Cleansing the liver naturally by juicing

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Best Liver Cleansing Juices(NaturalHealth365) The liver is our largest organ in the body, outside of the skin, so that is the first indication that it’s vital to have healthy liver function.  If you do have trouble with liver function, your skin can be dry, itchy, yellow or riddled with a skin disease.

Technically speaking, liver ‘failure’ tends to take years to develop and can be caused by hepatitis B, C, long-term alcohol consumption, cirrhosis and, of course, poor nutrition.

A quick guide to liver function

Everything we eat and drink has to be broken down into different chemicals before it can get to work on helping (or, in the case of some foods and drinks, harming) the body. And that’s one of the primary jobs of the liver.

Along with vitamin K, the liver makes proteins – which are crucial to blood clotting. The liver also helps to break down old (damaged) blood cells.

Simply put, the liver is a key player in every metabolic function within our body. An amazing fact, the liver receives about 25% of all the blood the heart pumps – in every beat.

So what are the signs of liver dysfunction?

1. The liver feels hard or hurts when you press under your ribcage – on the right side.
2. Your skin looks yellow.
3. You experience chronic indigestion.
4. There are skin diseases.
5. You get easily stressed and feel nervous tension – on a regular basis.
6. Itchy skin.
7. Swelling of legs or ankles.
8. Dark urine.

Juicing is, by far, the most effective, natural and easiest way to cleanse and detoxify the liver. There are specific vegetables and fruits that do a better job at detoxifying than others.

Top 10 foods to help detoxify the liver

1. Dandelion greens
2. Beets with their tops
3. Apples
4. Garlic
5. Lemons and limes
6. Any dark leafy greens like, kale and collard greens
7. Fresh turmeric (or dried)
8. Cruciferous vegetables like, broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower
9. Carrots
10. Grapefruit (leave as much of the white pith as possible)

There’s so much more to learn about the liver – but we’ll leave that for another day.  For now, let’s focus on what we can do to help the liver function at a higher level.  My recipe (below) can help – but, first, here are some interesting facts:

  • Did you know that the liver can completely rehabilitate itself given the proper support it needs to function optimally?
  • The liver helps us by taking toxins out of our blood so that our blood can be as clean as possible as it flows through each one of our internal organs such as the heart, pancreas, stomach, intestines and spleen.
  • The liver also cleans blood that has just been enriched with vitamins and minerals during digestion. After you’ve eaten something, the vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients from the food pass from the intestine into the blood.

Before going out to the rest of the body, the nutrient-rich blood makes a stop at the liver. It processes the good stuff into forms that the rest of the body can use. 

Waste or stuff your body doesn’t need can be carried by bile back into the intestine and out of the body when you defecate. Other waste processed by the liver goes through your blood to your kidneys and out when you urinate.  It’s truly an amazing organ – isn’t it?

Let’s face it, living healthy is the best way to care for the liver. The liver can be damaged if a person is overweight, drinks too much alcohol, has a stressful life, drinks too much coffee and eats too many unnatural sugars.

Try to keep yourself physically active, eat well, and your liver will keep on loving you back!

These are my best tips to keep the liver healthy

It’s really quite simple: juice and hydrate your body – on a daily basis; live a stress-free lifestyle and don’t forget to exercise.

Try making my favorite ‘powerhouse liver cleansing tonic’ – which serves 2 people.  Naturally, I suggest using only organic produce and juice 4x per week, for 60 days.  The results will really surprise you.

    • 8 carrots (large)
    • 10 small dandelion leaves
    • 1medium sized beet
    • 2 apples
    • 1 inch fresh ginger root or fresh turmeric root

Do me a favor and post your favorite juicing recipe (below) – I’d love to hear form you.

About the author: Linda Kordich has been married for 33 years to Jay Kordich, world renown health educator and the “Father of Juicing”. She is the co-author of their new book, Live Foods Live Bodies and teaches throughout the world on the ‘Powers of the Gentle Art of Foods and Juices’. For more information about Jay and Linda Kordich – visit: www.JayKordich.com

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  • Rebecca

    Linda, you can’t write enough on what raw juicing can do. Raw juices stimulate the bowels, liver and kidneys, which increases the breakdown and elimination of toxic waste. They stimulate and increases the flow of bile, which in turn helps the liver. This is the most important part of detoxification; the liver gets rid of toxins from the body through the flow of bile.

    With the amount of processed food being consumed, a good part of the population is suffering with liver and gall bladder problems ranging from gall stones to fatty liver. With raw juicing people can reversed these conditions.

  • Gail Forman

    It is recommended by some health practitioners to perform a liver cleanse a few times a year. Yet, the preferred way to keep the liver and body healthy should be a healthy diet with plenty of organic raw juices.

    I think it’s better to prevent the problem of a clogged up liver than trying to reverse it a couple times a year. Raw juicing will help break down environmental toxins from building up. With all the chemicals we are exposed to juicing seems more important than ever.

  • Margaret Smith

    My favorite juice recipe is lots of carrots, some beet, and smaller amount of daikon radish with a bit of ginger. The daikon will really clean and heal your liver. And I like the way it tastes.

  • Tia Haenni

    Linda – Like this brief to the point article. I think many people are more likely to apply it in this context. I’ve always heard a standard ABC juice (apple-beet-carrot) is great for the liver. You can add other things if you like, such as ginger/turmeric, celery, greens, etc., but the ABC combination is supposed to provide the best liver support. Please comment if you or Jay have a different opinion! Thanks. Peace and veggies 🙂

  • Michele

    Question ~ Can I use my Vitamix and make a slushy with the pulp? I have diabetes and juicing when the pulp is thrown away and only drinking the liquid makes my sugar go up.

    • Margaret Balfour

      I would like to start the liver detox but have a juicer, but can I use a vitamix

  • Ramond Roberto

    If you have diabetes juicing will make your sugar go up. However, most diabetics have a magnesium deficiency. The research so far seems to point to the fact that a deficiency in magnesium decreases the production of insulin and increases insulin resistance of the cells.

    There are many vegetables that are high in magnesium, which help regulate sugar levels. If you use a Vitamix you are getting the nutrition you need. There are plenty of recipes which don’t call for very sweet fruit. It is the overall diet which is important and juicing or blending fits into a healthy lifestyle.

    The main culprits are refined carbohydrates and sugar found in processed foods. Using a viamix to make soups and healthy vegetable drinks can only help keep you healthy. The pulp is fiber and that alone is known to lower sugar levels.

    • Laura

      True, Ramond. Just use very little carrot and apple. I ca’t handle much in my own juice, lemon isn’t quite as sweet and helps keep it from being too bitter. You need the fiber in the apples and carrots to help with all that fructose!

  • Diana

    Hello everyone,
    My name is Diana
    Ive never juiced before, but I’m willing to try anything for my 16yr old , who’s been diagnosed with liver cirrhosis & is waiting for a transplant. What recipe do you recemmend.
    Thank you

    • P.T.

      Hi Diana! I too have liver disease. Juicing will be extremely beneficial to your daughter and you! Have you bought a juicer? I recommend Apple-2, Beet Root-1, Carrots-4, Celery-2 or 3, Ginger Root 1/2 thumb, Lemon-1. You can add or take away how much of these ingredients you want. This is the best recipe I have for your liver. Play around with different ingredients. Good luck on your juicing journey!

  • Lisa

    I has a blood recently that revealed I had high Triglycerides (311) and my one liver enzyme was a little high ALT (34). My bad cholesterol LDL was 140. I went to see a natural doctor who prescribed many natural supplements. In addition to that I have made some dietary changes because I honestly wasn’t eating that bad. I just ordered a juicer today and i am so excited to see the effects of this on my next test results.
    Is it possible to drink the above recipe everyday? Should it be in the morning?

  • Samuel

    what about juicing with carrots and beets? I have read in different places that carrot and beet juice will instantly raise our sugar levels. I have insulin resistance so want to clarify this

  • Jane Louise Byfield

    Yes dandelion leaves,,ie the same weeds that can be found in your garden, Like you I also was found to have a fatty liver, although my liver function test was normal. I was wondering do you find the top part of your stomach has enlarged?. Mine is, this is what led me to go to the doctor because the top part of my stomach seemed abnormal to me so i wanted to get it checked out, hence they dicovered with a scan i had fatty liver.

  • DeChan SaoTheng

    how much should i drink in one day? I only have blender, can I use that?

  • DeChan SaoTheng

    can i use blender? How much should I drink in one day?