Is your liver in danger?
Certain diets and lifestyles can do a major damage to this vital organ in your abdomen. So, do your body a big favor: Detoxify it!
Too much sugar in your diet isn’t bad only for your teeth – it can harm your liver as well. The liver uses one type of sugar, called fructose, to make fat.
High-fructose corn syrup and too much refined sugar cause a fatty buildup that can lead to a liver disease. Some studies show that sugar can be as damaging to the liver as alcohol, even if you are not obese. It is one good reason to limit foods with added sugars such as sodas, candies and pastries.
Even if a product’s label says “all natural,” it may not be healthy for you. For example, some women take the herb called kava kava for treating menopause symptoms or to help them relax. But, studies have shown that it can keep the liver from working properly.
That can lead to hepatitis and liver failure. So, some countries have banned or restricted the herb, but it is still easily available in the U.S. You should always consult with your medical doctor before you take any herbs to make sure they are safe for you.
The extra fat can build up in your liver cells and lead to non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). As a result, your liver may swell. Over time, it can harden and scar the gentle liver tissue (doctors call this cirrhosis).
You are more likely to get NAFLD if you are overweight, middle-aged, or have diabetes. Of course, you may be able to turn things around. Proper diet and exercise can stop the disease, and certain types of detoxifiers.
Your body needs vitamin A, and it is just fine to get it from fresh fruits and vegetables, especially those that are red, orange, and yellow. But if you take supplements that have high doses of vitamin A, that can be a problem for your liver.
Since your liver is your main detoxifying organ, it can get bogged down over time depending on your sustenance, activity level, and environment. When an overload of toxins becomes too much for your liver to handle, toxic compounds can store within tissues and decrease your quality of health.
Remember: Cleansing your liver with a liver detox can be extremely helpful for revving up the function of your body’s natural detox mechanisms.
About the ingredients of the detox juice
Here below is a quick overview of why we chose these liver-cleansing foods for our liver cleanse juice recipe.
1. Carrots and beets
Carrots and beets are extremely rich in plant-flavonoids and beta-carotene (natural vitamin A). So, eating these veggies, along with other plant-based foods containing similar nutrients, can help stimulate and improve your overall liver function.
An apple a day keeps cholesterol at bay! High in pectin, apples hold the chemical elements necessary for the body to cleanse and release toxins from the digestive tract. In turn, this makes it easier for the liver to handle the toxic load during the detox process.
Leafy greens such as the kale are one of our most powerful allies in cleansing the liver. It can be eaten raw, cooked, or juiced. Extremely high in plant chlorophylls, these greens suck up environmental toxins from the bloodstream. With their distinct ability to neutralize toxic metals, chemicals and pesticide residue, these cleansing foods offer a powerful protective mechanism for the liver.
4. Ginger root
The ginger has also been historically used for flatulence, constipation, bloating, and other digestive problems. In addition to these gastro-protective effects, researchers have found the ginger to be effective for stress-related ulcers as well.
All citrus fruits, especially lemons, contain very high amount of vitamin C, which aids the body in synthesizing toxic materials into substances that can be absorbed by water. You can stimulate your liver by drinking freshly-squeezed lemon or lime juice in the morning.
JUICE your way to health
If you are into cleansing your liver, you need to provide your body with nutrition that is easy to digest. You don’t need your body to spend its energy digesting food, but you do need to keep a good balance of nutrients, electrolytes and antioxidants to provide support during the detox.
Juicing is a powerful way to support the cleansing of your liver without compromising the body’s natural healing processes.
Here is a potent juice cocktail, which you can prepare for the cleansing process:
LIVER CLEANSING BEET JUICE RECIPE
- 1 beetroot (peeled and washed)
- 3 carrots (peeled and washed)
- 2 red apples (washed and cut)
- 6 kale leaves
- ½ inch of ginger root
- ½ lemon, peeled
Place all of the ingredients in a juicer or blender and blend.
Note: If using a blender, fill it with 1-2 cups of fresh water.If you used a juicer, make sure to stir with a spoon. If you used a blender, make sure to strain everything using a colander and then mix with a spoon.
Serve the fresh juice with some ice to keep it cool. You can use mason jars to store it for later use.
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