Alkaline Recipe #207 – The Nourishing Liver Regeneration Juice

Liver Regeneration Juice
Article by ross

This simple juice contains so many nourishing and rebuilding ingredients and it tastes fantastic – a delicious way to support liver regeneration. The liver is one of the most hardworking organs in the body, filtering the blood, creating proteins, producing bile, synthesising cholesterol, storing and releasing energy and nutrients – and most of all detoxifying and processing all of the stuff we put in.

So to help it out we want to give it nutrients that do two things:

1) nourish it to enable it to run at full capacity
2) assist with the detoxification load so it isn’t as stressed

This liver regeneration juice does exactly those things, in a handy little glass of deliciousness.

Why the Liver Regeneration Juice Works SO Well

liver juice ingredients

This juice helps regenerate the liver so fantastically because it contains:

  • Spinach & Kale (the leafy greens): The nutrient powerhouse ingredients for just about every health issue are leafy greens.In fact, when researchers identified the top 41 powerhouse fruits and vegetables, the top fifteen are ALL leafy greens! Like the rest of your body, your liver loves these green wonders!

    Spinach and kale are awesome, and you can definitely swap in or out with watercress, chard, romaine, arugula, as these are some of the most nutrient dense leafy greens to enjoy. They’re absolutely loaded with chlorophyll which alkalizes and purifies the blood and this hugely helps liver function. Chlorophyll rich foods also support the neutralization of heavy metals, toxic chemicals, and even pesticides that frequently burden the liver, often without us realising!

  • Beetroot & Carrot: extremely high in the plant-based antioxidants: flavonoids and beta-carotene. Eating beetroot and carrots can help stimulate and improve overall liver function.
  • Grapefruit: High in both vitamin C and antioxidants, grapefruit increases the natural cleansing processes of the liver. A small glass of freshly-squeezed grapefruit juice will help boost production of the liver detoxification enzymes that help flush out carcinogens and other toxins.
  • Turmeric : Turmeric is amazing for the liver. It is one of the only foods that can assist the enzymes that are responsible for flushing out dietary carcinogens – protecting the liver from damage. The more remarkable, and equally important action is that compounds in turmeric can actually actively assist in the regeneration of damaged liver cells. It repairs and regenerates your liver!
  • Ginger: Ginger helps prevent the toxic effects of a wide array of substances, effectively taking the burden off the liver in so many instances – including after consumption of MSG! In addition, ginger has been shown to lower serum cholesterol which dramatically decreases the chances of Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease.

See Also: Five Steps to Dramatically Boost Liver Function


The Nourishing Liver Regeneration Juice

Serves 2

a photo of the juice ready to drink

Ingredients

  • 1 Cucumber
  • 1/2 Bunch Kale
  • 2 Large Handfuls of Spinach (or any other leafy green)
  • 1/2 Grapefruit
  • 1/2 Inch of Ginger
  • 1 Inch of Turmeric
  • 1 Beetroot
  • 1 Carrot

Instructions

  1. Thoroughly wash all of the ingredients (except for the grapefruit) and juice, starting with the leafy greens, then the ginger and turmeric, then the root vegetables, and finally the cucumber. This ensures that the cucumber at the end washes everything through
  2. Put the 200ml of water through the juicer to further wash the goodness and flavours through
  3. Finally, squeeze and gently stir in the grapefruit at the end

This juice makes TWO serves, so you can either halve the ingredient quantities for one – OR – and this is my recommendation, you can put the other serve into an airtight container in the fridge for later, or tomorrow.

If kept airtight, cool and in a dark place (i.e. the fridge) a juice will keep for 24-36 hours. Of course fresh is best, but this is a good way to halve your juicing time and workload!

Enjoy, and report back with your results!

Ross

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Scientific References & Research

Krajka-Kuźniak V. Paluszczak J. Szaefer H. Baer-Dubowska W; Betanin, a beetroot component, induces nuclear factor erythroid-2-related factor 2-mediated expression of detoxifying/antioxidant enzymes in human liver cell lines; British Journal of Nutrition; Volume 110, Issue 12 December 2013, pp. 2138-2149 (link)

Lee HY. Kim SW. Lee GH. Choi MK. Jung HW. Kim YJ. Kwon H. Chae HJ; Turmeric extract and its active compound, curcumin, protect against chronic CCl4-induced liver damage by enhancing antioxidation. BMC Complement Altern Med. 2016 Aug 26;16(1) (link)

Li X; Protective Effects of Selenium, Vitamin E, and Purple Carrot Anthocyanins on d-Galactose-Induced Oxidative Damage in Blood, Liver, Heart and Kidney; Biological Trace Element Research; October 2016, Volume 173, Issue 2, pp 433–442 (link)

Mahesh M et al; Carrot Juice Administration Decreases Liver Stearoyl-CoA Desaturase 1 and Improves Docosahexaenoic Acid Levels, but Not Steatosis in High Fructose Diet; Prev Nutr Food Sci. 2016 Sep; 21(3): 171–180 (link

Mohamed OI. El-Nahas AF. El-Sayed YS. Ashry KM; Ginger extract modulates Pb-induced hepatic oxidative stress and expression of antioxidant gene transcripts in rat liver; Pharm Biol. 2016 Jul;54(7):1164-72 (link)

Raghavendra H. Arpit S. Arnadi RS. Fayad R. Palatty LP; Ginger Protects the Liver against the Toxic Effects of Xenobiotic Compounds: Preclinical Observations; International Journal of Pharmacology, 12: 361-369. (link)

Sahebkar A. Potential efficacy of ginger as a natural supplement for nonalcoholic fatty liver disease. World J Gastroenterol. 2011 Jan 14; 17(2): 271–272. (link)

Vali L, et al; Liver-protecting effects of table beet (Beta vulgaris var. rubra) during ischemia-reperfusion; Nutrition; Volume 23, Issue 2, February 2007, Pages 172–178 (link)

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  1. Asanda Mtshizana Reply

    Thanks Ross

  2. Judymay Merrick Reply

    Hi Ross,

    We can drink this every day but up to what quantity per day. I got 32 oz from juicing just the items you mentioned and you article said you get two servings so then I assume I would consume 16 oz every day.

    • ross Reply

      Yep, sounds good to me. Feel free to water it down to the taste/texture you like too.

  3. debbie Reply

    I took the grapefruit and Carrot out and substituted with Celery it tastes really good.

    • ross Reply

      Nice one – works well 🙂

  4. Anna Miller Reply

    Hello Ross
    I am looking forward to starting my seven day juice plan and also the five additional juice days.
    Can you tell me what sort of juicer you recommend? I have heard that the cold press juicers are superior. I have an Anthony Warrell Thompson juicer which is about five years old. Should I upgrade?

  5. Maggie Mackenzie Reply

    Hi Ross
    I notice 2 people have asked now but no reply. I cannot get root turmeric. How much powder turmeric would I use in this liver juice?
    Many thanks

    • ross Reply

      Hi Maggie

      I reply to all comments and messages that I can, when I can. I try not to leave answers hanging, but it’s not always possible. Hope you can understand that.

      For each cm of fresh I use 1tsp of powdered – but do try to get organic powdered herbs and spices, the non organic ones go through a quite carcinogenic chemical treatment.

      Thanks
      Ross

  6. ESTER Reply

    Hi Ross,
    With your Liver Regeneration Juice calls for 1/2 Grapefruit can I substitute anything because I’m on Blood Pressure pills and Grapefruit is not recommended to anyone who is on BP pills.
    Anyway, I would appreciate your response to my question.
    Thank you again,
    Ester

    • ross Reply

      Hey Ester – the grapefruit is in there for it’s polyphenols – so you could really add any other antioxidant rich vegetable or low sugar fruit in it’s place – lemons, limes, tomatoes, carrots, beetroot etc. I’d just go extra beetroot 🙂

  7. Maria Reply

    Hello Ross!
    How often is necessary to drink this juice to clean the liver?
    Greetings
    Maria

    • ross Reply

      Hey Maria

      I want to make sure you’re not approaching this as a ‘magic bullet’ type of drink, but rather a drink that’s especially useful for the liver as part of a wider healthy diet. If you wanted to have this as your juice of choice every day for a while, that wouldn’t hurt – but be sure to back it up with including all of these liver-friendly foods in your diet, keeping your diet alkaline, as sugar-free and grain-free as possible and lots of nice hydration 🙂

  8. Phuri Reply

    Hi Ross,

    You said you can rebuild your liver in a few weeks. How long should you drink this?

    Best regards,

    Phuri.

    • ross Reply

      Hey Phuri! How are you going?

      Nice to hear from you 🙂

      You can have this as your juice de jour for as long as you like, but be sure to back it up with your diet, keeping it alkaline, keeping it fresh and unprocessed and lots of hydration.

      R

  9. Elayne de Jager Reply

    Hello Ross,

    Can I ask please how often you recommend having the kidney and liver juices?

    Would you say start with Kidney – and if so how many days/doses before then continuing on with the liver juices.

    How often should you then repeat the process for maintenance?

    Thank you.

    • ross Reply

      Hi Elayne

      As I’ve just this second posted to a few others here, I want to make sure you’re not approaching this as a ‘magic bullet’ type of drink, but rather a drink that’s especially useful for the liver as part of a wider healthy diet.

      If you wanted to have this as your juice of choice every day for a while, that wouldn’t hurt – but be sure to back it up with including all of these liver-friendly foods in your diet, keeping your diet alkaline, as sugar-free and grain-free as possible and lots of nice hydration.

      You can start with either – it’s not going to make a HUGE difference to prioritise one over the other – maybe rotate them each time? Kidney then liver then kidney then liver and so on?

      For maintenance, you don’t need to be having a specific juice, but more a highly nutritious, low-toxin, low-acid, high alkaline diet and lots of goodness 🙂

      To maintain just follow the general advice of my guides here 🙂

      Ross

  10. Victoria Reply

    How can I reverse high cholesterol and cure chronic IBS?

  11. Andrea Birchall Reply

    Hi Ross
    I have written a while ago now but not had any reply.
    I signed up and paid but did not do the download as I was really poorly with Candida.
    How can I do the download now please?
    Please reply as I need some help.

  12. momodou Reply

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  13. Peggy Berwick Reply

    This recipe has more ingredients than the one I usually do.
    I do 1/2 a beet and 2 apples.

    Yours sounds very well balanced, I will give it a go.

    You can juice the grapefruit JUST REMOVE THE SKIN, LEAVE THE PITH!

  14. S Reply

    If the liver is over run with neuroendocrine tumors will this juice help the liver work better?? Thank you for your time and knowledge.

  15. debra sanders Reply

    how often should this juice be consumed to keep, or get, the liver in optimal working health? Also, I make a golden tumeric paste for my dog, which he has daily. Therefore I always have organic Tumeric on hand, though not the root. Can I use the powdered Tumeric in this recipe and if so, how much should I use?

    Thanks!

  16. Mary Hnederson Reply

    I am on a 5mg tablet of Felopodine for blood pressure plus a small dose of a beta blocker for keeping the heart regular. The advice is NOT to have grapefruit whilst on these medications.
    However, I do love grapefruit and would like it in my drink. Please what are your views on this?
    I have both a juicer and a nutri bullet. Which should one use?

  17. vinita birla Reply

    hi Ross
    nice reading your recipes
    thanks a lot
    do suggest something to fight depression, skin psyrosis, weak muscles
    thanks

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  19. Kathy Hedley Reply

    Hi Ross, I have purchased your alkaline diet & have download everything except the planner & shopping list. Are you able to send it again, it wouldn’t let me download. Kind regards Kathy Hedley. Ps I’m waiting to go shopping.

  20. Joanne Strong Reply

    Hi Ross, I receive your emails and information regularly and have purchased your recipe books which are great. Because I have many food sensitivities at the moment, legumes are one food group I have to avoid as well as dairy, cocounut, buckwheat …. the list goes on. This does make following your recipes a bit difficult but I improvise as much a I can and always have green drinks every day. I do use a nutibullet though and sense that you’re not a fan??
    I do have a major concern though and Im hoping you can help. You talk so much about fructose and how best to avoid it. My oldest daughter has two children, 3 and 21 months. They just about live on fruit. The kids will consume heaps of watermelon, grapes, berries by the bucketful! constant consumption. They do have some behavioural/sleeping issues, especially the little one who has never slept through the night yet and performs and gets cross throughout the day. Could this excess of fruit be damaging? they do drink green drinks too and my daughter is careful about quality of food and very little junk food but its the fruit overload that worries me.
    Would appreciate your feedback, thanks Ross.
    Kind regards, Jo Strong

    • ross Reply

      Hey Jo

      Dont mind the nutribullet to be honest – and it’s a good middle ground if folks find the $1k too much to stump up for a Vitamix. It’s probably more that the Vitamix is infinitely better and I have a bit of a problem with the nutribullet marketing tbh 🙂

      For your daughter’s kids it’s hard to know without knowing the gravity of it – but I wouldn’t worry too much. As kids get older and more into the routine of school and kindy their diets change. I know this from my boy – when he’s at home he’s constantly going on about food! But at kindy he has his morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea. That’s it. Much easier and it is all a schedule.

      If your daughter is careful about food quality they are probably thriving and the sleep thing could be completely unrelated.

      Either way – very hard to tell a parent what to do 🙂

      Cutting back a bit of the fruit could help, of course, but I don’t envy you trying to get that message across!

      Have a look through Mercola’s articles on fructose as this will give you a good well-rounded argument.

      Ross

  21. Francesca Reply

    Hi Ross. I love your inspiring messages and recipes! You make the green alkaline lifestyle easier to do. I first attempted this lifestyle about 20 years ago when I was 16, but it was presented as an all or nothing thing: all raw, all green, all vegan. It was extremely difficult to maintain through college. This second go round is much easier with your practical, gradual approach. Thank you. I want very much for my children to love juicing, but unless I add watermelon or pasteurized apple juice they won’t drink it. Organic watermelon is unavailable for us this time of year. And they both get itchy mouths with raw apple or raw pear. What are your thoughts about sweetening this juice with stevia to make it more palletable for them? They are six and nine.

  22. Donna Reply

    Hello, if you can’t find fresh turmeric, I assume ground turmeric can be used as a sub, but I’m not sure of the amount. Suggestions?

    • ross Reply

      Absolutely 🙂

  23. Judy Reply

    Spelling Correction: “Turmeric”! ?

  24. Judy Reply

    This sounds great Ross. Thank-you for describing so well what each of these ingredients can do for our liver… can never learn enough of what natural healthy foods can do for our bodies.
    I now take/use Tumeric everyday (both organic powder form and organic root > have been lucky enough to be able to find both). Didn’t know it could actually repair and regenerate precious liver cells. Now if only I could find organic cucumber (is on the EWG list as one food that should be sourced organic)… Thx and Cheers!!!

    • John Reply

      Abel & Cole deliver great locally sourced organic produce including cucumber and turmeric root to my door. It is always fresh and tastes great. I recommend them.

      • ross Reply

        Awesome – I so wish we had them in Australia!

    • ross Reply

      No worries Judy – and the good thing with cucumber is at least it can be peeled easily. I know some of the nutrients are in the peel, but if you’re concerned you can always shed it’s skin 🙂

  25. Kim Reply

    Is there any way this could be made in a blender? I don’t have a juicer.

    • ross Reply

      Yep, absolutely.

  26. Lizzie Mac Reply

    Awesome recipe!!! Thanx Ross!
    Lizzie Mac

    • ross Reply

      You’re very welcome 🙂

  27. Bob Reply

    Can I use oranges instead of grapefruit Ross ?

    • ross Reply

      Hey Bob – hope you got my email earlier about the Chanson (reply to that email not here 🙂

      I don’t ever recommend juicing high fructose fruits as the fructose without fiber is not a good recipe for your body. Fructose also heavily taxes the liver. I would recommend leaving the grapefruit out if this is something you don’t particularly enjoy.

      Cheers
      R

  28. Denise Ridgewell Reply

    Hi, just to clarify, the liver juice, is it made with a juicer or nutrabullet.
    I have been fighting cancer for 4 years now and am having a break from kemo, my cancer started as ovarian cancer in june 2012, reoccured in june 2014, had top if bowel and spleen removed as welk as other spots around abdomine.My cancer is also on the liver.
    I would like to try the liver drink ????.
    Thanku

    • ross Reply

      Hi Denise

      It’s made with a juicer. A nutribullet is a blender (no matter what they say about it creating ‘nutriblasts’ <---this is a smoothie, the nutribullet is a blender). You can make this juice as a smoothie - but I would probably leave out the root veg unless you've got something like the vitamix that can make it very smooth. R p.s. I can't give any specific advice about a medically diagnosed condition.

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