edited December 2010 in Other Stuff

Hey guys, I’e been wanting to do a liver cleanse for a while now but CANNOT stomach epsom salt, yuck, not to mention olive oil.

Ever since my SAD diet I’ve had problems with constipation, acne, headaches, etc. I believe these could be because my liver has been severely overworked. What are some natural ways I can help my liver function properly, and hopefully, get rid of these symptoms??

Thanks in advance!


  • Hi Odalys I just saw this- I’m sure other people have better info than I do but here’s a start!

    The value of eating lemons is reported by Jethro Kloss in his book Back to Eden:

    “The medicinal value of the lemon is as follows: It is an antiseptic, or is an agent that prevents sepsis [the presence of pathogenic bacteria] or putrefaction [decomposition of tissue]. It is also anti-scorbutic, a term meaning a remedy which will prevent disease and assist in cleansing the system of impurities.â€

    Due to the digestive qualities of lemon juice, symptoms of indigestion such as heartburn, bloating and belching are relieved. By drinking lemon juice regularly, the bowels are aided in eliminating waste more efficiently thus controlling constipation and diarrhea.

    On page 659 of Back to Eden, Mr. Kloss points out that, “The lemon is a wonderful stimulant to the liver and is a dissolvent of uric acid and other poisons, liquefies the bile, and is very good in cases of malaria. Sufferers of chronic rheumatism and gout will benefit by taking lemon juice, also those who have a tendency to bleed, uterine hemorrhages, etc.; rickets and tuberculosis. In pregnancy, it will help to build bone in the child. We find that the lemon contains certain elements which will go to build up a healthy system and keep that system healthy and well. As a food, we find, owing to its potassium content, it will nourish the brain and nerve cells. Its calcium builds up the bony structure and makes healthy teeth.

    “Its magnesium, in conjunction with calcium, has an important part to play in the formation of albumen in the blood. The lemon contains potassium 48.3, calcium 29.9, phosphorus 11.1, magnesium 4.4. Lemons are useful in treating asthma, biliousness, colds, coughs, sore throat, diphtheria, la grippe [flu or influenza], heartburn, liver complaint[s], scurvy, fevers and rheumatism.â€

    Since many people today suffer from what they used to call biliousness, it is important to edify our readers to the definition.

    Biliousness—1. A symptom of a disorder of the liver causing constipation, headache, loss of appetite and vomiting of bile. 2. excess of bile; a bilious fever.

    Why the lemon works so well

    On page 19 of A.F. Beddoe’s book “Biological Ionization in Human Nutrition,†he states that: “Man does not live off the food he eats but off of the energy that is produced from the food he eats.â€

    The energy you get from your food comes from the atoms and molecules of energy in your food. A reaction takes place as cationic food enters the digestive tract and encounters anionic digestive enzymes.

    To explain further, an ion is part of a molecule con-atom or a group of atoms that carry an electrical charge. Ions which carry positive charges are “anions.†Lemons are considered to be anionic, having more anions (negatively charged ions) of energy as compared to cations (positively charged ions) in their atomic structure. Saliva, hydrochloric acid, bile and the stomach’s other digestive juices are also anionic.

    Lemon is one of the only foods on the planet that has more anions than cations in its atomic structure.

    When considering the electromagnetic properties of food Dr. Beddoe points out that all foods are considered cationic with the exception of fresh, raw lemon juice. Some have suggested that the reason fresh lemon juice is similar to digestive enzymes is due to the low amount of sulfur in lemons. It should be noted that pasteurized and packaged lemon juice is cationic and, therefore, ineffective as a health remedy.

    Who Can Benefit From Lemon Water

    Dr. Beddoe continues on page 194: “Lemon water is used in every person that can tolerate it. That is, if there is no allergy to lemon (a very few have a true allergy to lemon) and no active ulcers, then all adults and most children should use the lemon water. The purpose of the lemon is to:

    provide a natural strengthening agent to the liver enzymes when they are too dilute.

    The liver can make more enzymes out of fresh lemon juice than any other food element.

    The lemon helps fix oxygen and calciums in the liver because it regulates blood carbohydrate levels which affect the blood oxygen levels.â€

    In the above book, Dr. Beddoe also cites an article by Dr. Michael Lesser on the medical promise of citric acid in “Anabolism, Journal of Preventive Medicine.†He uses this article to validate the value of using fresh lemon juice daily: “It appears that citric acid, the major carrier of biochemicals in the body’s energy system, shows important promise, primarily because of its excellent properties as a chelator. Its ability to form soluble complexes with calcium offers major promise in the successful treatment of pancreatic stones and has also been employed to dissolve kidney stones. Since calcium deposits are of major significance in the much greater problem of hardening of the arteries, citric acid may possibly contribute to a safe and effective reversal of this widespread degenerative disease.â€

  • WOW! Thanks so much for the indepth information on lemons! Do you think limes have the same properties? These are what I usually use…

    And its funny, because I read all the time about lemon water being good and that its “alkalizing” but I never knew WHY. Thanks a bunch again, writeeternity, looks like I’m going to be experimenting with “lemonades” this week. :)

  • WOw that was a lot of good information on the lemon! I think I’ll be drinking lemonade too lol.

    hey odalys i’ve been interested in doing a liver cleanse too the way you mentioned with epsom salts and oil that are supposed to expel the stones. I think I could handle drinking it but I’m just worried that its too harsh on the system…i don’t want to end up messing up the microflora or whatevers in there lol. But my bf who has had liver problems from too much medication tried it about a year ago and despite it was gross to drink he got rid of many stones and he said that afterward he felt extremely light and healthy…so i think i’m gonna do it and right now i’m taking something for parasites which you are supposed to get rid of before you try to fix the liver…

    but as food is medicine there are several foods that can help detox the liver. this webpage gives reference to some:

  • A watermelon only diet for three days will not only clean you out, the minerals in watermelon are good for cleansing the liver and kidneys. It’s also good for dissolving uric acid.

  • Odalys, may I suggest that your liver may not be the problem necessarily? The symptoms you describe sound to me like the toxins being released aren’t leaving your body fast enough. I would suggest a good intestinal clease, possibly enemas, and lots of water. Make sure you’re not dehydrated as it slows down the cleansing effect.

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