Liver Cleanse Recipe
This is an excellent liver cleanse recipe that I have adapted from about four or five other liver cleanse recipes that I have tried over the years.
I have supercharged it with a few extra ingredients, but have put the main, base ingredients in bold to highlight the essentials.
The combination of nutrients from the garlic, ginger, grapefruit, lemon and oils heals, soothes and detoxifies the liver and the taste is surprisingly refreshing and delicious!
I would recommend doing this over the weekend, and in the morning. It is particularly effective if you have undertaken some light exercise such as walking or jogging prior to the liver cleanse as this helps to get the toxins moving out of the body and invigorates the lymph system.
After the juice I would also recommend some breathing exercises to help the lymph flow on its way!
The Ultimate Liver Cleanse Recipe!
- 2 large grapefruits
- 4 lemons
- 300ml of alkaline water (or filtered)
- 2 tablespoons of Udo’s Choice (or cold pressed flax oil)
- 1 teaspoon of acidophilus (or a mixed probiotic)
- 1-2 cloves of fresh garlic
- 2 inches of fresh root ginger
- Optional: a dash of cayenne pepper!
- Squeeze the juice of the grapefruit and lemon into a blender
- Next, grate the garlic and the ginger, and then using a garlic press, squeeze this into the juice
- Now add the water, Udo’s and acidophilus powder and blend for 30 seconds
- Add more ginger/garlic to taste
This juice contains all of the most potent liver cleansing ingredients, and gives your liver a gentle flush and the opportunity to heal itself. There are no side effects to this drink, apart from a bit of garlic-breath for a while. However, the grapefruit removes most of the odour.
I have also been told that this is the most incredible hangover cure in the world – so it might be worth bearing in mind just for that! It contains everything you would need to cure a hangover (vitamin c, omega 3, probiotics, water, ginger) so I can see how it would work!
Why This Juice Works:
- Garlic: contains numerous sulfur-containing compounds that are known to activate the liver enzymes responsible for expelling toxins from the body. Another lies in the presence of both allicin and selenium, two important nutrients that play an integral role in the protection of the liver from damage.
Garlic is also proven to activate cells that specifically protect us from liver cancer, and also to lower cholesterol, prevent fatty liver and so much more.
- Ginger: has also shown remarkable abilities to prevent liver damage, scarring and prevent fibroids as well as fatty liver.
- Grapefruit: Phytonutrients in grapefruit called limonoids prevent tumor formation by promoting the production of one of the master antioxidants: glutathione-S-transferase. This detoxifying enzyme ignites a reaction in the liver that helps to make toxic compounds easier to remove from body, protecting the liver (and kidneys) in the process.
- Lemons: while also containing the limonoids mentioned above, lemons also supports liver function by strengthening liver enzymes, regulating blood carbohydrate levels and serving as the basis for new enzyme creation.
- Omega 3: strongly proven to prevent fatty liver, omega oils (omega 3 particularly) and liver disease, omega 3 is also powerfully anti-inflammatory and helps prevent toxic buildup, thus removing a lot of stress on the liver and kidneys too. Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is the biggest concern for the liver, and omega 3 is probably the one thing that prevents this more than anything!
Try this drink, make it a part of your regular regime and reap the rewards!
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