Detoxing makes you feel better and rids your body of toxins that can cause health problems. But there are myriad ways to detox, from fasting to eliminating all but certain foods for a specific period of time. All such programs seek to remove poisons from your bloodstream, liver, kidneys and other body tissues—which we all have in our system thanks to the processed foods we eat and polluted air we breathe.
The Master Cleanse
There are a number of ways to naturally flush out your system. The most well-known may be the Master Cleanse, also known as the lemonade diet or the maple syrup fast. The Master Cleanse was created by Stanley Burroughs in 1941 but really became popular in recent years as celebrities used it to lose weight quickly and spread the word. Beyoncé Knowles lost more than 20 pounds for her role in “Dreamgirls” by using the Master Cleanse, and Jared Leto reportedly lost the 62 pounds he gained to play convicted murderer Mark David Chapman by using this method.
The Master Cleanse was not originally meant to be a weight-loss plan, however. It was designed as a natural way to do a full-body detox. You can do the Master Cleanse for three, seven, 10 or more days. The instructions are simple: For whatever period of time you choose, you consume nothing but a drink made of fresh lemon juice, cayenne pepper, maple syrup and water. Some directions for the Master Cleanse also recommend drinking a saltwater mixture in the morning or evening as an additional way to flush out your system.
Liver and Gallbladder Flush
If you have gallstones and want to specifically target your liver and gallbladder you can do the apple juice flush. This is a seven-day liver and gallstone detox program. Like the Master Cleanse, it is a simple diet using fresh ingredients. To do the gallbladder flush, eat four to six apples and drink four to five glasses of organic, unfiltered apple juice for the first six days. You can continue eating regular meals, as well, although some people fast from all other food while they follow it. Each night before bed, you consume olive oil, lemon juice and water. Lie on your right side as you sleep for best results. On the seventh day repeat the process but add a morning enema to your routine. This not only detoxes your liver and gallbladder but, if you have gallstones, they’ll be expelled.