Today's episode is – after the host of positive feedback I received from my last “solosode” deep dive into how to interpret your own bloodwork – another solosode.
Long story short is this…
…I recently tested my liver enzymes and they were shockingly high…
…so I decided to test whether this whole “liver detox” thing actually works…
…and I walk you through exactly what I did (and the relatively shocking results) in today's show. Enjoy.
In this solosode, you'll hear…
-Why I got my liver tested in the first place…5:48
- When I got my blood panel done, my liver enzyme numbers were through the roof.
- High liver stress.
- Around the levels of non-alcoholic liver disease.
- My aspartate aminotransferase was 172. It's considered risky if it's above 40.
- My alanine aminotransferase was 83. Anything above 55 is considered risky.
- My alkaline phosphatase was also mildly elevated.
- High albumin levels.
- Inflammation was low but had signs of significant liver stress.
- I wanted to test out the liver cleanses on the market.
- Create a doable detox that I can do at home, I can still work out, and can accomplish in a fairly short period of time.
-About Liver Flushing…9:18
- A liver is a central processing mechanism that cleanses 1.5 liters of blood per minute.
- Around 500 different biochemical reactions occur within the liver.
- Division and breakdown of chemical substances: catabolism
- Synthesis of protein molecules: anabolism
- If any of the processes don't work properly, it will affect other processes' ability to work properly.
- Liver is more or less a purification plant for the blood.
- Plays a role in excreting both endogenous and exogenous compounds.
- Regrows rapidly, with around 10% of healthy liver tissue.
- Myth of Prometheus: Zeus punished him by chaining him to a rock and an eagle picks at his liver during the day. His liver would regenerate the same amount at night.
- Greek physician Hippocrates described “humors”, one of which was yellow bile of the liver.
- According to traditional Chinese medicine, the liver holds your soul. Full of energy and power.
- Your “ki” is unable to flow when the liver is not functioning properly.
- Cleansing the liver involves amplifying these processes to work properly.
- Also assists with bile production; assists with the gallbladder.
- Bile in the gallbladder can condense and become “stones.”
- If the bile isn't expelled, you can get congestion in the liver.
-Some more basic terms you should know…15:05
- Fatty liver: cells in the liver are saturated with fat.
- Intrahepatic bile ducts are full of bile but have a high concentration of cholesterol in them.
- The cholesterol in the liver accumulates, and you end up with excess.
- During a flush, the liver is encouraged to increase its excretory function to eliminate excess bile and allow gallbladder to evacuate the bile.
- If you know what you're doing, you can regularly go to a liver clinic and maintain the health of your liver.
- Exercise can elevate liver enzymes to a certain extent, but high levels indicate more than just exercise is the problem.
-The actual results of my lab test, post liver cleanse…19:21
- In addition to elevated enzymes:
- Hormones were pretty good: free testosterone = 78. Total testosterone = 880.
- Sex hormone binding globulin = 84 (lower is better)
- GGT (gamma-glutamyl transferase) is a good proxy for gallbladder health.
- My alanine aminotransferase dropped from 83 to 33.
- My aspartate aminotransferase dropped from 172 to 37.
- GGT was 15. Extremely low risk.
- Free testosterone jumped from 78 to 115; Total testosterone went from 880 to 1154.
-What I ate for breakfast, lunch, dinner during my liver cleanse…25:10
- Homemade Kitchari recipe for 3-4 servings.
- 16 oz. glass of celery juice with each meal.
-Practices I incorporated throughout the cleanse…33:45
- Every night before bed, I used Triphala for GI cleansing.
- Coffee enemas (3x throughout the cleanse)
- On final day, used a castor oil pack on wool pad.
Resources from this episode:
-7-day liver cleanse summary:
- No coffee, no alcohol, no meat for the entire week
- Celery juice with one teaspoon organic malic acid powder and 2 scoops Kion Aminos prior to each of the three meals of the day: breakfast, lunch and dinner.
- Kitchari Ayurvedic cleansing stew (full recipe below) for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
- 2 teaspoons Epsom salts dissolved in warm water each night
- 1 teaspoon Lost Empire Triphala herbs in hot tea with vanilla stevia each night
- Three coffee enemas spread out throughout the course of the week
- Two sessions spread out during the week with 1 hour of castor oil pack placed on liver area, held on with the Hyperice Venom heat/vibration belt
-Ben's pre/post test results:Lab Results – WellnessFX
Instagram post: Ben's Celery Juice with Kion Aminos
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Instagram post on Kitchari: the Ayurvedic cleansing dish I used for breakfast, lunches and dinners during my cleanse.
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Kitchari recipe for 3-4 servings:
½ cup split yellow mung beans
2 tablespoons coconut oil
1-inch stick of kombu (optional – I used organic, non-GMO miso instead)
4 cups homemade Kettle & Fire bone broth
2 tablespoons coconut cream
1½ teaspoons cumin seeds
1½ teaspoons fennel seeds
1½ teaspoons coriander powder
1 tablespoon ginger root freshly minced
½ teaspoon turmeric powder
½ teaspoon fenugreek seeds
¼ teaspoon black mustard seeds
Pinch of asafoetida
-The night before (24 hours earlier), soak the mung beans in ample filtered water.
-When you’re ready to cook, drain the mung beans and rinse under running water. Prepare vegetables by peeling and chopping them up, then set all of this aside.
-Heat coconut oil over medium heat, in a heavy-bottomed pot. Add cumin, fennel, fenugreek and black mustard seeds and cook for a few minutes to release aromatics, and until the mustard seeds have popped. Add the rest of the spices and stir to combine.
-Add a cup of vegetable stock, followed by mung beans, kombu or miso, coconut cream, and vegetables, then add the rest of the stock (or water).
-Cover and bring to a boil, then reduce to a low heat. Simmer for about 40 minutes. Add more water if you want a soupier consistency, and simmer longer to get a thicker stew.
-Serve with fresh coriander chopped and folded through, a drizzle of fresh lime juice, spoon of coconut yogurt and sea salt to taste.
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Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for me about how to cleanse your liver? Leave your comments below and I will reply!