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Natural Liver Detox + Detox Juice Recipe

Today, I’m bringing you 5 easy ways to keep your liver healthy and happy for optimal health and energy. Our liver is our first line of defense and acts as our body’s primary filtration system.  It is one of our most important organs as it flushes out toxins, purifies our blood and metabolizes nutrients.  Keeping it healthy can also mean healthier brighter skin, stronger and more efficient systems and years added to our life.

 

1. Milk Thistle contains antioxidants that protect the liver and help to regenerate cells while helping to cleanse the blood.  We often source this in supplement or tea form in our house.

2. Dandelion Root maintains the proper flow of bile which helps enzymes in our bodies to break down fats into fatty acids.  Every part of the dandelion flower is actually edible and beneficial.

3. Red Clover also helps to cleanse our blood but is also a bit of a blood thinner and should be avoided with certain medical conditions or during menstruation.  I take this most often as a loose leaf tea.

4. Turmeric is a liver cell regenerator and helps to stimulate enzymes responsible for flushing out toxins and carcinogens.  Fresh is best but powdered will work in a pinch.

5. Fresh, cold pressed juice that includes organic beets, lemon, celery, ginger, cilantro and dandelion greens.  This combination is very cleansing and purifying, ideal for liver detoxification.  As an added bonus, celery and cilantro are thought to flush out heavy metals from our systems.

For J, I make a turmeric ginger tea with black pepper {for better bioavailability} to work as an anti-inflammatory tonic.  For a more comprehensive drink, I’ll blend it with all of the above {minus the juice} for a naturally detoxifying tea.  I’ll also switch up our green smoothies with the fresh pressed juice.  Fresh dandelion greens have a tendency to be bitter so a bit of apple, pear or carrot can help mask that but usually, I’ll just have this without any added fruit for optimal absorption.  The lemon in this juice keeps it fresh for up to 3 days but it’s definitely best to drink immediately.

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