For overall cleansing, I recommend an occasional liver-gallbladder flush. Earlier, I mentioned that the color of the tongue is a factor in my oral diagnosis. A yellowish coating, for example, could indicate that my patient was developing problems in his or her liver or gallbladder.
If there are no medical problems that preclude treatment, a simple liver-gallbladder flush can be an effective method of starting my patient back on the road to health.
This flush is one you should try even if you are perfectly healthy – it has great value in preserving good health.
Many kinds of liver-gallbladder flushes are effective. My favorite flush consists of a three-day fast on olive oil and lemon juice, followed by six days on olive oil, lemon, juices of carrot, spinach, beet, and cucumber. It’s an old remedy.
Remember when you were a kid and had a cold or flu? Your mother used to make you take a lot of juice. That’s really what you were doing – cleansing your body. Morning is the best time for flushing and cleansing the system. Start your day with the following:
- Cold-pressed extra virgin olive oil, 2 tablespoons
- Juice of one large or two small lemons
- Juice of one or two grapefruit Garlic cloves, one to four
- Cayenne pepper, a dash
Place all the ingredients in a blender and blend until well mixed. After drinking the flush, follow with two cups of herbal tea or plain hot water. If you are concerned about smelling of garlic, you can use odorless garlic or take chlorophyll tablets to reduce the garlic odor.
You might also be interested in knowing that in her book Healthy Healing, author Linda Rector Page claims that enemas using garlic, coffee, or wheatgrass enhance the healing process.
As with a liver-gallbladder flush, most people can benefit from an occasional cleanse. Here is a pleasant diet that will help your body to rid itself of toxins. You should follow this diet for two weeks. For optimum health, I’d suggest that you do such a cleanse twice a year.
Eat a grapefruit or have a glass of fruit or vegetable juice.
Fruit or vegetable salad. Do not mix. Use only fresh fruits or vegetables and cold pressed oils, lemons, or other citrus fruits or herbs for dressings.
Sprout snack (sprouts with tomatoes, onion, avocado, tamari sauce, olive oil, or lemons).
Fruit or vegetable salad and/or baked or steamed vegetables. Try to keep this meal smaller than lunch.
Fruit or vegetable juice.
This cleansing process can be intensified by drinking at least ten glasses of liquid each day. While on a cleansing or detox diet, you may feel tired or like you have the flu or a bad cold.
This is part of the healing process and need not be cause for alarm. After this kind of cleanse, it’s important to introduce foods slowly. The following supplements should be taken during this detoxification period.
You’ll notice that I suggest supplements such as L-carnitine, milk thistle, and liver extracts. All of these supplements are basically designed to help invigorate you liver.
- Choline, 1g per day
- Omega-3 oil capsules, twice per day
- L-carnitine, 500 mg, twice per day
- L-Methionine, 1g per day
- Milk thistle, 70-200 mg, three times per day
- Selenium, 200 mcg per day
I hope, by now, that you see the value of proper diet for healthy teeth and a healthy body. By concentrating on proper nutrition, getting the right amount of exercise, reducing stress, and eliminating toxins from your body every once in a while through a fast or a flush, you will optimize your overall health.
This information has been reproduced with permission from Dr. Victor Zeines’ book entitled Healthy Mouth, Healthy Body. For more information please visit our Resources page.