Nutrition: Liver and Gallbladder Cleanse, by Julie Daniluk
If you had a lot of fun on St. Patrick’s Day recently, or if you just want to give your body a rest from the work it does processing the treats we indulge in, here is a sure way to cleanse the liver and gallbladder.
Prepare the week before your cleanse by eating two to three apples a day. The pectin in apples gives a gentle preparatory cleansing for the gallbladder. If you have weak digestion or cannot digest raw apples, then consider watered-down apple cider or applesauce three times a day.
Be aware that during the cleanse you are going to feel some discomfort. You will have loose stools, and should not be too far from a washroom. So it is best to do this cleanse on a quiet weekend when you have a chance to recover in a relaxed space.
Morning: eat only fruit (nothing else)
Lunch: only eat vegetables, raw or cooked (only use water to cook them — no oil, salt or seasonings)
Throughout the day: drink water, or a mixture of four parts water to one part apple cider, as desired
6:00PM: Drink ¾ cup water with 1 tablespoon Epsom salts
8:00PM: Drink ¾ cup water with 1 tablespoon Epsom salts
Bedtime (10:00PM or sooner)
Immediately before you go to bed, drink the following.
½ cup virgin olive oil + ½ – ¾ cup freshly squeezed grapefruit juice
Shake well, drink, and go straight to bed, lying on your right side or your back.
Note: Do everything you need to do for bed before you drink this mixture: brush your teeth, make your bed, put on your pyjamas, and anything else you do before bed. It is important that you lie down to sleep immediately after you drink the mixture.
In the morning, as soon as you wake up: Drink ¾ cup water with 1 tablespoon Epsom salts
Two hours later: Drink ¾ cup water with 1 tablespoon Epsom salts
One hour after that: Eat fruit
One hour after that: Eat as desired, with small portions.
Julie Daniluk, RHN, hosts Healthy Gourmet, a reality cooking show that highlights the ongoing battle between taste and nutrition by using unique groups such as bikers, dragon boat racers and ballroom dancers to challenge their taste buds with nutritious foods. Julie is excited that her show was chosen to be part of OWN (the Oprah Winfrey Network). Similar to Oprah’s book club, programs on OWN explore stories of strength and transformation. Television viewers also recognize Julie from her “busted” segments on The Right Fit (W Network) and The Marilyn Dennis Show (CTV) where she examines the foods people need to stay healthy, acting as a nutrition encyclopedia. Her fun and engaging style comes in handy when she creates a recipe a week that is packed with health tips for www.chatelaine.com. Her new book Meals That Heal Inflammation is available in stores now.