One of the most satisfying cleanses I have ever done is the amazing liver and gallbladder flush by Andreas Moritz. I was so excited and blown away by my results that I got at least ten of my friends to do the liver and gallbladder flush using the Andreas Moritz method.
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Only one out of those ten people did not flush any stones. Everyone else did. That is a high number of people that I knew that had liver and gallbladder stones, and many of us were young and healthy. Those numbers go to show how many people have gallbladder stones resulting in a sluggish liver and gallbladder.
As I continued into the research of nutrition, weight loss, SIBO, gut health, and insulin resistance, I continue to find a sluggish liver and gallbladder as the root cause of many health problems that lie far beyond the classic symptoms of a sluggish gallbladder.
So yes, I am obsessed with supporting and cleansing the liver and gallbladder. It’s the organ that I find needs the most support. I am writing this article 9 years after doing my first liver and gallbladder flush.
While I now use and recommend more gentle ways to cleanse a sluggish gallbladder and prevent the formation of stones, it feels like I have come full circle back to where my health journey initially started.
I first became aware of the amazing liver and gallbladder flush protocol when I was going to school to get my advanced dermal skincare certificate. At the time, I had congested skin with large pores.
My skin was very reactive and had a ton of inflammation. I had a feeling that healing my skin had more to do with nutrition and my body than just the topical skincare products I put on my skin.
In the search for my answers, I came across the amazing liver and gallbladder flush book by Andreas Moritz. For the first time, I started to learn about the importance of a healthy liver and gallbladder.
I was blown away by all the health conditions that related to a sluggish liver and gallbladder. I was more than excited to do the liver and gallbladder flush to find out if I had any stones.
According to Andreas Moritz, most gallstones form in the liver compared to the few that occur in the gallbladder. Twenty percent of people develop gallstones in their gallbladder, but many more people have gallstones in their liver.
It takes many years of chronic liver congestion before liver damage becomes apparent, and liver enzymes become elevated.
Liver stones are referred to as intrahepatic gallstones. These gallstones that build up in the liver can hinder the ability of the liver to produce bile.
A healthy digestive system that is robust requires the liver to produce 1-1.5 liters of bile per day. Any less will cause problems with digestion of food, elimination of waste, and detoxification of the blood.
Many people only produce 1 cup of bile or less per day. Many health problems are a consequence of reduced bile availability, including small intestinal bacteria overgrowth.
How to do the amazing liver and gallbladder flush
The amazing liver and gallbladder flush requires six days of preparation followed by 16-20 hours of actual cleansing.
Ingredients you will need for the liver and gallbladder flush recipe
Six 1 liter containers of apple juice
4 tbsp food grade Epsom salts dissolved in 3 cups of water
½ cup cold-pressed olive oil
2/3 cups grapefruit juice
2 1 liter mason jars to mix the olive oil and grapefruit juice. The second jar is for the Epsom salts with water.
In preparation for the cleanse, you will need to drink 1 liter of apple juice per day. The malic acid in the apple juice softens the gallstones to make their passage through the bile ducts and gallbladder smooth and easy.
Drink the apple juice slowly throughout the day, in between meals. You also need to drink your regular intake of water per day as well. This post will help you to calculate how much water you need to drink daily according to your weight.
Dietary recommendations in preparation for the liver cleanse
Avoid foods or beverages that are cold or chilled as they chill the liver and reduce the effectiveness of the cleanse.
All food and drinks should be warmed or at least room temperature.
Avoid foods from animal sources, meat, dairy products, high-fat foods, and fried food items.
Do not overeat.
Make sure you cleanse your colon before and after you do a liver cleanse to ensure all stones are removed from the intestinal tract and colon. Cleansing your colon with oxy powder is a simple and effective way to cleanse the entire intestinal tract.
The day of the actual cleanse is the most intense part of the liver and gallbladder cleanse. Be sure to follow the instructions to a tee.
Liver and gallbladder flush instructions
On the sixth day of the cleanse, drink the entire liter of apple juice in the morning.
Eat a light breakfast such as oatmeal or fruit.
Avoid all processed sugar, sweeteners, spiced, milk, butter, oils, yogurt, cheese, meat, eggs, nuts, pastries, cold cereals, etc.
For lunch, eat plain steamed vegetables with rice flavored with sea salt. Avoid all animal protein foods, butter, and oil to avoid feeling increasingly ill during the cleanse.
Finish lunch by 1:30 pm and do not drink anything past 1:30 except for water otherwise you may have difficulty passing stones.
The evening is when you will start the amazing liver and gallbladder flush protocol. The timing in which the Epsom salts and olive oil mixture is consumed is crucial.
Mix 4 tbsp of Epsom salts with 3 cups of filtered water in a large mason jar for a total of 4 servings. Drink your first portion of Epsom salts (3/4 cup) at 6 pm. You can add in a squeeze of lemon to improve the taste.
The primary purpose of the Epsom salts is to dilate the bile ducts to make it easy for the stones to pass and clear out waste.
Drink your second serving of Epsom salts (3/4 cup).
Make olive oil and grapefruit mixture by combining ¾ cup of freshly squeezed grapefruit juice with ½ cup of cold-pressed olive oil in a large mason jar. Secure the lid and give a shake until mixed.
Drink the olive oil and grapefruit juice standing up next to your bed. You can use a straw, or you can also block your nostrils while drinking. Drink the entire mixture within 5 minutes, then lie down immediately after drinking, flat on your back with pillows propping up your head.
Lie perfectly still for at least 20 minutes before falling asleep. You may feel stones traveling along, but you should feel no pain. The magnesium from the Epsom salts keeps the bile duct valves relaxed and open.
The following morning is when you will finish the Epsom salts and flush the gallstones.
Set your alarm for 6:00 am and drink ¾ cup Epsom salts. You may need to use the bathroom soon after drinking the Epsom salts, as it helps to trigger bowel movements. Be sure to look for any gallbladder stones that float. They can range in color from tan, bright green and dark green.
Drink the last ¾ cup portion of Epsom salts.
Eat a couple of pieces of fresh fruit if hungry
Eat a light breakfast if you are hungry.
During the morning and afternoon, you can expect to have watery bowel movements mixed with feces and gallbladder stones, and then it is common to have stones mixed with water.
To cleanse the liver and gallbladder of all the stones it is best to do the cleanse monthly until no more stones are released. This cleanse can be done yearly to keep the liver and gallbladder free of stones.
My experience with doing the gallbladder flush
It took me four liver and gallbladder cleanses until I had no stones. The first cleanse yielded the most stones, where I passed at least 20-30 stones. By the fourth cleanse I only passed a couple of small gallbladder stones and some chaff.
Every cleanse felt a bit different. Sometimes I was more nauseous. One time I was physically exhausted the day of and after the liver and gallbladder flush.
During one of my cleanses, I felt a slight flutter under the right ribcage. I also felt moderate nausea after drinking the olive oil mixture with gurgling in my stomach.
In general, my health improved after the liver and gallbladder flushes. I noticed increased energy levels and clearer skin. My bowel movements and fat digestion improved. I also noticed after a couple of gallbladder flushes that the acid reflux that I was prone to significantly improved and was almost gone.
The liver and gallbladder flush by Andreas Moritz was one of the most intense yet rewarding cleanses I have ever done. This cleanse played a huge part in my journey through healing SIBO and improving my health.
Additional tips for cleansing the gallbladder
This liver and gallbladder flush can be a bit intense for some people. I now recommend cleansing the liver first through diet and supplements that help to support the production and flow of bile from a sluggish gallbladder.
Foods such as lemon, beets, bitter, greens, and artichoke are great for promoting bile flow.
Here is a gallbladder cleansing beet juice that I love.
This berry beet smoothie cleanses the liver as well.
Eggs found in this low fodmap breakfast scramble are high in choline to support the production of phosphatidylcholine, which in turn promotes bile flow.
This post has a list of the best foods to cleanse your liver on a daily basis.
The Amazing Liver and Gallbladder Flush by Andreas Moritz