Your liver is responsible for detoxing your body. It wraps toxins in fat and bile salts to create bile and sends it through the common bile duct to the gall bladder for storage. When you eat, the gall bladder sends the bile through the cystic duct to the small intestine for proper fat digestion and to eliminate the toxins through the intestinal tract. If the cystic duct is plugged, the toxins build up and create symptoms of an overload.
Optimizing your methylation cycles will start a detox process in the body that you want to make sure the liver, gall bladder and cystic duct can keep up with or you will find yourself in a detox crisis.
How to Release Your Cystic Duct
With your right hand, feel your ribs just below your right nipple area. If you slide straight down, you will feel where your ribs end and the tissue in your abdomen begins. This is where your liver and gall bladder are located. The gall bladder is about an inch to the left of the nipple line and tucked up under where your rib angles toward your breastbone. Be careful not to probe or jab into your abdomen with your fingertips, just use the thumb pad from your left hand for this.
Lie down on your back with both knees bent up and your feet resting on the floor and loosen any tight clothing. Place your left thumb pad on the spot one inch left of the nipple line where gall bladder is located just below your ribs. Grip your right hand palm down on top of your left wrist and gently press back and down toward the floor, noting any tenderness and not overdoing it. Often times, you’ll find this (cystic duct) tender and thick if the bile in it that we’re trying to release is thick and sludgy.
Breathe in and upon exhaling, you will push with the right hand down gently and towards the navel. Gently increasing the pressure towards the spine with your thumb pad. Don’t overdo it! Gentle! Breathe in and out and repeat this 3-4 times. Usually the first 2-3 times, you will feel restriction and tightness eventually the tissue relaxes and you will often be able to slide right to the navel with much less discomfort.
If you release the cystic duct and it opens and drains, be aware that often you get a very distinct change in a bowel movement or two, which lets you know that your body dumped a lot of toxins through the release.
Liver/Gall Bladder Cleanse
Beets, lemon juice and sea salt provide nutrients for an effective gall bladder/liver cleanse.
- 1-2 medium beets and beet greens
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 1-2 Cloves of Garlic – chopped
- Pinch of Sea Salt
- Fresh Lemon
Peel and cut the beets into bite size pieces. Cut up the beet greens. Heat olive oil in pan and add chopped garlic and add salt. Cook for 20 seconds. Add beets and greens. Sauté until soft. Finish by squeezing a lemon. Enjoy!
Some great supplements to use for this are Lb Liver/Gall Bladder from Systemic Formulas coupled with Total Liver Detox from Nutri West. I have found this is a complete liver/gall bladder approach which is gentle but effective for all stages of liver detox.
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