personally i don't agree with moreless on the lemon juice thing , i don't think it becomes alkaline in the body but rather it leeches alkaline minerals to counteract it's strong acidity.
maybe try more bitter foods.have you heard of 'swedish bitters' ?
Yes, but I prefer Grape Bitters. Swedish Bitters contain some harsh laxatives and camphor. Grape Bitters do not have either, and they are a lot cheaper. About $6 for a 2 ounce bottle.
I've done a dozen of them, always flushed out stuff and am glad for that, but I've always felt that what I really needed was something more than flushing the bile ducts. I take Liver detox and rejuvenative formula by Now and N-A-C, dandelion tea, turmeric sometimes. I do evoo/lemon juice and water in the morning to set up the proper ph for digestion. Do you have any suggestions to further help my liver?
One of my favorite liver herbs is schisandra berry. And bitters for cleansing the liver.
I seem to digest foods just fine, but continue to have candida. Oh and I take digestive enzymes as well as good oils.
I posted some suggestions for Candida a few places on this board. And I don't like the idea of people taking digestive enzymes long term. When we substitute for the body's production of something the body will shut down its own production.
Here is a copy of a message I sent to someone else asking about the flushes. It also discusses bitters, which will cleanse the liver and help get rid of stones.:
The liver flushes involving the olive oil, lemon juice and magnesium sulfate do not flush out gallstones. The so called "stones" are an insoluble complex formed from a reaction between the sterols found in the olive oil and cholesterol from food or bile salts in the intestines. This is why these "stones" float instead of sinking like real gallstones. It is actually impossible to pass most real gallstones since they tend to much larger than the bile ducts, even when dilated with the magnesium sulfate. It would be like trying to fit a golf ball through the eye of a needle.
The reason people feel better after this "flush" is because the olive oil helps to stimulate the gallbladder so the bile is not stagnant. And bile stagnation is a common contributor to gallstone formation.
If people really have gallstones then it is best to dissolve them rather than try to pass them. Trying to pass them can cause stones to lodge in the bile ducts, which requires emergency surgery.
Most gallstones form as a result of more cholesterol than the bile can dissolve, so the excess cholesterol precipitates out leading to stone formation. Women are more prone to gallstone formation due to their hormones. Estrogen stimulates the release of cholesterol in to the gallbladder, while progesterone is a smooth muscle relaxant which increases stagnation of bile increasing stone formation.
Bile itself is a fat emulsifier, and it is the high lecithin content (about 80% lecithin) that gives bile its emulsification properties. Therefore increasing bile helps to prevent and dissolve gallstones. Bile formation can be improved by getting plenty of fiber in the diet. Bitters also help. As bitter tasting herbs hit the bitter receptors of the tongue the vagus nerve is stimulated. This in turn kicks up stomach acidity, bile secretion, and pancreatic enzyme release. This is why these are often sold under the name digestive bitters. They also stimulate the liver to flush, so it is very important to drink plenty of water throughout the day when using bitters. This flushing of the liver will also help with hormone regulation as the liver breaks down excess hormones including estrogen and progesterone.
Lecithin granules will also help by providing a building block for the bile. Make sure to use the granules, not the softgels or liquids, which are highly diluted with soy oil. The granules provide more lecithin because they are deoiled concentrating the lecithin. Recommended dose is 1 tablespoon 3 times daily with meals.
Finally, it is helpful to ingest SMALL amounts of good oils, like olive oil, with each meal to facilitate gallbladder contractions to prevent stagnation of the bile.
If you also read the testimonials of these people they also say they float. Real gallstones do not float, they sink. Secondly most of the "stones" are way larger than the bile ducts are capable of expanding. You cannot force a basketball through the eye of a needle.
This also brings up the point that it is possible to force a real stone in to the bile ducts if real stones are present. If a stone gets lodged it is going to require emergency surgery. It is not worth the risk. There are simple and safe ways to prevent or dissolve gallstones such as bitters and lecithin.
As far as differences, this is easy to explain. What other cholesterol sources are the sterols reacting with? Cholesterol from food? The chemistry of the other sources can easily alter the texture and color of the sterol-cholesterol complexes. And particles will get trapped in the formation, like insects getting trapped in amber.
If you look back through the liver flush forum someone posted they actually had the "stones" tested by a lab and they came back as not being real gallstones.
As far as feeling better, ingestion of any dietary oil is going to contract the gallbladder preventing stagnation of the gallbladder provided the hormones are in balance.