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Does the "Fast Track" Liver Detox work?

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Has anyone tried the "Fast Track" Liver Detox (by Ann Louise Gittleman)? Can someone try this detox and tell me if it works?

It sounds great, and her book had lots of publicity. The 1 day detox thing really sounded good, until I saw it takes a week to prepare for it! Still I am interested if it works, any guinea pigs? Please post back with your results...

Here is the detox plan:

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.

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.

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

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.

Seven-Day Prequel

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).
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

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.

Step I

Prepare the Miracle Juice

- 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/250mls) of filtered water and 1 cup (8 ounces/250mls) of Miracle Juice during the day. Drink at least 72 ounces (2 Litres) 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 (250mls) of water or Miracle Juice)
- Ground or milled flaxseeds (2 to 3 tablespoons mixed in 10 to 12 (300-350mls) ounces of water or 8 ounces (250 mls) 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.

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

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.

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Angelic's picture

Here is some more detox related info

Do you Need to Detox?

Unfortunately, we live in a fairly toxic world, and even those of us who are committed to living clean and eating healthy are very likely to ingest, inhale, absorb or produce our own fair share of disruptive substances - substances that our body would be better off without and may need help in unloading. All of the following may be signs of a body in toxic distress (keep in mind that they may also be symptoms of other serious health and medical conditions, some of which could require professional care; when in doubt, or in the case of chronic conditions, consult your doctor or health professional).

- Acne, blemishes, hives
- Discoloration in whites of eyes or red, swollen, teary eyes
- Hormonal imbalances, PMS
- Heat in the upper body, such as warm face or hot eyes
- Difficulty perspiring
- Bad breath or offensive body odor
- Gas, bloating, belching and nausea
- Constipation or loose stools
- Colitis or diverticulitis
- Hemorrhoids or varicose veins
- Bruises or wounds that don't heal
- Multiple food allergies, sensitivities to fragrances, odors and fumes
- Weight gain, even when controlling food intake
- Feelings of tiredness or sleeplessness after eating
- Frequent coughs, stuffy or runny nose

Not So Fast!

There are some times when you should not fast:
- If you are pregnant, nursing, recovering from an illness or injury, or are malnourished
- If you have cardiac arrhythmia, type 1 diabetes, congestive heart failure, ulcers, or liver or kidney disease
- If you are struggling with mental illness (including anxiety, clinical depression, bipolar disorder)
- If you are more than 10 pounds underweight or prone to eating disorders
Also, consult your physician prior to fasting if you are diabetic, hypoglycemic, prone to migraines or are taking regular medications, including antidepressants, blood-pressure medications and birth control pills.

Fast Track Detox Shopping List

Beverages:
__ Filtered or purified water
__ Unsweetened cranberry juice

Liver-loving foods: (your choices in each of the following categories):
__ Crucifers: cabbage, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, broccoli sprouts
__ Green leafy vegetables: parsley, kale, watercress, chard, cilantro, beet greens, collards, escarole, dandelion greens and mustard greens
__ Citrus fruits: oranges, lemons and limes (no grapefruit)
__ Sulfur-rich foods: garlic, onions, eggs and daikon radish

Liver healers:
__ Artichoke, asparagus, beets, celery, dandelion-root tea, whey and nutritional yeast flakes

Probiotic-rich foods:
__ Sauerkraut and/or unsweetened yogurt

Herbs and spices:
__ Ground cinnamon
__ Ground ginger and nutmeg
__ Stevia (powder or extract)

Supplements and nutritionals:
__ Powdered psyllium husks and/or ground flaxseeds
__ Olive oil, flaxseed oil or “woman's oil”
__ Hydrochloric acid with betaine hydrochloride, pepsin and ox bile extract

Toxic Problems, Detox Solutions

Medical and scientific evidence supporting detoxification is lacking, but fortunately, a few liver detox studies have been conducted, primarily by scientists committed to alternative medicine. A study reported in Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine tested 25 otherwise healthy people before and then seven days after they'd undergone a liver detox program. Participants filled out questionnaires and underwent drug challenge tests, procedures whereby they were given small amounts of drugs, including caffeine, to see how quickly the liver could perform its detoxifying function of clearing the foreign substance from the bloodstream.

Based on a caffeine clearance test, subjects' liver detox capacities improved by 23 percent; based on the questionnaire results, their liver functions rose by 47 percent. Lab tests also showed an improved ratio of sulfate to creatinine in the subjects' urine, a medical indicator that points to improved liver function.

Detox Downsides

For some, particularly those who feel themselves to be dependent on caffeinated drinks, the initial experience can be somewhat uncomfortable. Although many participants in our trials reported increased energy, mental clarity and improved well-being, some did experience other symptoms, including headaches, fatigue, irritability, foggy thinking and mild depression.

The explanation is simple: As you burn stored body fat for fuel, the oil-soluble toxins you've stored in your fat are released, sometimes causing distress as they recirculate through the system. If you've been diligent about following the Seven-Day Prequel, you may not experience any symptoms. But if you do feel tired, grouchy or headachy, don't lose heart. Drink more water, give yourself some downtime and realize that these symptoms are an indication that both the fast and the detox process are working. As these toxins clear your system, you'll soon feel much better.

Liver Cleansing Diet

Is this the Liver Cleansing Diet that I have heard about? Would also love to hear from anyone who has done it.

Fast Track detox results

Thanks Angelic, I tried this and had fantastic results. I pretty much stuck to the 7 day Prequel, found that was fairly easy. Some days I struggled with all the protein, and I put my olive oil on cabbage, hope that was OK and I didn’t have to drink it straight. No alcohol was OK, but going without coffee was really hard. I had 1 on day 3, and the other days had some black tea (which I know has less caffeine) and it did get weaker as the days went by. I did have heaps of detox symptoms like headaches and just didn’t feel good, but I knew that was a sign it was working.

The miracle juice was….interesting, but I managed to get through it. Glad it was only one day though, as I was really starting to go crazy without eating. Then I must say, I started to feel really clean, and I had already lost 3.5kgs by this stage. And I wasn’t craving the caffeine by now. I almost got confused and thought I had to do another 7 days, but luckily realised just in time (was about to cancel a catch-up with the girls). Must say, I felt incredible, and the only things I struggled with the entire time was the coffees and the odd drink. Found I only felt like one wine when I went out (is normally more like 3) and I just felt so light and clean, it’s hard to explain. You suddenly become more aware of eating all those good foods more regularly, and then I don’t feel so bad for doing the other things.

So all in all, found it was quite simple to follow, would definitely recommend it and I LOST 4.5kgs!!! Have managed to only put .5 of that on too, and it’s been about 10 days so am pretty sure it will stay off.

Having a weight loss cure

Having a weight loss cure can be very tricky and can also turn your health upside down. I have been in this trap, I decided to loose some weight without medical assistance and I ended up having stomach problems with high risk of ulcer. I immediately contacted my medic who prescribed me nexium and now things are under control. I hope this won't be the case for you.

DETOX?

Hey guys. I have done plenty of detoxes and to tell you the truth, they don't seem to work. Also, I saw something that I found quite profound on a medical show the other day... they did a lot of studies and have said that detoxes don't actually work - because the body is built to detox itself naturally.

The best thing you can do to remove waste from your body is to keep your diet consistently green, avoiding highly processed food, additives, chemicals. Just a naturally consistent diet. Lots of clear fluids... and if you're game. Have colonic irrigation every couple of months.
This cleans out the poisons in your colon that can slow down weight loss, re-filter back into your body causing all sorts of problems.

johannab has good advice the

johannab has good advice the body does a great job of detoxing given you help it with the right foods/minerals, if you eat healthy and exercise regularly anytime you want to detox/speed anything up for a short time it's easily achieved by simply eating more of a particular food and getting higher amounts of minerals/vitamins. I know buying vitamins/supplements in the stores can be expensive so just plan a head and get discount vitamins online at like half the cost.

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I tried a detox treatment,

I tried a detox treatment, but I tried it in a specialized Drug Treatment clinic. I don’t know if this random home treatments work and I don’t think it’s recommended for you to do it without talking to your doctor first.

detox advice

The liver detox program is very similar to an opiate detox treatment. The steps followed are very similar and if you want, you can read the article that I have given you and extract the information that you might find useful for you. You can always choose from plenty of programs so just try to find the best one that you can keep up with.

I think it might work, but

I think it might work, but what I am sure about is the fact that an Drug Treatment Center will help you more than this. People specialized in this kind of cases will know exactly what to do to cure those suffering from this terrible habit.

It might work..

We haven't tried the method that you have been talking about in this thread guys but we managed to lose a few pounds in a few months by Chinese weight loss tea diet which helps a lot but it depends on the quality of the tea and many other factors. If you haven't tried this method you might give it a try. After all, it's just a tea :)