Daily Detox is something every single person on the planet could benefit from. What do I mean by daily detox? Essentially, I’m implying that we need to give our bodies both the raw ingredients necessary to support the liver as well as make our lifestyle more conducive to our natural detox processes.
Detoxification is the way the body heals and repairs itself, and always has – an internal cleansing process that takes place continuously……naturally.
The liver is the body’s master “transformation” site, responsible for cleaning and purifying the blood that nourishes the entire body. One of it’s more than 500 functions is to filter toxins from the blood and neutralize them in preparation for elimination. These neutralized toxins then pass to the gallbladder in bile and are eventually excreted out of the body in feces. In order for detoxification to occur we must be in a relaxed parasympathetic state. The best time of day for our body to detoxify is when we sleep. However, we can certainly support this process by consuming healing beverages that help to naturally cleanse the liver. I’d like to share more about some beverages that you can consume daily to help you cleanse your liver.
5 Drinks To Cleanse Your Liver
1. Water with Lemon or Water with Unsweetened Cranberry Juice
We must keep properly hydrated to keep the body flushing appropriately, moving bowels and urine regularly. Proper hydration keeps the blood fluid so that toxic material may be delivered to the lymph and liver. Water flushes toxins and removes wastes. Since we are more toxic than ever we must drink enough pure filtered water (free of chlorine/fluoride, chemicals/metals/pathogens).
Lemon water is great to support liver detox. 1/2 your body weight in ounces per day plus electrolytes (a pinch of good quality sea salt in each glass of water will do). Or cran-water (4 ounces of pure organic cranberry juice in 28 ounces pure water) this mixture eliminates water retention and cleanses accumulated wastes from the lymphatic system and also helps to clean up cellulite. Start each day with a mug of hot/warm or room temperature (not cold) lemon water using half a lemon to assist your kidneys and liver. Here is a recipe to make your own cranberry juice concentrate.
2. Milk Thistle Tea
Milk thistle seed is an extremely beneficial and healing herb for the liver. Milk thistle stimulates liver function and helps to rebuild liver cells. Rich in silymarin which is known to stimulate the liver cells to regenerate. Milk Thistle is rich in antioxidants. It is also an excellent herbal hormonal balancer and regulator as it helps the liver to detoxify excess hormones that the body does not need. It has impressive abilities to protect the liver against damaging chemicals -something we are all exposed to some degree or another. It’s also helpful for the gallbladder and kidneys. Find a basic milk thistle tea recipe here.
3. Beet Kvass or Beet Juice
Beets contain betaine and are rich in calcium, iron, magnesium, vitamin C, potassium, manganese, phosphorous, as well as carotene and B complex. Betaine is a substance that helps to protect the liver and stimulate the flow of bile. Betaine also plays a role in reducing levels of homocysteine in the blood, according to the National Institutes of Health. Homocysteine is a toxic substance in the body that can lead to osteoporosis and heart problems. The betaine is found in the peel and flesh of the beet, but is mainly concentrated in the top of the beet where the leaves connect.
Traditionally, beets have been used as a ‘folk remedy’ for liver disorders. Betaine is essential for proper liver function, fat metabolism and to help promote the flow of bile. Betaine can actually help protect the liver from the impact of alcohol on the liver, making beets (or betaine) an excellent support for detoxification – Read More.
I recommend consuming beets in some form or fashion on a regular basis – I prefer to drink beet kvass or eat shredded beets as a sort of slaw. You can also drink beet juice -just be sure to include the top of hte beet where the root and leaves connect as that is where the betaine is the most concentrated. Recipes for Beet Kvass & Juice: My recipe for Beet Kvass, Sweet Potato Beet Juice, The ‘Red and Ridiculously Good‘ (scroll down for recipe), Ruby Red Apple Juice (only drink about 4 ounces or add some greens to dilute the sweetness).
4. Dandelion Root Tea
One of the best tonic herbs there is, dandelion is very restorative and rejuvenating. It is particularly stimulating to the liver as it helps to induce bile flow. It is also an excellent and effective diuretic, loaded with vitamins and minerals. The leaves are very bitter so it’s not a good idea to juice them -unless you are only using a couple with a sweet juice base. The best way to drink dandelion is in a tonic tea. Here are a few Dandelion Tea Recipes: Cinnamon Vanilla Herbal Coffee, Dandelion & Roasted Chicory Coffee,
5. Burdock Root Tea
“…burdock root helps “provide optimum nutrition to the glandular and immune systems, liver, kidneys, blood, lungs, and nerves.” Chromium, iron, magnesium, silicon, thiamine, and inulin are among its many useful constituents. Fresh root is also high in vitamin C. Not only is it packed with nutrition; the mucilaginous fiber of the root will absorb, bind and remove poisons and toxins in our digestive tracts.
Longevity, steady energy, sexual vitality, and freedom from chronic disease and cancer are a few of the reported effects of long-term frequent use of burdock.” ~ Susan Weed
This herb is specifically supportive to the liver, a wonderful overall tonic herb and excellent blood purifier. It is an excellent choice for those who may have skin-related imbalances, such as: eczema, psoriasis and acne. Helping the liver to cleanse is preventative of such skin ailments. A tea can be made with either the fresh root or dried – or use the dried root to add to other herbal tea blends as it has a very pleasant flavor. More info. on burdock can be found here. Here is a recipe that contains dandelion, milk thistle and burdock all in one and can be a great coffee substitute: Love Your Liver Herbal Coffee from Delicious Obsessions.
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