Liver Cleansing Time…
I’ve been prepping this week for another liver and gallbladder cleanse. I had a bit of a rough ride last go round and decided with the holidays and January (which felt to be the hang over from the holidays) that a break from cleansing was in order. But here we are in February and the time has arrived again 🙂
I’ve been doing The Liver and Gallbladder Miracle Cleanse by Andreas Moritz. This will be my fifth cleanse. Thus far I’ve passed at least 1,000 gallstones from my liver and gallbladder. Since doing these cleanses my digestive issues have been pretty much eliminated.
To give the liver and gallbladder a break, the six day prep for the cleanse includes dietary restrictions including the avoidance of fried foods, anything cold (drink or food), any animal products, and no supplements (unless absolutely necessary).
To help soften the gallstones, I’ve been drinking Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) each day (1 TBS in water, 4 times a day) — not right before eating and at least two hours after eating.
My husband is doing the prep part with me this time (holding out to see if he does the actual cleanse day with me) and he asked me the other day if there are still benefits to him doing the prep even if he drops out of the actual cleansing part.
Well, obviously the dietary restrictions are an improvement. And “Yes. Apple Cider Vinegar is very good for you,” I replied.
OK, so not the best reasoning, but most of the time this is all my mind can gather about specifics if something is good or not (isn’t that what Google is for?) 🙂
So, for future reference — for you, me, and my dear husband — here it is….
The Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)
One important thing I recently learned about ACV is that it stimulates hydrochloric acid (HCL) in the stomach.
HCL is responsible for breaking down food, specifically proteins. If we have low stomach acid then food has trouble moving through the rest of the digestive track.
Some symptoms of HCL deficiency include bloating, burping, heartburn, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Candida overgrowth, rheumatoid arthritis, acne and eczema.
This explains why ACV is said to help with acne, allergies, and chronic fatigue.
ACV is high in acetic acid which helps the body absorb important minerals from the foods that we eat. Additional acids in ACV bind to toxins and eliminate them more efficiently from the body.
ACV is anti-microbial, antiseptic, and a natural antibiotic. It helps to break up mucus in the body and helps to cleanse the lymph nodes (which are responsible for the elimination of toxins in the body).
ACV also helps to detoxify the liver. It has been shown to slow down and even kill cancer cells!
ACV helps normalize blood sugar levels, blood pressure and cholesterol. It also helps with gradual weight loss, as it helps to control appetite.
ACV has an alkalinizing effect on the body and contains potassium, magnesium and calcium.
And who could forget the reason why I’m drinking ACV every day this week — it helps to soften and remove gallstones.
On the Positive Side?
This is my the first liver and gallbladder cleanse that I’ve prepped with ACV. During the prep I’ve had to take a break from the digestive supplements I take every day including probiotics and Vitalzym. Regardless, my digestion has been great and I think this is because of the ACV.
ACV is relatively inexpensive even for the preferred organic, raw variety and you don’t need much of it to be effective. It is recommended to take at least 1 – 3 teaspoons before a meal to help digestion.
Since really diving into the benefits of ACV, I am considering continuing to drink it daily (in smaller dosages).
I enjoy the taste of vinegar and was able to drink it just diluted in water, but if you’re not keen on drinking it straight up, try mixing it into some juice or using it in your homemade salad dressings.
Have you tried supplementing with ACV? Did you have positive results? I would love to hear about your experience. 🙂