Some of you might remember that I have an ornery gallbladder, so I was doing the cleanse from "The Liver and Gallbladder Miracle Cleanse" written by Andreas Moritz and would report back to you. I am still not completely finished - I started at 6pm yesterday - but as it has been almost 24 hours, I wanted to say that I have lost 50-60 gallstones ranging in size from my pinkie fingernail to my thumbnail and some were slightly larger than that. I'm sure I will lose more in the next few hours. So here's a little Q & A and please ask more in the comments if you want to know!
Q: Was it painful?
A: No, it wasn't painful at all. I had a bout of nausea during the night which was followed by some small cramps, but right then, I passed my first 10 stones. The book mentions possible nausea and I think it might have been because I snuck peanut butter cookie right when I was supposed to stop eating the day before (1:30pm). Moritz warns that eating fat on the day of the cleanse can lead to nausea.
Q: Was the peanut butter cookie worth it?
A: NO. Nope. Nada. I repent.
Q: What does a gallstone look like?
A: They are a lovely pea green and are varied in shape. Most will float on the surface of the water unless it is calcified which will cause it to sink. I didn't notice any calcified ones this time.
Q: Will you do it again?
A: Yes, I plan on doing this cleanse every 3 weeks until I am stone free for two consecutive cleanses. I will then do it every 6 months to keep my gallbladder/liver happy and ME healthy! Keeping a healthy liver also prevents a multitude of other ailments and boasts the immune system.
Q: What was the hardest part?
A: Besides the nausea (which I probably could have avoided if I had behaved myself) drinking the Epsom salt was the hardest part. That stuff is bitter, man! With the last two doses, I let myself have a tiny lick of honey afterward which encouraged me to chug. Using a straw way up in my mouth helped bypass my tastebuds. The juice/olive oil cocktail didn't taste to bad, it was just a lot to drink, especially since I had just had a glass of water not to long before. I had 10 minutes to finish it and completed it in 7 despite, and maybe because of, Doug making me laugh over and over and almost snorting it.
Q: Was it cool?
A: YEAH! I mean seriously, it really was. I was pretty proud.
Conclusion: Compared to all the other effects of a whoaful gallbladder, this was quite simple and I'm very glad I did it. I was a tad weak and sleepy today but I had the whole first season of "I Love Lucy", my sweet babies to read to, and rain outside. God has created our bodies to heal themselves - that is incredible. I'm thankful that my little gallbladder and liver put up with me and the things I've put them through. I hope to keep them around for a long, long time and that this process will make me a better wife, mother and steward of what God has given me!
Something that is stressed throughout this book: DRINK WATER! I know you hear it all the time, but the benefits are so profound! Your gallbladder has to make over a quart of gall a day - that's 4 cups of fluid from the gallbladder alone, not to mention all the other things needing hydration!
So this is the challenge I have given myself: Drink 8 cups of water (coffee, tea, soda don't count) daily for a week and see how much better I feel because of it! I think my body will be thanking me :-)