Daily Detox: 5 Drinks To Cleanse Your Liver

by lydia on March 25, 2014

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.

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 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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{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

Mandy Lee March 27, 2014 at 6:49 pm

Thanks for publishing this. We are always looking for great ways to cleanse our liver.

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lydia March 28, 2014 at 10:32 am

Sure thing Mandy!

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Kathy March 28, 2014 at 10:29 am

I was regularly drinking Beet Kvass but got out of the routine. I’ll start making it again. I do shred it on to my salad on a daily basis. How much should I be shredding to benefit from it?

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lydia March 28, 2014 at 10:32 am

Kathy – if you are eating beets daily that is great! As for an amount 1/4 cup shredded is probably plenty -make sure you get the top of the beet and the bottom of the greens if you can, that is where the betaine is concentrated!

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Kathy March 28, 2014 at 10:37 am

good to know as I have been cutting off the top! will now use it. Unfortunately I buy beets without the greens. I usually buy local ones. Maybe once they come in to season again, I can get the greens. Thanks for posting!

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lydia March 28, 2014 at 3:21 pm

It’s really the top of the beet and right where the greens connect -so even if they don’t come with the greens but still have that top nub area you should benefit!

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Karen January 31, 2015 at 10:47 am

I am having a hard time understanding where the important part of the beet is. Is there a link that shows on a picture here on the web? That would help me immensely. Thanks!

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lydia February 10, 2015 at 6:35 am

Hi Karen,

See the second picture in this post here: http://divinehealthfromtheinsideout.com/2013/10/beets-a-healthy-bile-builder/

Amanda Torres April 6, 2014 at 7:43 pm

I’ve got a batch of beet kvass brewing right now from your recipe!! So excited for it to be ready in about another week :)

I’ve been drinking a lot of tea with boldo and carqueja — these seem to be the big go-to liver herbs for Latin America (since they’re native herbs to Central and South America). I can find these teas in all the supermarkets and even small corner stores.

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lydia April 10, 2014 at 5:55 am

I hope you enjoy the beet kvass Amanda! I’ve never heard of those two herbs……

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Amanda April 11, 2014 at 7:07 pm

I bottled the kvass today and tasted it and WOW it is yummy!!! Perfectly salty and earthy and a little fizzy. I really don’t want to wait another week to start drinking it lol.

I hadn’t heard of these herbs either before moving to Miami! I thoroughly researched them before buying & they do some amazing things (but don’t pretty much all herbs?) :)

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lydia April 11, 2014 at 8:01 pm

Oh cool -well if you like it as it is go ahead and enjoy it!

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Kristi Stevenson April 9, 2014 at 9:18 pm

I had acne for years, and whatever I applied or took did not work. I almost reached the point of giving up but thanks to the burdck rock tea, it improved how I look, actually I never really looked any better.

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lydia April 10, 2014 at 5:56 am

That’s awesome Kristi!

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Akash February 5, 2016 at 7:16 am

How to increase hungry .
And cleanse of liver every.day

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