The Liver

The Liver

It’s that time of year when we climb out of our winter caves and prepare for another year of activity. The first thing many of us do is clean out winter’s accumulation of dust and grime and bring in fresh air and sunshine.

However, when it comes to our bodies, it seems that most of us do very little cleansing. It seems that we take better care of our homes than our bodies.

At Surrey Natural Foods, we suggest that you start with cleansing your liver and gallbladder. The liver is one of the most important organs of the body, performing functions related to (among other things):

  • digestion,
  • metabolism,
  • detoxification,
  • storage of nutrients,
  • production of vital protein components of blood plasma, and
  • support of the immune system.

In fact, the liver performs over 500 different functions. It is of vital importance yet we, North Americans, do very little to support it. The result is that we succumb to many chronic diseases which could be avoided if we looked after our livers properly.

Our favourite liver cleanse is the Stone Cleanse by Shael Stonebridge. Based on a recipe by Andreas Moritz, this time-tested program helps the liver and gallbladder release stones which have formed in them.

Shael packages the seven-day Stone Cleanse kits himself, using targeted ingredients recommended in a specific order to promote the pain-free expulsion of gallstones from your liver and gallbladder.Ingredients include:

  • Magnesium malate OR malic acid for the first six days.
  • Colosan tablets on day six and day seven.
  • Epsom Salts OR magnesium citrate mixed with water on day six and seven.
  • Grapefruit Juice mixed with Olive Oil on day six. (not provided in kit)

The cleanse also requires one twenty-four hour fast from 1 PM of day six till 1 PM of day seven. Sounds simple, doesn’t it? If you’re anything like me, after looking at that list you probably have a lot of questions.

Shael Stonebridge, R.H.N.

Shael Stonebridge, R.H.N.

Fortunately for people interested in his products, Shael endeavors to respond quickly and make himself available. In my case, he answered my email in less than an hour. Here are the questions I sent to him and the answers he provided.

What is the purpose of the malic acid or magnesium malate during the first six days of the cleanse? Please explain.

This breaks up the gallstone matter in the liver ducts into nuggets which can safely be pulled from the liver during the StoneCleanse.

Are there any side effects?

Only very mild effects reported.  Loose stools are normal during the cleanse.

You list in your insert that Magnesium Malate can be used for aluminim detoxification. Is the same true of Malic Acid?

I am certain of Magnesium Malate’s quality as an aluminum chelator.  I do not think Malic acid alone will do this.

What is “Colosan”?

Magnesium Oxide.

Why fast between day 6 and day 7?

So food in the digestive system will not interfere with the cleanse.

What is the purpose of the espsom salts or magnesium citrate drink beyond creating a laxative effect?

Providing enough magnesium to make the bile duct supple enough to pass a golfball-sized gallstone with no pain.

livergallbladderWhat is the purpose of the Olive Oil / Grapefruit Juice mixture?

To trigger the flow of bile from the liver and gallbladder.

Why should I lie down for 20 minutes directly after taking it?

So that gravity will not hasten the passage of the olive oil.

Will I be up through the night going to the toilet?

Not usually.  In my many cleanses – I have done 54 to date – I only had to get up in the night twice.

When should I expect results?

Gallstones should be floating in the toilet with the first loose stools of the morning of day 7. No gallstones may pass with the first and second cleanse — it may take 3 cleanses to dislodge them enough to pass. This happens with about 3% of people starting the cleanses.

What kind of results should I expect?

To pass gallstones from the liver and gallbladder, repeat the cleanse until they are all out!

What are the benefits of doing this cleanse?

  • Restoration of essential bile flow to digestion.
  • Restoration of alkalinity to the lower digestive tract.
  • Restoration of the liver’s ability to dump filtered metabolic waste down the bile duct, eliminating it from the body, instead of being forced to store this toxicity within.
  • With the liver working for you instead of being sidelined ALL systems and organs will be restored and revitalized — many illnesses and issues will vanish.

StoneCleanse-Maximum-StrengthHow often should I repeat it?

Every 2 weeks.

Shael’s Stone Cleanse takes the guesswork out of liver and gallbladder cleansing. He offers four “strengths”: Maximum Strength, Regular Strength, Gentle Strength and Most Gentle Strength. But, I recommend talking to Shael about your unique needs to determine the best package for you.

You can reach him by email at mysimpleideas@gmail.com. He is also available at Surrey Natural Foods every Saturday from 10 AM till 5 PM. Call Surrey Natural Foods at 604-588-3828 to book an appointment.

Your liver is the most important organ in your body for detoxing harmful or toxic substances. If you already suffer from a chronic health issue, chances are your liver is struggling.

Other ways to support your liver are:

  • Drink Milk Thistle Tea or take a Milk Thistle supplement
  • Eat an organic, whole foods diet
  • Eliminate chemicals from your diet and household products, including cleaning products and anything you use on your hair or skin
  • Ensure that your bowels are moving regularly

Welcome new health this spring that will enable you to enjoy your summer with vigor and vitality. Good health begins with the elimination of toxins. So, treat your liver well.

Please post any questions, comments, or testimonials you have in the comments section below.

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