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Fast Track Liver Detox

Whether you’re trying to drop unwanted pounds or flush out unwelcome toxins, you need a healthy liver to make it happen. Here’s how to keep this overachieving organ in optimal shape.

After more than two decades working as a nutritionist specializing in weight loss and detoxification, I am still completely in awe of the liver. As far as I’m concerned, this amazing organ, nestled away in the right side of the abdomen, has more than earned its name, which derives from an Old English word for “life.”

Your liver is your largest internal organ, and it’s responsible for an astonishing variety of life-sustaining and health-promoting tasks – including those that make healthy weight loss and weight management possible. Integral to countless metabolic processes, the liver supports the digestive system, controls blood sugar and regulates fat storage. It stores and mobilizes energy, and produces more proteins than any other organ in the body. It also regulates your blood flow and, if you’re a woman, keeps your menstrual cycles running smoothly.

One of your liver’s most important functions, though – and the one most crucial to your weight loss – is chemically breaking down everything that enters your body, from the healthiest bite of organic food to the poisonous pesticides that linger on your salad; from the purest filtered water to a glass of wine or a cup of coffee; from your daily vitamin and mineral supplements to your doctor-prescribed blood-pressure medication.

It’s your liver’s job to distinguish between the nutrients you need to absorb and the dangerous or unnecessary substances that must be filtered out of your bloodstream. But when the liver is clogged and overwhelmed with toxins, it can’t do a very effective job of processing nutrients and fats. So if you’re concerned with managing your weight, remember this important point: The more toxic your body becomes, the more difficulty you’ll have losing weight and keeping it off.

Diet Difficulty

Ironically, many of the low-carb diets that people adopt to lose excess weight only make matters worse. By encouraging us to eat a lot of meat (much of which is laden with toxins), and discouraging us from eating enough fiber-rich, water-dense fruits and vegetables, such diets can slow elimination. By loading us up with so many proteins that our stomachs can’t produce enough acid to digest them all, such diets can inhibit proper digestion, overloading our liver and intestines with a stream of nasty, internally produced poisons such as indican, ammonia, cadaverine and histide.

Fortunately, the liver, in its infinite wisdom, produces bile, a crucial substance for detoxifying our bodies. Bile lubricates our intestines and works with fiber to prevent constipation. Bile is also where the liver dumps all the drugs, heavy metals, xenoestrogens, excess sex hormones from the Pill and hormone replacement therapy, medications, pesticides, industrial chemicals, and other toxins, so they can eventually be eliminated from the body.

One of bile’s other main duties is to help our bodies break down the fats we need and to assimilate fat-soluble vitamins. Without bile, we couldn’t convert beta-carotene into vitamin A, nor could we use calcium. But when our bile becomes overly congested with the toxins it’s trying to filter out, it simply can’t function properly. It becomes thick, viscous and highly inefficient in breaking down fats. The result: You are more likely to gain weight and to have greater difficulty losing it.

Cleansing the liver helps it produce better, more efficient bile. That helps your body flush toxins and break down fat more effectively. It also makes more energy-giving nutrients available to your body and reduces strain on your digestive and immune systems. Your elimination improves, and your colon is relieved of unnecessary burdens. The net effect: You look and feel better, and it becomes far easier for you to achieve and maintain your ideal weight.

The Fast Track: A Three-Stage Process

Ready to give your liver a healthy boost – and give your entire system a thorough spring-cleaning? I developed a Fast Track Detox program for just that purpose. It is a proven, highly effective detox and weight-loss system that offers a simple, safe and effective way to drop excess pounds, to clear out toxic gunk and to improve your health and vitality.

Described in detail in my book, The Fast Track One-Day Detox Diet (Morgan Road Books, 2005), this program is, in reality, less a diet than a multipart program for healthy living. It has been carefully tested in a clinical setting.

Although the fasting part of the detox plan is just a single day (making it very safe), the complete process calls for both a seven-day preparation and a three-day follow-up phase designed to properly prepare your system for the liver-cleansing juice fast and then help extend and compound your healthy results.

This three-part detox process can dramatically improve the state of your liver and colon and help clear tissue throughout your body – all while eliminating bloating, improving your energy and assisting you in dropping unwanted weight. It can also help you appreciate the advantages of improved nutrition and encourage you to adjust your normal diet for the better.

Best of all, unlike water fasting and long-term juice fasting, this program is safe and gentle enough for you to employ any time you are feeling loaded down, sluggish and needing more vitality. I personally do Fast Track Detox fasts three or four times a year, usually around the fall and spring equinoxes, and whenever I feel myself to be on overload – physically, mentally or spiritually.

The Fast Track Detox program is simple to work into your normal life. Here’s how: You spend a full week on the Seven-Day Prequel, eating the Liver-Loving Foods that your body’s major detox organ so desperately needs. You’ll also load up on Colon-Caring Foods to help your colon purge the toxins and waste from your body. Next, you’ll spend one day following a special juice fast designed to flush impurities and stored wastes from your system. Then, after the fast is over, you’ll seal in the results with a Three-Day Sequel that includes additional liver and colon support along with special natural-food sources of probiotics – fermented foods that support the friendly bacteria your system needs to synthesize vitamins and promote immune function.

Many people experience significant and immediate weight loss on this program, but the net benefits for energy and long-term health are every bit as dramatic. So, whether you are looking to slim down or just lighten your toxic load, give the Fast Track Detox a try. You’ll be amazed at what your liver can accomplish with just a little help.

Seven-Day Prequel

Before you begin the One-Day Detox, it’s essential that you prepare your body by strengthening your liver and colon for the work ahead. If you don’t do this, you might end up more bloated, constipated and “toxic” than you were before. You may also inadvertently put the brakes on desired weight loss.

Fasting releases toxins that were previously lodged in your fat cells and shuttles them into your bloodstream for filtration and transport through your body’s elimination channels. But without prior liver and colon support to help these toxins clear your system, the poisons may simply get relocated within the body, settling into any number of sensitive organs and making you feel tired, anxious, headachy and more fatigued than when you started. So if you want to avoid feeling unnecessarily lousy, and if you want to maximize weight loss, follow this simple, six-step program for seven days before you embark on the one-day, liver-flushing juice fast:

1. Each day, for seven days, choose at least one serving from each group of the following Liver-Loving Foods:

  • Crucifers, such as cabbage, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, broccoli sprouts
  • Green leafy vegetables and herbs, like parsley, kale, watercress, chard, cilantro, beet greens, escarole, dandelion greens and mustard greens
  • Citrus, like oranges, lemons and limes (avoid grapefruit and grapefruit juice, which contain a compound called naringen that can interfere with the liver-cleansing process)
  • Sulfur-rich foods, like garlic, onions, eggs and daikon radish
  • Liver healers, such as artichoke, asparagus, beets, celery, dandelion-root tea, whey and nutritional yeast flakes

2. Each day, choose at least two of the following Colon-Caring foods: powdered psyllium husks, milled or ground flaxseeds, carrots, apple, pear or berries.

3. Each day, drink half your body weight in ounces of filtered or purified water.

4. Each day, make sure you have at least two servings (the size of the palm of your hand) of protein in the form of lean beef, lamb, skinless chicken, turkey or fish, or, if you’re a vegan or vegetarian, at least 2 tablespoons a day of a high-quality blue-green algae or a spirulina source (available in natural-foods and health stores).

5. Each day, make sure you have 1 to 2 tablespoons of oil in the form of olive oil, flaxseed oil or a “woman’s oil” (a flaxseed oil-black-currant oil blend).

(For specific serving sizes and more detailed guidance on choosing Liver-Loving Foods, see The Fast Track Detox Diet.)

6. Avoid the following “detox detractors”:

  • Excess dietary fats, especially trans fats
  • Any form of sugar, including honey and maple syrup
  • Artificial sweeteners
  • Refined carbohydrates, including white rice and products made from white flour
  • Gluten, found in wheat, rye, barley and all their related products, such as packaged cereals, macaroni and cheese, pizza dough, pasta, tortillas, pancake/waffle mixes and cookies, as well as in many “low-carb” products, vegetable proteins, some soy sauces and distilled vinegars
  • Soy protein isolates, found in many protein energy bars and processed soy foods
  • Alcohol, over-the-counter drugs and caffeine

One-Day Detox Juice Fast

The One-Day Juice Fast portion of the Fast Track Detox is designed to flush impurities from your liver and other cellular tissues while supporting your general health and energy.

While I do not advocate water fasts, or even long-term juice fasts, decades of professional clinical experience and research have convinced me that healthy, short-term juice fasting – the kind supported by adequate nutritional preparation for the liver and sufficient fiber for the colon – is probably the best-kept secret around for good health, long-term weight loss and an overall feeling of well-being.

By reducing the amount of work your digestive system has to do, you free up a great deal of energy for healing and regeneration. And while you will be limiting your caloric intake for one day, it is not an extended enough period to suppress your metabolism or set off a starvation response. In fact, every ingredient of the One-Day Detox Diet has been specially chosen to stave off hunger; balance your blood sugar; rev up your metabolism; and keep you feeling fit, energized and trim throughout your fasting day.

Here’s the basic protocol you should follow for your One-Day Juice Detox, and some idea of what you might experience during the detox process (keep in mind that the effects and results will vary from person to person).

Before you conduct your one-day fast, make sure you have completed the Seven-Day Prequel. Then, follow this four-step program:

Step I. Prepare the Miracle Juice (for complete recipe and preparation instructions, see The Fast Track Detox Diet):

  • Cranberry Water – unsweetened cranberry juice or unsweetened cranberry juice concentrate diluted with filtered water (be sure to use 100 percent pure, unsweetened cranberry juice that has no sugar, corn syrup or other juices added)
  • Cinnamon
  • Ground ginger
  • Nutmeg
  • Freshly squeezed orange juice
  • Freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • Stevia (a sweet-tasting herb that is widely available at natural-food stores) to taste

Directions:
1. Bring Cranberry Water to a light boil; reduce the heat to low.

2. Place cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg into a tea ball; add to the Cranberry Water. (For a tangier juice, add the spices directly to the liquid.)

3. Simmer 15 to 20 minutes; cool to room temperature.

4. Stir in the orange and lemon juices. Add stevia at this time, if desired.

Step II. Alternate drinking 1 cup (8 ounces) of filtered water and 1 cup (8 ounces) of Miracle Juice during the day. Drink at least 72 ounces of filtered water throughout the day, in addition to the Miracle Juice. Make sure you drink at least a cup of liquid – either the Miracle Juice or water – every hour. Begin the protocol when you wake up in the morning. You don’t have to begin at a specific time, but be sure to have all eight glasses of Miracle Juice in addition to the 72 ounces of water by day’s end.

Step III. Upon rising and at the end of the day, take one serving of a colon-caring supplement, chosen from among the following:

  • Powdered psyllium husks (1 to 2 teaspoons mixed in 8 ounces of water or Miracle Juice)
  • Ground or milled flaxseeds (2 to 3 tablespoons mixed in 10 to 12 ounces of water or 8 ounces Miracle Juice)

Step IV. Engage in only light exercise – either a 20-minute walk or 10 minutes on a rebounder or elliptical machine.

The Three-Day sequel

Following your One-Day Detox, it’s essential that you follow this sequel program for three days straight. Otherwise, your reentry into normal eating may leave you feeling bloated, constipated and more toxic than before.

Fasting without follow-up support means that toxins released into your bloodstream during the fast may remain in your system, making you feel tired, anxious, headachy and fatigued. Skipping the Three-Day Sequel also sets you up to regain lost weight. So support your body’s natural detox process and seal in the results of your One-Day Juice Fast by following these simple steps:

1. Each day, choose at least one of the following probiotic food sources to restore “friendly bacteria”:

  • Sauerkraut (1/2 cup). You can either make your own or buy an organic, raw variety. Most store-bought sauerkraut is processed with heat, which kills the naturally occurring enzymes and microflora, so check the label carefully.
  • Yogurt. Nonfat, low-fat or whole-milk yogurt are all fine, but look for plain yogurt whose label reads “live, active cultures.”

2. Before each meal, take one or more tablets of hydrochloric acid in a formula that contains at least 500 to 540 milligrams of betaine hydrochloride with at least 100 to 150 milligrams of pepsin, and at least 50 milligrams of ox bile extract (such formulas are widely available at most health and nutrition stores and at many natural groceries).

3. Follow steps 1 through 6 of the Seven-Day Prequel.

Where to Go From Here

Once you’ve completed the Fast Track Detox as outlined above, I suggest that you ease back into normal eating by choosing nutritious, low-fat cooked foods that are easy to digest.

In The Fast Track Detox Diet, I supply a variety of simple recipes for liver-loving, colon-caring and sequel-friendly foods. I also cover background and advice on detoxing, in-depth nutritional and health information, plus suggestions for taking the Fast Track Detox program to the next level.

Ultimately, you may decide to incorporate regular detoxes into your ongoing health and fitness regimen. But, particularly if you have never done a detox before, the important thing is to take stock of how you feel before, during and after this first detox experience.

Pay attention to the positive, dramatic impact that supporting your body’s natural detoxification systems can have on your overall health and well-being. Follow these basic detox suggestions and I trust that you will feel lighter, happier and more excited about your body’s healthy potential than you have in years.

This article was adapted from Ann Louise Gittleman’s most recent book, The Fast Track One-Day Detox Diet (Morgan Road Books, 2005).

 

Ann Louise Gittleman is the award-winning author of more than 20 books, including The New York Times bestsellers Before the Change and The Fat Flush Plan. There are more than 3.5 million copies of her books in print. She has appeared on Dr. Phil, The View, Extra, Good Morning America, PBS and CNN, and she writes a column for First for Women magazine. Gittleman holds a PhD in holistic nutrition and a master's degree in nutrition education; she is a certified Nutrition Specialist. She lives in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. For more information, visit her Web site at www.annlouise.com or call 800-888-4353.

61 Comment to Fast Track Liver Detox

  • Kim Nguyen says:

    Hi everyone, I see this article was written in 2005. Is it still pretty relevant and applicable now? Does anyone have any other suggestions for a fast detox program or should I just try this one? I need to detox, not lose weight. Best wishes everyone!

  • Jason Butch says:

    Hello there. I have been looking into changing my diet for the better and came across this. However I have liver cancer and I’m wondering if there’s anything additional I should do? I’m not worried about it poorly effecting me because, let’s be honest, it can’t get any worse.

    Thanks
    Jason

    • deb wilson says:

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    • Heidi Wachter says:

      Hi Jason,

      Thanks for writing, and for your interest in our article.

      We are unable to provide medical advice. We always recommend discussing doing a detox with your health care provider(s) before beginning one.

      I hope you find some relief and healing.

      Yours in health,
      Heidi

  • Jannet Klooster says:

    your statement about grapefruits is a total contradiction of all other liver cleanse diets I’ve done over the years so I did some research and grapefruit slows phase 1 of liver detox and this is in fact a desired outcome. Here is the link I found most useful: http://www.livingnetwork.co.za/chelationnetwork/food/liver-detox-pathways/
    ps I’m from Canada not California :)

  • Marseena Nancy SandBerg says:

    I am a 71yr young woman who has a liver enzyme count of 196 & 217… Do you think your detox program will help bring down my enzyme count??? I need it fast… I do not need to lose weight, though. Please let me know.

  • Juliana Javier says:

    I am on my fifth day of the prequal cleanse! I am a full time student majoring in dance, spending around five to six hours a day dancing.

    I have a few questions:
    How many days into the prequal cleanse do you start feeling good (energized and not craving sugar)?
    At what point did you notice a loss in weight?

    This week was particularly hard because I noticed a significant drop in my energy level in my classes. I am eating the liver cleansing foods and have eliminated refined sugars and gluten. I eat very cleanly on a normal basis so I am surprised at how terrible i’ve felt since on this cleanse.
    Thanks so much!

  • Mary Long says:

    Question about “no caffeine” rule: does it mean no black and no green tea? I assume no mate as well? Is white tea allowed? Or only herbal teas?

    Thanks!

  • Kimberly Sauer says:

    Hello, my husband is allergic to cranberries. Is there anything other than cranberry juice that my husband can drink for the detox day? Thanks!

  • Gloria Auch says:

    I live in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. I cannot buy unsweetened cranberry juice — any suggestions for a substitute juice. Also, I need a substitute for hydrochloric acid. It is not available. Thank you, Gloria Auch

  • Shannon Shorter says:

    I have a few quick questions. Could coconut oil be used for the 2TBSP of oil per day? Can the HCL supplement be taken permanently or just for the 3-Day sequel? Thank you!

  • Shari Wormwood says:

    I am on day 6 of the prep state. Could someone answer a few questions for me?
    I understand that I need to eat one of each of the five groups, the two meats, and 2T of good oil, then she goes on to explain no sugar or gluten. During this prep time, are other foods like gluten free bread, potatoes, brown rice fine to eat?

    The next question is regarding Step III of the miracle juice day. She starts out saying upon rising…. see below. Did she mean to write “before going to bed” at the end of the day?

    Step III. Upon rising and at the end of the day, take one serving of a colon- caring supplement, chosen from among the following:

    The final question. Where did people purchase the hydrochloric acid with the beteine hydrochloride and the Ox bile extract?

    • Shannon Shorter says:

      I just purchased the supplement from UniKey Health…it has all of the minimum requirements that she listed. It’s called HCL+2.

  • Michelle says:

    Oh gosh I posted that long thank you note but didnt get to ask my question: if i were to do the juice cleanse every other mondays, would my body get used to the cleanse therefore take no effect in the long run?

  • Michelle says:

    I am on my actual detox day now, and its great! I am a food junkie and hit the watering hole nearly every weekend for vodka sodas. To cure my hangovers I have a variety of junk, instant noodles, maybe pizza and some chicken wings, mac and cheese… and then on mondays I am sluggish from the alcohol and hangover comfort food and such. Today is the first monday in a long time that I feel so good and energized! The 7 day diet is great and really straight forward, no BS!! Its simple because Ive basically cut out any carbs. I eat pretty healthy during the week, but i have pastas because i grew up eating it, i have sweet potato instead of potatoes, i dont eat white rice, but I do have rye bread with cottage cheese for breakfast. It hasnt been hard following the 7 day prep, in fact enjoyable, I feel more energized and more full. I HAVE LOST 3 KG since prep day 1! This is all from cutting my beloved bread, pastas, even sweet potato, and any processed food and salt in just 7 days. After the last stage of this detox, i will definitely continue a diet similar to the 7 day prep during the week (but a cheat day on sundays!). My husband is also doing it with me and even though I have modified a bit of the portions for him, we still see results: face is no longer oily and he is getting the right amount of sleep (so no more eyebags!) Thank you so much, I am definitely going to buy your book.

  • Lillie Ho says:

    I have more than 10lbs to lose but you mentioned that detox is not recommended.

    Is there any way I could detox myself without being harmful to my health?

    • Angela Baker says:

      The article said if you are 10 lbs underweight. If you are overweight and do not have any of the other health problems that were mentioned you will be fine. However you should always check with a Dr. before starting a new healthcare plan.

    • Me You says:

      Only if you are 10 lbs UNDERWEIGHT, not overweight. You’ll be fine.

  • Charlotte! says:

    Oh my Gosh, thank you so much! Lately I have been feeling sickly and really interested in healing my body, and I believe this is just the answer to one of my problems! Thank-you, again, for this article… This will help so much.

  • Tucker says:

    Does anyone know which tests one could get to determine toxin types (& levels) in body before and after a detox cleanse? I’d like to know what toxins are in my body, how my toxic burden compares to ave./ideal person, whether this exceeds my body’s natural detoxification capacity, and have some objective tests of a detox program’s effectiveness, rather than relying on my subjective assessments, which are susceptible to the placebo effect and other biases.

  • Heather says:

    “Fast Track Liver Detox : Experience Life” was a remarkable article and also
    I was quite glad to read the article. Thanks for your effort, Alexander

  • Danette says:

    What are the sources and studies for this article please?

  • xavier says:

    how much of cramberry juice do i need to buy foe the 3 days? and how much water do I use to delute it in all how much of each of the least do i use?
    Cranberry Water – unsweetened cranberry juice or unsweetened cranberry juice concentrate diluted with filtered water (be sure to use 100 percent pure, unsweetened cranberry juice that has no sugar, corn syrup or other juices added)

    Cinnamon how much?

    Ground ginger how much?

    Nutmeg how much?

    Freshly squeezed orange juice how many?

    Freshly squeezed lemon juice how many?

    • Colleen says:

      Ingredients:

      8oz Bottle of Real Pure Cranberry Concentrate

      Gallon of Purified or Distilled Water (half to make, half to drink)

      1/2 tsp Organic Ginger

      1/2 tsp Organic Nutmeg

      1/2 tsp Organic Cinnamon

      3 Organic Oranges for Juice (try not to put in pulp)

      1 Organic Lemon for Juice (try not to put in pulp)

    • Colleen says:

      Boil for 15 minutes 1/2 gallon or either purified or distilled water with one bottle 8oz of pure real fruit cranberry concentrate. Not the frozen juice. After fifteen minutes, turn off heat and add 1/2 tsp of organic ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg. Mix into batch and let cool. After cooling, add the juice of three organic oranges and one lemon. Stir, chill and drink. I usually make this the night before and will strain the last glass or two of mixture as there can be sediment or pulp that is nasty to drink. Can do this once a week for 4 weeks then take a 2 week break.

  • Jana RVT, CVT says:

    I am Sooooooooo glad I found this online! I have the print version from the magazine dating back to 2005 and I am always scared I will lose it!! I am going to start this this weekend and eat this way (close to normal for me anyway) and then detox on Sat. It really was great the last time I did it.

    The juice tastes wonderful by the way and I never once felt hungry. I can’t wait to get started again.
    I’m hypothyroid and it never effected my meds back then even..

  • Aparna says:

    Is there any alternative for cranberry juice…where i live its almost impossible to find cranberry juice.

  • Jillian says:

    I take antidepressants. Will the detox work if I am still taking them during? I have depression and anxiety and rely on medication.

  • Danielle Golding says:

    A friend of mine gave me the “Fast Track Detox” book bk in 2005 and I have done one it at least once a year since then, some times losing 4lbs over the 11days, other times around 7 lbs,the most was 11lbs! (i did alot of exercise that time) I have been eating really Badly recently and couldn’t break the habit so decided to use my old friend “FT Detox”, I am currently on day 6 and feel so good, light, clear and really positive about taking a healthier approach o food after the 11days is up. The FTD has helped me get ready for weddings and special occasions, I’m sure I’ll be using it for years to come :-)

  • Lillie Tidwell says:

    Lillie, I received a report from my doctor that my ALKALINE PHOSPHATASE were 165 the normal range is 38-126 this is 39 % too high and my AST (SGOT were 130 the normal range is 14-36 this is 94 % too high. what is the best diet for me to be on to detox my liver. Thank’s

  • Sarah says:

    I can’t take the betaine hcl because it comes with pepsin (which is derived from pork). On the Ann Louise forums, I read that you don’t have to take the betaine hcl and can substitute it with 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar in 8 oz water (which is what I’m doing; I got Bragg’s organic ACV from Wholefoods). I accidentally ate oatmeal for breakfast the first two days of the prequel (I didn’t read the dos and donts properly).

    It’s not a diet that starves you. I eat eggs, veggies, fruit, lean meats, nuts, dried fruit, and brown rice. I drink unsweetened almond milk for the calcium. I have a list on my fridge of things to include on the diet everyday, and that helps a lot with getting foods from all categories. I love it so far!

  • Tom says:

    Lots of BS in this article. Why no peer-reviewed references?

  • jannie christian says:

    how I wish all doctors would read this brilliant article.clever lady she is spot on. i am an m.e sufferer and keeping my liver detoxed is crucial to my every day functioning. i know when I need to go on a serious detox because my tongue becomes very geographic and furry and I fall asleep at times when I should be awake. I, like every one else enjoy the sweet life but have come to realise I like life more.

  • kaye morgan-anstee says:

    very interesting article… please do more!!I have a son with ME and I suffer from Hypoglycemia any advice there ??

  • G says:

    How long do I take the hydrochloric acid for? Just the three day sequel or longer?

  • Susan holzer says:

    I am vegetarian. What substitute do you have for the hydrochloric acid with OX BILE?
    I had mononucleosis last summer and would like to try this liver detox.
    Thanks, Susan Holzer

  • irene says:

    My poor liver has been through so much! Birth control pills, too many antibiotics for a hospital acquired infection, processed foods, ACCUTANE! I will definitely prepare my body for this detox. Thank you so much!

  • Shalini Rajesh says:

    I would like to follow this diet. I am a vegetarian, what can I take for protein? I don’t want to take spirulina or algae. I am not used to it.Is there any alternatives? In the 3 day sequel, do i have to take some tablets b4 meals? Can i avoid it ? If not y? Any alternatives please.
    Thanks in advance.

    I really want to try this detox. Please help.

    • Jocelyn Stone says:

      Shalini,

      We are unable to offer specific guidance beyond what is outlined on this page. We suggest that you read the book the article is adapted from — there may be additional help for your question there.

      Best in health,
      The Experience Life editorial team

  • Neena says:

    Omg, this is amazing information…I was on a lot of medication do to a herniated disk. I am now feeling better and because I gained so much weight (due to meds) I have been looking for a healthy cleanse. AMAZING!

  • nick says:

    Hi when you said to use 1 yo 2 table spoons of oil…..can i use it in my greens or do i have to drink the oil just lile that?…….

  • Kristina says:

    I love the way this was written!! It is the easiest to follow article on the topic I have ever read! I am very excited to start this program with my husband:) I am going to share this on FB and tag all of my friends in it AND email it to EVERYONE in my contacts list! This is some very, very useful information. I really didn’t understand the liver before this. It’s a must read! Thank you very much.

    Kristina

  • monica says:

    how can somepne drink so much water as:
    “Each day, drink half your body weight in ounces of filtered or purified water”
    how many liters would that be?

  • Kevin Kappen says:

    I did this January 1-11 – what a great way to start off the year, and I plan on doing this once per quarter.

    Zero hunger, almost zero cravings (I stuck to only the foods listed even though on the prequel it says “along with your regular diet.) I felt it was really beneficial – I feel GREAT!

  • woodslady says:

    I am stating the fast track detox in the morning. I hope and pray I will be able to complete it. I need to lose about 20 pounds so if this cleasing can give me a jumpstart, I am all in.

  • Joy Phillips says:

    Will be doing the Fast Track Liver Detox very soon.. Would like to know how much cinnamon, ground ginger and nutmeg is needed for the Miracle Juice? Thanks in advance!

  • Michael Browne says:

    I’m curious if i really need to do the seven day pre-cleanse, as my regular diet is very similar. The only criteria i don’t meet on a regular basis is the citrus fruit, which i eat two servings of, probably two to three times a week. I avoid sugars in general, except about four times a week, i do about 60 grams of corn sugar to spike insulin post workouts. Additionally, i take in a high amount of fats, all healthy and clean, from fish oils, various nuts and seeds and raw grass fed butters, milks and meats, and olive oil. Would it be absolutely necessary for me to cut these things out of my regiment for a week? or could i see results while keeping on my current eating routine? I’m not trying to lose weight, just cleanse the liver… I’m actually trying to gain weight.

    I look forward to trying this cleanse out, as many of the fasting cleanses are too intimidating for me, i love to eat.

  • Diane Clarke says:

    Thanks for this information, very helpful

  • Janelle says:

    This article really helped to explain why we need to cleanse out our livers regularly. I have just went four months eating nothing but junk food. Now that I’m eating healthy again, it seems like the weight won’t budge. And I’m pretty sure it’s because my liver isn’t functioning at optimal levels. I know that when I go on the Epsom Salt Cleanse, my liver works more efficiently and I can digest my foods better. I also lose weight faster, even after the cleanse. So I am way excited to try this Fast Track Liver Detox. I just have one question though – when I am doing the 7 day prequel, the 1 day juice fast and the 3 day sequel, am I allowed to take any vitamins? Like multivitamins? Just wondering if it will effect anything. Thank you so much for the great article and great advice.

    • Andrea says:

      I am a healthy person, eat the Paleo Diet, exercise 3-4 times a week, if not more and super active. Having said all this I am still about 10 pounds too heavy and have not been able to drop these last few pounds for some reason. My tummy is often bloated (like I am 5-6 month pregnant) and IBS prone for my entire life. Although doctors have helped to look into my health issues they come up puzzled why I have tummy and hormonal issues. The bottom line is diet. I think this detox and approach is gentle and excited to try it out. I will repost in about two weeks about my progress. I don’t expect miracles because the body needs time to heal but this plan is based in good research from my perspective. Thank you for putting this up.

      • Laura says:

        Andrea.
        I am into my 6th week of being wheat free and have already lost 10 pounds and that’s without exercising! My mental fog and fatigue are gone. My hair isn’t falling out and my face is getting so much better that I am using less makeup. I am sleeping deeper and awake more refreshed. I read a book by Dr. William Davis called Wheat Belly and decided to try it for a week. I had no problems finding foods to eat and now I am 6 weeks into this new lifestyle and feel absolutely great! I am expecting my glucose and LDL to drop as well. I will find out next month when I go back to my doctor. Good luck!

      • Jocelyn Stone says:

        Good luck, Andrea – can’t wait to hear how it goes!

        Jocelyn Stone, associate editor

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