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Reclaim your Liver: Best Beetroot Juice

Have a rough end to 2015, or been out one to many nights this week? Take care of your liver! It’s your main detoxifying organ, and it can get overwhelmed depending on diet, activity level, and environment. When an overload of toxins becomes too much, toxic compounds store within tissues and decrease your quality of health. Cleansing your liver with healthy foods and juices can help to restore function to your body’s natural detox system.

Juicing helps the liver to easily digest and cleanse. Whereas digesting food takes a lot of energy, juicing helps to zap nutrients, electrolytes, and antioxidants into the body directly, without the other digestive organs having to work.

Here’s a potent juice cocktail that I recommend daily as a mid-morning and / or mid-afternoon snack. You need a juicer or a blender for this one.

Ingredients: 3 Organic Carrots (peeled and washed) 1 Organic Beet (peeled and washed) 2 Organic Red Apples (washed and cut) handful of organic mint leaves, de-stalked and washed. ½ inch of ginger root, peeled 1/4 inch tumeric root, peeled ½ organic lemon or lime, peeled

Serving: 2-4 servings.

Directions: If you don’t have a juicer, use a blender and add one to two cups of water. Place all of the ingredients in a juicer and juice or in a blender and blend. 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 or cheese cloth and then mix with a spoon.

Serve with some ice to keep it cool and enjoy! Keeps for 12 hours in the fridge.

Why These Ingredients? Here’s a quick overview of why we chose these liver cleansing foods for the liver cleanse juice recipe.

Beets and Carrots Beets and carrots are extremely high in plant-flavonoids and beta-carotene (vitamin A). Eating these ingredients, along with other plant foods containing similar nutrients, can help stimulate and improve overall liver function.

Apples High in pectin, apples hold the chemical constituents necessary for the body to cleanse and release toxins from the digestive tract. This, in turn, makes it easier for the liver to handle the toxic load during the cleansing process.

Ginger Root Ginger has also been historically used for flatulence, constipation, bloating, and other digestive complaints. In addition to these gastro-protective effects, researchers have found ginger to be effective for stress-related ulcers.

Tumeric Numerous studies have linked tumeric to effectively combating liver cancer and improving liver fibroids. What’s more, turmeric can uniquely assist the enzymes that are responsible for flushing out known dietary carcinogens. The result is enhanced protection against liver damage, and even regeneration of affected liver cells. Turmeric is also notably responsible for improving the health of the gallbladder as well.

Mint Mint supports liver function by improving the flow of bile from the liver to the gallbladder. By increasing the amount of bile flow, the mint leaf positively supports digestion by helping to break down fats and reduce bad cholesterol. Decreased cholesterol levels reduce the work load required from the liver.

Lemons/Limes Citrus fruits, such as lemons, contain very high amounts of vitamin C, which aids the body in synthesizing toxic materials into substances that can be absorbed by water. Drinking freshly-squeezed lemon or lime juice in the morning helps stimulate the liver.

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