I’ve been asked before if a liver cleanse is necessary if a successful Candida cleanse has already been completed.
In my opinion, a liver cleanse is never unnecessary, but you don’t need to do a liver detoxification per se.
Liver detoxification occurs by default if you eat natural, healthy, good foods for a prolonged period. Especially if you are savvy about the risk environmental toxins pose to your liver. For example, personal care products, air fresheners, carpet deodorizers, garden chemicals, gasoline and turpentine are all potential toxins.
If you understand where the toxicity comes from in your life, try and avoid it. For example, in our house, the policy is that we don’t use any products that contain potentially cancer-causing chemicals. I don’t use strong chemicals in our home and especially not in the garden. I spend a lot of time in the garden.
If you keep your lifestyle, environment, and diet clean, you shouldn’t need regular liver cleansing.
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Every springtime, I do increase my intake of fresh, leafy green vegetables, berries, and water. To me, that is a purging or liver cleansing. I also regularly include herbs in my diet.
I think that taking Swedish Bitters is a fantastic way to do a mild liver cleanse any time of the year. Take one teaspoon once or twice per day before meals for about four to six weeks. Bingo, you’ve done a liver cleanse.
When you are trying to cleanse your liver, don’t drink any alcohol. Instead, drink more water, got to bed earlier, and eat better. The point I’m making is that you should look at your entire life when contemplating cleaning and detoxification.
Sometimes the analogy of a clean house is useful when discussing liver cleansing. Let’s say you’ve got a bathroom that’s nice and clean. It’s used now and then, but it’s kept clean. Now you’re saying to me, “Do I need to get in there and do a thorough clean? It looks pretty clean, but do I need to get in there and really clean?” And I’m saying, “Well, it looks tidy to me, why do you want to clean it for?” You don’t need to over clean, but again, you don’t want to under clean either.
If you’re feeling good, if you’re pooping good, if your energy’s good, if your sleep is good, if your mental health is good, if your cognitive function is good, if everything seems to be balanced, then why do you want to do a liver cleanse? I don’t think there’s any point.
It’s always up to you, but a liver cleanse is not something I would recommend doing just for the sake of doing it.
In my book Candida Crusher, I write about liver cleansing. Please take a look at my book for further discussion of liver cleansing. I do believe it’s a good thing to do now and then.