If you’ve been diagnosed with gallstones or you think you may be suffering from them, there is a potential way to remove them naturally without surgery. Depending on the size and severity of your gallstones, the gallbladder flush and liver cleanse can help your body pass the gallstones safely and effectively. In this post I’ll share with you why you should consider the cleanse over surgery, the steps of the cleanse, and my experience doing it.
I was diagnosed with gallstones at age 22. After dealing with serious digestion issues, nagging pain in my right shoulder and underneath my right rib, and a surprise breakout of cystic acne along my neck - I went to my doctor for some answers. Immediately he had me go in for an ultrasound on my gallbladder and the diagnosis was gallstones. I had a gallbladder full of them! The solution in his eyes was surgery, but I wanted to do my research first before I had my gallbladder removed at the age of 22.
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Disclaimer: I am obligated to say you must consult with your doctor before doing the Gallbladder Flush and Liver Cleanse. I am not a doctor and the information contained in this post should not be seen as professional medical advice. If you use or rely on the information in this blog post, you do so at your own risk.
What are gallstones?
Gallstones are a small rock-like mass that are formed in the bile ducts and the gallbladder. They are comprised of calcium salts, cholesterol, and bile pigment (which is what makes them green!). They can be as small as a grain of sand or as big as a golf ball.
Why are gallstones a problem for your health?
When the bile ducts and gallbladder get filled up with gallstones, it blocks the appropriate amount of bile flowing into your small intestine, which is needed for proper fat digestion.
Without the necessary amount of bile flowing into your small intestine to help digest fat, a host of digestive and whole-body issues can crop up. Bile contains bile acids, which help your body break down fat so the small intestine can absorb it and use it for energy and nutrition.
Bile accomplishes this through emulsification (think like how an egg helps blend oil and water when you bake). When bile emulsifies fat, it breaks it up into microscopic droplets giving the fat-chewing enzyme lipase a lot more to work with. This process makes fat-soluble vitamins more easily absorbed by your small intestine.
The moral of the story? No bile - no absorbing all that delicious and nutritious coconut oil or grass-fed butter you’ve been eating!
Bile production is also is a form of detoxification. The body excretes forms of waste, like bilirubin and excess cholesterol, by dumping it into the bile ducts which then leaves the body through your feces. Approximately 500mg of excess cholesterol is excreted into your bile and out through your feces every day! The bile is recycled back into your blood and brought back to your liver via the ilium (which is the equivalent of The Return of The Jedi if your small intestine was the original Star Wars Trilogy).
Bile is stored and concentrated in your gallbladder. When you eat a meal high in fat, a cascade of hormones signals to your gallbladder to start pumping, releasing the stored and concentrated bile into your small intestine to kick off fat digestion (or emulsification if you will).
If you are suffering from gallstones, it means your gallbladder isn’t able to do its job. Your bile flow is backed up or greatly diminished and a whole host of symptoms will crop up.
What are the symptoms of gallstones?
Symptoms of gallstones can range from feeling no symptoms at all (queu mind blown) to mild and uncomfortable to extremely severe that require serious medical intervention.
We’ll start with the mild and uncomfortable symptoms first:
Extremely severe symptoms seek immediate medical attention immediately (skip this cleanse and get surgery!):
So if you are experiencing any of the mild and uncomfortable symptoms listed above, or you have been diagnosed with gallstones that are smaller than a gumball, consider trying the gallbladder flush and liver cleanse to pass your gallstones and get your bile production back up to snuff.
If you have had an ultrasound and the gallstones are bigger than a gumball, then speak with your doctor and consider surgery.
Why The Gallbladder Flush and Liver Cleanse Works
In order to help your gallbladder and bile ducts expel gallstones naturally you need to open up and relax your digestive tract. You accomplish this with the cleanse by ingesting magnesium sulfate, AKA Epsom salts. Epsom salts have been used for decades to help treat constipation. Epsom salts relax and draw water into the intestines, helping soften and pass stool.
Because of this osmotic action, you need to be very well hydrated before you start the cleanse!
Disclaimer: Be sure to test how you react to Epsom salts before you go into the cleanse by taking a small dose and then incrementally building up your dosage. You can do this by starting with 1 Epsom salt capsule a day, and then build up to 15 capsules a day. Some individuals suffer from hypermagnesemia where their body cannot handle the high dosage of magnesium. The signs and symptoms include vomiting, excessive nausea, reduced respiration (trouble breathing), muscle weakness, and a very slow heart rate. If you experience any of these symptoms you must seek medical attention immediately! I know it sounds scary, but a simple dosage test will help you determine if you are at risk.
The secondary action of the cleanse is to give your digestive system a hefty dose of healthy fat to signal your gallbladder to start pumping bile into your small intestine. I have lovingly come to call it a Fat Bomb. Between the Epsom salts relaxing your digestive system and the high dose of fat signaling your gallbladder to get working - gallstones pass safely through the bile ducts and gallbladder into your small intestine and out through your stool.
L-Ornithine capsules are taken to help support your urea cycle, absorbing excess nitrogen as well as excreting ammonia from your digestive system - both of which will help you fall asleep the night of the cleanse. Believe me it’s a supplement you don’t want to skip or you’ll have the worst night of your first-world life.
Lastly, a small dose of Black Walnut helps aid the liver in additional detoxification. Be sure to skip this supplement if you have a nut allergy!
Are you ready to learn the step-by-step? Let’s get started.
To Do A GallBladder Flush + Liver Cleanse You’ll Need:
Optional for pre and post cleanse protocol:
How To Do A Gallbladder Flush and Liver Cleanse
You’ll want to do the cleanse over a weekend or take two full days off of work. Take on absolutely no social engagements or obligations. The cleanse takes a total of 48 hours and it will also take you that long to feel “back to normal” again.
1. A month before the cleanse, do a natural parasite cleanse using Diatomaceous Earth to help clear out your small and large intestine. (Click here to get all the information and steps for the parasite cleanse).
2. Two weeks leading up to the cleanse, drink a cup of the Liver Detox Tea every day. The tea helps flush out and tone your liver, increase bile production, and move bile chaff (soon to be gallstones) into the gallbladder.
3. The day before you start the cleanse, restrict your fat intake as much as possible to build up and concentrate bile in the gallbladder.
4. The day of the cleanse eat a light non-fat breakfast. I recommend steel cut oats with blueberries. Do not take any of your supplements or vitamins. If you are on prescription drugs, consult with your doctor before doing this cleanse. Drink plenty of water, I recommend 40oz of water by 12pm.
5. After 12pm do not eat. You can drink plenty of water though!
6. Rest! Watch a movie, binge your favorite Netflix show.
7. At 6pm take your first dose of 15 Epsom salt capsules. Do not drink Epsom salts dissolved in water because it tastes awful.
8. Rest! Don't go for a jog or a hike, just park your keister on the couch with a good book or film.
9. At 8pm take your second dose of 15 Epsom salt capsules.
10. Rest! You will start to feel things happening throughout your digestive system. I always feel a lot of bubbles and “sloshiness” as water is drawn into my intestines thanks to the Epsom salts.
11. At 9:45pm it's time to prepare the Fat Bomb. Get out your grapefruit, olive oil, maple syrup, L-Ornithine, and Black Walnut capsules. Then, go to the bathroom one last time. It’s time to deliver that hefty amount of healthy fat to your digestive system - Fat Bomb here we come!
12. Once you get it all down you must lay down in bed immediately. I mean it. Don’t clean up the mess in your kitchen or use the bathroom. You have got to lie down and stay down! You must keep still for a minimum of 30 minutes. The best thing to do is to fall asleep, which is what I do. While you sleep, gallstones will be passing through your small and large intestine!
13. During the night you may get up and have to use the bathroom, which is perfectly okay. The earliest I’ve experienced diarrhea is 4am. Speaking of…
14. At 6am take your third dose of 15 Epsom salt capsules. You will start to experience more diarrhea, at which point you should check for gallstones! Your stool will sink and the gallstones will float, so be sure to take a peek before you flush. Here are some of mine from the last cleanse I did:
Gallstones range in color from bright green to a dusty yellow. As I mentioned before they can be as small as a speck of dust or as large as a gumball. I usually see the most gallstones between 10am-2pm.
15. Feel free to go back to bed or to continue binging your favorite show on Netflix. Your diarrhea will come on swiftly and often so be sure to camp out close to the bathroom if you can! This is why you should not do the cleanse when you have any sort of obligation or work.
16. At 8am take your final dose of 15 Epsom salt capsules.
17. Expect lots of bathroom trips, general fatigue, and strange fascination with the gallstones coming out of your body!
18. At 10am you can drink a small glass of fruit juice to start to wake your digestive system back up.
19. At 12pm you can heat up a cup of organic bone broth with plenty of sea salt to help restore electrolytes.
20. At 2pm you can have another cup of bone broth and add in some veggies like broccoli and carrots.
21. By 4pm you should start to feel more like yourself again. Diarrhea will continue to make its appearance until the evening, but you can eat a light meal for dinner like white rice cooked in bone broth with a tablespoon of organic turmeric and a pinch of sea salt mixed in.
And now you’ve completed the Gallbladder Flush and Liver Cleanse. Hooray!
How often should you do the cleanse?
I like to try to do the cleanse once every two years since I seem to suffer from gallstones more than the next person. I never fail to get at least 30 stones out with each cleanse so I know it works. I eat a high fat diet akin to the Westin A. Price Foundation’s guidelines (lots of pastured animal fat and organ meat) so having a fully functioning gallbladder is important to me.
Have you tried the gallbladder flush and liver cleanse? How did it go for you?
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