Don't Forget Your Colon

Though you might expect your liver cleansing process to take care of everything, some people suggest that you can't rely on the cleanse alone. By participating only in a liver cleanse, you're forgetting that the liver is attached to and affects other organs. Some people believe that if you ignore your colon during this process, all of your efforts will be in vain [source: Morgan].

Liver Cleansing Process

While there are variations on some of the specifics of the liver cleansing process, there are some similar aspects that resonate no matter what form you choose.

The first phase of the cleansing process is fasting. This is followed by sticking to a disciplined diet, usually involving teas and other herbal remedies.

One aspect that varies between the different suggested cleansing processes is the duration of the fasting process. On average, the common fast lasts about two days, but the particulars of the fast differ. Some call for the consumption of water, fresh juices and salads, while others recommend apple juice, Epsom salts, olive oil and lemon juice [sources: Waltz, Morgan].

Once the fasting period is over, most cleanses recommend that you gradually reintroduce more solid foods, such as raw fruits and vegetables. As weeks go by, you can eat cooked meals, but only once a day [source: Weight Loss Guide]. Also, various cleanses recommend drinking tea daily that contains herbs that aid the liver's functions, such as milk thistle and dandelion root [source: Waltz].

If none of these processes sounds appealing, some proponents of liver cleansing also recommend acupuncture and essential oils. The essential oils can be ingested by adding a few drops to your favorite tea or they can be used topically -- apply directly to your skin during massage or add to your bathwater [source: Lisanti].

Don't forget about the fine print. Continue reading to learn the benefits and the possible side effects of a liver cleanse.