The Three Day Liver Flush
Vicky Vlachonis' successful pain eradication program was developed over 16 years working with a wide range of clients, from celebrities and CEOs to overworked ballerinas and working moms.
Excerpted from The Body Doesn’t Lie: A 3-Step Program to End Chronic Pain and Become Positively Radiant. Copyright © 2014 by Vasiliki Vlachonis. Published by HarperOne, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers.
The aim of the Liver Flush is to cleanse the body and allow the immune system to heal. The cleanse, or detoxification, is an age-old process that’s a part of many cultural and religious traditions. The premise is simple: When we stop eating for a significant period of time, the body has time to heal itself naturally. The amount and type of foods in the standard American diet overwhelm the body’s resources and put us in a state of constant digestive processing. We’re born with powerful self-healing capabilities, but for many us, the body literally doesn’t have the time or energy to do the necessary healing work. With this liver cleanse, we provide the body the time and nutrients to flush out all the toxins and restore natural balance.
This is a fail-safe and important regulatory process. When my patients are in pain and showing some of the symptoms of toxic overload (such as extra weight gain, puffy eyes, irritability, blotchy skin), I advise them to just drink water and have no food for the remainder of the day. The next day, they inevitably feel much better. No medication necessary! The Liver Flush is designed as a more livable way to get that important cleansing done over a three-day period.
Before we turn to specifics of each meal during the Liver Flush, let’s talk about water. The word “flush” implies water—and rightly so. You’ll want to drink eight to ten glasses of water over the course of the day. (More on calculating the exact amount you should drink in a few pages.)
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