of a Damaged Liver

  • Fatigue, lack of appetite, loss of energy, weakness, weight loss and nausea.

  • Jaundice: The liver can’t remove bilirubin from the blood, which causes a yellowing of the skin and white part of the eyes

  • Nails become curved and white rather than pink

  • Digestion problems resulting in a loss of appetite, weight loss, and anemia

  • Lighter stool due to the lack of bile production

  • Blood clotting takes longer because the liver’s ability to make the clotting protein, fibrinogen, is compromised

  • The body retains water and becomes bloated because its ability to help the kidneys remove water is compromised

Cleaning the Liver & Gallbladder

First thing, the liver is a wonderful organ. The liver is incredible and regenerates its cells to repair damage and heal itself every 4 to 6 weeks. This function helps us even more in working towards restoring our livers. The large amounts of acidic processed foods, toxins, and stress makes it hard for the liver to do what it was designed to do, clean the body and restore itself in the process. You can help support the liver by giving it a break by eating more raw alkaline foods, removing recreational and prescription drugs from your system, reducing and stopping alcohol consumption, and by drinking plenty of alkaline water at a pH of at least 9.5.

There are varying versions of liver and gallbladder cleanses and the one that I recommend is based upon the New Biology and the pH Miracle alkaline lifestyle and diet.

Gallstone blockage in the Gallbladder

Biliary ducts in the liver carry bile to one large duct called the “common bile duct.” The liver makes 1 to 1.5 quarts of bile a day, a digestive juice that emulsifies fats. Bile flows from the liver to the common bile duct, where it is then stored in the gallbladder. When we eat protein or fat the gallbladder squeezes itself empty and the bile travels to the intestine. As shown in the picture, the gallbladder and ducts can become blocked impeding the flow of bile which interferes with normal digestion. The build up of gallstones cause back pressure on the liver and cause the liver to slow its production of bile. With the accumulation of gallstones much less cholesterol leaves the body, and cholesterol levels rise. Gallstones are solidified dietary, metabolic and environmental acids which are porous and can pick bacteria, cysts, and parasites being filtered through the liver. These stones become a constant supply of harmful substances for the body.

Cleaning Your Liver & Gallbladder

You should clean the kidneys and the colon before you do the liver cleanse. The kidneys remove liquid waste and the colon removes solid waster. Cleaning the kidneys and colon first will help optimize the liver cleanse. I recommend to follow the pH Miracle Whole Body Cleanse in Chapter 11 of the pH Miracle revised and updated book for at least two weeks before you do the liver and gallbladder cleanse, because it is more difficult to remove gallstones without removing acids first.

I also suggest to drink plenty of fresh green juice (up to 4 liters a day) made from organic spinach, kale, celery, parsley and cucumber for 2 weeks before the cleanse.  It is important to be on a liquid feast for at least 2 weeks which includes all liquid or pureed green fruit and vegetables.

Since the liver cleanse causes the gallbladder to squeeze itself it is possible that gallstones can become lodged in the opening of the gallbladder. Because of this, it is suggested that the procedure should only be done under the care of a health practitioner.

Liver & Gallbladder Cleanse


  • 1/2 Cup Olive Oil Extra Virgin (The original recipe calls for olive oil, but many people have difficulty swallowing the olive oil without getting nauseous. The important thing is to use an oil to stimulate the gallbladder to contract, so you can use another oil. It is easy to swallow unrefined coconut oil, and sometimes you can drink one to two tablespoons for quick energy. Try using unrefined coconut oil if you have difficulty swallowing the olive oil.

  • 3 lemons or 2 medium size Rancho del Sol pink grapefruits I  recommend grapefruit juice over lemon because it mixes better with the olive oil.

  • 4 tablespoons Epsom salts

  • 3 cups of alkaline water at a pH of 9.5

Purpose of Ingredients

  • Lemon or grapefruit juice helps to dissolve the cohesion between gallstones.

  • Epsom is used to relax bile ducts to let stones pass easily.

  • Olive oil is used the make the gallbladder squeeze itself to push out gallstones.

  • Lemon juice or grapefruit juice is used to cut the taste of the olive and to make it easier to swallow.

Choose a day like Saturday for the cleanse, since you will be able to rest the next day. Take no medicines, vitamins or other supplements that you can do without; they could prevent success.  Eat an alkaline no-fat breakfast. This allows the bile to build up and develop pressure in the liver. Higher pressure pushes out more stones.

2:00 PM. Do not eat or drink after 2 o’clock. If you break this rule you could feel quite ill later. Get your Epsom salts ready. Mix 4 tbs. in 3 cups of alkaline water and pour this into a jar. This makes four servings, 3/4 cup each. Set the jar in the refrigerator to get ice cold (this is for convenience and taste only).

6:00 PM. Drink one serving 3/4 cup of the ice cold Epsom salts. If you did not prepare this ahead of time, mix 1 tbs. in 3/4 cup of alkaline water now. You may also drink a few mouthfuls of alkaline water afterwards or rinse your mouth. Get the olive oil (ozonated, if possible) and grapefruit out to warm up.

8:00 PM. Repeat by drinking another 3/4 cup of Epsom salts.You haven’t eaten since two o’clock, but you won’t feel hungry. Get your bedtime chores done. The timing is critical for success.

9:45 PM. Pour 3/4 cup (measured) olive oil into the pint jar. Add 5 drops of puripHy to raise the pH and lower the ORP.  Wash your grapefruit twice in warm water and dry; squeeze by hand into the measuring cup. Remove pulp with fork. You should have at least 1/2 cup, more (up to 3/4 cup) is best. You may use part lemons. Add this to the olive oil. Also add 1 scoop of pHlush powder to help break up stones. Close the jar tightly with the lid and shake hard until watery (only fresh Rancho del Sol grapefruit juice does this). Now visit the bathroom one or more times, even if it makes you late for your ten o’clock drink. Don’t be more than 15 minutes late. You will get fewer stones. 10:00 PM. Drink the potion you have mixed. Take 1 scoop of L-Arginine Max in a small glass of alkaline water which contains L-ornithine to make sure you will sleep through the night.  Take 2 scoops of L-Arginine Max if you suffer from insomnia. Drinking through a large glass straw helps it go down easier. You may use avocado oil and lemon salad dressing, or straight grapefruit juice to chase it down between sips. Have these ready in a tablespoon on the kitchen counter. Take it all to your bedside if you want, but drink it standing up. Get it down within 5 minutes (fifteen minutes for very elderly or weak persons).

Lie down immediately. You might fail to get stones out if you don’t. The sooner you lie down the more stones you will get out. Be ready for bed ahead of time. Don’t clean up the kitchen. As soon as the drink is down walk to your bed and lie down flat on your back with your head up high on the pillow. Try to think about what is happening in the liver. Try to keep perfectly still for at least 20 minutes. You may feel a train of stones traveling along the bile ducts like marbles. There is no pain because the bile duct valves are open from the Espom salts. Go to sleep, you may fail to get stones out if you don’t.

Next morning. Upon awakening take your third dose of Epsom salts. If you have indigestion or nausea take 1 scoop of pHour salts and then wait until it is gone before drinking the Epsom salts. You may go back to bed. Don’t take this potion before 6:00 am.

2 Hours Later. Take your fourth (the last) dose of Epsom salts. You may go back to bed again.

After 2 More Hours you may eat. Start with fresh green juice or 2 scoops of Innerlight SuperGreens in one liter of alkaline water with 12 drops of Innerlight Prime pH. Half an hour later eat a grapefruit. One hour later you may eat regular alkaline food but keep it juiced or pureed. By supper you should feel recovered.

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