Most persons that want to perform body cleansings may be divided conditionally into three categories:
I. Relatively healthy, smart people, who want to be healthy, postpone disease and aging
II. Sick people, who are suffer from chronic gastrointestinal, liver, gallbladder, pancreas disorders, overweight issues, diabetes, bile reflux, food sensitivity, and other chronic disorders, that they are looking for natural, non-drug solution for their conditions.
III. Young, very thin cleansers-fanatics masking their anorexia or bulimia problems by different cleansing techniques
This article may help persons from 1 and 2 groups to get more facts how to decrease the level of inner toxicity and improve liver and pancreas functions.
We live in the toxic world. What are the toxins? These are harmful for the human body substances.
For the last 50 years thousands new chemicals were developed and many of them may be harmful for human organism.
Countless of these toxins we can get with water, air, food, by contact with our skin and eyes. They are part of the outside environment. Heavy metals, therapeutic drugs, industrial chemicals, pollutants, pesticides, fertilizers, fuels, herbicides and abused drugs, hormones, antibiotics are some of them.
Some toxins are produced inside our body as well. They are end-products of body’s metabolism or these toxins are produced by micro organisms and parasites living in human being. Bile pigments, bacterial toxins, urea, parasitic products are some of them.
The human body has well design system for detoxification and this is vital for its survival.
The problems can occur either too many toxins collected in the body or the organs for elimination of the toxins are overwhelmed and are getting weak due to aging or diseases.
We all need cleansing. Modern men experience pandemic of digestive disorders, dysbiosis (dysbalance of friendly intestinal flora), chronic body acidity, and inner toxicity. All these interrelated conditions make a huge effort on two essential alkaline glands such as liver and pancreas causing their deterioration, damage, and diseases.
So, by common sense and clinical evidence, all cleansing techniques that decrease toxic damage of liver and pancreas are vital important.
At first, we have to decrease amount of toxins going to our body by short fasting, alkaline diet, organic non-processed foods, avoiding alcohol, tobacco, OTC drugs, and other chemicals. In addition, we have to minimize the environmental toxicity.
Fasting. Human organism does not have copious amount of the carbohydrates, therefore during fasting organism burn its own fats and proteins, mostly muscles. Through this process, a lot of acidic products are released causing severe whole body acidity – metabolic acidosis. Acidity leads to damage of alkaline glands such as liver and pancreas. So, fasting more than three days may be recommended only relatively healthy persons. The good rule is to measure saliva and urine pH by litmus paper for the period of any cleansing procedures to keep them more than 6.6.
Next step is boost body’s natural detoxification throughout proper work of all organs responsible for removing waste such as liver, colon, kidney, skin. It is wisely to focus on all these organs all together in the same time.
Colon is most abused organ and it suffers from gas, constipation, parasites, and Candida-yeast overgrowth. All toxins from colon go to the liver so any liver cleansings have to start from colon cleansing. Colon hydrotherapy (colonics), herbs, probiotics, anti-Candida programs can be very beneficial for these purposes. The goal is not only cleanse the colon by laxatives but accomplish rejuvenation and restoration of friendly intestinal flora.
Friendly intestinal flora is another important organ for detoxification. Good bacteria in our GI tract help us with proper digestion, immunity, producing some vitamins, removing cholesterol and heavy metals.
Most of toxic substances that are going into human body with food and water move to the liver – the body’s central chemical factory. There, liver metabolizes them, making these substances less toxic, into two categories: water-soluble and fat-soluble.
Water-soluble substances via blood go to the kidneys and kidneys finish the job by removing them with urine. Many cleansing action such as drinking water, herbal teas, alkalizing healing mineral water, vegetable blends and juices, herbs and nutritional supplementation have to help kidney to eliminate the waste products.
How about fat-soluble substances and also heavy metals, pigments, cholesterol? Liver moves all of them into the bile. Bile is very important vehicle for elimination toxins and waste from the body.
It is known, that liver bile collects into the gallbladder, there it becomes concentrated, and it releases as needed for digestion fatty foods. Gallbladder bile of people with liver, gallbladder, stomach, and pancreas disorders due to chronic body acidity is getting acidic, very aggressive and corroded because of precipitation of the bile acids.
People with chronic digestive problems such as gas, bloating, heartburn, bile refluxes, abdominal cramps and pains, diarrhea/constipation usually suffer from acidic aggressive bile. During the harsh “liver cleansings” and sharp contraction of the gallbladder by olive oil, Epson salt, lemon juice, etc., large amount of acidic, very aggressive and corroded gallbladder bile, filled with toxic substances goes through the bile duct, valves (sphincter of Oddi), merges with pancreatic duct and finally rich the duodenum – the beginning of the small intestine. Through its way, this toxic gallbladder bile, a specially, when it mix with very aggressive pancreatic juice causes irritation, jerky contractions of smooth muscles of ducts, valves and gut causing refluxes (wrong way traffic), inflammation, ulcers.
During cleansing even healthy people can experience nausea, abdominal cramps, and heartburn. In my practice, I observed mild attacks of pancreatitis with upper abdominal pains that was confirm by lab tests after harsh “liver cleansing”. It may happen when solid aggressive gallbladder bile with sludge, small or big gallbladder stones closes the valve (sphincter Oddi), increases the pressure inside the pancreatic duct. Trapped inside the pancreatic digestive enzymes can be activated and start to digest their own pancreatic tissue.
Rushing in liver, gallbladder, and pancreas cleansing may cause more harm than good. Preparing to gallbladder flash is a good idea. Two weeks of raw and liquid alkalizing foods, drinking herbal teas and healing mineral water to keep saliva and urine pH 6.6 and up can make bile less acidic, liquid and easy to eliminate.
If one focus on liver and pancreas cleansing, it would be interesting to know about whole body cleansing in European healthy mineral spas.
Many well and ill, young and old people have visited mineral spas all over the Europe and drink mineral waters for healing and cleansing for the hundreds of years.
The famous mineral spa is Karlovy Vary in Czech Republic. It is difficult to believe but the first medical book about benefits its water in cleansing (constipation) was published in 1522. After that, many medical books and articles were printed in Europe to confirm the healing power of the Karlovy Vary mineral water.
In 1764, the salt from vaporized Karlovy Vary spring water made it possible to distribute the water all over the world. Czech doctors found out that the water manufactured from the genuine Karlovy Vary thermal spring salt had the same healing properties as at the spring.
This unique mineral water consists of 40 vital minerals, trace elements, and bicarbonate. European doctors by numerous experiments and clinical research figure out that Karlovy Vary healing mineral water very beneficial for safe and effective cleansing liver and pancreas. Why?
This water is mineral solution that is close to plasma of the human blood.
Look what is the first actions the doctors and nurses start perform in ER in the hospital? Right, they give their patients mineral solution into vein for detoxification and rehydration. Water that is manufactured from the genuine Karlovy Vary thermal spring salt is natural alkalizer to neutralize the whole body acidity. Water increases production of the bile, making it alkaline therefore, less aggressive. Liquid bile moves easy throughout ducts and valves. Mineral components in the water promote peristaltic and gentle contractions of the gallbladder.
Czech doctors recommend drink mineral water and walk. It is very similar with ancient Ayurveda cleansing procedure, when people drink salty water and perform special yoga exercises until they start to eliminate stool.
What else, people do for whole body cleansing in European healthy mineral spas?
Colon hydrotherapy or colonic can help get rid of toxins, Candida-yeast and parasites. To put in account pandemic of Candida-yeast overgrowth, there is nothing good things to wash out. Colon hydrotherapy makes appropriate milieu and promotes to grow the good bacteria in the colon.
European school of herbal medicine – phytotherapy has a hundreds years of the using herbs for liver health.
Hepatic herbs are divided in three categories:
1. Cholagogues promote the flow of bile
2. Choleretics are plants that support the bile production and excretion by the liver
3. Hepatoprotectors are plants that support liver function and aid detoxification
Many herbs from the hepatic group have all three actions overlapping each other such as Barberry, Burdock, Dandelion, Elecampane, Fennel, Flaxseed, Ginger, Corn Silk, Licorice, Milk Thistle, Pau D’Arco, Peppermint, Rosehips, Rhubarb, St. John’s Wort, Turmeric, Wild Clover, Yarrow, etc.
Many herbs are widely used for these purposes in Traditional Chinese Medicine, Ayurveda, and North and South America herbal medicines.
Acupuncture has been used in European mineral spa for the last 50 years and it makes a good combination with other cleansing and healing techniques. Acupuncture improves microcirculation and correct work of all GI organs including pancreas and liver, decreases cleansing reactions.
This article may give open-minded persons new or very old, but forgotten ideas, how to improve the health of vital organs such as liver and pancreas.
If plug is happened in the bathroom, many of us call the professional plumber to avoid risk. It is wisely to perform any body cleansings under supervision of the knowledgeable licensed professional.
By Peter Melamed Ph.D.