LIVER & GALLBLADDER CLEANSE FAQS
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Where can I find the Liver Cleanse directions?
Detailed directions are included with purchase. You can also view the directions here.
What is the suggested order of the cleanses?
The original cleanse sequence is as follows: Digestive Aid Cleanse, Parasite Cleanse, Kidney Cleanse, Liver Cleanse. Optionally, the Candida Cleanse can be done after the Parasite Cleanse or at the same time since both cleanses help to balance microorganisms. If you choose to do the Heavy Metal Cleanse, this one is recommended last in the cleanse series.
How long is the Liver Cleanse?
The cleanse is up to 16 days long. Part 1 of the cleanse consists of drinking the Liver Support Tea for up to two weeks. Then follow up with part 2 of the cleanse, which is the 2-day liver flush.
Do I have to do the Digestive Aid Cleanse, Parasite Cleanse, and Kidney Cleanse before I do the Liver Cleanse?
It is not recommended that you do the Liver Cleanse without completing the other cleanses first. If you were to purge the toxins from your liver without having clear channels of elimination, you run the risk recirculating the toxins, which can make you ill. Completing the digestive, parasite, and kidney cleanses first helps to clear the elimination channels.
Can I do more than one cleanse at the same time, or do I have to do them separately?
You can do some overlapping of the different cleanses. Just remember that each cleanse requires taking several supplements every day. If you become overwhelmed by the amount of supplements or your body reacts poorly to the amount of supplements, stop and do the cleanses separately. You can do the Digestive Aid Cleanse and Parasite Cleanse together, or even the Digestive Aid Cleanse, Parasite Cleanse, and Kidney Cleanse together. If you are doing the optional Candida Cleanse, this pairs well with the Parasite Cleanse. If you are doing the Liver Cleanse, you can complete part 1 (drinking the Liver Support Tea) while doing the Digestive Aid Cleanse, Parasite Cleanse, Candida Cleanse or Kidney Cleanse. However, part 2 of the Liver Cleanse (the 2-day liver flush) should be done on its own - stop all other cleansing during the 2-day liver flush, and you can resume other cleanses after the flush is done. The Heavy Metal Cleanse should be done on its own.
Do I have to change my diet during the Liver Cleanse?
During part 1 of the Liver Cleanse (drinking the Liver Support Tea), no dietary changes are necessary. During part 2 of the cleanse (the liver flush), you will be instructed to eat a limited diet for two days. Dietary restrictions include all fats, artificial sweeteners, and processed sweets. Dietary restrictions and allowed food suggestions are included in the Liver Cleanse directions.
Why can't I eat food containing fat during the liver flush?
When you eat dietary fats, your gallbladder releases bile to help with fat digestion. A non-fat diet during the liver flush allows bile to accumulate and causes pressure to build in the liver. The pressure helps to strengthen the elimination process and encourages a more thorough removal of wastes.
Can I drink more water during the liver flush than is stated in the directions?
Drink enough water to stay hydrated during the liver flush. If you require more water than the recommended 3/4 cup when taking each dose of 15 magnesium sulfate capsules, that's OK. Limiting your intake of fluids during the liver flush helps to build pressure in the liver, which will aid the elimination of toxins and hardened deposits. But of course, listen to your body and judge if you need more water to stay hydrated. After the flush is over you can resume your regular consumption of fluids, the majority of which should be water for general health purposes.
Do I have to stop taking other supplements or medications while I'm on the Liver Cleanse?
In general, you should check with your doctor or a pharmacist about potential interactions between your medication and the cleanse supplements. During part 1 of the Liver Cleanse (drinking the Liver Support Tea), you can continue to take other supplements and medications. During part 2 of the cleanse (the liver flush), you are instructed to stop all dietary supplements and medications that you can do without (make sure to confirm this with your doctor first) for the 2-day flush process. After the liver flush is complete, you can start taking your supplements and medications again.
Are there any side effects to the Liver Cleanse?
You can expect to have diarrhea the morning of day two of the liver flush. This is a normal reaction caused by the olive oil drink consumed the night before. For this reason, it is best to schedule the liver flush when you have close access to a bathroom. You may have more frequent bowel movements in general during the liver flush due to the magnesium sulfate (Epsom salt), which has a laxative effect.
Will I see gallstones in my stool?
Eliminating gallstones is not a guaranteed outcome of the Liver Cleanse. What is eliminated can vary from person to person. If you do eliminate gallstones, it will occur during the liver flush. It is not uncommon to see few stones or none at all after only one liver flush. The first few flushes may only push the gallstones toward the opening of the bile duct, in which case additional liver flushes may be required to fully eliminate the gallstones. The number of liver flushes needed to remove toxins and hardened deposits can vary from person to person.
If I skip a day on the cleanse, do I have to start over at the beginning?
If you miss a day or two while drinking the Liver Support Tea, you can simply pick up where you left off. It's recommended that you follow the 2-day liver flush schedule as close as possible. Altering the timing of the liver flush schedule may limit its effectiveness.
Do I have to do the liver flush? Can I just drink the tea?
The liver flush is an integral part of the overall Liver Cleanse. Doing the liver flush may dislodge liver and gallbladder deposits that can interfere with regular function of these organs. If you do not complete the liver flush, you should not expect the same thoroughness compared to doing the complete Liver Cleanse with the liver flush.
What is the purpose of the liver flush?
The liver flush opens the bile duct and encourages the elimination of hardened deposits from the liver and gallbladder. These deposits can interfere with normal liver and gallbladder function.
Do I have to follow the exact timing of the steps for the liver flush?
If you can't complete the steps at the exact times as stated in the directions, adjust your schedule accordingly but try to keep the same time gap between each step. For instance, if the directions say to start your first step at 8 AM but you want to start at 7 AM, adjust the rest of your steps by one hour earlier. If you are an early riser, a night owl or you have a reverse sleep schedule, you can adjust the timing of the steps to suite your schedule.
How many liver flushes do I need to do?
The number of liver flushes will depend on your toxin load and how thoroughly the toxins are eliminated. Consider repeating the liver flush every two weeks. This allows your organs to rest between each flush. For first timers, a series of five flushes is recommended, but you may need to do more if your toxin load is more severe. Consider that your liver becomes congested over time, not after one poor lifestyle decision. So, you should not expect to relieve the congestion after only one liver flush.
Do I have to drink the Liver Support Tea between each liver flush?
No. Drinking the Liver Support Tea between each liver flush is optional.
Can I use ozonated olive oil for the liver flush?
Yes, you can use ozonated olive oil. According to Dr. Clark, gallstones are porous and can pick up bacteria, cysts, viruses, and parasites passing through the liver. Using ozonated olive oil helps to kill the parasitic stages that are released during the liver cleanse. Note that not all pre-made ozonated olive oil is equal in quality. You can also make your own ozonated olive oil if you have an ozonator and a separate aerator stone specifically used for olive oil.
Can I use regular grapefruit instead of pink grapefruit for the liver flush?
To make the grapefruit and olive oil drink for the 2-day liver flush, you want the solution to be watery. According to Dr. Clark, only fresh pink grapefruit will accomplish this. Store bought pink grapefruit juice with any additives is not recommended either.
Can I use another fruit juice if I don't have or I don’t like grapefruit for the liver flush?
You can substitute lemon juice for grapefruit juice. Squeeze one lemon and add enough water to the juice to make ½ cup of liquid. Adding natural sweetener is optional. Some other liver cleansing protocols may call for apple juice or vegetable juice used in a different manner. Dr. Clark's protocol uses either pink grapefruit or lemon juice. Substituting any other juice may alter the effectiveness of Dr. Clark's cleansing protocol.
Can I use any brand of olive oil, or does it have to the Dr. Clark Store brand for the liver flush?
You can use any brand of extra virgin olive oil.
How often should I do the Liver Cleanse?
Consider doing the Liver Cleanse once or twice a year to reset liver function. However, you can do the cleanse more frequently if needed.
Is there a maintenance program for the Liver Cleanse?
There is no maintenance program for the Liver Cleanse, but you can keep drinking the Liver Support Tea as needed.
Is the Liver Cleanse suitable for children?
We do not recommend giving children under the age of 18 the Liver Cleanse. Always consult with a healthcare professional before giving children nutritional supplements designed for adults.
Can I do the Liver Cleanse if I'm pregnant?
If you are pregnant, we do not recommend that you do the Liver Cleanse without speaking with your doctor first.
Can I do the Liver Cleanse if I'm breastfeeding?
Because compounds found naturally in the Liver Cleanse products can get into breast milk, we do not recommend that you do the cleanse while you are breastfeeding. Please consult with your doctor before attempting to do the cleanse.
Can I do the Liver Cleanse if I had my gallbladder removed?
Yes, you can still do the Liver Cleanse if your gallbladder has been removed. There should not be any issues drinking the Liver Support Tea (part 1 of the cleanse). Without a gallbladder, bile produced in your liver to aid fat digestion goes straight to your small intestine. Consuming the olive oil drink during the liver flush (part 2 of the cleanse) may result in looser stools accompanied by gas and bloating. Without a gallbladder you won't have any gallstones to remove, but you can still encourage the removal of toxins that have built up in the liver.
Can I give the Liver Cleanse to my pets?
We do not recommend giving your pet the Liver Cleanse. Only Dr. Clark's Parasite Cleanse can be modified for dogs and cats. Please consult a veterinarian before giving your pets nutritional supplements or cleansing protocols designed for humans.
Can I do the Quick Liver Cleanse and expect the same results as the standard Liver Cleanse?
The Quick Liver Cleanse is a readymade blend of ingredients. It is convenient for travelling and for busy lifestyles. The Quick Liver Cleanse can be used as an alternative to part 1 of the standard Liver Cleanse, when you drink the Liver Support Tea for one to two weeks. However, the Quick Liver Cleanse capsules do not take the place of the 2-day liver flush (part 2 of the standard Liver Cleanse). For a thorough cleansing experience, perform the liver flush protocol after you have completed the 13-day Quick Liver Cleanse.
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