Reasons to avoid Epsom salt, Olive oil and Grapefruit for liver cleansing

Updated at: Jul 08, 2016
Reasons to avoid Epsom salt, Olive oil and Grapefruit for liver cleansing

Liver cleansing can be really good for your health but there are certain things to be careful about. Learn how you should cleanse liver the right way.

Meenakshi Chaudhary
Home RemediesWritten by: Meenakshi ChaudharyPublished at: Jul 07, 2016

We all know the main function of liver is to process and eliminate metabolic wastes from our body. It also produces many crucial substances that you need for good health along with metabolizing medications and purifying your body from the harmful environmental toxins. Experts believe that processes such as liver cleansing, liver flushing or liver gallbladder flushing can help maintain a good health of the liver and gall bladder. However, there are dangers associated with both the processes. It is important to note that the processes involved in liver cleanse and liver gall blabber flush are completely different from each other. Here is how to cleanse the liver and things you should avoid during the process.


liver cleanse and liver gallbladder flush


Understanding process of liver cleanse and liver-gallbladder flush


Ingredients required to prepare a mixture for liver cleanse include:

  • 2 chopped lemons or grapefruit
  • 2 and ½ cups of pure water
  • 2 tbsp. of virgin olive oil.
  • Blend all the ingredients and drink 3 times per week for 4 weeks, then after that quarterly.

On the other hand, things you will need for liver gallbladder flush, which is comparatively a more advanced and intensive process, include:


  • 4 tbsp of epsom salts
  • ½ cup of olive oil
  • 2/3 to ¾ cup of fresh juice of grapefruit or lemon.
  • Blend all these ingredients and take the mixture at intervals over a 24 hour period.

Important tip:  None of the processes should be done without medical supervision.


Olive oil causes obstruction

So, how and why do these processes pose any kind of danger? Well, the danger of the liver cleanse and liver gallbladder flush comes from the use of olive oil. The 2 tbsp. of olive oil used for the liver cleanse and 1/2 cup of olive oil used for the liver flush are a powerful stimulus for contraction of the gall bladder.  Presence of large stones can lead to obstruction and you may experience symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain. In such cases, surgery is needed.


Epsom salt causes dehydration

Epsom salt, known for its powerful laxative properties, is used in the process of liver cleanse. If you experience obstruction along with nausea, vomiting coupled with frequent soft or loose stools, you may end up feeling dehydrated. What’s worse is that it may follow up with electrolyte and acid base imbalance, which may result in serious cardiac arrhythmia.


Grapefruit leads to plasma concentrations

Grapefruit juice causes plasma concentrations of calcium channel blockers. Calcium channel blockers such as nifedipine or procardia and others, are used to treat high blood pressure, coronary artery disease and arrhythmia. The effect is a severely low blood pressure that can cause loss of consciousness.


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