This works for me

  • Make sure your stomach is producing enough stomach acid. These are some of the reasons why:
    • If not, you can take all the supplements in the world; they still won’t do you any good. You need a lot of nutrients, on a daily basis, to successfully detoxify.
    • Stomach acid sets in motion a whole string of actions. So with low stomach acidity, some things that ought to happen just don’t. For instance, if the food leaving the stomach isn’t sufficiently acidified it won’t trigger the gallbladder to release bile.
    • Without enough stomach acid, food doesn’t get properly digested. This leads to foreign substances entering the intestines. Things that would normally be broken down in the stomach now get a chance to visit the intestines as they are. This in turn leads to reactions of the body against these foreign substances. Bloating (food fermenting), food allergies, candida and worse can result.
    • Stomach acid kills bacteria, fungae and viruses. If you have low stomach acidity you’re much more likely to get food poisoning for instance.
  • Lots of magnesium to keep that gallbladder duct open (and also the pancreatic duct). Magnesium is also required in phase 2 detox, as well as for energy production
  • Lemon juice in the morning on empty stomach is great
  • Tsetsi’s easy liver flush (I sometimes use this as breakfast)
  • Stimulate phase 2 liver detox
  • Salt loading helps detoxed stuff flush out
  • Apples
  • Carrots
  • Beets
  • Chlorella for chelating heavy metals. Chlorella doesn’t chelate the good minerals, only the bad
  • Bulk for the intestines: eat a few raw carrots for example
  • Keep your fluid intake up with water with a bit of real sea salt added to it.
  • Molybdenum: helps with candida detox as well as with sulphur processing. Sulphur is important for detox.
  • Malic acid for aluminium detox as well as for energy production. Detoxing takes a lot of energy and malic acid aids ATP production.
  • Milk thistle: phase 1 or phase 2 stimulant? Neither, as it turns out, it “just” helps repair liver damage and supports glutatione levels.

Dr. Gaby’s Recommended Sluggish Liver Protocol

  • Milk thistle 140mg (with 80% silymarin) three times a day
  • Alpha lipoic acid 100mg twice per day
  • Vitamin E 800 IU per day
  • Vitamin C 4-6 g/day
  • Magnesium 400-1200 mg/ up to bowel tolerance (cut out one dose until diarrhea disappears)
  • Digestive enzymes
  • Dandelion: phase 1 or phase 2 stimulant? See below: both. It mainly stimulates phase 2, but increases phase 1 enzymes by 15% as well.


Dandelion root has an extremely powerful effect on a group of enzymes called “UDP-glucoronosyl transferases”, or UGTs for short. Of all the enzymatic pathways for phase II detoxification, UGTs may be the most important because they conjugate so many of the most common drugs, such as acetaminophen (Tylenol). In studies done with herbal teas, dandelion root was found to increase the activity of UGT by 244%! Dandelion root also had a minor effect on certain phase I enzymes, increasing their activity by 15%.

  • Stimulate glutathione production with NAC
  • I find that creatine monohydrate and acetyl-l-carnitine help with well being.
  • Acetyl-l-carnitine (ALCAR) raises glutathione levels.

This makes it harder or just doesn’t work

  • Anything that stimulates phase I liver detox too much: no good. Phase 2 just can’t keep up. I find that these things stimulate phase I too much:
    • DMSO
    • ALA, for mercury detox
    • Silica (from Diatomaceous earth), for aluminium detox

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