Although many pre-fabricated liver cleanses exist on the market, the gentlest, most effective and most affordable liver cleanse can be found in your own kitchen. Learn how to cleanse your liver in a safe and gentle way.
The Cleansing Diet: Rice Porridge and Vegetables
Prepare brown rice porridge. Known as "congee" in China, this porridge is easy to digest and will allow your liver to heal itself naturally. To make the congee, boil one cup of brown rice in three cups of filtered or spring water for one to two hours. Stir frequently. You will know the congee is fully cooked when all of the water has been absorbed and the rice is creamy.
Add steamed vegetables. Eating a variety of colorful vegetables is necessary for liver cleansing. Bitter greens like kale and collard greens have highly cleansing properties. Place harder root vegetables in the steamer basket first, and leafy greens last. Eat steamed sweet potatoes, carrots, red cabbage, kale or collard greens together with rice porridge as a meal. Eat whatever vegetables appeal to you, but avoid nightshades like potatoes, tomatoes, peppers and eggplant. Steam vegetables until they are tender but their color is still bright. Reserve the water left in the pot as it is full of nutrients. Steep a green tea bag in the vegetable water and drink with the meal.
Eat fruit whenever you crave sugar. It is best to eat harder, temperate climate fruit. If you are really craving sweets, a small amount of tropical fruit or dried fruit will do the trick.
Chew your food well. Chew your rice and vegetables 50 to 100 times before swallowing. Mixing your food with saliva activates the healing enzymes in the food, makes it easier to digest, and prevents you from overeating. Overeating even healthy food causes liver damage, so eat slowly and stop when your stomach is three-quarters full.
Liver Cleansing Herbs
Squeeze half of a fresh lemon into a cup of hot water every morning and drink it upon arising. Fresh lemon juice is a strong liver cleanser.
Drink a cup of herbal tea three times a day, before each meal. To brew the tea, first fill a 4-quart stainless steel sauce pan (not aluminum) with filtered or spring water. Boil the following herb mixture: 1/2 part fenugreek,1/4 part fresh ginger, one-inch square of kombu seaweed, 1/4 part dandelion root, 1/4 part licorice root, 1/8 part fennel, 1/8 part red clover. The tea should be bitter but drinkable.
Strain tea from herbs before drinking and store in a glass jar in the refrigerator. Make fresh tea every two days.
Do a series of enemas after 2 weeks of cleansing. Use an enema bag or empty fleet enema bottle. If you use the fleet enema bottle, be sure to empty out the solution that comes in the bottle and rinse the bottle well before using.
Start with a warm water and lemon juice enema. Fill the bottle with warm, but not hot, water and fresh lemon juice. Insert solution into rectum. Lie down on a towel on the floor. Rest on your right side for five minutes. Rest on your left side for 5 minutes. Expel solution.
Immediately follow with an herbal tea enema. Fill bottle with half warm water and half the herbal tea recipe listed above. Insert solution into rectum. Rest in a modified dog position for 5 minutes (on your hands and knees, resting your head and arms on the ground, rear end in the air). Rest on your right side for 5 minutes. Rest on your left side for 5 minutes, then expel solution.
Take a daily, half-hour walk to activate your lymph system and increase blood flow to your liver. Gentle exercise is key to cleansing effectively.
Do yoga or tai-chi, as they are excellent aids to a liver cleanse. Your cleansing period is a good time to try a yoga class or tai-chi class.
Refrain from heavy or strenuous exercise while cleaning. Your body is repairing itself and you need to let it rest. This is not a good time for weight lifting or manual labor.
This is a 2-week cleanse. Do not exceed 2 weeks, or you may start to experience nutrient deficiencies.
You may feel weak or nauseous while cleansing. This is a good time to take it easy, do spiritual reading and get plenty of rest.
Drink water and green tea if you are thirsty.
Go to bed between 10:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. and rise between 6:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m.